Rhyne Howard is a stone-cold killer. Just ask Auburn.
Kentucky’s star shooting guard didn’t have her best shooting night Monday at Memorial Coliseum. It didn’t matter. The nation’s second-leading had only five points when the game got turned upside-down in the third quarter.
In the middle of what felt like a 30-0 run by Auburn, Howard ran off to the sideline and straight into the locker room after fouling a player in the third quarter. Things were getting worse before they got better. The wheels were wobbling, but they never completely fell off, thanks to Howard’s heroics.
Kentucky’s 16-point lead shrunk to one with just over four minutes to play when Howard reentered the game. Her left hand was was taped and her fingers were splinted. It didn’t matter. On the first possession she drove into the lane and used her left hand to sink a scoop-shot. The bucket injected energy into the arena, but the Tigers weren’t going away easily.
Trailing by two with about 40 seconds to play, Auburn’s game-tying attempt never happened, thanks to Howard. She forced a turnover, then was sent to the free throw line to ice the game with a pair of free throws. Just for good measure, on the ensuing possession Howard blocked Auburn’s penultimate shot attempt.
Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. Even with a dislocated finger, Howard found a way to be a big-time player. What a badass.
UK Football Adds 2021 Commit
Monday night Devon Williams became the first member of Mark Stoops’ 2021 recruiting class. One of Vince Marrow’s primary Ohio targets, the three-star linebacker attends Dublin Coffman High School. Marrow has spent a lot of time in the Columbus superb recently, recruiting Williams and his talented 2020 teammate, four-star all-purpose back Michael Drennen II. Will Drennen follow Williams’ lead and commit to the Cats? We’ll find out in just over a week.
All of the Podcasts
If you need something to listen to, KSR has you covered. Aaron Torres released a new podcast in-between a pair of podcasts from Iowa. Later on today you’ll hear Adam Luckett and I talk Mike Stoops and Vince Marrow on the 11 Personnel podcast. We handed the podcast equipment off to Jack Pilgrim for a new edition of Sources Say. As I said, if you need something to listen to, we got you.
Sports Figure of the Year
Will Lynn Bowden be the second consecutive Kentucky footballer to win the prestigious Herald-Leader award, or will Lamar Jackson repeat? We’ll find out shortly (if we haven’t already by the time you’re reading this).
Logan Stenberg is throwing out the first pitch for his hometown minor league baseball team. Madison, Alabama’s minor league team has an unusual nickname: the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Yes, that’s the real name for the Angels’ Double-A affiliate. Stenberg’s announcement was a soft toss for Jon Sumrall.
Mascot for the day too? https://t.co/FKCqvhhIRa
— Jon Sumrall (@CoachJonSumrall) January 27, 2020
This isn’t the first time Kentucky’s inside linebackers’ coach has produced some social media heat. He’s not fighting with Louisville fans every day like Lamar Thomas, but when Sumrall swings, he hits dingers.
Kentucky Previews Vanderbilt
This afternoon Joel Justus and a couple of Wildcats will speak to the media about what happened in Lubbock and what will happen tomorrow night when Vanderbilt comes to Rupp Arena. As always, we’ll share everything from the event right here on KSR.
College Basketball on TV
- 6:30: #8 Villanova at St. John’s on FS1
- 6:30: Texas A&M at Tennessee on SECN
- 7:00: #5 Florida State at Virginia on ESPN
- 7:00: Miss. State at Florida on ESPN2
- 7:00: SMU at Cincinnati on ESPNews
- 7:00: Michigan at Nebraska on ESPNU
- 8:30: Georgia at Missouri on SECN
- 9:00: Pitt at #9 Duke on ESPN
- 9:00: #16 Butler at Georgetown at CBSSN
- 9:00: #17 Auburn at Ole Miss on ESPNU
Jaquan Lyle, the former Louisville recruit who snitched on the Cards’ Katina Powell parties before ultimately committing to Ohio State, made headlines yesterday and not for a good reason.
New Mexico’s JaQuan Lyle did not play in Saturday’s road loss to Nevada, but hosted a party that night in which someone was shot, source told @stadium. Person was not critically injured in the shooting.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 27, 2020
Luckily, the injury sustained was not life-threatening, which makes this bizarre headline much more palatable.
KSR Day Two in Iowa
It was an eventful, bizarre Monday that ended in an even stranger hotel in Perry, Iowa. They’ll talk about all of their adventures from La Poste hotel, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
Interesting hotel rooms for us tonight pic.twitter.com/Ee7bkAMVKD
— KSR Road Trip (@VanIsselKSR) January 28, 2020