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!
Here is this AMAZING Andrew Harrison block https://t.co/DiJKop99Xq
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 17, 2016
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 DidDukeWin.com 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.