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Tuesday’s Top 10: Rick wants to run, Cal wants his team to play defense, and I want refs to stop making bad calls


Good morning, friends. I’m not sure about the Bluegrass, but freezing fog has Nashville looking all sorts of strange this morning, like a postcard from north of The Wall on “Game of Thrones.” While I wait for it to burn off, let’s roll through today’s agenda, shall we?

1. Calipari will preview the Louisville game

Cal and select players will address the media around 11:30 a.m. Check the site for a live stream then, or a full recap of their comments afterwards.

2. Hopefully he’ll be as swaggy as he was on his call-in show

If you missed it, Cal was once again in rare form on his call-in show, claiming he didn’t know Malik Monk had scored 47 points until he got on the plane to go home (BS) and describing his reaction to Kentucky’s defense at times as “Oh Poop!”. In terms of actual news, there wasn’t much, other than he’s still toying around the idea of using a four-guard lineup to involve Mychal Mulder, but that’s probably because of the lack of production Kentucky’s getting from Wenyen Gabriel/Derek Willis/Sacha Killeya-Jones/Isaac Humphries at the four position.

3. Karl Towns is not happy with Kentucky’s defense

During a rant about his defense, Calipari mentioned a text conversation he had with Karl Towns in which Karl said he couldn’t believe this team let North Carolina score 100 on them, and how that would never happen with the 38-1 group. Cal’s mentioned the budding rivalry between his teams, but all comments like this make me think is how amazing would it be if this team’s offense was combined with that team’s defense? Talk about a super team.

4. We’ll find out the line for the game

Any guesses? I say Kentucky will be a five or six point favorite, although I feel like they’ll win by much more than that.

5. Rick Pitino wants to run with the Cats

Over the weekend, Rick Pitino said he wants his team to run with the Cats, which I didn’t really believe when I saw it, but then he doubled down on it in his call-in show last night, reiterating that he wants his squad to try and keep up with Kentucky, which currently ranks third in the country in scoring at 95.2 points per game while Louisville ranks 89th with 78.5 points per game. I’m still not sure if this is Pitino BSing or if he’s actually serious (always hard to tell with him), but if he’s serious, I say bring it on.

6. The ref called a foul on this play last night

We joke about Duke getting calls all the time, but this phantom foul from last night’s Duke/Tennessee game takes the cake. Absolutely ridiculous. And people wonder why we hate Duke and Grayson Allen.

Speaking of Duke…

7. Episode two of “Cal Cast” is up featuring Coach K

We got a sneak peek of Calipari and Coach K’s 30-minute discussion via ESPN yesterday, including Coach K taking up for DeMarcus Cousins and praising his determination to make Team USA. The full episode was just released on iTunes, Podbay, Stitcher, etc. so tune in and check back for a recap a little later on.

8. One last media opp until the bowl game

Yesterday, Eddie Gran addressed the media after bowl practice, and today, DJ Eliot will do the same in the team’s last media opp until the bowl on New Year’s Eve. There wasn’t a lot of news out of Gran’s appearance, but Stoops did break down the team’s schedule for the next week and a half on his call-in show later in the night. The players will get to go home for a little bit right before Christmas, but they’ll arrive in Jacksonville Christmas night. The practice schedule will be similar to a normal game week, with lots of fun stuff for the guys to do in between, like tour a naval station and goof around at Top Golf. Freddie Maggard said something about a gator tail eating competition too, which I feel like needs to be seen to be believed. Also, Matt Elam’s got this.

9. Speaking of bowls, love this picture Rich Brooks posted yesterday

What a team, man.

10. Check out this roundup of media picks on UK/UofL

Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal has assembled a plethora of media picks on Wednesday’s big game and was nice enough to include the KSR crew. Click here to check them out, and then go after Adam Lefkoe on Twitter for this ridiculous call:

Adam Lefkoe, Bleacher Report: Malik Monk hits a 3 at the end to save UK from an embarrassing shutout. Louisville, 3,456-3.


The crew is back from Vegas and down one member as Ryan spends the week in Mexico. Tune in an hour from now to hear Matt, Shannon, and Drew tell us the rest of their adventures. Until then, check out this awesome reunion during last night’s Notre Dame game in which Matt Farrell’s brother surprised him by coming home early from Afghanistan:

Moments like that never get old.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 Comments for Tuesday’s Top 10: Rick wants to run, Cal wants his team to play defense, and I want refs to stop making bad calls

  1. BlueGrass
    9:25 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    On the media picks of the UK vs UL game….most picks have scores in the 70s. No way the winner of this game doesn’t score at least 80.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      9:26 am December 20, 2016 Permalink


    • runningunnin.454
      9:28 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Louisville will have to run….they don’t shoot well enough to play a half court game.

    • 3Goggles
      11:04 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Tyler has the best pick in my opinion. 12 point win seems realistic. I cant imagine louisville being able to stop us let alone keep up

  2. runningunnin.454
    9:26 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    If Grayson Allen ever gets in an NBA game without buying a ticket, and he trips one of those guys….they’ll be feeding him through his veins for a month.

    • pithuahua
      12:22 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Allen did get clipped on his back foot but the trail official made the call and there is no way he could have caught that.. I still think he flopped after he blew the gimmie.

  3. theoph
    9:29 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’m no fan of Duke or Grayson Allen, but if you look at the video you’ll notice that the Tennessee State player actually moved in and clipped Grayson Allen left foot when he went up for the shot. In other words, it was a good call.

    • Shane523
      9:32 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Dude, if they are going to call that, then they could call something every position, which they pretty much do anyways.. It was a BAD call because it gives the people who hate on College Basketball more ammo.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      9:42 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      That is not a good call. That should not have been called a foul.

    • Booby Petrino
      9:49 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      that’s your argument? he clipped his foot? Negative. If anything, Grayson kicked him in an effort to get contact. His left foot went behind his body in order to make that little bit of contact. Defender was just standing there straight up.

    • Callinstraight
      9:50 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      I’m calling a foul every time a defender clips the leg of a guy up in the air, going to the basket. Every time.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:50 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Too mancy fouls….two teams shooting 20+ FT’s are ruining the game; it becomes a FT shooting contest.
      Go back to two referees.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:52 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Make that too many fouls.

    • Booby Petrino
      9:56 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Duke fans must be visiting here today. Defender in no way clipped his leg. Allen threw his leg behind his body and clipped the defender who was just standing there.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:21 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

      any other player on any other team and that’s a no call. yes, there was contact, but not worthy of a foul. Like Shane pointed out, if you’re going to call that, then the argument could be made that there are much more egregious fouls on every single possession of the game.

    • UK Big Bored Update
      1:33 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

      Clearly, Grayson Allen has restless leg syndrome. He kicked Darreo Reddick mid air. Then flopped.

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:04 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    There is so much to love about this team but I have been very disappointed with the defense. Particularly, Wenyen Gabriel’s defense. He was advertised as someone who could guard 3-4 positions but I haven’t noticed him defending any positions well. He looks just as lost as Willis does on defense, perhaps more so. If he figures it out this team will be very difficult to beat come March. There are other issues, but overall, this team is so fun to watch!

  5. oddthomas
    10:31 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    Nooooo Tyler, no predictions. Yours don’t end well lol!

  6. ClutchCargo
    10:51 am December 20, 2016 Permalink

    I never wish an injury on a player, but I will laugh my ass off when a Duke player ends up hurting himself while flopping. It has to happen eventually.

  7. thabeast
    3:59 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

    I hate Gayson Allen just as much as the next guy, but that is a foul. First, when a player is off the ground and gets his leg clipped by a defender, that is a foul PERIOD. Second, for the people saying the defender was just standing there, look again. He is clearly moving and bumped his foot on the back end. It is a foul.

  8. 4everblue
    6:22 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

    It’s a foul if you’re Duke, but then everything is a foul if you’re Duke. On the other hand a Duke player can trip a player and no call. Two years ago Winslow put his foot in the chest of a player twice and guess what……NO FOUL!