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UK vs. EKU: First Half Comment Thread

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We are back in Rupp Arena for redemption following last Thursday’s embarrassment, and ready to see the Cats get a W in tonight’s friendly matchup with the guys next door.

Kentucky will start Alex Poythress tonight for the first time all season, but Marcus Lee is expected to log minutes off the bench. Poythress will be surrounded by the usual cast: Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere.

Speaking of Labissiere, lots of eyes will be on him tonight to see how aggressive he is inside. Tonight’s a night he needs to have a 10+ rebound performance to prove he can do it.

Eastern’s three-point shooting is another aspect to watch. They launch the ball very, very well.

Let’s talk about it below.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

132 Comments for UK vs. EKU: First Half Comment Thread



  1. BigBlueFan
    6:51 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Live Stream links for Kentucky vs. EKU:

    http://ukbasketballlive.com/uk-basketball-live-streaming.html

    Check back shortly after it ends to watch a 720p HD replay of the game. Also, a Leach & Pratt radio sync replay should be available tomorrow.



  2. scacchoops
    6:52 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Live tempo-based stats for Eastern Kentucky/Kentucky, starters posted…

    http://www.scacchoops.com/eastern-kentucky-at-kentucky-basketball-live-stats-12092015



  3. Drew Franklin
    6:53 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hello, world. Who up.



  4. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    6:54 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hello, friends. I’m pulling a Kara Lawson and covering this game remotely.



  5. FinnaGoHAM
    6:54 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Who gets the ESPN broadcasters seats at mid court?



    • Drew Franklin
      6:57 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      CoachCal.com. If we had known ahead of time UK would’ve put us there to broadcast.



  6. Drew Franklin
    6:54 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Watch Nick Mayo for EKU. He will be tough. Remember who told you.



  7. Drew Franklin
    6:58 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    New intro video is nice. Might not be new though. It’s been a while for me.



    • FinnaGoHAM
      7:02 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      It’s been a while for you, Drew? Sorry to hear that. Maybe this weekend.



  8. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:00 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like a slow arriving crowd



    • Drew Franklin
      7:01 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Increased security tonight at entrances



    • Nick Roush
      7:02 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      there was a 25-yard line waiting out the back entrance to get in. Taking the guys a little longer to wand everyone down



  9. Nick Roush
    7:01 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Gonna be a late arriving crowd. But not THIS GUY. Got to my seat as the fireworks were going off for starting lineups



  10. Nick Roush
    7:02 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I think Skal heard our gripes



  11. Drew Franklin
    7:02 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Kentucky’s size dominates the first two offensive possessions



  12. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:03 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    There you go, Skal! Way to finish that.



  13. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:04 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    So far, kind of strange not having announcers court side. Sound seems different.



    • Nick Roush
      7:05 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Every time I’ve watched a game like that I’ve hated it. You don’t get the emotions when you aren’t in the crowd atmosphere



  14. Nick Roush
    7:04 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    EKU is throwing the ball all over the place. Probably a few nerves getting in the way



  15. UKCrewser
    7:04 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hell’s yeah



  16. Drew Franklin
    7:05 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I’m out of breath watching this.



  17. Sir Brandon
    7:05 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hello Lobbeth City. We hath missed thee.



  18. FinnaGoHAM
    7:05 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    HUTCHERSON



  19. UKCrewser
    7:06 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    LaBisair yeah baby



  20. Nick Roush
    7:06 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I like when their zone forgets to cover the baseline. Easy dunks are fun



  21. UKCrewser
    7:06 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    #22



  22. ClayBob
    7:06 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Looking good so far, folks!



  23. Nick Roush
    7:07 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    EKU fan behind me gave out a loud “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” after that last turnover



  24. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:08 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    How’s our seat, Nick? Cool neighbors up there?



    • Nick Roush
      7:11 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      It’s nice, I have an empty seat next to me. Derek Terry followed me up here too. We agree that it’s a little nicer. In the second half you can hardly see the offense from the floor



  25. Drew Franklin
    7:08 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Soccer team introduced during the TO. PA announcer struggled with the names.



  26. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:09 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Booooo UCLA highlights



  27. UKCrewser
    7:10 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Does Hutcherson work anymore?



  28. Drew Franklin
    7:10 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Cal is all over the to push it. “GO! GO!”



  29. OMGMattyG
    7:11 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I like how Briscoe gets mad when the refs don’t give him the and-one. As though he’s gonna make the free throw.



  30. Nick Roush
    7:11 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t tell me I’m posting comments too quickly…



  31. Nick Roush
    7:12 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I like the Cats aren’t settling for 3s against the zone. Really need it during this strange (yet kind of long) slump



  32. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:12 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Yup, Mayo’s already annoying



  33. Drew Franklin
    7:13 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Whoever picked Alex on the pregame show is looking smart early



  34. FinnaGoHAM
    7:13 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Drew, is there two women sitting where Larry Vaught should be???



  35. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:13 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Poythress with 9 already



  36. Nick Roush
    7:14 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe making a living going underneath the rim



  37. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:16 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    GREAT play by Matthews



  38. Nick Roush
    7:16 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down



    • FinnaGoHAM
      7:18 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      That’ll be the title of Larry Vayghts memoirs.



  39. OMGMattyG
    7:16 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE MATTHEWS!



  40. UKCrewser
    7:16 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Testing testing



  41. Sir Brandon
    7:16 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Matthews showeth the athelti-freakin-cism



  42. Nick Roush
    7:18 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Never been in the stands when a soldier returned home. THAT was amazing, so cool



    • Nick Roush
      7:18 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      My words don’t do it justice, and they can’t. Hopefully they give you a snippet on the broadcast



  43. Drew Franklin
    7:18 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Solider surprises his family during the timeout. His young son was a little intimated by the crowd and wanted no part of it. Still a cool moment.



    • Nick Roush
      7:19 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      I kind of felt bad for him. His baby boy was too overwhelmed



  44. Broski
    7:18 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I really, really like Charles Mathews. He’s one of those kids I root for more for no real reason



  45. Nick Roush
    7:20 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    That was one of those moments where Cal wants Skal to fight, be more physical. Simply not playing wide enough, needs to get the elbows out



  46. Sir Brandon
    7:21 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Skal bringeth the no lookie behind the back



  47. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:21 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    That pass by Skal, tho…



  48. UKCrewser
    7:21 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Elbows and assholes…… Skal



  49. Nick Roush
    7:21 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Offsetting T’s on Briscoe and Reischel. The weakest call in all of sports



  50. Drew Franklin
    7:22 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis can dribble through anything.



  51. Nick Roush
    7:25 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Charles Matthews stays scrappin’



  52. Nick Roush
    7:26 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Cats have gone a little cold, hitting only 1 of their last 5



    • Nick Roush
      7:27 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      And then a Charles Matthews And 1. #AlwaysScrap



  53. FinnaGoHAM
    7:28 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    We have FakeSirBrandon on the LiveBlog and SirBrandon on here….?!?!?!

    Is one of you an evil twin???



  54. Nick Roush
    7:31 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    The ref makes no call, Cal LOSES it (rightly so), then the ref he wants to complain to gives him a “box warning.” Absurd, simply absurd



  55. TulsaCat
    7:31 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Turrible no call on the Murray trip



  56. Drew Franklin
    7:31 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Coach Cal wants to kill that ref



  57. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:32 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Why’s EKU gotta be so dirty?



  58. OMGMattyG
    7:32 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Trips. One of the most difficult calls in all of sports. Ore maybe it’s the exact opposite. I can’t remember.



  59. Chewbacca
    7:32 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Just got done teaching. Wha’d I miss?



    • Drew Franklin
      7:33 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      EKU isn’t intimidated. Cal wants to choke a ref. Alex is playing well.



    • Nick Roush
      7:33 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Dunks, lots of them. I hope you saw that last one



    • Chewbacca
      7:34 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      mmmmmmmm….dunks



  60. AndTheDevil
    7:33 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Good to see Willis being reward for his hard play against UCLA



  61. Sir Brandon
    7:34 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    The long lobbeth always maketh me smile



  62. Drew Franklin
    7:34 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    WOW What a sequence



  63. LigginsLoveSAT
    7:35 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Matthews is definitely a slasher, not a pull up jump shooter.



    • Nick Roush
      7:36 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      His long arms make his shot look strange



  64. TulsaCat
    7:35 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Welcome to Lob City
    Population: CAYTS!



  65. OMGMattyG
    7:35 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Wildcats outchea teachin’ lessons.



  66. girl wildcat fan
    7:35 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    There is Tai the lumberjack



  67. Drew Franklin
    7:36 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Meanwhile, Jeremy Lin has a new cut



    • Nick Roush
      7:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      He told his barber, “Give me the ‘Brad from Home Improvement'”



    • OMGMattyG
      7:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Looks more like a new pet.



    • JewelieLou
      7:47 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      The early 90s making a come back.



  68. Chewbacca
    7:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    I feel like their hawkins walks every time he touches it



  69. So_True
    7:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Have we had a three?



  70. Nick Roush
    7:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis ZERO points, ZERO turnovers, FIVE assists



  71. Sir Brandon
    7:40 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis only scoreth when he thinketh the team needeth him to scoreth



  72. Chewbacca
    7:41 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    is Kent Brockton the tv announcer today?



  73. TulsaCat
    7:41 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    We’re going streaking (insert inappropriate Will Ferrel GIF)



  74. So_True
    7:42 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    STREAK!!



  75. OMGMattyG
    7:42 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    YUUUUUULE



  76. Sir Brandon
    7:42 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis getteth a turnover for excessive hustle. #notfair



  77. FinnaGoHAM
    7:42 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Grandpa Willis



  78. Nick Roush
    7:42 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    First sighting of the Cats’ Silverback Gorilla, Derek Willis



  79. Drew Franklin
    7:43 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    The foul call on Hawkins was awful.



  80. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:43 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Derek Willis’ hair is awful in HD



    • Chewbacca
      7:45 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      grandpa Willis



    • Sir Brandon
      7:46 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      In parts unknown, Maggard covets it



    • FinnaGoHAM
      7:47 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Derek Willis? I thought it was Roger Sterling from Mad Men



  81. Rise
    7:46 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Anyone else concerned about the Louisville game?



    • TulsaCat
      7:47 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      After seeing Ulis and Skal tonight, nope.



  82. UKCrewser
    7:48 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Yes (UL)



  83. UKCrewser
    7:48 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    EverReady, go to the second half thread!



  84. dstnshpp
    7:48 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Derek has joined the blue hairs



  85. bradinmississippi
    7:48 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    How many jump balls have there been? Like 100?



  86. bradinmississippi
    7:49 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Derek looks like a big green q-tip on my tv



  87. Sir Brandon
    7:51 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Snacketh time



  88. dstnshpp
    7:52 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Oatmeal cookies for halftime snack



  89. JewelieLou
    7:57 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Salad for halftime, but to be fair it wasn’t my snack it was my dinner.