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Good morning, BBN! Happy Friday!
You’re just one day away, a few short hours at work/school, before we finally hit the weekend. Let us get you through it in the most ridiculous manner possible.
We’ll get right to it.
Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney are McDonald’s All-Americans
On Thursday afternoon, the McDonald’s All-American team was finally announced, featuring all of the best high school basketball talent in the class of 2019.
Included on the list? Kentucky commitments Tyrese Maxey (signed) and Kahlil Whitney.
The official Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account welcomed Maxey to their prestigious list of 34 total Wildcat signees to make the team during the John Calipari era and 66 since the game began in 1977.
It’s one of the ultimate achievements for high school basketball players. Our guy @TyreseMaxey has been tabbed a @McDAAG. He’ll play in the 42nd edition of high school’s most prestigious all-star game on March 27 in Atlanta. Congrats, Tyrese!!!
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 24, 2019
Coach Cal also congratulated Maxey, who will play for the West squad, on the honor.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 24, 2019
Small forward commit Kahlil Whitney was also selected to the team, the 35th Wildcat of the Calipari era to join the club. Because he has not officially signed with the school, though, Kentucky could not officially comment on his status as a McDonald’s All-American.
Beyond Maxey and Whitney, Kentucky targets Anthony Edwards, Matthew Hurt, and Jaden McDaniels also made the cut, while Keion Brooks Jr. did not.
Hopefully some of those other folks will join the fold sooner rather than later.
UK Hoops defeats No. 25 Missouri
It wasn’t pretty, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team was able to grind out a tough 52-41 victory over No. 25 Missouri at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday evening.
Star guard Taylor Murray, who sat out in the team’s previous matchup with LSU due to injury, led the way with 21 points and four steals, including a ridiculous 19-point performance in the second half alone.
Finishing with 11 points on the night, Kentucky forward Tatyana Wyatt was the only other Wildcat to reach double figures in the victory.
Defensively, Kentucky was superb, forcing the Tigers to shoot just 33 percent from the field and commit 20 turnovers. The team outscored Missouri 34-20 in the second half.
The Cats (17-3) will head to College Station to take on Texas A&M (14-4) on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, which will be aired on the SEC Network.
John Calipari and players speak to the media
Kentucky has one heck of a matchup on Saturday afternoon when the Kansas Jayhawks come to town, so what better way to prepare for that than hearing from the coaches and players themselves?
John Calipari and a few select players will meet with the media this afternoon, where they’ll move on from the team’s impressive victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night and dissect the ninth-ranked Jayhawks squad.
We’ll have all the coverage you need right here on KSR.
Right after Calipari and the players talk to the media this afternoon, members of the College GameDay crew will also be made available for interviews.
There, we’ll get all of the inside scoop from guys like Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Rece Davis on what they think of the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats at this point in the season and the keys of the game for both squads on Saturday. KSR will also be in attendance for that and will have updates on the site throughout the afternoon.
Speaking of scoop…
Free Ice Cream
Do you like basketball? Of course you do. What about free Rupp Arena ice cream? Certainly.
Kentucky will be giving away 500 vouchers for free ice cream at 9:30 a.m. when College GameDay gets going at Rupp Arena on Saturday morning.
Make sure you’re in your seat at 9:30 am for a chance to win FREE Rupp Arena ice cream! We will give away 500 Ice Cream vouchers. https://t.co/NoSlyBYKKX
— DeWayne Peevy (@UKDeWaynePeevy) January 24, 2019
Rupp Arena ice cream has been a staple and fan-favorite for the Big Blue Nation for years. Free Rupp Arena ice cream, though? That just sounds like a dream come true.
Attend College GameDay on Saturday morning and you just might head home with some.
Jay Bilas has Kentucky ranked No. 7 in the nation
Speaking of ESPN College GameDay, Jay Bilas released his list of top-68 teams in the nation, and your Kentucky Wildcats came in at a smooth No. 7 overall.
His reasoning for the high grade? John Calipari deserves all the credit in the world for making a group of young talent thrive right in the heat of conference play once again, also calling Ashton Hagans a “team-changing star” and Tyler Herro a “reliable scorer and defender.”
He also added that Sophomore Nick Richards needs more playing time, which is certainly something we here at KSR would love.
KSR Radio in an hour
The KSR crew will be at Kentucky Branded in Lexington by the Fayette Mall for a live broadcast of the radio show this morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
They’ll also have Kentucky-Kansas tickets to give away from GuyontheCornerTickets.com, so you won’t want to miss it.
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) January 25, 2019
We’ll see you then.