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Wednesday’s Top 10: Packing for Memphis

Photo by @JoshEllisCI

Photo by @JoshEllisCI

Photo by @JoshEllisCI

One of the best parts about March are the signs and banners that pop up around Lexington when Kentucky makes a run. As you can see above in this picture by Josh Ellis, they’re starting to show up around campus. This is a tradition KSR wholeheartedly encourages, so please send us pics; and for those of you making them, be creative. It’ll be tough, but if we’re lucky, we’ll get one that tops this 2014 classic:

With that good mojo in mind, let’s roll through today’s agenda.

1. The team leaves for Memphis

After a few days in their own beds, the Cats are off to Memphis for the Sweet 16, which means John Calipari is returning to the city he used to call home. Calipari has been back to Memphis on his own accord since leaving the Tigers, but this will be the first time he’s returned with his squad. Eight years later, Memphis fans are still bitter over Calipari’s departure, so his return to the city is definitely a story going in to the weekend. Cal still has plenty of friends in Memphis, so I expect for him, it will be a happy homecoming. He’s used to tuning the haters out anyways.

2. Part of the KSR crew leaves for Memphis as well

Matt, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon are also taking off for Memphis this afternoon, and if the Cats play their cards right, they won’t be back in the Bluegrass until Kentucky wins the national championship. Meanwhile, I’ll be making the three-hour trek to Memphis on Thursday morning because I want one more night in my TempurPedic bed before switching to whatever mattress they have at the Holiday Inn in downtown Memphis.

3. Coming to Memphis Thursday? Come to the open practice

John Calipari and players will address the media at 2:30 p.m. CT on Thursday and take the court at FedEx Forum from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. CT. It’s free and open to the public, so if you’re in the area, come on out. We’ll see you there.

4. KenPom has the Cats winning

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If you believe in KenPom, maybe this will give you an extra boost of confidence going into Friday, although, man, that’s a slim margin. I’m going to take solace in the fact that UCLA’s defensive efficiency is 76th, while Kentucky is 8th because that makes me feel better about it.

5. LeBron James joins the anti-LaVar Ball camp

While LaVar Ball may not have said Kentucky is merely a tune-up game for the Final Four for his son’s Bruins, he’s still said a lot of dumb stuff recently, and yesterday, the most famous basketball player in the world told him to keep his family’s name out of his mouth. After Ball said that his sons are set up better for future success than LeBron’s children, James responded.

“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James said. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

LeBron James strikes me as someone you don’t want to be your enemy. As we’ve said a lot, I feel for Lonzo and his brothers.

[Sports Illustrated]

6. Rajon Rondo got his 6,000th assist last night

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After taking in the Kentucky/Wichita State game on Sunday, Rajon Rondo went to work last night, getting his 6,000th career assist (the fifth most among active players) in the Bulls’ 122-120 loss to the Raptors. Say what you will about Rondo, but that’s pretty impressive:

7. Vote for PJ Washington

The future Cat is up for The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball Player of the Year award and this poll on USA Today’s High School Sports site factors in, so do him a favor and vote, please:

Vote for PJ Washington For ALL-USA Player of the Year

Right now, he’s behind Marvin Bagley III and Trevon Duval, but the BBN has yet to meet a poll we haven’t dominated, right?

8. While you’re at it, vote for Malik Monk

Monk is one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, given annually to the top player in college basketball. You can help him win it by retweeting the tweet below:

You can also vote for Monk to win the Jerry West Award for the nation’s best shooting guard at HoophallAwards.com, so get to it.

9. The Unforgettable Fairytale

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Author Temple Stites has an exciting treat for UK fans that he would love to share with you today.

25 years ago, The Unforgettables inspired us all. That season, and the Greatest Game Ever Played, inspired a young father, who is a lifelong member of the BBN, to want to pass this story of grit and determination on to his young son.

Problem was, the little guy couldn’t yet follow basketball. He was more interested in knights, duels, and castles. So his dad decided to write an epic knight’s tale inspired by the Unforgettables.

“The Unforgettable Fairytale” is a new children’s book filled with heroic knights, jousts, a Tournament of Knights, honor and ultimately, redemption.

This is our story and I think you’re going to want to share this book with your kids and grandkids. And you’ve got to see how beautiful this thing is.

Please go to www.theunforgettablefairytale.com and use promo code KSR to save 10% off the book. That’s www.theunforgettablefairytale.com to share this inspiring tale with your little wildcats.

10. The winner of the KSR Best Callers Bracket is…

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JT! This proved to be a much more difficult decision than we all anticipated, and going in, I’m not sure we would have predicted the results, but matchups matter, right? Listen to The OTT Podcast to hear our reasoning. To listen, just subscribe to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or stream on Podbay.

Radio in 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.

8 Comments for Wednesday’s Top 10: Packing for Memphis



  1. EdC
    9:08 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Over the last few years the phrase “Keep my family out of your mouth” seems to have gained a lot of traction. What in the world is up with that? What a goofy phrase.



  2. truebluethroughandthrough
    9:17 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    How does Chester not win this? Fake Barney is funny, JT is good, J Rock is good, but Chester is the top, right?



  3. Options are Factual
    9:36 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I’m with Trueblue,. Chester should have walked away with this. You may chuckle at Fake Barney and JT, but after Chester you’re ready to run thru a wall for the blue. Doug Show must have officiated the FB/Chester matchup.



  4. Realme
    9:42 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Definitely crap that Fake Barney made it past Chester. He’s good, but no way.



  5. CATandMONKEY
    9:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I dont get to listen to e every second of each show but when was the last time JT called. I do think he is a great caller.



  6. Basteballer
    1:40 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    RIGGED!

    Love JT but the clear finalists have to be Chester and John Short. And it’s gotta end in a tie.



  7. AGSlater
    11:49 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    fake barney is the worst