Good morning, folks! We’re still in the middle of a basketball-less stretch but tipoff against the Florida Gators is justttt around the corner. To help distract you, we’ve got you covered with the news you need to know, including the un-snubbing of All-Star Devin Booker. Let’s dive into it.
As we’ve been doing all week, today will be another day of playing the waiting game with the Southeastern Conference. Ideally, we’ll find out more news in regards to Kentucky making/not making up previously postponed games, like the one from Tuesday against Texas A&M (who had another game postponed, FYI). But at this rate, who knows when any information will come down.
For now, we stay patient.
UK not in the new college football video game?
Our own Jack Pilgrim did some capital J journalism work after it was discovered that the University of Kentucky was not one of the 130 schools across the country that is partnered with the Collegiate Licensing Company. Only 12 FBS programs do not have deals with the CLC–such as Notre Dame and USC along with several other smaller schools–and Kentucky is one of the biggest names on the list.
For those out of the loop, the CLC is what’s allowing colleges across the country to help create a new EA Sports college football video game, the first since 2013. 118 other colleges have already joined.
UK told KSR in a statement that it is currently reviewing the proposal EA Sports has made to the school’s trademark licensing company and feels the news of the popular video game series making its return is “exciting.”
“It’s exciting that EA Sports is engaging in a college football game again,” said Jason Schlafer, UK Executive Associate Director of Athletics. “Currently, we are reviewing what they have proposed to our trademark licensing agency.”
As made clear by UK’s statement to KSR, the video game franchise is interested in Kentucky being included in EA Sports College Football, and it appears the interest is mutual.
WBB travels to No. 17 Georgia
The No. 19 ranked Wildcats are down in Athens today where they’ll take on Georgia in another matchup between top 20 teams.
Kentucky is coming off a disappointing 76-55 loss to the No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks this past Sunday. Rhyne Howard, who shot 2-11 from the floor and finished with 12 points, was the only ‘Cat to record double-gifts. This will be (barring any unexpected add-in games) the second-to-last game of the regular season with Senior Day against Ole Miss later in the week. The ladies hold an 8-5 SEC record at the moment, tied with Tennessee for the crucial four-seed in the standings. Georgia is just above them both in third place. A win over the Bulldogs today for UK would put them in a tie with Georgia for third and in solid position to secure a double-bye at the upcoming SEC Tournament.
Grant Grubbs will have a preview on the site shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST on the SEC Network.
Davis out, Booker IN plus more love for Julius Randle
It was only a matter of time before Anthony Davis’ injury replacement was named to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, and I think we all would have fired up our Twitter fingers if Devin Booker wasn’t the one to do so. But news broke on Wednesday night that Book was indeed the replacement for AD, handing the Phoenix Suns shooting guard his second consecutive All-Star appearance.
The 24-year old former Kentucky Wildcat is posting a career season alongside fellow All-Star Chris Paul as the duo have the Suns cruising with one of the top records in the entire league.
On top of Booker receiving his rightful spot in the All-Star Game, slated for Sunday, March 7, the compliments were still flying in for New York Knicks big man Julius Randle, who was named to his first All-Star roster on Tuesday as a reserve.
The Knicks posted this video of John Calipari congratulating Randle.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 24, 2021
This next video from Randle’s IG account is my personal favorite.
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News from across the SEC
It wasn’t a busy day in Kentucky media, but plenty happened across the rest of the Southeastern Conference.
Auburn star guard Sharife Cooper was seen in a walking boot and could miss the remainder of the season, Vanderbilt leading-rusher Keyon Henry-Brooks announced he’s entering the transfer portal after two seasons in Nashville, and the Texas A&M-Missouri Men’s Basketball game was postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 issues within the Aggie program that has now forced them to postpone EIGHT games in a row.
That mucked up the viewing schedule a bit, but Saturday is still going to be loaded with conference matchups. Here’s when you can watch.
- 12:00 PM: No. 25 Tennessee vs. Auburn, ESPN
- 1:00 PM: South Carolina vs. Georgia, SEC Network
- 2:00 PM: LSU vs. No. 20 Arkansas, ESPN2
- 3:30 PM: Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt, SEC Network
- 4:00 PM: Florida vs. Kentucky, CBS
- 6:00 PM: Alabama vs. Mississippi State, SEC Network
Matt Jones and the crew coming up in one hour.