The Kentucky Wildcats and Mississippi State Bulldogs will meet for the 114th time tonight. Tipping off at 7:00 on ESPN with Brent Musberger, Sean Farnham and Kaylee Hartung on the call, the Cats look to improve to 35-12 at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville by staying undefeated in SEC play. Keep reading for more on the game and some other random news.
1. A Late Night Arrival
The Cats left Lexington for Stark Vegas Monday evening. If you’ve ever been to Starkville, you know there’s absolutely nothing to do in Starkville
on a Monday night ever.
Shortly after landing, the team headed to The Hump for a late night shoot-around. A few reporters were still working following the women’s game. They couldn’t believe they weren’t kicked out, and one from the Clarion-Ledger couldn’t believe the kicks the Cats were rocking.
It's like shoe heaven here. Jordan 1 black toes, Jordan 14 Laney, Jordan 9 UNC, Jordan 5 Cavs, Jordan 11 Space Jam, Jordan 12 royal blue
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) January 17, 2017
A big thank you to Mr. Bonner for reminding me it’s time for the return of KSR’s Sneaker Beat.
2. The Cats are 13-Point Favorites
The line opened at 14, narrowly dropping overnight. As a point of reference, Kentucky’s average margin of victory through five SEC games is 23.4, but their last SEC road game at Vanderbilt was the closest call of the young conference season.
3. A Little Bit About the Bulldogs
Miss. State was in the crosshairs for many fans last year after Malik Newman spurned the Big Blue to play for Ben Howland in Starkville. Now that Newman is gone, transferring to Kansas to play next season, what does Howland have?
Sophomore guard Quinndary Weatherspoon leads the 12-4 Bulldogs in scoring with 17.9 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting from the field (47% from three). State’s second-best player is one of Kentucky’s finest. 6’10” power forward Aric Holman had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks for the Owensboro Red Devils in a 2015 State Championship victory over Bowling Green. In his sophomore year at Miss. State, Holman averages 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
4. How the Stats Stack Up
5. Another SEC Freshman of the Week
For the third time this season, Malik Monk earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors. In two games he averaged 21 points and 3.5 assists. During his downtime, he talked to Kenny Walker about dunks.
In both polls, the Cats moved up one spot from No. 6 to 5.
6. Another Obscene Alligator
I didn’t want to believe the golf course gator was real, but I’m certain this one isn’t real.
– ABC News (@ABC) January 16, 2017
7. Ol’ Roy got 800 Wins
Roy Williams broke the 800-win milestone last night in North Carolina’s 85-68 win over Syracuse. The fifth active coach with over 800 wins, Williams is the second-quickest to 800 (1,012 games) behind only Adolph Rupp (972).
8. R.I.P. Vine
Today is the last day the six-second video service will be operational. Starting tomorrow, the Vine app will be the Vine camera, allowing you to create the six-second videos for other social media sites, but Vines will no longer run on a loop. Don’t forget to download the best ones before they’re gone. The world can’t afford to miss great moments like this:
9. You Need to get in Hey Kentucky’s New Contest
10. KSR is on the Way
Kentucky Sports Radio begins in one hour. After a four and a half hour break, the KSR crew will return for the KSR Pregame Show, beginning at 4:30.
Go Cats. Beat State.