Hey there strangers. Drew here, back in the KSR office for the first time in a long time after I snuck away to South Florida for a week. I made it back just in time for yesterday’s pregame show and the ensuing basketball game, which went very well, and now I’m trying to find my footing here on the blog again.
I’ll be honest with you, though — it’s pretty hard to focus with Key West still on the brain (that place is built for me), but I’m refreshed and back on the grind with an extra 15 pounds and an empty bank account to show for it. The numbers I saw on the scale and on the bank account almost made me vomit this morning. I’m pretty disgusted with myself.
But enough about me and my travels and key lime pie consumption, let’s talk important stuff, like the rout Kentucky put on Texas A&M last night. That is the theme in today’s Top 10 as we get our Wednesday rolling…
1. Was that Kentucky’s best all-around performance?
It’s hard to imagine the Cats losing to anyone if they play the way they did last night. That was a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, complete with 25 turnovers forced, 35 points off those turnovers, 52 percent shooting from the field and from outside, and the Big Four outscoring A&M’s entire team, 64-58. There is still plenty to improve on, which is scary, but the Wildcats we saw last night are a damn near unbeatable team, no matter which opponent you want to throw out there. It was arguably the best performance of the season, coming off maybe the second-best performance of the season at Ole Miss last week. Camp Cal is already paying dividends.
2. Calipari: “That’s as good as we’ll play.”
After the game, Coach Cal said, “That’s as good as we’ll play. We shot the three, we made free throws. I mean, that’s as good as we go.”
3. Watch Coach Rob Harris react to Malik Monk’s fourth three-pointer.
Yeah, that’s about right. The other team feels the same way, too.
4. Rupp Arena has new smoke machines above the baskets.
New fancy smoke machines! pic.twitter.com/1Me9QKhq18
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) January 4, 2017
Stay clear of the baselines after the game unless you want white stuff all over you. I know this from experience.
5. Controversy!!!! Jonny David’s toe was on the line.
Last night’s game did not come without controversy. Replay shows Jonny David, who scored a career-high five points and scored Kentucky’s 100th point, actually only scored a career-high four points and Kentucky’s 99th point.
Keep this between us but that three-pointer was only a two:
I won’t tell anyone if you won’t.
6. What’s better in this DII clip: the dunk from the 5-11 guy or his teammate’s reaction?
— HBCU Gameday (@HBCUGameday) January 3, 2017
As good as the dunk is, I think the teammate playing dead steals the show. Keep an eye on No. 32 at the bottom of the frame.
7. Four-star wide receiver names Kentucky his top school.
Our own Jack Pilgrim caught up with Kevaughn Dingle out of Miami Carol City (M-M-Maybach Music!) to see where the receiver stands since reopening his commitment last month. A four-star receiver, Dingle had been a Miami Hurricane commit for almost an entire year before deciding to take a look at a handful of other schools, including Kentucky, while completely ditching The U.
In the interview, Dingle told KSR, “Kentucky is definitely my top school right now,” and said he plans to take his official visit to Lexington on January 27, the Friday before National Signing Day. Right now he currently has two other top schools in mind along with the Cats, but he plans to wait before announcing his finalists.
This would be a huge pickup for Mark Stoops’ next recruiting haul, obviously, as Dingle is also considering the likes of Notre Dame, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Miami, among others.
8. Kansas cheated to win last night.
Big time cheating in Lawrence, Kansas last night, where Kansas needed a blatant no-call to beat Kansas State at the buzzer. No team in America gets more home cooking in the final minute of a close game like the Jayhawks, and last night’s game was no different.
See the four-step travel for yourself:
Walk Chalk Jayhawk.
9. Indiana lost at home.
Meanwhile, in Bloomington, the Wisconsin Badgers took down the Indiana Hoosiers in Assembly Hall. The loss dropped Indiana to 10-5 on the season with three consecutive losses LOL.
Tom Crean flew through the handshake line, as he usually does after losses:
Tom Crean with the fastest handshake ever after losing to Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/c7DvuxcvxF
— Gage Hamm (@GotHammit) January 4, 2017
10. Julius Randle messed around and got a triple-double.
Fatherhood isn’t slowing down Julius Randle’s game as the former Wildcat recorded a triple-double last night in a Lakers win. Randle finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double of the season and the third of his career.