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Gearing up for Memphis (Wednesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon are in studio to get you ready for this weekend’s Sweet 16. This is the last show before they leave for Memphis, so tune in to hear them preview their adventure, which could last all the way until the National Championship game in Phoenix.

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91 Comments for Gearing up for Memphis (Wednesday Show Thread)



  1. Laker Cat 18
    10:00 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    2 more days! Go Cats!



    • ukjaybrat
      10:05 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      HA, great minds !



  2. ukjaybrat
    10:05 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    60 HOURS !!!!



  3. Realme
    10:13 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Rarely do people so genuinely apologize when they screw up. Lots of public people could learn from Matt’s response to this.



  4. runningunnin.454
    10:15 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Get over Lavar Ball; don’t legitimize him. Besides, he’s got his hands full with Lebron now.

    • Do we really know his last name is actually “Ball” considering his personality, especially when he wears a shirt that says “Ball Star”?

      Is this kind of like the story that Joe “THIZE-man” was actually pronounced Joe “Theezman” but he wanted his last name to rhyme with “Heisman”?



    • J-Dub421
      10:41 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I zero respect for a man who will bash a 12 year old and a 9 year old.

    • To be fair, I don’t know that he was bashing the kids. It was still out of line though. Bomani Jones said on Mike and Mike this morning that we just need to look at him as wildly entertaining and laugh at him. I think that’s a pretty good take.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:06 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      i don’t laugh at him. i just think he’s is sad. just sit down and watch the game like everyone else and stop sticking your chest out like a pompous asshole. No one really cares what he’s saying nor do they think anything he says is true. He’s basically the same thing as all of the idiot trolling media guys we’ve come to hate. everyone on FSN comes to mine. Let’s just give a really hot take, even if it’s the dumbest thing on earth. and everyone will tune in and listen. THAT is old man Ball.



  5. Laker Cat 18
    10:16 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Ball is getting way too much publicity. That’s exactly what he wants to promote his brand. He’s all about the money.



  6. Realme
    10:20 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I think we can trust these guys to play well, motivated by the fact they’re trying to advance in the tourney against a team that beat us in Rupp. Don’t think anything else is needed.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:30 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      the only thing that scares me is that i thought the upperclassmen, dom, willis, briscoe would be out for revenge in the game in rupp because of what happened last year.

      willis had himself a game. 4/7, 2/5 for 11 points and 4 rebounds
      dom was ok. 5 points and probably good defense in his 16 minutes
      but briscoe was mediocre for his role. 4/14, 0/5, 12 points

      those guys really shocked me. i expected them to perform above the bar in that game JUST because of the revenge factor.

      monk/fox/bam combined for 62 and they weren’t even at the game last year.



    • Realme
      10:33 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, I wasn’t even worried about that game for just that reason. In this case though, Matt was specifically saying Monk and Fox need the Ball bulletin board material this week. I don’t agree with that, but we’ll see in 60 hours, right?



    • J-Dub421
      10:37 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      We’ve done well in revenge games so far this season. I think we can take the Bruins. Our defense is much better now than it was in December.



  7. runningunnin.454
    10:22 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    GO CATS!
    Beat the Bruins, Beat the Tarheels.

    • Go Butler!!!



    • Realme
      10:29 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I second the Go Butler. Not sure why everyone assumes UNC would be the next opponent. They almost lost to Arkansas.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:30 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I’m for Butler, too; but I don’t think they can rebound with NC.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      It’s too bad that Butler lost that game to Duke. Then if they beat UNC they could claim ownership of the state of North Carolina.

    • And Duke would still be at 4 instead of 5, and UNC doesn’t get 6 while hopefully we get 9!



    • ukjaybrat
      10:57 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      They already own Indiana. Beat IU and Purdue in the same year a cpl years ago



    • ukjaybrat
      11:03 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      They reall do own the state of indiana lol

      16-17: beat #9 IU
      16-17: lost to Indiana State
      15-16: beat #9 Purdue
      15-16: beat IUPUI
      15-16: beat Indiana State
      14-15: lost to IU
      14-15: beat Indiana State
      13-14: beat Purdue
      12-13: beat #1 IU



  8. J-Dub421
    10:28 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    At this point, I am legitimately surprised Lavar Ball didn’t name his sons Meal Ticket, Gravy Train, and Retirement Plan because that’s clearly how he sees them. What a vile man.

  9. CALLING RCF! I don’t know if you saw this the other day, but I replied to your “Matt should turn in his man card” comment after the show was over. This guy wrote a song called “Man Card”, and I heard him sing it at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, AL (LuLu is Lucy Buffett, Jimmy’s sister. The sound quality isn’t great, but here you go:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvac7KyeFYw



    • RealCatsFan
      10:47 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      CG, I will check it out when I get an opportunity to listen to it. Can’t really do that right now. Thanks!



  10. runningunnin.454
    10:29 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    What is Matt talking about?
    I watched the games on Dish.



    • DrSayre
      10:30 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Did you watch it on 27? WKYT wasnt affected… it’s TV stations owned by Hearst.



    • Realme
      10:30 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I think it’s just one region of the country. Not sure.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:33 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I watched the Evansville, In CBS affiliate on Dish.



  11. Realme
    10:30 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I’d drop Directv if they pulled that crap in March.



    • J-Dub421
      10:33 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Same.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:45 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      The first week of January, DTV had the same dispute going on with CBS/WLKY in Louisville. My dad had just switched from TWC to DTV because I told him I was happy with them (and they had the 2-year promotion deal going), and I felt bad about it. I guess this kind of thing is pretty common.

      Couldn’t you just hook up an antenna and get CBS over the air for the game? No DVR, but at least you would be able to watch it – in high def. I have been contemplating pulling the plug lately because $130 / month is ridiculous for the amount of TV I watch – especially outside of basketball season.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      happy sling customer here. no cbs but thankfully spectrum forgot to disconnect my cable at the street so i can still get cbs through the wall. when youtube comes out with their offering, it’s a little cheaper but no TBS. i think i’d rather have CBS over TBS though



    • Realme
      10:51 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      My usual question: Have you found an easy DVR option for Sling? Oh also, do they have SEC Network?



    • RealCatsFan
      10:52 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I absolutely HAVE to have my “CBS Sunday Morning” show. It is a Sunday morning staple for me. One of my favorite shows. I was pissed when i couldn’t get it for a week or so.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:54 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      SECN: yes
      DVR: No

      that’s probably the biggest thing i don’t like about sling is not having a dvr.

      the youtube service i mentioned has free unlimited cloud dvr. so as long as you still have internet, you can watch anything you’ve recorded. i can’t wait until that is released.



    • Realme
      10:58 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      DVR addict here (commercials are for chumps). I’ll keep an eye out for the youtube thing. Still dreaming of fiber internet in Lexington so I can tell Time Warner where to stick it.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:19 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Count me in as another devoted DVR addict. I remember a couple of weeks after I first had DVR service, I was driving in listening to KSR, and something was said that I wanted to hear again and I was thinking “where is my rewind button on this thing?” 😀



    • Realme
      11:32 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I do that ALL the time. I actually think that should be a thing, but I’d settle for the iheart website not performing like garbage.



    • catdaddyd
      3:43 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I have Dish in the Louisville area, I use an antenna. I bought an ota (over the air module for $40 off amazon) and not only am I able to watch and record the game it gives me two additional tuners to record. All the sub channels like metv show up as well.



  12. J-Dub421
    10:46 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Random thought: Normally I think other fan bases would cheer for whoever we were playing in Memphis because we’re Kentucky. However, that may be muted a bit due to the obnoxiousness of Lavar Ball.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:57 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Think NC will cheer for us; they want revenge, and they probably think UCLA is tougher.
      Of course, I think Wichita State will stop wanting us….Chinese say ” Be careful what you wish for…you may get it”.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:20 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Along the Chinese line of thinking, Confucius say “He who farts in church must sit in own pew”. 🙂

    • Farting in church is never a good thing with the way it resonates off the pew, and it doesn’t matter if it’s wood, tweed, leather, or pleather!



  13. runningunnin.454
    10:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Don’t think Ball will hurt us; just stop the other guys.
    Keep a hand in Alford’s face, and stop Leaf…and keep Welsh from popping out for the 15 footer.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:49 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      we weren’t playing great defense last time and still held him in check. pretty sure he won’t be a threat this time either



    • J-Dub421
      10:52 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Welsh and Leaf were the ones who really killed us earlier this season.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:59 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Right, Fox outplayed Ball all over the court. Matt said the other day, they neutralized each other….no, check the stats.



  14. RealCatsFan
    10:49 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Matt, any antenna will pick up an HD signal. Does not have to be specific.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:50 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      It’s the tuner in the TV that has to be able to process a digital signal. Has nothing to do with the antenna.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:51 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      any piece of wire connected to your input can receive a signal. i once got a uk tourney game on at work with a paperclip. some wires are shaped more and more complex and can pick up a more and better signals and also require less re-arranging to find a new channel



  15. DrewP
    10:50 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Matt Just called DISH saaid they could not do the lexington switchover. This customer is DONE with DISH!



    • catdaddyd
      3:47 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      See my post above, ota module.



  16. DrSayre
    10:51 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    What has to be really frustrating for Dish customers in Louisville, is Dish recently started charging extra for local channels. They reduced the packages by $5 and charged $10 for local channels, so if you have local channels through Dish, your bill costs $5 more than what it a few months ago.



    • DrewP
      11:02 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I didnt even realize that. Rediculous



    • catdaddyd
      3:50 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I called to cancel my local channels after that and they said they couldn’t do that. I have antenna and ota module.



  17. Realme
    10:53 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Can someone make me feel confident that even if Malik still can’t shoot, we can still win? Obviously De’Aaron and Bam and Dom have picked up his slack, but still. What if?

    • Then hopefully Derek is hitting from 3.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:07 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Malik will be fine Friday…..the Bruins can’t cover him.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:23 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Monk just needs to go hard to the rack early and either score or get fouled – or both. It will jump start his game, and probably will bring his outside shooting around as well. He is letting himself get frustrated lately, which is affecting his confidence.

      Notice how teams are having someone shadow him constantly? He always has a defender right on top of him.



    • Realme
      11:35 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      If Monk is attacking the basket I will worry less. But I’d still love to see his first three go in.



    • catdaddyd
      3:52 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Throw it to Willis on the wing and let him feed it to Bam.



  18. J-Dub421
    10:57 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    We need to let Briscoe, Fox, and Hawkins drive on Alford. Remember Turner v. Wojo?



  19. bigbluecoop
    11:05 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    $85 for an antenna is crazy. I bought one 2 years ago for $10. Works great. And, yes, it’s HD.



  20. Realme
    11:09 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I’m usually jealous of KSR for being paid to do such a dream job, but when those guys have to pile into a car with Matt and his music, I feel bad for them.

    • And Drew eating Taco Bell all the time.



    • J-Dub421
      11:42 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yikes, I hadn’t thought about being cooped up in a car with Drew after Taco Bell.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:59 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Taco Bell, White Castle, and Long John Silver’s all in the same day – the unholy triad of junk food.



  21. henderblue
    11:14 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Matt, I love to see the Cats run. But I think our best chance of winning is slowing those guys down. Make those guys guard us. We have to somehow stop Welsh and Leaf from hitting shots. And I like your thoughts on Alford. Take advantage of his weaknesses



  22. runningunnin.454
    11:15 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Not worried about Ball shooting threes. Just force him to go right…he can’t shoot going to his right.



    • CatBlue in LR
      1:43 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Because he shoots right-handed from the left side of his body. Funkiest thing I ever saw. What did Bruce Pearl call it — “janky”? LOL.



  23. DrSayre
    11:31 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    They need to have the listeners vote for on the best caller bracket.



    • Realme
      11:35 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Definitely. Need bigger sample size.



  24. Realme
    11:37 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Definitely. We should only burn couches for championships.



    • Realme
      11:42 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Apparently, I definitely say definitely too much.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:01 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

      definitely



  25. secrick
    11:42 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Finally made it to read your post, good job guys and gals. Already getting nervous about this game but can’t wait.



  26. runningunnin.454
    11:49 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    They said that the ’78 team was too serious, were miserable, and didn’t have fun; but,
    they looked like they were having fun when they were cutting down the nets.
    I’ll take the “taking care of business” mindset any time.



  27. J-Dub421
    11:53 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    You don’t foul late when you’re up three. Trust your defense, and if they hit a three, take your chances in overtime.