Good morning and happy Presidents’ Day to our founding fathers and friends in the government and banking industries. The rest of us aren’t at all bitter you get today off to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Nope. Not the least little bit.
Whether you’re at work or at home contemplating your next Netflix binge, here’s the latest in the world of UK sports.
Kentucky is No. 1 in the SEC
Kentucky beat Ole Miss on Saturday 67-62 to improve to 20-5 on the season, 10-2 in conference play. While the win was far from pretty, the Cats took care of business, which is more than LSU and Auburn can say. Both sets of Tigers lost on Saturday (LSU at Alabama, Auburn at Missouri), leaving Kentucky alone atop the SEC standings:
As for the Ole Miss game, it was a pretty hideous display of basketball. Kentucky shot only 39% from the field and 9% from three (!!), but Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, and Nick Richards did enough to save the Cats from what would have been a Quadrant 3 loss. Check out the box score and highlights below:
While you’re at it, take a look at Dr. Mike’s photo gallery, which is chock full of great images, and our video of the Firecrackers doing their thing. They are incredible.
On to LSU
Tomorrow, the Cats will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU, who has dropped three of their last four games (at Vanderbilt, at Auburn, at Alabama). Clearly, the road has not been kind to the Tigers, but poor defense has also been to blame for their recent slide. LSU gave up at least 88 points in all three of those losses, including 99 points to Vanderbilt. That being said, you know Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be rocking tomorrow night. I’ll be making my first trip to Baton Rouge to cover the game, so if you’ve got any recommendations on where to grab a bite before the game, send them my way.
This afternoon, Tony Barbee and select players will meet with reporters to preview the game. The media opportunity is tentatively set for 1:30 p.m. You can watch live on KSR or get a full recap shortly afterwards.
Will Kentucky climb into the Top 10?
New AP and Coaches Polls will be released this afternoon. Kentucky is currently No. 12 in both, and with several teams ahead of them losing (No. 5 Louisville, No. 8 Florida State, No. 10 Seton Hall, No. 11 Auburn), could very well climb back into the top 10. We’ll find out for certain around noon.
Later this morning, I’ll also bring you Kentucky’s updated NET ranking and team sheet. For all of the progress the Cats have made lately, the computers still hate them for some reason.
Are you following KSR on Instagram?
…Because you should be. The wonderful Maggie Davis relaunched our Instagram feed (KSR_IG) this week and has been slaying it. One of my favorite new features is the BBN Weekly Round Up, which gives fans a quick, two-minute recap of what happened in the past week:
I am no Queen Maggie, but I will be taking over the Instagram feed tomorrow to give you a behind-the-scenes look at Kentucky’s trip to Baton Rouge.
The Kentucky Women got a big win yesterday
ICYMI, Matthew Mitchell’s squad upset No. 6 Mississippi State in Memorial Coliseum yesterday 73-62, bouncing back from their 103-85 loss at No. 25 Arkansas the week prior. Rhyne Howard shined, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds and joining UK Hoops’ 1,000-point club in only her 53rd career game. Check out Zack Geoghegan’s full recap below:
Anthony Davis had the game-winning free throw at the All-Star Game
Team LeBron beat Team Giannis in the NBA All-Star Game thanks to Anthony Davis’ free throw, which gave his team 157 points to secure the Elam Ending. You can read all about that in Zack’s recap below, but the change in format definitely had Twitter rolling last night. Here’s how the former Cats fared:
- Anthony Davis (Team LeBron): 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 20 mins
- Devin Booker (Team LeBron): 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers, 1 block, 19 mins
- Bam Adebayo (Team Giannis): 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 12 mins
In case you missed the other All-Star Weekend festivities, Bam Adebayo won the Skills Challenge and Devin Booker came in second in the Three-Point Contest. In the Rising Stars Game on Friday night, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists for the Team World, while PJ Washington had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists for Team USA. Team USA won 151-131.
John Calipari was in Chicago last night to take it all in like a proud papa:
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 17, 2020
IMO this was the best @NBAAllStar Game ever b/c of the tributes, @common & the fact that three @KentuckyMBB players were in it. Congrats to @kawhileonard on the first @kobebryant MVP award & @antdavis23 icing the game w/ a free throw at the end! @Bam1of1 & @DevinBook played well. pic.twitter.com/RQHiovOkmx
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 17, 2020
KSR Dogs of the Day
Meet Hogie (top) and Woodford, two pups who are ready for game day. Want to see your pup on KSR? Send a picture of him or her wearing UK gear to [email protected]
Tyler Childers at the Ryman was awesome
On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to see Tyler Childers play one of his four sold-out shows at the Ryman. I had yet to see Childers perform in person and did not leave disappointed. He played a mix of new hits and old favorites and had the crowd — which included A LOT of Kentuckians — on their feet for most of the night. About midway through, he was joined by special guest Ricky Skaggs and seemed genuinely humbled by the experience, telling a story about going to see Skaggs in concert as a little boy. I’ve seen a lot of shows at the Ryman, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen fans sing along that much. It was awesome. Shoutout to the guy in the 606 By Gawd shirt.
Radio in an hour…