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Today on KSR: Rhyne Howard is a Badass

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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).

BOOM! Roasted

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.

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.

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Today on KSR: Rhyne Howard is a Badass

  1. TrueBluePhil
    9:28 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Not a good look for you guys, Making fun of Iowa while in Iowa. I am from Paintsville KY and have lived in Iowa now for 30 years Do you remember you guys are from a state that is 48th in the country in Education system and you make fun of a culture in Iowa that is 3rd in the country. Typical snowflakes you guys are.

    • wadmalawcat
      9:58 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Actually, US News and World Report ranks Iowa # 9 and Kentucky #38. Not great, but not quite your argument.

    • Middle Aged Jeezy
      10:11 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

      You obviously don’t even understand what a “snowflake” is. A “snowflake” is someone who gets offended by something trivial and whines about it online, which is exactly what you are doing. You are the overly sensitive snowflake in this situation. Learn how to take a joke

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:28 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Snowflakes in my book are the Antifa types…people who claim to be anti-fascists but are actually the real fascists who assault and injure those they don’t agree with politically (just like Hitler’s thugs), and often while wearing masks so they can’t be ID’d.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:52 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Jeezy actually nailed it. The term “snowflake” didn’t originally have political orientation – it just was more of a description of people who have been told that they are “unique”, “beautiful” and “special” their entire lives and melt when they feel any heat. Plenty of right-wingers fit the description as well.

    • Bluehender
      12:05 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Jeezy absolutely nailed it. Some people don’t like fun. Find something else to do TrueBluePhil..

  2. Wade
    10:33 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Rather be in Kentucky. Argument won!

  3. RealCatsFan
    10:54 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

    And what the hell is the problem with the comments section of the Show Thread? It says there are 13 comments, then 11 comments, but I cannot see them when I click on the article. Totally FUBARed website. Nice work, guys! At least the advertisers are happy.