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Wednesday’s Top 10: Go Away 2016 (but first, let’s win this basketball and bowl game)


I don’t know about you guys, but 2017 can’t come soon enough. Sure, we’ve got a basketball game and a bowl game to win before the clock strikes midnight on Saturday, but 2016 has truly felt like the worst year ever. Yesterday, Carrie Fisher became the latest celebrity to pass away this year, as beautifully and depressingly portrayed in British artist Christ Barker’s reimagining of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover that’s gone viral this week. Just looking at that is sad. We even lost Alf, aka Michu Meszaros! Hurry up, 2017; I don’t think Barker can fit anything more in that picture.

With that in mind, let’s hurry through today’s wakeup before someone else dies.

1. Calipari will preview the Ole Miss game

After returning to campus from Christmas break on Monday, the team’s been back in Camp Cal, practicing defense in the mornings and scrimmaging at night. Today, John Calipari and a few players will meet with the media to preview tomorrow’s SEC opener vs. Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Tune in around 12:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. for a live stream, and afterwards, a full recap.

2. Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy is a hoot

I shared Kennedy’s comments about tomorrow night’s matchup with you yesterday, but I’m going to share them again because they make me laugh. Kennedy said the usual nice things about Kentucky — they’re the fastest UK team he’s ever seen, De’Aaron Fox is fast, Kentucky is the gold standard, blah blah — but his comments about having to open league play with Kentucky the past three years made me laugh.

“Just clean living, I suppose. Just karma coming back to me. At least this time when I got the schedule I texted Cal, ‘Man, you must have really pissed off somebody in the league office because they finally sent you back to Oxford.’ I don’t know. I don’t get too caught up in things I can’t control. I know, preferably, my Christmas afternoon would have been a little more pleasant if I wasn’t staring at Big Blue in 72 hours.”

Please never change, Andy. Or you, Randy.

3. What will the line be?

Ole Miss is 9-3 with losses to Creighton, Middle Tennessee, and at Virginia Tech, which isn’t all too bad considering Creighton’s a top ten team and Middle Tennessee beat Vanderbilt by almost 30. Ole Miss has a tendency to turn it over, which could really burn them vs. Kentucky, so if I had to guess, I’d say the Cats open as a 12-13 point favorite.

4. Hamidou Diallo watch continues

Diallo wraps up his official visit today as the team departs for Oxford. Hopefully, that means we start getting some feedback on it, although I’m sure it will be the typical, “The visit was great!”, “I got to watch the team practice,” “They really have an impressive setup,” etc. etc. What won’t be typical is Diallo’s timetable; since he’s able to enroll in the spring semester, I expect this one to wrap up after his official visit to Arizona. (Classes at UK start January 11.)

5. The fun really starts in Jacksonville

The team will go through its third bowl practice of the week this morning at the University of North Florida, which will also include a short media opportunity. After that, the fun really begins when the team starts the first of many “outings,” this one to the Mayport Naval Station. No word on if Freddie Maggard will be in Jacksonville by then, but one can only hope he gets to go to that media opportunity.

Here’s what Stoops had to say after yesterday’s practice:

6. Last night, the team ate their weight in seafood and swam in the indoor pool



Last night was the team’s official welcome dinner, and it was a grand seafood buffet. Don’t worry, no shellfish sickness there, it seems, or at least with this part of the crew that took a dip in the hotel’s heated pool later on:



7. College basketball on TV today

Lots of big games, including a showdown between Louisville and Virginia:

  • 5:00 PM: Wake Forest at #20 Florida State, ESPN2
  • 6:30 PM: Nebraska at #16 Indiana, BTN
  • 6:30 PM: DePaul at #1 Villanova, FS1
  • 7:00 PM: Providence at #17 Xavier
  • 7:00 PM: #12 Virginia at #6 Louisville, ESPN2
  • 7:00 PM: Saint Peter’s at #24 Notre Dame
  • 7:00 PM: Monmouth at #9 North Carolina, ESPNU
  • 8:00 PM: Seton Hall at #10 Creighton, FS2
  • 8:30 PM: Iowa at #15 Purdue, BTN
  • 9:00 PM: #2 UCLA at #21 Oregon, ESPN2
  • 9:00 PM: #23 Cincinnati at Temple, ESPNU
  • 11:00 PM: #22 USC at Oregon State, PAC12

8. Did you download the new KSR app yet?


Then stop what you’re doing and get thee to the App Store, because we’re really proud of it. The new app, available for Android as well, has a much better layout and is a one-stop shop for all things KSR, including the podcasts. To make sure you’re downloading the new one, which is FREE, and not the old one, which cost $0.99, use the links below:

9. KSR will be live from Macon, Georgia this morning

The guys continue their trek south to Jacksonville for the bowl game, and last night, stopped in Macon, Georgia. Tune in an hour from now to hear their latest adventures.

10. I’ll leave you with this heartwarming video

Cam Newton may have his critics, but there’s no denying his heart after watching this video of his visit with a young fan battling a heart condition yesterday:

No topping that. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?

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.

13 Comments for Wednesday’s Top 10: Go Away 2016 (but first, let’s win this basketball and bowl game)

  1. Brad Bader
    9:12 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Why is my face leaking?

  2. @GoCayts
    9:32 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    is it not possible to view or add comments from the app?

  3. cjruk1
    10:21 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Any chance of charging a fee to remove the ads from the app? I’m glad you all brought it to Android!

  4. kybass6
    10:41 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    the fact that Brexit and a Trump hat is in the picture is comical. KSR, you have become to political and completely one-sided (left). I am done with this sit after 7 years. its KYTV for me from now on.

    • theWilkman
      11:57 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

      I agree! I can’t believe they included Toblerone, either. There’s no place for candy made by those cowardly Swiss on MY sports blog!!!

    • UK Big Board Update
      3:04 pm December 28, 2016 Permalink

      You’ll be back……

  5. silverado
    10:50 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Wow – the new app is a great improvement!

  6. Callinstraight
    11:56 am December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Definitely not just you Mrs. TT; definitely not. Never get tired of seeing this stuff or military members being welcomed home.

  7. Jud
    6:02 pm December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Thank you Cam and thank Lord Jesus

  8. Kat4Life
    8:41 pm December 28, 2016 Permalink

    Diallo visit must not have gone all that well…..Crystal Ball sites show a dramatic drop for UK and a spike for UCONN today……..

  9. Kat4Life
    9:44 pm December 28, 2016 Permalink

    ……hmmmmm the new article seems to indicate the visit was a good one…..we’ll see.