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…
– Sean (@CubeMonkey312) January 24, 2017
…to the exclamation point after time expired.
– Reeves Thompson (@ReevesiXi) January 24, 2017
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.
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.