Good evening, friends, and congratulations for surviving another Black Friday. Apparently crowds were a bit thinner this morning as more people choose to shop online and retailers release their deals earlier and earlier. Still, shout out to all of you warriors who woke up at 3 AM to save 50 bucks on that new tablet. And MAJOR props to all of the workers. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.
Caleb Swanigan and Thon Maker play at Bluegrass Showcase
The Bluegrass Showcase is taking place at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington this week, and two key UK targets are participating. Thon Maker (247sports’ #3 recruit in the class of 2016) put on an impressive performance — finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Caleb Swanigan (ranked 18th in the class of 2015 by 247sports) didn’t have the best game; he tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds, but also shot 3-for-11 from the floor and committed 8 turnovers. After the game, Caleb spoke about how he needs to play better if he decides to come to Kentucky:
“What I did in the second half wouldn’t work at Kentucky. Coach Cal would chew me out. They play as a team and they play together.”
Calipari doesn’t plan to platoon next season
Caleb also spoke about Calipari’s recruiting pitch after today’s game. According to Swanigan, Coach Cal has told him that he has no plans to use the platoon system next year at Kentucky. Is this simply a recruiting tactic or a real indication of Calipari’s plans? Without knowing how the roster will look next year, it’s difficult to draw any conclusions.
Cal confirms the UCLA series
In today’s press conference, Calipari confirmed what most of us already knew; Kentucky will play a home-and-home series with UCLA in the next two seasons. The games will replace North Carolina’s annual slot on the schedule. However, according to Cal, UNC and UK plan to resume the series in the future: “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” he said, “This is plugging that hole right now.” UNC and UK will play in Vegas in 2016, so Kentucky gets to beat the Tar Heels at least once during the gap.
UK Hoops wins in OT
After a disappointing loss to Illinois yesterday at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, the women’s basketball team bounced back with a 92-88 overtime victory against Oklahoma this evening. The effort wasn’t pretty, but Makayla Epps balled — finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Kentucky football target Damien Harris sent his regards on Twitter:
Heard @ThatEppsKidd_ put on a show tonight ðŸ˜ˆ dropped 29 and had a double double ðŸ´ðŸ´ðŸ´
— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) November 29, 2014
Missouri wins the SEC East
In football news, a winner has emerged from the crazy SEC East; Missouri clinched the division with a 21-14 victory over Arkansas this evening. It’s still hard to fathom that a team that lost at home to Indiana will be playing the SEC title game, but so it goes.
That’s it for now. If you needed a reminder, Kentucky plays Louisville tomorrow at noon for a chance at bowl eligibility. Stay tuned.