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Wake up from a huge weekend for Kentucky basketball

Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

We’re coming off a pretty epic weekend for the Kentucky basketball program. Not only did the current Cats get a statement win over South Carolina — thanks in large part to Tyler Ulis, who took over the offense when John Calipari was ejected from the game two and a half minutes in — but our former Cats showed out as well. On Saturday, Karl Towns won the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, while Devin Booker took third place in the Three-Point Contest behind Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, two players who I’ve heard know a thing or two about shooting. Last night, Anthony Davis, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins all made us proud in the NBA All-Star Game, combining for 57 points. Davis led the way with 24 points, followed by Wall with 22 and Cousins with 11.

Between all the pictures of current and former Cats smiling, laughing, and embracing one another, the entire weekend was pretty much one big infomercial for Kentucky basketball, and on this snowy Monday morning, that has to make you smile. No?

I thought so. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m feeling reenergized and ready to roll through the end of this season, which hopefully won’t come until April 4 in Houston.

Lots to do before then, so let’s start with today’s agenda.

John Calipari will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference at 11:35 a.m.

This morning, we’ll hear from John Calipari for the first time since he was ejected from Saturday’s game at South Carolina, the second time he’s been thrown out of a game in Columbia in as many years. Unless a reporter asks Calipari about the ejection, I doubt he’ll address it, but I’m sure he will say something about it on his call-in show tonight at 6 p.m.

The new polls come out

Where will the Cats be ranked? Currently, they’re 22nd in the AP poll and 21st in the Coaches Poll, and after blowout wins over Georgia and South Carolina, I think they’ll jump substantially in both.

If you missed it, “College GameDay” is coming to UK at Texas A&M

This news came out right before the South Carolina game and Cal’s ejection, so some of you may have missed it, but ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to College Station on Saturday for Kentucky’s game against Texas A&M. I’m also making the trip to Texas for this one, so hopefully the Cats will elevate their game like they did the last time the GameDay crew covered them at Kansas on January 30. Hopefully the result’s a little different this time around too.

No offense to Aaron Gordon or Zach LaVine, but this was the best dunk of NBA All-Star Weekend

I’ll admit that I didn’t watch all of the All-Star Game last night, but apparently Canadian professional dunker (what a job title) Jordan Kilganon threw down this ridiculous slam during a timeout. In jeans, nonetheless! Can we get him in the dunk contest next year, please?

I bought an AppleTV this weekend and it made me feel 100 years old

After only having an old school TiVo since college, there’s been a major technological upheaval in our household over the past few weeks. Not only did we ditch the TiVo for the Xfinity’s new X1 console (with the voice remote!), we upgraded to an Apple TV as well. Honestly, I don’t quite know what to do with it all. Obviously, we’re a few years behind most people with technology (On Demand! We can watch whatever we want when we want!), and the new AppleTV remote made me feel about 100 years old. If you haven’t seen one yet, it’s basically a trackpad with a few buttons underneath. I like to think I’m hip and with it on most things, but holding that remote for the first time and my husband having to tell me it was a trackpad made me feel ancient. Look at my photos and songs flying invisibly through the air from my computer to my TV! Look at you, AirPlay! How do you work?? This is the future.

College basketball on TV tonight

No SEC games tonight, but three Top 25 games on the slate if you need a fix or get tired of the Grammys:

  • 7 p.m.: NC State at #7 Virginia, ESPN
  • 8 p.m.: New Mexico State at #25 Wichita State, ESPN3
  • 9 p.m.: Oklahoma State at #6 Kansas, ESPN

KSR in an hour

It was a great weekend and we’ve got lots to talk about. Go ahead and get some work done before the show starts. Or, if you’re at home because of snow or the President’s Day holiday, kick back and remember to switch over from Netflix in about an hour.

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.

4 Comments for Wake up from a huge weekend for Kentucky basketball

  1. RealCatsFan
    9:59 am February 15, 2016 Permalink

    It looks like Kilganon may be pushing down on the ball for a little extra lift, but that is still an insane display of athletic ability to pull that dunk off.

  2. RealCatsFan
    10:05 am February 15, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah, those one-and-done’s just come to UK for the fast lane to the NBA and then don’t care any more. (Sarcasm font off) Being an ex-UK player in the NBA is like being a member of a very exclusive club, not unlike a wolf pack or a band of brothers. It’s obvious that even the guys who did not play on the same UK team share a bond with each other when they move on.

  3. vickster3
    10:31 am February 15, 2016 Permalink

    Who knew Dean Ambrose could jump so high?

  4. STLouisBBFan
    11:41 am February 15, 2016 Permalink

    The moment when Draymond Green realized he should have gone to UK.