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Today on KSR: Decision Day for James Wiseman

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The No. 1 player in America will announce his college decision today.  What once looked like a sure thing for John Calipari, now appears to be a dreaded day around the BBN.

Coach Cal was one of the first to go all in on the versatile seven-footer.  From the beginning, Kentucky was the team to beat for Wiseman.  Then his AAU coach, Penny Hardaway, became the Memphis head basketball coach.  Slowly but surely, Hardaway stole Kentucky’s momentum.  When Wiseman unexpectedly revealed his decision date, the writing was on the wall.

Wiseman will make his decision on SportsCenter today at noon.  If he doesn’t pick his hometown school, it will be a complete shock.  Where Kentucky goes without Wiseman is a tough question to answer.

Carey Top Three?

Kentucky’s other elite option in the post, Vernon Carey Jr., will soon cut his list of potential suitors to three.  Duke and Michigan State are expected to make the cut, but who will be third?  Maybe not Kentucky; North Carolina and his hometown school of Miami are also in the mix.  If the Cats are out of the picture with Carey too, it could be a long, cold winter on the recruiting trail.

What. A. Game.

The Monday Night Football matchup between the Rams and the Chiefs lived up to the hype.  The highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history, the teams combined for 105 points, 1,001 yards and ten passing touchdowns.  The back-and-forth affair even included three wild defensive touchdowns. My personal favorite was this ball from Pat Mahomes that traveled about 60 yards through the air.

Two late interceptions from Mahomes ultimately doomed the Chiefs in the shootout, falling 54-51 in a potential Super Bowl Preview.  Enjoy the insanity again by rewatching 16 minutes of electric highlights.

Final Governor’s Cup Prep

The Thanksgiving schedule makes things a little wonky around the UK football practice facility.  Instead of spacing out the media availability, we’ll hear from Eddie Gran, Matt House and select players after this afternoon’s practice.  It will be the final time we’ll talk to the team before they kick Louisville’s ass take the field at Cardinal Stadium Saturday.

New College Football Playoff Rankings

After placing seventeenth last week, Kentucky should slightly rise in the CFB Playoff Rankings tonight.  Where they fall will impact the potential to reach a New Year’s Six bowl.  If they are a few spots from the Top 12, it will only take a few losses in the final two weekends of the college football season for Kentucky to rise back into contention for a New Year’s Six game.

Josh Allen Awards Season

Kentucky’s star pass rusher is up for pretty much every national defensive award, many of which have never been won by a Kentucky Wildcat.

  • Nagurski Finalist
  • Bednarik Finalist
  • Butkus Finalist
  • Walter Camp Semifinalist
  • Lott Quarterfinalist

Give Allen all the awards.  All of them.  Oh, and listen to this week’s edition of the KSR Football Podcast.

Top Golf Neighbors, Still Mad

The Hurstbourne curmudgeons refuse to give up.  A handful of neighbors spoke to the media after filing a lawsuit, and like everything in this process, it’s completely ridiculous.

Feast Week

Holiday tournaments are giving us basketball during the day, and a top ten matchup between Duke and Auburn.  Aaron Torres previews all of the action on this week’s podcast.  Today’s schedule:

  • 2:30: Xavier vs. San Diego State on ESPN2
  • 4:30: Iowa State vs. Illinois
  • 5:00: Cal vs. Temple on ESPNU
  • 7:30: St. John’s vs. VCU on ESPN2
  • 8:00: #8 Auburn vs. #1 Duke on ESPN
  • 9:30: Texas Tech vs. Nebraska on ESPN2
  • 10:00: Arizona vs. #3 Gonzaga on ESPN
  • 11:30: Texas A&M vs. Washington

Single-Game Basketball Tickets on Sale

Starting at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, tickets to every SEC game and the Kansas game be available online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  There are also eRupption Zone tickets available to the general public for tomorrow and Friday’s game at Rupp.  Student section tickets are only $15 and will be sold at the Rupp Arena box office two hours prior to tip-off.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 Comments for Today on KSR: Decision Day for James Wiseman



  1. DelrayCat
    9:04 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Watch Wiseman AND Carey pick Duke.



  2. StuckinLville
    9:05 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Kansas game probably won’t even sell out. Tickets are too damn expensive. It’s ridiculous.



  3. StuckinLville
    9:07 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    And UK has lost all momentum and no one wants to play for a coach who is continuously out coached. Say what you want, but there’s a reason Whitney isnt signing during this period.



    • Wade
      9:41 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      What if pj hit his fts what if we didn’t go 2-30 against wv what if we played Ulis and booker? Do you really think that’s cals fault? Let’s not forget what if the refs didn’t give it too Wisconsin? Seriously cal is prolly frustrated and I am too with that loss to duke but we are turning into a bunch of duke lovers! I like Zion, I follow his highlights I’ll admit it but I like basketball and I watch every game! We need to worry bout this team and turn into the super fans we are and elevate this team. Time to show them who we really are and appreciate cal also!This yr has been different , I find myself not cheering as much and wishing for more juniors seniors and ky kids even if they are bench guys but I think that may change! Kahlil will sign bc we never have a sf and Keldon may be gone. That’s his only competition at that position!



    • StuckinLville
      12:03 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is out coached all the time and admits it. He puts players before the program and just as u mentioned when the twins should have been on the bench. How many times does he go in and make adjustments at half time? How many times does he refuse to change up his defense? Like you, I can’t even find myself getting into the games, same for last year. I think the problem is this team was too over hyped and we all got slapped in the face. Plus, i dont know what Cal is thinking with his line up. Herro should be coming off the bench and there it is he refused to not start Nick last year but this year he doesn’t start him. If Nick doesnt improve as the season goes on, look for a transfer.



    • BigolBlue
      11:26 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      True



    • bigbluebanana
      11:53 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      tRUe!!



  4. bigblue2284
    9:15 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Hope I’m wrong but I think he is a Memphis lock. I admit I don’t now much about his recruitment but seems odd he is announcing now vs the spring, man Cal just doesn’t have the touch anymore or maybe since coach O left.



  5. Kat4Life
    9:41 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Been a Memphis lock for months. Just move along, nothing to see here.



  6. kykid16
    9:42 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Ever think the kid grew up dreaming of playing for Memphis! Just like kids here have dreams of Rupp! If he goes to Memphis, good luck, let’s get kids that want to be here!



    • bigbluebanana
      12:00 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Get outta here with that rational thought man! How on earth could anyone ever not want to play for UK? Also, Cal is the worst, he can’t get one and dones anymore, but if he does get one and dones screw him for getting kids that want to leave and chase their lifelong dreams. Do you sheeple even realize that in the ten years he’s been here we haven’t even wine all 10 championships? Wake up and pull the blue colored goggles off, UK is the worst program in the world right now. We’ve already lost one game, and the ones we do win, we aren’t even winning by 40. Also, why don’t girls automatically go out with me and sleep with me? I’m a nice guy.



  7. clarks
    9:56 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    i root for kentucky reagardless who the players or coach is.dont be a fair weather fan and go cats.



    • Duff86
      10:24 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Penny is new and cool, so if a kid wants to go play for him then so be it. However, Kentucky clearly has to do something different to attract the top 10 players. I do not know what Duke and Memphis are selling, but we need some of it. Cal will figure it out. Please name one other available coach who could come to Kentucky right now and do what Cal does? No one. We all know the process by now. It’s going to take time to put the pieces together. We have great players who also happen to be great kids. Kentucky by March will be a completely different team they just need more time to learn how to play with one another.



    • mashburnfan1
      10:41 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Duff…most of us don’t want a coach to do what Cal is doing. We want titles, that is why you play. We don’t care about draft picks, Cal does. You wn titles with very good-to great college players that have experience and f you can add 1, maybe even 2, great one and done FR that is fine. A new starting 5 every year will not work. A new 4 and a couple leftover flopswill not work. Now if you can get the top 4 or 5 FR, and they are actually as good as all think they are, and you can coach them, you may win it all-see dUKe this year. But still they have a few returning guys with experience that do contribute. Can’t win if guys that are supposed to be the best {Richards was rated #1 Center and he is horrible}, they must be as good as advertised like RJ, Zion, Cam etc. Cal had the chance with the 38-0 team but coaching lost us the title, will be interesting to see how K and dUKe do come March.



    • BigolBlue
      11:27 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

      fair weather bandwagon blah blah blah. I watch and root every game. Doesnt mean I cant call Cal out for losing recruits and lackluster coaching



    • bigbluebanana
      12:04 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      And that doesn’t mean we can’t call you out for being a miserable, fair weather fan. You’re just like both sides of the political world: how dare you call me out for believing differently, but don’t you dare think differently than me! Talk all the crap you want, you just come off looking like even more of a tool than you are…and man, what a tool you are. We are all still waiting to hear your plan on how to do this better than Cal.



  8. notFromhere
    10:44 am November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal needs an assistant that is a film guy that can break down an opponent and game plan for when “what we do” isn’t working.



    • bigbluebanana
      12:06 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Mashburnfan is available. We hire him and big ol blue and we never lose again and we will have a roster full of white guys who will be here for four years. We won’t win any more games or titles, but they’ll be happy, and that’s all that matters.