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UK vs. Illinois State (First Half Comment Thread)

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Your Kentucky Wildcats are back in action tonight against the Illinois State Redbirds, which means it’s time for us to talk about it in the comments section. Drew is somewhere in Kansas with Matt, Ryan, and Shannon, so Nick Roush is filling in courtside at Rupp Arena.

If you missed the news earlier, Tyler Ulis is OUT for this game with a hyperextended elbow. Good thing we’ve got three other point guards on the roster.

By now you know the drill, leave comments below to discuss the game. Feel free to ask us any questions about basketball or life as well.

And remember, CTRL+F5 and Command+R will refresh the page for you.

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.

157 Comments for UK vs. Illinois State (First Half Comment Thread)



  1. BigBlueFan
    6:50 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Live Stream links for Kentucky vs. Illinois State:

    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
    6:51 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

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

    http://www.scacchoops.com/illinois-state-at-kentucky-basketball-live-stats-11302015



  3. Nick Roush
    6:52 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Lonny says the crowd is skimpy here at Rupp. I told him, “YOU’RE SKIMPY!”



    • Nick Roush
      6:53 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      to be fair, people are still filling in. Getting through rush hour traffic is no joke



  4. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    6:54 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry I’m late, guys. Had to eat a quick dinner. Who’s ready for some Kentucky basketball????



  5. CATilactica
    6:55 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Matthew Mitchell needs to come on KSR and set the record straight. It sounds to me like the team was full entitled brats. I don’t think he’s the problem cause the team is still playing well. But hiding this under the rug is not good.



  6. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    6:56 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Nick, have you recovered from Saturday yet?



    • Nick Roush
      6:58 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Nope, not even close. I’ve decided to wait at least a week before wading through this shithole of a season. I’ve been down for so long, I gotta have a week or two of positivity to recover.



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      6:58 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Does that mean we can put off the podcast??? 🙂



    • Nick Roush
      6:59 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      at least I have the podcast to vent tomorrow



    • Nick Roush
      6:59 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      It needs to happen while the feelings are still fresh



  7. nicky
    6:56 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Uggh…..back to the comment vs. live blog….You should use mirc.com if coveritlive is causing problems….mirc is free



  8. Nick Roush
    7:00 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Anybody else besides me think it’s weak sauce when they say, “and the 6th man, the Erruption Zone!”?



  9. Dawn1
    7:00 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    The ONLY reason that I even slightly wanted to go to a bowl game was for Melvin Lewis. Kills me that he won’t take the field one last time.



  10. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:00 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Rupp ice cream AND Big Blue Santa hats on TV already? Gonna be a good night!



  11. Drew Franklin
    7:01 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Hello from the middle of Texas!



    • Nick Roush
      7:02 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      How’s the music holding up?



  12. nicky
    7:01 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah but getting carpal tunnel hitting the refresh button 🙂



  13. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:01 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Good to see Alex back in the starting lineup



  14. KFG
    7:01 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Tyler did you see the Below Deck Reunion Part 1 yet?



  15. JewelieLou
    7:01 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Stopping in to say hello, while I wait for my enchiladas to finish cooking.



  16. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:02 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink



  17. Chewbacca
    7:03 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Making gumbo, so I’ll be watching and chopping stuff…



    • Sir Brandon
      7:05 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Doth a Wookie put Womprant in said gumbo?



    • Nick Roush
      7:09 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I bet it’s pretty good #LetTheWookieWin



  18. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:04 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Well, so much for that start. 4-0 Redbirds and Cal is flipping out at Briscoe



  19. Nick Roush
    7:04 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Why is Skal falling for pump fakes at the 3-point line? He’s 7-foot, he doesn’t need to jump to mess with somebody’s shot out there



  20. KFG
    7:04 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Missing Ulis



  21. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:05 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Love Briscoe, but he’s no Tyler Ulis when it comes to running this team



  22. Chewbacca
    7:05 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I knew Ulis was good, but this just makes him seem even better



  23. girl wildcat fan
    7:05 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Wow!! 3 t/0 already!!



  24. Dawn1
    7:06 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Stand up and coach, Tyler!



  25. UKCrewser
    7:06 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Mark Jones….”I am Swag and have more cred than you”



    • Nick Roush
      7:07 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      WHO?!?!? MARK JONES!
      WHO?!?!?!
      Mark JOOOONES
      WHO?!?!?!?



  26. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:06 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Jesus, Briscoe. WTF



  27. Nick Roush
    7:07 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe was taking plenty of contact,then the ref calls some ticky tac BS on him. He’s not getting anything easy tonight



  28. andrew59832
    7:07 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe probably needs to have a seat for a bit.



  29. CATilactica
    7:07 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe is playing hot garbage



  30. Sir Brandon
    7:08 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Murray maketh it look easy



  31. Chewbacca
    7:08 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Hoo boy, looking bad out there….



  32. Nick Roush
    7:08 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Jamal Murray’s left-handed pass from the baseline…..just filthy, sofa king impressive



  33. UKCrewser
    7:09 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Wow this start, still better than football



  34. I Miss Jorts
    7:09 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Roush, actually 2nd career start for Matthews, started game one vs Albany in Briscoe’s spot.



    • Sir Brandon
      7:10 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Faycts art optional



    • Nick Roush
      7:10 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      i’m glad facts are optional around here. After all, I’ve been full time since August and still haven’t figured out how to give myself a picture/avatar



  35. Dawn1
    7:09 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Not a great start. Huh. This must be what other teams feel like.



  36. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:09 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Me when I see this team without Tyler Ulis:



  37. original slappy
    7:10 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Whoever said that Briscoe can lead the team like ulis… Please have a seat.



  38. Sir Brandon
    7:12 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Lack of communication to Briscoe there



  39. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:12 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    FIGHT ALEX GOOD GOSH



  40. Nick Roush
    7:12 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I hate that Alex misses that finish, but loved how casual that rejection was on the other end



  41. Sir Brandon
    7:12 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    ALEX sayeth NO!



  42. andrew59832
    7:12 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Has Poythress ever finished a contested basket?



  43. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:14 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Hawk about to come in



  44. Nick Roush
    7:14 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    DEREK WILLIS A D-HAWK ENTER THE GAME AT THE SAME TIME! KENTUCKY RIDE OR DIES! I JUST LOST MY FREAKING MIND



  45. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:14 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Beautiful play by Matthews there. Poise from start to finish



  46. girl wildcat fan
    7:15 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Can someone say DUNK the d)[email protected] ball???



  47. kramer
    7:15 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Come on Kentucky



  48. FinnaGoHAM
    7:15 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    To Briscoe, an assist is what happens when someone passes HIM the ball.



  49. Nick Roush
    7:16 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I almost started clapping for Dominique. Whoops



  50. Sir Brandon
    7:16 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    “He put some muscle in his hustle” Announcer rhymes



  51. FinnaGoHAM
    7:16 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    “Puts some muscle in his hustle.”



    • Sir Brandon
      7:17 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Haha same thought



    • Nick Roush
      7:18 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      JINX! The question is, who owes who a Coke?



    • FinnaGoHAM
      7:23 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      It’s Kentucky…. Mountain Dew



  52. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:17 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I love Dominique Hawkins



  53. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:18 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Ugh looks like I have some pushups to do at the next break



    • Nick Roush
      7:19 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      You trying to CrossFit or something?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      7:20 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Trying? Please. There is no try in CrossFit.



    • Nick Roush
      7:21 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Oh no Tyler, You’re turning into one of THEM



  54. Chewbacca
    7:18 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Dom was going to jam that guy’s face off. love it



  55. TulsaCat
    7:21 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    So which was better comedy, Shannon the Dude in the Dorothy outfit or free hugs from Ryan?



  56. CATilactica
    7:22 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    does skal already have 2 fouls?



    • Nick Roush
      7:22 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Nope, he actually has zero



  57. Nick Roush
    7:22 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    One fan in the crowd with my favorite line, “Come on guys, SCORE!”



  58. UKCrewser
    7:22 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Nick, who will do the basketball podcast…..I’m addicted to the opening



    • Nick Roush
      7:24 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Still working that out. I actually thought it’d be a funny idea to just have the football podcast guys sit in a room and watch the game. We’d learn so much mountain slang from Freddie we wouldn’t know what to do with it all



  59. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:23 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Foul Foul Foul Foul



  60. UKCrewser
    7:23 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Weird shot of Rupp….



  61. UKCrewser
    7:24 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We are winning!



  62. Sir Brandon
    7:24 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Where sitteth thee, Lady Ty and St. Nick?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      7:25 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I’m on the couch in Nashville. Nick’s court side in Drew’s seat



    • Nick Roush
      7:25 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I’m near the court, on the side UK is shooting at this half, about 10 ft out in a nice blue tie. WAAAAAAY better than Matt’s



  63. girl wildcat fan
    7:25 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    How many free throws have we missed already???????



    • Nick Roush
      7:26 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Cats are currently 5-10. No bueno



  64. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:25 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Who predicted that UK wouldn’t take their first lead until 10:35?



    • TulsaCat
      7:26 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Uncle Matt said it could be closer than we expect.



  65. UKCrewser
    7:26 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I think the same Crew should do the podcast…..Hell, we don’t listen for the analysis anyway!! Tub Boy and Jared need to broaden themselves..



    • Nick Roush
      7:27 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I think we could help them bond that bridge into basketball



  66. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:27 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    A palming violation?!



  67. FinnaGoHAM
    7:27 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Nick, are you in Drew’s seat beside Creepy Larry Vaughr and just down from ksrlonny?



    • Nick Roush
      7:29 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Yes sir, looking pretty fly in my UK Student News attire



    • girl wildcat fan
      7:33 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Post a pic or it didn’t happen!



  68. JewelieLou
    7:28 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Enchiladas are done and not to be prideful but they are delicious.



  69. andrew59832
    7:28 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Skal and first halves do not mix.



  70. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:28 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    There have been no highlights to post on the site so far



    • Nick Roush
      7:30 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      The team gave Mrs. Cal brownies?



    • Nick Roush
      7:30 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      As soon as you say that, Marcus Lee gave us one



  71. OMGMattyG
    7:31 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I know a lot about basketball and do analysis real good and I think we are better with Ulis in the game.



  72. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:31 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink



  73. UKCrewser
    7:32 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    TT, I bet Ice Cream Family wouda made the post…..



  74. Stives
    7:32 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    UK is not a very good team right now. A lot of weaknesses. I see close to 10 losses this season.



    • Nick Roush
      7:36 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      but none in March….



  75. Rise
    7:33 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    What happened to the eruption zone? Back in my day we painted up and we’re loud the entire game. Students suck now. Blue hairs are always terrible.



    • Nick Roush
      7:36 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      It hasn’t been any different for the last 6 years that I’ve been here. The Erruption Zone was never “great” for more than 6-7 games a year



  76. UKCrewser
    7:34 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    TT/Nick, have yall met Mrs Cal?



    • Nick Roush
      7:37 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I have not, but she seems like a very nice lady, nicer than Dorothy Mantooth



  77. KFG
    7:35 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    This team is a bunch of sweethearts giving Ellen Birthday brownies. Who do we think made them? Tyler used to make pancakes with Devin last year right?



    • Rise
      7:35 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      The team chef



  78. UKCrewser
    7:35 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Eruption Zone misses Referee Guy…..



    • Rise
      7:36 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      Haha..that guy got so much TV time



  79. OMGMattyG
    7:35 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    You see that play? Where the bad thing happened? I think if Ulis was in the game the bad thing wouldn’t have happened and a good thing would have happened instead.



  80. UKCrewser
    7:36 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    No box out….oh boy



  81. girl wildcat fan
    7:37 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Cats only 38%fga so far!! Bad Bueno.



  82. UKCrewser
    7:37 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis may end up coaching……



  83. andrew59832
    7:37 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    So three point shooting could be an issue…



    • Rise
      7:39 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      I thought Charles Matthews was supposed to be a knock down shooter? His jumper is broke.



  84. Chewbacca
    7:37 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    How are we ahead in this game? Feels like we are down 10…



    • Nick Roush
      7:40 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      It’s a nice luxury when your team is really good



  85. UKCrewser
    7:39 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We need to call that old KSR caller that taught free throw shooting…guaranteed he could have them making them



  86. girl wildcat fan
    7:40 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Good grief !!



  87. KFG
    7:40 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We can not UK football our free throw shooting we have got to get better.



  88. UKCrewser
    7:40 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Poy Boy #22 Hustler…..(easy Nick)



  89. UKCrewser
    7:41 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I do not need this close game crape on a Monday night after a long party weekend…..



  90. andrew59832
    7:41 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We look…so bad.



  91. UKCrewser
    7:42 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Nail biting not a good look…….



  92. girl wildcat fan
    7:42 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We are getting out hustled bad. Gotta get some grit.



  93. UKCrewser
    7:43 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    DRINK!!!!! Haiti



  94. OMGMattyG
    7:43 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Skal’s earthquake tidbit is the new ‘Willie played football in high school’.



  95. Chewbacca
    7:44 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Ole! defense…



  96. millertime98
    7:44 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    It hurts to say but Alex is maybe average, at best



  97. KFG
    7:45 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    We’re playing like Dorian Baker when it comes to finishing.



  98. UKCrewser
    7:45 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    woooooHooooo Hawk!



  99. Nick Roush
    7:46 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    People are gonna freak about Skal not doing anything, but not I. Guy isn’t used to the physicality in the post. He just needs some time to adjust. He’ll have some moments until he REALLY finds his groove in late January



  100. kramer
    7:46 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    After Saturday , now this game, ugh!!!



  101. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:46 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t like this team without Tyler.



  102. UKCrewser
    7:46 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Alex is playing himself right into playing overseas,,,,,



    • Nick Roush
      7:53 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      He’ll get better. He still looks pretty out of shape from courtside



  103. Nick Roush
    7:50 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    “The (3-point) streak is still alive!” – Derek Willis, probably



  104. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:50 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Streak!!



  105. SanDiegoCats
    7:50 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Any chance for a live blog return?



  106. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:51 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Dan Muller should not grow facial hair



  107. CATilactica
    7:52 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Cats looking like dorian baker tonight



  108. UKCrewser
    7:52 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    TT, that IS his Movember….



  109. BamaCatsFan
    7:53 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    The teachable moments are many. Film room should be interesting….



  110. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:54 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Tie ball game at half. I would not want to be in that locker room.



    • Sir Brandon
      7:56 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

      It is not for the faint of heart



  111. SanDiegoCats
    7:55 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    I liked last years when games were close and Serious would send cool GIF’s



  112. UKCrewser
    7:55 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    Well, I started drinking Manhattans…. Sure wasn’t planning on it!



  113. GoBigBlueFan
    7:55 pm November 30, 2015 Permalink

    This Kentucky team tonight looks like the second half from the last game….. Just going through the motions…