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Thursday’s Top 10: Back from the Big Apple


Well hello there. Long time no talk. I’m finally back in the lovely Bluegrass after watching our Cats destroy Michigan State on Tuesday. That was a pretty fun one, huh? They seem to be pretty far along for a team that’s only played three games. It’s going to be another fun year, folks. Lots of running, lots of defense. Can’t wait to see what they do when Bam gets involved, too. Let’s talk a little about that trip and the other happenings around here in this morning’s top 10…


1. Football team trying to peak at the right time.

During his weekly appearance on the SEC teleconference, Mark Stoops noted that his team did some good things in its two consecutive losses and they are stronger than ever before. He said, “I think we did some very good things against some very good opponents the last two games. Since our bye we’ve played some good football. We know there’s always room for improvement. We’re trying to peak at the right time, but I think our team is stronger.”

2. We’ll hear from Stoops again today.

It’s Thursday, which means we’ll get one last run of comments from Coach Stoops for the week before he shuts it down. Stoops will be available later this evening to preview the big Senior Day game against Austin Peay with bowl implications. Tune in for that press conference here on KSR a little later today.

3. ESPN predicting Memphis or Birmingham for the Cats’ bowl game.

You should go ahead and plan to be in one of two places, Memphis or Birmingham, during the week after Christmas as those are the likely destinations for Kentucky football’s postseason, assuming Kentucky wins in two days. I will not be making the trip, but I trust you will go and be loud and proud for the first bowl game since 2010.

4. Quade Green is ready to announce. 

Don’t forget, one of John Calipari’s big targets is set to announce his decision on Saturday. Quade Green, a five-star point guard in the class, has made up his mind and will announce his commitment to either Syracuse or Kentucky. His head coach told Ben Roberts, “I think he knows that the guys at Kentucky aren’t going to be there next year. They’re pretty good. And I think he knows there’s an opportunity there for him to be the next leader of the next group coming in. That’s something that definitely intrigues him, for sure.”

If he were to commit to Kentucky, Green would be the fourth signee in the early period for Cal. Not a bad little group to build around going into the spring.

5. Brandon Knight got himself a 30-piece last night.

Brandon Knight came off the bench and exploded for 32 points in Denver last night, becoming the first player to go for 30 off the bench in an NBA game this season. Devin Booker wasn’t too far behind with 24 of his own, while Eric Bledsoe chipped in eight and Tyler Ulis missed all the action. Jamal Murray had nine in 20 minutes for the other side by connecting on three of his four three-point attempts. There are way too many Wildcats in the NBA.

6. D. Lamb is back in the States.

Doron Lamb got the start for the Westchester Knicks last night in his first game back in the NBA D-League. This is Lamb’s second stint with the team after making the rounds overseas over the last year. His first time with the Knicks got cut short when he suffered a wrist injury.

Eat D. Lamb.

7. Get up and get you some, Andrew Harrison!

8. I got into a pretty spirited debate with a Kansas fan, who may be the dumbest man on the planet.

Met a couple Kansas fans out on the town Tuesday night and they were not impressed by John Calipari’s Wildcats. One of them told me neither De’Aaron Fox or Isaiah Briscoe will play a single minute in the NBA and that Briscoe is one of the worst players he has ever seen. I continued to argue for a little while, but eventually it became too much and I had to get away. Kansas fans, man.

9. Have you checked since Tuesday?

You should. Love that website after a good loss.

10. Shout out to Big Blue Nation in New York City.

Y’all were EVERYWHERE in that UK gear. I saw fans all over the place, so way to go. Also a big shout out to all the fans who booed the kid in a Duke jersey during the game. It’s good to know we’re not above booing a child if that child is a Blue Devil. That might’ve been the loudest moment of the night.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

10 Comments for Thursday’s Top 10: Back from the Big Apple

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    9:23 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

    I know we should be favored big against Austen Peay, but I’m still nervous. Stoops has never won a game while sitting at five wins, and he’s had a lot of opportunities (I think about thirteen, give or take). So I’m nervous.

  2. GrumpyOldDude
    9:31 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

    I wonder if that Kansas fan knows that the “stars” they have recently produced are mired in the D-League? Wayne Selden, Xavier Henry, Cheick Diallo, Cliff Alexander….probably more.

    • memphis wildcat
      9:39 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

      Kansas fans also claim 5 NCs – the 3 from NCAA and 2 of the “mythical” variety. They actually get insulted when you call them on it. UK would have 10+ using that metric…

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:57 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

      I honestly expect more from the average Kansas fan. I usually have held a grudging respect for their program and history, especially since their fans haven’t generally been on the plane-of-idiocy with the likes of IU and UofL fans. I am immediately reevaluating all rival fanbases.

  3. carlzwa11
    9:54 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

    Kansas has some underrated terrible fans. At Lolla I was wearing Kentucky stuff and was yelled out about 20 times by Kansas fans about how bad UK sucks… even though they haven’t beat us since George Bush 1. They are on the same tier as UofL and IU, thank God there aren’t more around us

    • J-Dub421
      10:27 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

      They beat us last year in the Phog.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:09 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

      They shot about a million FT’s; and our whole team fouled out. Don’t think they scored a FG in OT.

  4. Jiminy Crickets
    1:33 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

    I argued with a KU fan last year during our game at the Phog. He was busting UK for recruiting OADs, and how coach cal was a great recruiter, but a terrible coach. I reminded him of the ass kickings we had given KU during Coach Cals tenure here, including the NC in 2012. I also reminded him KU is #2 on the number of OADs since 2010, and yet UKs average NCAA finish was significantly higher than KUs in the same time. So, then he wanted to fight, he was by himself, and I was with 12 guys. This guy was as dumb as it gets.

    Uk ended up losing the game, after the entire team fouled out, and KU beat us at the FT line, but it was worth it

  5. fauxbobknight
    2:38 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

    obviously he went a little far with his Fox/Briscoe comments but Briscoe could easily get lost in the shuffle once he enters the league. There are a few “defensive” guys with limited offensive game at the end of every bench and every single one of them were above average college players. Id love to see him still playing 15 years from now but a lot of things would have to go his way for that to happen.

  6. EdC
    2:46 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

    Honestly what do you expect of someone who likely thinks rock chalk Jayhawk is something that should come out of one’s mouth? When your team cheer is basically just throwing words together that rhyme you don’t have much.