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UK Fans in Minnesota want Tuesday’s Top 10


Blue got in for Sunday night’s game between Karl-Anthony Towns’ Minnesota Timberwolves and Jamal Murray’s Denver Nuggets.  Murray posted the picture above on Instagram last night and all I can say is, “WOW.”  Even when they leave, they can’t get rid of us.

Murray was off last night, but you’ll see in the BBNBA recap quite a few big numbers.  Nobody had a bigger night than Terrence Jones.  Somehow scoring 36 points wasn’t his best highlight.

Before Kentucky takes on Tennessee tonight at 9:00, here’s the news you need to start your day.

1. Kentucky No. 1 in KenPom

The view from the top is always good.  Kentucky moved into first place with undefeated Gonzaga, Villanova, West Virginia and Baylor not far behind.

2. Tennessee is NOT No. 1 in KenPom

The Vols are actually No. 53, not as bad as I expected.  Tennessee has a 10-9 record in Rick Barnes’ second season that started by losing three of four, including a 13-point embarrassing season-opener at home to UT-Chattanooga.  Losing to a directional school in your own state is pretty low, but they do have a few highs.  They almost knocked off North Carolina on the road, losing by two, and they have a little momentum after beating Miss. State by 27 this Saturday.

3. The Cats are 10-Point Favorites

UK is 12-7 against the spread this season.  They’ve won three of four road games but are just 1-3 against the spread in those games.

4. Updates on Fox, Mulder

Down two guards during most of Saturday’s game against South Carolina, hopefully the Cats learned how to live without De’Aaron Fox and Mychal Mulder.  During yesterday’s pre-Tennessee presser, Kenny Payne said Mulder is still sick.  He did not provide an update on Fox, who remains day-to-day with an ankle injury, but Fox did let his Snapchat viewers see him without a walking boot.


All you can do is hope for the best and expect the worse, although I doubt either will play tonight in Knoxville.

5. No SEC Players of the Week

Usually Monday begins with updates in the polls and a press release from the SEC announcing another honor for a Wildcat.  The Cats rose to No. 4 in both polls, but we didn’t receive any news from the SEC.  Instead, the U.S. Basketball Writers of America included a pair of Wildcats in a press release.  De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk made the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy (Player of the Year) and the Wayman Tisdale Award (Freshman of the Year).

6. The Coaches’ Kicks

To honor Mr. Wildcat during Coaches vs. Cancer Week, the coaching staff will be rocking these True Blue Customs tonight vs. Tennessee.


7. Duke Lost

It was a fantastic L to witness.  It featured everything you want in a good Duke loss, from the Grayson Allen confrontation…

…to the exclamation point after time expired.

The first win for the Wolfpack in Cameron Indoor in 22 years, the 17-point underdogs lost to North Carolina by 51 just two weeks ago.

8. King Rex Threw a Jab at Dakich

Rex Chapman spent yesterday afternoon perusing through the iHeart studios, promoting an upcoming event for the Healing Place.  In a 20-minute interview with Terry Meiners, while talking about the glory days, Terry brought up an epic flub by Dan Dakich during a UofL broadcast.  Jock itch Dakich’s first mistake was calling Darrell Griffith, “Darrell Griffen.”

“I would have loved to, in our primes, played Dan Ja– Dakich.  I woulda roasted him,” Chapman said.  One listener heard it and relayed the message to Dakich on Twitter.

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9. ‘The Last Jedi’

Less than 12 months away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, we now have a name: THE LAST JEDI.

Unfortunately, I have a bad feeling I know exactly what will happen in the dark sequel to Awakens.  I’m not going to spoil it for everybody else, but they say ‘shoot your shot.’  My shot: Luke, the last Jedi, will die.  It’s not the boldest prediction, but I have a feeling Hamill will go down harder than Yoda, Obi Wan or (spoiler) Han.  Even if this doesn’t happen, expect to leave the theater downtrodden.  After all, the font on the “The Last Jedi” is red; that can only mean bad things.

10. Donate Blood at Rupp for Today’s Show

If you’ve never given blood before, today is your day.  From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Kentucky Blood Center is hosting the “Big Blue Slam” at Rupp Arena.  If you donate blood, you get to shoot some hoops on Cawood’s Court.  What’s better than that?  Oh, KSR will be in the building and you will be registered to win first and second round NCAA Tournament tickets.

Quit wasting time and get to Rupp, pronto.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

24 Comments for UK Fans in Minnesota want Tuesday’s Top 10

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    9:07 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Luke is going to be a bad guy. We will cut off Rey’s hand and tell her that he is her father.

  2. ukjaybrat
    9:12 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    yeah luke has to die. no other way to explain that title.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:27 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      The obvious plan was to spotlight and kill Han in 7, Luke in 8 and Leia in 9, since Abrams can’t ever think of anything original. But with Carrie Fisher not surviving to make her spotlight movie, it will add genuine mystery to how the trilogy wraps up.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:39 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      (may contain rogue one spoiler)
      well carrie already filmed everything for 8. and i doubt they will go back and change anything. (maybe a spoiler here) i also doubt they will cgi her face like in rogue one, not for a significant time into the movie anyway. so unless they pull a fast and furious 7 and kill her off at the end of 8 or beginning of 9 (which seems like a cheesy way to do it) i don’t really know what else they could possibly do.

  3. EdC
    9:13 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky is also #1 in Sagarin since WKU’s last loss. Amazing 4th even in RPI and UK is never ranked very highly in RPI.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:25 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      bc our sos is always terrible. it will go down as we play worse and worse competitions the reast of the season.

  4. EdC
    9:14 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Sorr WVU, not WKU of course

  5. smahurin
    9:21 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Random, but John Gasaway has some discussion on how the SEC is blowing away other major conferences in terms of foul shots per game. The SEC is shooting 30%+ more foul shots per game than the Pac12, Big10, and ACC specifically. Who is surprised?

    • TBW3011
      9:28 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      Apparently Mike Decourcey would be surprised by this info.

  6. Booby Petrino
    9:24 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not a Star Wars fan so I guess my eyes automatically skipped #9. Then I started reading the comments and was like “Why the hell are people talking about Star Wars here.” lol

  7. TBW3011
    9:27 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    UT is not bad. Gone to the wire with multiple top 20 teams. Just don’t know how to win yet. Tonight won’t be easy at all for us.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:35 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      Especially with out PG and a reserve guard not playing.

  8. RealCatsFan
    9:34 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Yep, I am very concerned about this game tonight. It is a trap game to begin with, but without Fox and Mulder, it is especially dangerous. Hope we can get out of that hellhole with a win.

    • TBW3011
      9:39 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      I had this game marked as a potential slip up since I watched UT go to UNC and outplay them. Had that thought assuming we would be at full strength.

  9. christopherharrison26
    9:37 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Talking about Star Wars because it’s a common experience of multiple generations that was great-in-the past but-now-ruined-by-mindless-pointy-headed- corporate-types (reference to Dilbert) .

    Why doesn’t Disney make a Star Wars movie that people can feel good about? Something like “Enjoyment strikes back”?

    Spent my last dollar on that franchise since they killed the best heroes in the last two movies. And who cares about Luke Skywalker (give me Kenny any day) – the “new Luke” lost me when he became all brooding and “mysterious”. The real Luke died long ago and far away.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:52 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      I think the intent is to give the aging heroes a respectful sendoff while introducing a new generation that they can make movies about for decades longer. That said, Han Solo’s hackney death was not very respectful for the character and was mishandled in just about every way possible. Hopefully they learn from the mistakes in “The Force Awakens”. “Rogue One” was a considerable improvement, I think, and felt a lot like “A New Hope”.

      Disney is a huge corporate concern, and they may well rip the heart out of Star Wars just as they did Marvel Comics, but occasional gems like “Deadpool” or “Rogue One” still seem to get made.

  10. yorkinson
    9:48 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    I thought I was on an X-files site when I saw update on Fox Mulder

    • J-Dub421
      9:58 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

      The truth is out there.

  11. runningunnin.454
    10:01 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    UT-Chattanooga is a hyphenated school; ETSU is an example of a directional school.
    Both genre can be very dangerous…..see IU-Ft Wayne.
    We played our own directional school, WKU, in the tourney in the early ’70’s and were whipped badly.

  12. middlesborojoe
    10:37 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    remember that Jedi can be singular or plural…..maybe a play on the word.

  13. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:00 am January 24, 2017 Permalink

    Rex vs. Dakich – lace ’em up and roast him anyway. 50 isn’t too old to ball.

  14. Blaineman
    12:39 pm January 24, 2017 Permalink

    You lost me at Star Wars, Nick. You’re better than that. 😐

  15. nagnuggts
    3:57 pm January 24, 2017 Permalink

    okay guys THE LAST JEDI is meaning Luke, he is the last jedi, rey isnt a jedi yet.. so this movie will be basically based on Luke since all the star wars movies are based on the skywalkers. yes luke will die but not in 8, he will die in 9..