Good morning and welcome to another exciting Monday. There is a lot going on the sports world, including the end of college football later tonight, so let’s run through the big news you should know today as you get back on your feet from the weekend.
Oscar Tshwiebe is a Wildcat.
Huge news from the basketball transfer market, West Virginia star Oscar Tshiebwe will continue his college basketball career at the University of Kentucky. Almost a Kentucky commit out of high school when he was a five-star in the Class of 2019, Tshiebwe picked Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers out of loyalty to the school that recruited him first. But after a full season in Morgantown plus a few months into the 2020-21 year, Tsheibwe announced he would leave WVU on New Years Day, and 10 days later he announced Lexington as his next destination.
“I am grateful for the time I spent at West Virginia, and the lessons that I learned. I’ve spent a lot of time praying to God to help me make the best decision for my future,” Tshiebwe wrote on Twitter. “I am excited for this new chapter of my life. I will continue my career at the University of Kentucky #BBN”
I am grateful for the time I spent at West Virginia, and the lessons that I learned. I’ve spent a lot of time praying to God to help me make the best decision for my future. I am excited for this new chapter of my life. I will continue my career at the University of Kentucky #BBN pic.twitter.com/rm08UwtDBI
— Big O (@Oscartshiebwe34) January 11, 2021
The 6-foot-9 big man, an All-Big 12 preseason selection, will begin practicing with the Cats immediately and will be eligible to play next fall.
For more on what Tshiebewe’s commitment means for Kentucky, Jack has you covered:
Kentucky WBB lost at South Carolina.
The UK women dropped a second straight game on Sunday, a home loss to fifth-ranked South Carolina, 75-70. Rhyne Howard did all she could with 32 points, almost half of UK’s scoring output in the game, but it still wasn’t enough as the Gamecocks erased a nine-point deficit at the half to earn a victory in the end.
The loss to Carolina was the fourth straight game against a Top 12 opponent for Kyra Elza’s Cats. They won consecutive games over (10) Arkansas and (12) Mississippi State, but couldn’t keep the magic going in Thursday’s loss to (8) Texas A&M or on Sunday.
Kentucky travels to unranked Auburn on Thursday for an SEC Network game.
John Calipari’s Wildcats will host Alabama tomorrow night.
A battle of unbeatens in league play, Kentucky will host the SEC’s other undefeated team, Alabama, in Rupp Arena Tuesday night. Alabama is currently a perfect 4-0 in conference play with wins over Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn, so it’s a big test for the Wildcats. Will the win streak continue? If so, this will be a huge win for the tournament resume and for the chase for the SEC’s regular season crown.
Tip-off is at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The line will come out later today, my guess is it will be close to a pick ’em.
We’ll hear from Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr to preview the game.
UK will send out two of its players to preview Alabama in today’s press conference ahead of that game. For comments from head coach John Calipari, you’ll have to tune in to his call-in show tonight at 6 p.m.
Or you can check KSR for a recap of all of the comments from the press conference and the show. We’ve got you covered.
It’s probably over for Big Ben in the NFL.
Roethlisberger and his Steelers got dismantled by the Cleveland Browns, likely marking the end of the Big Ben era in Pittsburgh.
Before that game, the Saints erased Matt Jones’ Bears from an unexpected playoff appearance and the Tennessee Titans went out punting on 4th-and-2 with one of the league’s best offenses and worst defenses.
Over the last 4 years there have been 76 instances of a team:
?? In the 4th quarter
?? Facing 4th-and-2-or-less
?? Between the opponent’s 35 and the 50
75 times, the team went for it.
1 team punted.
The Titans today were that team. pic.twitter.com/S0Ou0On2nq
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 10, 2021
I have no further comment about the Titans.
College football’s National Championship game is tonight.
The last college football game of the season will be played tonight when Alabama and Ohio State meet up in Miami to determine a champion. Alabama is currently an 8.5-point favorite in its eighth title game appearance since 2008, but don’t sleep on Ohio State coming off its best performance to date in the semifinal win against defending champ Clemson.
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on ESPN or on ESPN 2 (CFP Live) or on ESPNU (Skycast) or on ESPNews (coaches’ film room) or on SEC Network (Alabama hometown radio) or on the ESPN app (all those plus Ohio State hometown radio, the All 22 and more).
Anyone taking the Buckeyes in an upset?
Tune in to KSR in an hour.
Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond have plenty to say about Kentucky’s big win in Gainesville, including the team’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. They’ll be live for two hours coming up at 10 a.m.