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Coach Cal Struggling With His Tickets Wants Tuesday News and Views

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While you and I sat around watching Louisville lose the Belk Bowl Tuesday night, John Calipari was out being John Calipari, this time in New Orleans. Cal stopped by the Smoothie King Center to watch the Pelicans host the Suns in a game that featured four of his former players: Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin.

Tomorrow night he will travel to Myrtle Beach to watch Stephen Zimmerman in the Beach Ball Classic on New Year’s Eve. The man can’t stop going. (Until he can’t find his seat.)

 

Antonio Blakeney will announce his decision Friday.

In rather surprising Tuesday news, UK target Antonio Blakeney is ready to announce his college decision and will do so live on ESPNU this Friday. The five-star scoring guard plans to take his talents to the Southeastern Conference in college as he is down to Kentucky, LSU and Missouri.

Blakeney is very close to future UK guard Isaiah Briscoe, but he’s also close to future LSU Tiger Ben Simmons, the No. 1 player in the class. It’s unclear which way he is leaning as of now but my uninformed opinion gives the slight edge to LSU. The timing is odd considering Cal visited Newman on Monday; Simmons tweeted Blakeney on Tuesday; and Blakeney recently said he’s watching who will return to UK, and UK will likely have two stars return to the backcourt in Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.

Then again, I know nothing about Blakeney or what he’s thinking so pay me no mind on this one. I’ll tune in at 4:30 on Friday to find out, unless it leaks before then. (And it will.)

Coach Cal asked Isaiah Thomas how to get the most out of Tyler Ulis.

Another note from New Orleans, where Cal said he talked to Phoenix’s Isaiah Thomas about what it’s like being a 5-foot-9 point guard in the NBA. Cal picked the former Washington Husky’s brain in hopes of learning a few things he can take back to Tyler Ulis.

Here’s a fun Isaiah Thomas fact: His dad, a Lakers fan, made a bet with a friend back in the day, agreeing to name his son Isiah Thomas if the Pistons beat the Lakers. Well the Pistons beat the Lakers and he followed through with his word, although he spelled it Isaiah, not Isiah.

And that was your fun Isaiah Thomas Fact of the Day. You’re welcome.

Rick Pitino benched Chris Jones for the flop.

Academy Award-nominee Chris Jones landed a spot on the bench in Louisville’s Tuesday night contest with Long Beach State. After the game, Ricky P told reporters, “I didn’t start Chris not because of his shooting percentage, I didn’t start him because of the flop issue. I was very upset at that. We don’t do that type of thing and then to fake it with the jaw like he got hit. You can’t fake it, in junior college you do it, but it is on TV and you can’t fake those things and I told him you are not playing because of that incident, that is something Louisville guys don’t do.”

Jones played only nine minutes without taking a shot in Louisville’s win. He told the Courier-Journal he was embarrassed after watching a replay of the flop, admitting he did it all the time in junior college when there were no cameras and reviews, but it won’t happen again.

Jodie Meeks went all Jodie Meeks in Orlando.

Meeks hit 6-of-6 three-pointers in the first half and finished 9-for-11 from downtown in Detroit’s win in Orlando. The former Cat scored a game-high 34 points in 27 minutes off the bench and his nine threes are the most in a single NBA game this season.

Lakers fans are wondering why he was let go. It’s a fair question.

If you didn’t read this Louisville fan’s post, do it now.

One Louisville basketball fan called it like he sees it in a guest post for CardChronicle.com. He said the UK-UofL series needs to end because it’s embarrassing for the Cards.  A teaser:

WE NEED TO IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN OUR REGULAR SEASON SERIES WITH KENTUCKY! PERIOD! If this were a UFC fight, we’d be tapped out, knocked out, or sung to sleep with a choke hold. If this were a boxing match our corner would be throwing in the towel. If this were a high school football game the mercy rule would be applied. If this were the playground we’d be screaming UNCLE while the school bully laughed (which is what UK fans are doing) while twisting our arm.

But it’s so fun for us!

Is this the best in-game high school dunk ever?

Mississippi State needed only 20 more points to beat McNeese State at home.

The Bulldogs lost to 5-5 McNeese State, 66-47, on their home floor Tuesday night. McNeese State entered the game with back-to-back home losses to Central Michigan by 29 and Toledo by 14.

S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C! 

Florida’s own goal to beat Florida is one of the funniest things you’ll see all week.

In case you missed it below, Florida broke a tie game by tipping in a Florida State buzzer-beater to lose the game.

The Gators are now 7-5 on the season and UK’s undefeated run through the regular season looks better than ever.

Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Coach Cal Struggling With His Tickets Wants Tuesday News and Views



  1. HanOfTheBluegrass
    11:31 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    The SEC is such garbage in basketball anymore. ACC and Big East fans will keep throwing that at us as if it will change the fact that UK is the best team in the nation.

    Also, fun fact, Raymond Felton’s cousin committed to play for UNC in 2017. Felton was part of that 2005 championship team where the starters were all drafted after taking a ton of paper classes. Felton may have been a Communications Major, but there’ve also been emails showing some of those classes were as fake/easy as the AFAM classes. But if the younger Felton wants to go to UNC because of his family legacy there, perhaps he’ll suffer the consequences of probation. People always say probation isn’t fair because it hurts the current recruits and not the rules-breakers. This recruit is proof of why that’s crap. He wants to go to UNC because his uncle went there and did great and won a title. And that happened because of the cheating before and during his uncle’s time there. UNCheat’s Recruiting Haul.



  2. RealCatsFan
    12:16 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    So who is the kid dunking the ball?



    • Casper
      2:26 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      Zimmerman is his name



    • cracka
      8:29 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      Michael Porter Jr … yeah, seriously



    • RealCatsFan
      8:44 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      As Homer would say, “doh!”



  3. patrickaspen
    12:57 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    the dunk is nasty.. looks like he could have even jumped from a little further back



  4. Count Nefaria
    1:08 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    Dang, the SEC really is weak this year…I am starting to think one of our Billy Clyde teams may have had a chance at winning the SEC this year.:) I thought Florida would have improved by now, but no. LSU and Arkansas look okay but other than that, the SEC looks really bad.



  5. Count Nefaria
    1:09 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    Oh yeah, it was nice watching Georgia beat the dirty birds…hahahaha



  6. Hartline
    2:36 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    LSU is going to get Blakeney and thus SEC basketball will suck less. Bruce Pearl will do better. Tenessee/Missouri will be decent. Florida will bounce back. The SEC will be better eventually.



    • Katya
      2:57 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      Tennessee isn’t doing anything in a long while. Arkansas isn’t terrible and Georgia and Alabama are okay.



    • American Errorist
      11:17 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      Hahahahaha! If you think Tennessee will be decent. They will need another coach to do that!



  7. WestWorld
    7:34 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    What did the Asian kid order at the concession stand? A diet coke and a cup of peppers?



  8. ukbradstith
    8:02 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    Blakeney would be silly to commit to UK right now. We have the potential of having lots of really good perimeter players already. Sort of hopes he goes to LSU so the sec won’t suck as bad.



  9. ukjaybrat
    10:37 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    “I didn’t start [Chris Jones] because of the flop issue” Pitino said, “…That’s something Louisville guys don’t do.”

    You sure? Because when Russ Smith had this equally blatant flop last year against Cincy, (see the 55 minute mark of the video), he started the next game against Temple and got 24 points in 23 minutes…

    I feel like this is exactly something Louisville guys do.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcKcnxTthCw