Phil “Cookie” Grawemeyer was a popular name on yesterday’s KSR pregame show as we debated players who should have their jersey hanging from the Rupp Arena rafters. Grawemeyer’s is up there, though none of us had heard of him while reading off the names of each jersey retiree from our courtside show.
So let’s get to know Grawemeyer a little better with these fun Cookie facts, why don’t we?
— He’s from Louisville, Ky., where he attended Manual High School.
— He was a member of Kentucky’s undefeated 1953-54 team, his first year as a letterman.
— He was a 6-foot-7 power forward with 626 career points at UK.
— He is No. 23 on UK’s all-time rebounding list with 703 career boards.
— He was a pitcher on the UK baseball team.
— He was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1956 NBA Draft, and by the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals, but never played either sport professionally.
Cookie Grawemeyer, ladies and gentlemen.
Kentucky had a season-low four turnovers last night.
John Calipari said, “Think about that. We’re playing fast, we’re being aggressive, we’re moving the ball. We had four turnovers.”
That’s Tyler Ulis controlling the game. He turned it over only once while dishing out 10 assists for a school record fifth game this season.
John Calipari hinted at Ulis entering the draft.
“Sorry, folks,” he said. “We’re going to have another point guard next year.”
Welp, so much for that small glimmer of hope Ulis will return.
How about Jamal Murray scoring 23 points on his birthday?
No. 23 scored 23 on his birthday, February 23rd, and it would’ve been a 23-point UK victory if not for a Skal Labissiere bucket late in the game.
Murray has a three-pointer in every game this season for the second-longest streak in school history. Tony Delk went 32 straight games with a three-ball in 1993-94.
Does Pat Adams hate Australians?
SEC official Pat Adams revealed his true colors last night when he gave LSU’s Ben Simmons a technical foul in the Tigers’ embarrassing loss to Arkansas. That’s now two technicals from Adams in his last two games, each going to one of the SEC’s Australian freshmen.
It’s quite clear why Isaac Humphries was given one in Kentucky’s loss over the weekend: Adams hates Australians. I bet he hates bloomin’ onions and AC/DC, too.
Still laughing at this.
Dan Dakich came around on Tyler Ulis.
After failing to mention Tyler Ulis among his five best point guards earlier this year, Dan Dakich finally admitted Ulis is a top guard during last night’s broadcast of the Michigan State-Ohio State game.
The comment was very brief, but Dakich did label Ulis as the second best point guard in America behind Denzel Valentine. Glad he finally decided to watch at Kentucky basketball game.
You should be a big Mississippi State fan tonight.
Throw on your Malik Newman jersey and get ready to yell for the Dawgs as they take on Texas A&M tonight at 7 pm on ESPN2. As things stand now, Kentucky controls its own destiny in the SEC and can win out to take the regular season crown and top seed in the tournament, but slip up in any of the remaining three games and A&M can take it all away.
The Aggies hold the tiebreaker over UK and will be favored in the last four games, so Kentucky needs to win out. Or, we can root for A&M to drop another one, beginning with tonight’s contest.