Good morning, friends and enemies. How are you? That’s good to hear. Me? I’m great. Missed that 7 am alarm because I was deep in crazy dreamland, but I’m great. Ready to get the day started. Let’s carpe this diem. Here’s the big stuff you need to know before we do that:
1. Former Wildcats shined in NBA season openers last night.
It was Kentucky night in the NBA as several former Wildcats stole the headlines in their season debuts. Most notably, Anthony Davis went for 50 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 blocks in a loss to Jamal Murray’s Nuggets. He joins Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players to score 50 points in a season opener.
In Sacramento, Willie Cauley-Stein did this:
— NBA (@NBA) October 27, 2016
The Kings defeated the Suns, 113-94, in Phoenix. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 and 6; Cauley-Stein had 6 and 2; Skal Labissiere was inactive; Devin Booker had 18 on 8-of-12 shooting; Eric Bledsoe had 16 with 6 rebounds and 5 assists; Brandon Knight had 7 points and 5 assists; Tyler Ulis played 13 minutes; and that’s a whole lot of Calipari guys in one basketball game.
And in Memphis, Andrew Harrison played a game-high 38 minutes in a win over Karl-Anthony Towns’ Timberwolves. Harrison went for four points and four assists, while Towns dropped 21 in the first game of his sophomore campaign.
(These NBA recaps are going to get very long this season. I think it’s time we move them to their own post.)
2. You gotta love this postgame locker room clip of Stoops, seen on Wednesday’s SEC Inside:
“You know what I was thinking the whole time? I LOVE these guys!”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 27, 2016
3. JoJo Kemp and Landon Young to play on Saturday.
Big news out of the SEC Coaches’ Teleconference yesterday as Mark Stoops confirmed JoJo Kemp and Landon Young will be able to go in Columbia.
Both players suffered injuries against Mississippi State and needed locker room X-rays, but they’re good to go, Stoops told his teleconference listeners.
4. We’ll hear from Stoops and Calipari today.
The pre-Mizzou talk will end today when Stoops holds one last press conference before the trip to the Midwest. He’ll be available following today’s practice and we’ll have it live on the KSR Facebook page and on the site.
Then over in the Joe Craft Center, John Calipari will hold his first pre-game press conference of the year to look ahead to Sunday’s exhibition.
5. Sounds like John Petty is going to Alabama.
Five-star shooting guard John Petty canceled his upcoming trip to Lexington and set a date for his announcement. He will commit to either Kentucky or Alabama from halftime of his high school game on November 10.
Word on the street is #HeGone.
6. A friend of mine won a car on The Price Is Right this week.
Congratulations to Josh Henderson, an old high school friend of mine, for killing it on The Price Is Right earlier this week. Josh is a super nice guy and, apparently, a good dancer:
Madisonville Maroons gettin’ it done.
7. New KSR podcasts hit the interwebs Wednesday.
Scroll down for the KSR Football Podcast and Freddie Maggard’s Depth Chart Podcast. Lots of good football talk in those, per usual.
8. Titans and Jags on Thursday Night Football tonight.
On paper, you’re probably thinking that’s the worst primetime NFL game of all time. But the AFC South is an open race, and if the Titans can clinch the playoff spot, I think they challenge the Patriots for the Super Bowl bid. (I don’t really think that but I love the Titans and I’m excited they’re finally on TV.)
So, Lexingtonian friends, where are we watching the game?
9. Take a second to help out the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is a national finalist for a $25,000 State Farm grant and they need your help.
The CAC works with children from 17 counties in Central Kentucky who have been victims of sex abuse. They work with local law enforcement to get perpetrators thrown in jail and provide therapy for children and their families. Each year they see about 700 children who have been abused in some form. They work to help and heal these children after such a traumatic experience.
They need you to cast your vote and help them win! Voting runs from October 26th through November 4th and you can vote up to 10 times per day! Help the CAC build a safer and stronger community by voting here.
10. Thank you to Coach Shouse and the Asbury Eagles for having me last night.
I got to speak to some of the guys and watch the team practice as they get ready for their exhibition game against Kentucky on Nov. 6.