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.
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.
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.