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Did you see that laughable performance from our friends up in Bloomington? Indiana, lowly ol’ Indiana, lost to Eastern Washington in Assembly Hall. After the game, your boy Tom Crean said, “I am so excited about this team and I love their spirit.” He did. He said that. I can’t make that up.

Meanwhile, things are looking tremendous on the basketball court in Lexington. Your Wildcats held down that No. 1 spot in the AP poll again this week and should add another tally to the win column Tuesday night.

Oh, and there’s a pretty important football game coming up, too:

 

Mark Stoops believes his players are ready for Louisville.

“We’ve got a lot to play for,” Stoops said in his Monday press conference. “Guys are excited and energized. Like I said, it’s been a good, tough stretch against some quality teams down the stretch here. We’ve got time for a bye, and we’re playing our rival on the road for an opportunity to go to a bowl game. So it is what it is.”

“We’ll prepare and be excited to go play,” he continued. “But there is no reason to be tense or to go play tight. I don’t anticipate that. I’d like to see us play with that great passion and energy that we did for most of the season.”

Louisville is a 14-point favorite.

Your thoughts? That’s a tough one. It’s pretty hard to be confident in UK after the last few performances, but it is a rivalry game with a lot on the line. I’ll take the UK cover because I hate Louisville.

Dorian Baker is out for the year.

The freshman wide receiver tore his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) last week in practice and will need surgery. The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the year and on into the spring, although exactly how long is unknown. Stoops said Baker planted awkwardly during a non-contact drill when the tear occurred.

Stoops wants Towles’ best this Saturday.

“He’s had some ups and downs; we’ve all seen that,” said Stoops. “He’s done some very good things at times. So I’d like to see him really put it all on the line this last week and go out and just play and be the great leader that he’s shown at times this year and really just lay it on the line and play a quality football game for us.”

Hopefully that ankle will be at full strength by Saturday.

Commonwealth Stadium doesn’t look like Commonwealth Stadium anymore.

@markcstory

Whoa, that was fast. Progress is picking up speed now that the season is coming to an end.

UT Arlington got some shots up in Rupp Arena on Monday.

@JoshSours

On Tuesday the Mavericks will have the tall task of trying to score on the Wildcats. They’re a good shooting team so expect an absurd amount of three-point tries from the visiting squad. It’ll be interesting to see if the Cats listen to Cal’s orders and get out there with a hand up.

Rick Pitino: “I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian.

Louisville destroyed Savannah State, 87-26, tonight and Pitino did everything he could to keep from running up the scored. When asked about calling off the dogs in the second half, he said, “I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian.”

Interesting comment, Coach.

The Memphis Grizzlies hired Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout.

Cyprien was an assistant under Billy Gillispie at Kentucky during Gillispie’s short stint as head coach. He then went on to coach at Memphis, Texas A&M and now to the NBA as an operations assistant and scout for the Grizz. It’ll be bizarre seeing him at Rupp if Memphis sends him to scout here.

KSR will be at Fan Outfitters in Hamburg tomorrow morning.

Get an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday by going to Fan Outfitters in Hamburg Pavilion in Lexington for Tuesday’s show. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be in the store from 10:00 am to noon for a live remote broadcast. It’s a good chance to knock out some Christmas shopping, too.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for Monday Night News and Views



  1. ukbradstith
    11:55 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    2 things-eastern Washington sweet 16 (heard it here first) and you might hate Pitino but he’s still pretty funny in press conferences.



    • catdaddyd
      12:11 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

      But did Ricky P say in his pre-game interview that his team would be tested tonight. They are a very good ball club and we will have a fight on our hands tonight.



  2. catdaddyd
    12:02 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Ricky P, that was funny. Now we will see if the PC police will come after him. Old Rick has some swag as well as Cal, can’t wait for that game, although the recent UK and UofL reg season games haven’t been much fun. Except when Jorts went off.



    • Melvit
      4:42 pm November 25, 2014 Permalink

      It was just as racist if he’d had said “I tried everything even playing 4 black guys….” Stop with the double standards.



  3. sonnyg333
    12:04 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Crean has IU beating on all cylinders and making great improvements losing only by 2 points….

    Ricky belittling an opponent in a racial way will be greatly appreciated by only cardinal fans…

    Coach Stoops said the Wildcats Football team is ready for the Cards. Does this mean we will lose by less than 50 this weekend for a change..Put up or shut up time Coach…



  4. catdaddyd
    12:05 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    If Stoops was coaching IU basketball, they would have given him an extension, and the assistants a raise, after the game. Just kidding…..



  5. wu slang
    12:10 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    The hilarious thing is that the Eastern Washington game was the conclusion of something called the “Hoosiers Showcase.”



  6. theSkinny81
    12:29 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Could you imagine the field day the Louisville fans and media would have if CAL said that???



  7. Casper
    12:35 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    i fear Ricky P has toenail fungus…



  8. catdaddyd
    12:35 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Hey Drew, did you know Colin Hanks is 37 today. The same age as his dad Tom was when he was filming Forrest Gump.



  9. ColoradoCat
    1:12 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    How are there three AP voters who honestly think UK is not the #1 team in the country up to this point in the season.



  10. RealCatsFan
    6:56 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Ricky P’s comments remind me of the beginning of a joke…

    “Four white guys and an Egyptian walk into a bar…”

    I thought it was pretty funny. Don’t see any reason to make a big deal out of it. Savannah St must be pretty bad – maybe we should have them play Montana St to see who is worse.



    • CATandMONKEY
      7:53 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

      It was kind of funny. Not PC but still funny. This made me despise Rick just a smidgen less than usual.

      Which UK team will show up Saturday? The team that took FL to three OTs in a very hostile venue, or the teams we saw take the field (and that was about all) against Mizzou, Georgia and the Volunteers?
      If the former then I will take the Cats by three. If the latter…thank God that it’s basketball season and we shall only have to listen to the ridiculous Card fans until we dominate at the Bucket in a month.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:57 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

      I hope the former, but I fear the latter.



  11. AirForceOne
    8:27 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    No offense to Whitraker Bank, but I hate their signs in Rupp. If we are not going to get a renovated arena, at least get an LED ribbon and a center hung video scoreboard. I like the one in Bankers Fieldhouse.



  12. blubo
    8:56 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    don’t care who you are, that rikky p comment was kinda funny. in hoosier’s defense (as they don’t have any) they were probably still hung over from beating uk.



  13. theWilkman
    11:12 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    I’m from Henderson but went to high school in Indiana and have my 10 year reunion on Friday. I’m considering wearing a UK sweatshirt instead of something a little dressier, just to see if any IU fans have the stones to say anything.