Mark Stoops’ first group of recruits will play in their final game at Commonwealth Stadium today 4:30 against Austin Peay. It hasn’t always been easy, but this group never hesitated to fall on the sword for the program. Today they’ll be rewarded with a win, earning postseason play for the first time in their careers, the first time since 2010.
It’s going to be colder, but it feels like November is supposed to feel like. The wind will be brutal, but I hope you bundle up and show up to properly send off this important group of Seniors.
- 12:30 — The KSR Pregame Show Begins at the Bluegrass RV Lot
- 2:15ish — The Cat Walk
- 2:30 — Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas take over the airwaves
- 3:45 — Senior Day Ceremonies Begin at Midfield
- 4:30 — Kickoff on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan and Kevin Weidl
2. Burn Ban
It will be chilly and windy, but you will not be able to warm up next to a fire while tailgating. As wildfires rage in Eastern Kentucky, a burn ban has been put into effect in many Kentucky counties, including Fayette. No open flames are permitted, but you can still use gas grills to prepare your pregame meal.
3. Austin Peay hasn’t Won Since ‘Nam
That’s hyperbole, but not by much. Peay has lost 26 consecutive games. Their last win came against Murray State back in 2014. To make matters worse, word on the street is that most of the Austin Peay defense has been suspended for today’s game.
It’s going to be a bloodbath, but at least it will be fun for our team.
4. See Coach Cal Before the Game
John Calipari will be inside the Nutter Field House from 2:45-3:45 signing copies of his book “Success is the Only Option.” Get a break from the wind between the Cat Walk and Senior Day festivities with Coach Cal.
“I know the Big Blue Nation will be out in full force Saturday to support Coach Stoops and honor the seniors on Senior Day,” Calipari said. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone after the Cat Walk as the Big Blue Nation heads in to Saturday’s game. Let’s show this team and these players the support they deserve.”
5. Quade Green Will Commit Tonight
Five-star point guard Quade Green will announce his college choice tonight. He signed his National Letter of Intent before the end of the early signing period on Wednesday. Kentucky was never considered the favorite over Syracuse, until after Green attended the Champions Classic as one of Kentucky’s visitors.
Learn more about Green in this scouting report from Jack Pilgrim. A commitment from Green is important for so many reasons, most importantly, the Cats need guards and he’s a good one. There aren’t many elite shooters in this class, and he’s one of them. One thing that sets Green apart: he has the clutch gene. Every time I watched him play at the Peach Jam, he put the team on his back in the final two minutes and carried his team to victory. Tonight should be a fun night for the BBN.
6. Tony Barbee Watched Hamidou Diallo
The UK assistant was in the building to watch the No. 1 shooting guard in America put on a show. Here’s just a taste of what Barbee saw.
Hamidou Diallo dunk in front of Tony Barbee and 30 NBA guys pic.twitter.com/XLE8KwC3Pp
– Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 19, 2016
7. UK Hoops Travels to Colorado
Matthew Mitchell’s squad hits the road for the first time tonight. Earning a win in the elevation of Colorado will not be easy when they take the court at 9:00 against the Buffs in Boulder. You can watch the No. 15 Cats at Pac12.com or listen in on 630 WLAP.
8. Seth Greenberg Joined Hey Kentucky!
The ESPN College Basketball expert believes the Cats have arguably the best backcourt in the country and he compared Wenyen Gabriel to Draymond Green. After watching the interview, you can check out the complete episode with Drew Franklin here.
9. Regional Champs are Crowned
There are only 24 teams that are still playing high school football in the state of Kentucky. Unfortunately, one of them is not my beloved DeSales Colts, who lost to CAL 21-14 last night. Congrats to Stefan LeFors for finally catching the Colts in the playoffs. Other scores:
- Danville 34, LCA 28
- St. X 31, Male 21
- Franklin-Simpson 33, South Warren 16
- Lafayette 63, Simon Kenton 41
- Scott County 42, Ryle 40
- Fern Creek 35, Cov Cath 28
- Covington Holy Cross 26, Newport Central Catholic 21 (GASP!)
- Mayfield 28, Owensboro Catholic 6
- Central 30, Lex Cath 7
10. A Bad College Football Schedule
In a week where most teams rest up for season-ending rivalries, there are only two matchups of ranked teams this week: West Virginia/Oklahoma and Colorado/Washington State.
I’ll end with a good luck shout out to KSR fan Brandon Coons who is getting hitched to MaKenzie McWhorter today. Godspeed you crazy kids.