This is just about the worst time one could possibly post a journal on the site…a few hours before a big game and everything that could be said may become unimportant after the game takes place. But alas, starting the “Matt Jones Podcast” yesterday made me miss my chance to post and I am committed to writing more…so if I don’t do it now, it won’t get done. The picture above is around the time that the original KSR Podcast got its legs underneath it. We all look ridiculous in it (especially me) and there are at least two people in that picture that I don’t even think I know. But nevertheless, it represents a fun time in the KSR history books (probably circa 2008 or so) and I thought was worth a trip down memory lane. With that in mind, a few afternoon notes:
— I was mesmerized by the Kansas-Oklahoma game last night. From my perspective those two teams looked to be the two best in the nation (which is good since they are ranked 1-2) and the efficiency with which they both played was impressive. I still think Kansas is the overall better balanced team, but Buddy Hield got my attention last night as an All-American type player. His ability to hit shots with hands in his face on the road in front of a hostile crowd was one of the more impressive performances I have seen in quite some time. Kansas has a lot of weapons on their team and a number of guys who aren’t even playing right now (like Chieck Diallo and Carlton Bragg) with talent. They are probably the best team in America and when Kentucky makes the trip to Lawrence in a few weeks, I think it will be VERY difficult for the Cats to get a win. However I do like the position Kentucky will be in. It is very rare that a game occurs for Calipari’s team where no one will expect them to win. The Cats can play loose and at the end have a fence post to see just how far they have to go in order to reach the top team in the nation. The Cats can be as good as anyone by the end of the season…the game against Kansas will let us know just how far that journey will need to be.
— I am hearing a lot of positives about Tai Wynyard and his play so far since arriving to Lexington. There was a slight bit of uneasiness about the big New Zealander before he arrived because no one was really sure just how good he was. Calipari had offered him on a bit of a whim, he committed quickly and there was a sense of the unknown with him in a way that I can’t remember with any recruit since Ramon Harris’ arrival from Alaska. But I am told that he has been very good in practice, providing a physical presence down low and really helping the team in the drills with Skal and Marcus Lee. Wynyard is apparently spending a great deal of time on Skal and the hope is that his physical play will slowly help Skal get used to the roughness of the college game and make him more effective by the end of the season. Wynyard may not provide a great deal of time on the court this year, but even if he doesn’t, he has been a net positive for the team in its practice and preparation.
— Look for Kentucky to likely add JUCO QB Stephen Johnson II to the football team after his visit on January 14. He provides a running option for the Cats and is exactly the type of Quarterback that Eddie Gran would like to have on the roster. Gran was interested in the scrambler at Cincy and now that a SEC school is an option, I Think it is almost certain that he will join. There is a chance that he could visit, commit, sign and maybe even enroll immediately and join the team for the Spring. Whether the latter happens or not, I think it is likely that Kentucky will end up taking him and if that happens, I do think he will compete with Drew Barker for the job. He is versatile and will provide what Drew needs…competition to get him to the level that is required for the team to improve to the degree necessary for next season.
— Thanks to all the KSR Fans who helped make our radio show the #1 show in Louisville yet again. KSR received a tremendous rating (8.7 in the key demo), one of its highest of all-time and once again won its time slot, beating every talk show and music station. For this to happen in Louisville (where of course the Cards are the hometown team), on a crappy AM station and without including the streaming and podcast numbers…well, it is really amazing. We appreciate it more than you know.
Also congratulations to Captain Suntan’s UL show on its 17th place finish…keep working and I could see the heights of 15th in your future.
— Finally, check out the new Matt Jones Podcast if you have not yet. You can listen here directly or (better yet) subscribe on iTunes to the KSR feed here…we will have a specific Matt Jones Podcast feed soon but we don’t yet. Until then, use the one above. Jay Williams is great on it as a guest and I hope you enjoy.
Now let’s go get this win tonight in Baton Rouge…I am not optimistic but if we win, it would be massive for the season.