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KSR is at Academy Sports! (Friday Show Thread)

Kentucky Sports Radio is coming to you LIVE from Academy Sports in Louisville today. The guys are at the 13401 Shelbyville Road location in Middletown for a remote broadcast of KSR.

Stop by to hear the show and enter to win UK tickets.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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KSR Affiliate List

WCBL (1290am): Benton
WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (1270am): Columbia
WCYN (102.3fm) Cynthiana
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WTHX (101.5fm) Elizabethtown
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson
PRTC TV Channels 209 & 409: Jackson & Owlsey Counties (Replayed at 1 and 6)

On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WWTF (1580am): Lexington, 4-6pm

Article written by Drew Franklin

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30 Comments for KSR is at Academy Sports! (Friday Show Thread)



  1. UK_JB
    9:56 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Ready for the game tomorrow, I think we will win by 13.

    You should giveaway tickets by having Ryan drive around Louisville and have some people meet him somewhere. You all did that in the past and was pretty good.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:03 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      auburn is not a good team. i think there’s no way we win by less than 20 bigguns



  2. Long Dong Silver
    10:29 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Matt, you’re wrong. Stalling up by 15 is acceptable. Cal wants to do that when he’s up by 5 with 5 minutes of game time left. And it never works in the big games. Wisconsin, Kansas in 08 when he was at Memphis…I could go on



    • ukjaybrat
      10:36 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      i hate when he does that. we play best by getting offensive rebounds and second chances. when we wait until 7 seconds to start the offense, we don’t always get a second chance



    • Long Dong Silver
      10:43 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Exactly! Stay with what had worked. And traditionally, our teams struggle against a half court, set defense. Go early and try for a good shot. Not hold it and get shot clock violations.



  3. Long Dong Silver
    10:45 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Matt, I don’t think Willis is getting every opportunity. Cal has a quicker hook with him than anyone. And the media criticism is notba good look for Cal. I hope Willis does transfer, and can have some success in his last season.



    • bakju keha
      10:54 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      he cant play defense at all! he is great on offense, that much is obvious. but you cannot sit there and tell me he is not a liability on defense. he cant guard anyone. same as kyle a few years back, great on offense and couldnt guard your granny



    • J-Dub421
      10:57 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Derek consistently loses his man in transition which leads to the other team scoring. He also consistently sags off the other team’s best shooter and gets a three drilled in his face as he closes out late. At least half of MSU’s comeback Tuesday night was because of Derek’s shoddy defense.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:01 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      He’s no worse on defense than some of our other players. Skal, Poythress (some games)



    • J-Dub421
      11:04 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Skal, yes. Willis is way worse on defense than Alex.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:09 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Some games, no. Go back and look at Poythress’ defense in our losses. My point is its an excuse. That’s the excuse Cal gives with Willis.



    • J-Dub421
      11:12 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Willis would need to score 20+ points per game to make up for all the points he gives up. Alex may have a few crappy games, but Derek is consistently bad on defense. It’s not once in awhile, it’s every game.



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:15 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Willis is not “great” on offense. He is a good offensive player. Wiltjer was closer to great on offense than Willis and that’s not close.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:17 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t agree with that. I think you are just rolling with the company line. I’m trying to be objective. I hope all the kids do great. But things are not equal with these guys. Willis gets a quick hook. When other guys don’t. They all have their faults. But Willis is a smoke screen.



    • Kernel Sanders
      11:19 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Quick hook? Willis has played more minutes in the last 5 games than Skal. I haven’t done it, but I would bet if you look at player efficiency ratings then willis gives up more points vs. what he scores than Poythress. I root for Willis to do well and play more, like I do for every KY homegrown player. But I can’t blame Cal for giving him the hook when Willis gives up points on consecutive possessions like he often does. Coaching 101—when your opponent finds a weak link and exploits it by continuing to go at a weak defender, then your guy better score more than he gives up, or he comes out. If you think Willis guards better, rebounds better or makes more athletic plays (blocked shots) than Poythress then all I have to say is hello Mr. Willis, glad your son Derek is at UK.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:21 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      I really think Cal focuses more on getting his big name kids more PT, even if they don’t deserve it. And I know why. It’s for recruiting. I get that. But it does happen. He markets the name kids so they get maximum exposure. Sometimes at the expense of other kids. I think if anyone takes a hard look, they will see that.



    • J-Dub421
      11:24 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      What Matt just said. Derek gets told something very specific on defense, then doesn’t do it. He will hit a three, then give up two open threes. I would be interested to see the individual players PER. Willis gets a quick hook because he keeps making the same mistake over and over and over. Willis also has admitted more than once that he hasn’t put in the work like he needs to. That is on him.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:24 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Kernel, I don’t have kids. And I don’t care if the kid is from Kentucky or Omaha. If he can play, play him. And my comparison is to the passive Poythress. That Poythress is weak and soft. Not athletic. Not a rebounder. Not a presence.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:26 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      We can debate this all day. Cal has his pet peeves, and he goes with them. It’s all in how you look at it.



    • Kernel Sanders
      11:45 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      LDS go look at the replay of the Miss at game. Watch Willis on Defense when he gives the guy he’s defending a 5 foot buffer to put up a shot, or he runs out at him with his hand no higher than chest level, or he lets the ball get driven right by him by not moving his feet. If that’s not weak and soft, not athletic, not a presence, then I don’t know what is.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:53 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Willis can hit threes. Love it. He is no Wiltjer on offense. Kyle has moves near and away from the basket. Willis does not. Both can dunk. Neither are great at defense but Wiltjer at least tries and occasionally executes but is limited by his “deceptive slowness”. Willis has more athleticism but fails to execute defensively.

      I agree that Willis gets the hook more quickly than others.
      Poythress has WAY more upside compared to Willis and can give you bulk and rebounds underneath, though I also agree that consistency is an issue.

      As others have mentioned above, Willis sometimes goes out and does exactly the opposite of what is asked and would be expected from any player, even at a lower level.

      I hope Willis pulls it together and finishes the season strong while returning as a positive, known quantity that Cal can count on next season for 20+ minutes per game.



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:54 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Yes Kernel. Yes it is. I NEVER SAID IT WASN’T. My point is he’s not the only one with those flaws. But Willis is the only one being called out for it. Is it that hard to understand?



  4. secrick
    11:11 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Quick hook on Matthews, Willis and Mulder. I don’t like it , let them play thru some of those mistakes. But i didn’t go 38 and 1 last year so it’s just my thoughts and doesn’t mean a thing.



  5. Long Dong Silver
    11:43 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Matt doesn’t know how a gasoline combustion engine works?



    • J-Dub421
      11:50 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      That surprises you? I mean, it’s Matt…



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:57 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Haha, well that is true. A renaissance man he isn’t.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:58 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Matt also likely cannot bait a fish hook, split wood or sight a rifle but that is not why I listen. Actually his ironic lack of general ” Eastern KY man-skills” is a great comedic device and provides much entertainment. I still respect his intellect and all he brings to the table though.



    • Long Dong Silver
      12:11 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Being a well rounded person isn’t a bad thing. Some can do all of that and still be an intellectual. It is possible.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:54 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed LDS, I am far from an intellectual but can do all the things mentioned abbove, out of necessity in my younger years growing up n in semi-rural New England. I just wanted to recognize Matt for the things he that he does do better than average.
      We were raised to be well-rounded as kids but that also can lead to no true mastery in any one area. It was not until graduate school that I really became focused on one area, exclusively for about 5 years. It sure was nice though, to be able to at least show up for 3 different intramural sports and place in the talent contests. Still wish I I could dunk or drain the tres, though.



  6. roundball fool
    11:54 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Derrick does not seem focused during the action. Especially on defense.
    He has great potential but needs to play free and play intense. Too slow to cover and to close off, pick up. I still believe he can do it. I still believe in Skal and Alex.

    Go Big Blue!