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The Conference Championships Sunday News and Views

I find it hard to believe that we only have two Sundays of real football left before the pigskin retreats back into hibernation until next fall but here we are. Tomorrow will bring about the NFL conference championships and decide which two teams will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy in two weeks. On one side we have the two elite quarterbacks of the past decade in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Both are first ballot hall of famers and both have been in this game several times before. The AFC looks like it will be decided by which of the teams can overcome the constant injuries that have plagued them all season. My vote is for the stable of former Cats with the Broncos. On the other side you have the changing of the guard quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. Both guys were never even expected to be playing on the football field let alone leading the two best teams the past two seasons. Both guys look like they are going to be exactly what makes football so great and should come down to the final seconds. I can’t wait.

Who do you pick in tomorrow’s conference championships? Now on to the news and views:

James Young Putting The Cats Up 4

The Cats took on the UT Volunteers today in Lexington and as expected it was a knock down drag out fight for the majority of the game until Kentucky finally took control. The biggest story of the game was the play of Andrew Harrison who apparently has decided to show up against our biggest rivals. After a poor showing against Arkansas, Andrew Harrison responded with his best game yet, posting a career-high 26 points, 3 assists, and zero turnovers against the Vols.  He was 7-13 from the field, including 2-3 from behind the arc and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Who did the game impress most? Perhaps it was his own brother who tweeted this shortly after the game:

 

Or maybe it was Coach Cal who simply stated “That’s our point guard”

-Early in the game though it was a one-on-one affair between Jarnell Stokes and Julius Randle trying to one up each other. Stokes appeared to be a rebound vacuum grabbing every ball that seemed to bounce in his direction. Julius though was a force on the offensive end as he scored the opening 7 points for the Cats, including his first 3, en route to finishing with 18. At this point you just know Randle gonna Randle.

-The Cats also got things done at the charity stripe for the first time this season as they went 23-24 from the line this afternoon for a whopping 95.8%.  You can thank the Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, and Alex Poythress for that mark.  They were the only players to go to the line today for the Cats. Let’s only have those four head to the line for the rest of the season.

-The Cats picked up a nice win over a bitter rival and now move on to face Texam A&M this Tuesday in Rupp. The Aggies dropped their first game of conference play today against Mississippi State in overtime. Without Elston Turner walking through the door the Cats should have no problem dispatching the team from College Station.

AROUND COLLEGE BASKETBALL

-Let us all take a moment and laugh at the Indiana Hoosiers who lost by 7 at home to Northwestern. I guess they were too tired after storming the floor celebrating a colossal win over the powerhouse known as Wisconsin.

-Shoutout to Providence for picking up a top-20 win over Creighton. Keep building that resume boys and making our win look that much better.

-You can tell it’s getting closer to March as Kansas nearly chocked and gave up a 17-point lead to Travis Ford and Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks won 80-78.

NBA CAT NEWS

-Scroll down the page a a bit to witness John Wall keep doing his thing and posterize Andre Drummond. The red hot Wizards dropped the game after winning 5 of 7 but they are still on track for a nice playoff seed in the abysmal Eastern Conference.

Marquis Teague got dealt to the Brooklyn Nets for some guy I’ve never heard of, Toko Shengelia. Hopefully Teague will get a chance to develop and grow once Deron Williams returns potentially Monday. Teague kind of got a bad break in Chi-Town with D. Rose being habitually injured.

-Terrence Jones has gone for an incredible 34 points tonight and there is still a lot of clock left in the game. Anthony Davis is just behind him with 31. Brandon Knight has 26. The former Cats are starting to take over the NBA.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow for all your Sunday Funday Cats coverage. Until then enjoy your Saturday night and bask in the warmth of yet another Cats win. The team is finally looking like they get it.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

Follow me @ACassady_KSR

33 Comments for The Conference Championships Sunday News and Views



  1. CATandMONKEY
    10:46 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    P-A-T-S…by three. 38-35



  2. Daniel
    10:49 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Seahawks vs. Broncos super bowl



    • mashburnfan1
      12:51 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      half right. Patriots and Seahawks with the Pats taking title.



    • Israel Lee
      8:43 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Daniel, U R correct. And, hopefully the Broncos win it all. Would like to see Peyton Manning finish out with a Superbowl Championship at Denver.



  3. HipHipHurrah
    10:49 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Let us point and laugh at Kansas for beating two Top-10 teams this week, while Kentucky celebrates moral victories.



    • We Hang Banners
      12:24 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t be a douche.



    • Let Us Point...
      8:43 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Let us point to your utter ignorance. Get lost Moron.



  4. WoW
    10:54 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    The Bucks and Rockets played tonight. Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones were the leading scorers for the game. Knight had 26 for the Bucks and Jones had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets. Career high for Jones. Cats doing big things!



  5. D Rose
    11:17 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    So let me get this right.. I get hurt, and hurt again, and that means Teague doesn’t get any playing time and can’t develop? But he will hopefully play when the starting PG in Brooklyn returns?



  6. Don't think AJ
    11:25 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Alabama football has bigger fish to fry than KSR. If Matt Elam doesn’t commit to UK it puts a dent into the class ranking. If he doesn’t commit to Alabama, doesn’t impact them at all.



  7. Bizzaro World
    11:29 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Terrence headlined an unbelievable night for former Cats in the NBA- Anthony Davis, 31 pts/17 rbs; John Wall, 34 pts/6 assists; Brandon Knight (god I hate that he’s on the Bucks) 26 pts/7 assists; and the afore mentioned Jones with 36/11 rbs. Wall, Cousins, and Davis (Bledsoe if he hadn’t gotten injured) should all be All-Stars this year.



  8. WTF?!
    11:53 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    How is it Rose being hurt limited Teague’s development?



    • Real Cracka
      12:41 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Because they had to trade for another PG. So Teague isn’t practicing against Rose in practice. And with Rose they get big leads where Teague could have come in with starters for long stretches. Do you know anything about basketball?



  9. lol
    11:53 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Why is KSR making fun of Indiana losing to NW when UK lost to Robert Morris last year. RM was like a HS team.



    • We Hang Banners
      12:26 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t be a douche.



    • Real Cracka
      12:44 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Because we are talking about this season? Let me throw in the idiotic “lol” like you did.



    • Alanis Morissette
      1:23 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      “Because we are talking about this season?” I wish i lived in a world where an argument with a cats fan about the current season didn’t automatically result in the comeback, “We have 8 championships, shut up.”



    • Let's Stay in the Past, OK?
      8:45 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Let’s stick with the Robert Morris example as long as we can. What do you think the shelf life is for it? You are an ignorant idiot.



    • Bizzaro World
      9:29 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Since we’re going back in history- ONE OH TWO! Go home and make some popcorn to put in your commemorative IU regular season win over UK popcorn box.



    • Bizzaro World
      9:30 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Rush the court! IU just knocked off Southwestern Mcneese State School for the Blind!



    • figby
      7:44 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      1975



  10. IU Freshmen
    1:39 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    I wish Indiana was relevant again.



  11. barn
    7:30 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    you’re young still.



  12. Was wondering the same thing
    8:02 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    I am a cat fan myself and wondering why we laughing at Kansas and iu for their victory and loss. last I checked who have we beat of significance, let alone we lost to Arkansas which lost to Ga say again GA. Vandy be barely beat and everyone knows they terrible. Louisville doesn’t count as we say they don’t exsist so we can’t claim that. Baylor is garbage just saying we look stupid when we talk about other teams. We play tennesse at home once what the hell was that about scheduling screwed them totally with that one.

    @HipHipHurrah
    Let us point and laugh at Kansas for beating two Top-10 teams this week, while Kentucky celebrates moral victories



    • Please Sober Up First...
      8:47 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Before you post again, please let the hangover dissipate a bit. You might make more sense that way. Doubtful, but worth a try.



    • Trolldar
      9:45 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Your grammar and lack of intelligence say you are a Tard fan. Not even a nice try, troll.



  13. ThatsaShame
    8:45 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    To those that point to Arkansas losing to GA and Vandy barely winning – please read this carefully.

    It doesn’t matter what our previous opponents do against other teams. A measurement of UK cannot be made by looking at the opponent of our opponents. If you are not capable of seeing development in the team over the past few games you really need to watch more closely. There is a reason the analysts keep talking about the growth of Kentucky – mainly because its true.

    To those that are complaining about Cal not being a good XO coach – please read this carefully.

    Did you notice that at half he changed the offense? Rather than Julius in the pose or hi-post – he had them running high pick and roll through Harrison. This is called an in-game adjustment. Tennessee had no answer for this motion and we won.

    Go Cats. Go Krogering.



    • Kay Roger
      8:47 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

      ………………………………..Great analysis. I agree. And, thanks for the plug !



  14. Bizzaro World
    9:11 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Ohio State & Iowa State both lost their last 3 games- Wisconsin dropped their last 2. Both lost home games. Ohio State hasn’t beaten anyone all season long- remember last year the Cats went from something like #8 to unranked after losing 2 in a row in January? After Nerlens went down and they faltered down the stretch that looked like a good move to drop them. However, that historic drop permanently gave a bad perception to last years squad even before the injury to NN. Where will OH St & Iowa State be ranked tomorrow morning? I’m guessing both are sill ranked higher than UK.



  15. Don't get it? It's simple
    9:37 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    For those of you who “don’t get why they laughed at Kansas”, allow me to explain. Kansas chokes a lot in March. Ask Bradley, Bucknell, Northern Iowa, or any of the teams they’ve lost to as a 1 seed in the Sweet 16 (VCU is in that group, I think). In fact, Self has suffered a big upset in almost half the seasons he’s been there. Look it up. Because of their annoying, obnoxious fans who go on about Kansas’s history, when they have a pitiful 3 titles, their choking is funny. Clear now?



    • The only thing simple here is you.
      10:52 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Kentucky is coming off a 1st round NIT loss, Kansas has gone to the tourney more years in a row than anyone else and has played in THREE title games the last 10 years, so there will be some setbacks. If you want to act like a retard maybe you should chose another scool to point and laugh at. Clear Now??



  16. George
    10:09 am January 19, 2014 Permalink

    As much as I like Randle, it’s frustrating to watch him attempt to score on two to three defensive players all the time. I watched closely when he was in the game and our inside out game died, and our movement stopped. Our lead was gained when he was on the bench. That’s when our movement and passing was at its best. As soon as he realizes this he’ll be even better than he already is and so will the TEAM.



  17. uktribe
    12:41 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Would like to see them win out with the last loss coming at UF, possibly, with this rise of Dakari, it’s possible we could see WCS return w/ THE TWINS, we get KT & WCS for 2014 version of twin towers w/ twins and incoming class, that’s a better chance at going 40-0. What’s needed more, points from free throws or winning the rebound battle every game? I’ll take the points, great job at the line, if we shot like that all season we WOULD be talkng about 40-0! Here’s to 5 losses and winning #9!!!!!! BRONCOS 41-40 (LAST SECOND FG) 49ers v. BRONCOS, BRONCOS win 38-27 Super Bowl Champs.