Good morning and happy Friday to you all!
Today, The Basketball Tournament is set to tip off in Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School, with the Bluegrass Boys hosting the event.
But what is it? TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament with a winner-take-all $2 million cash prize. Eight teams are selected as regional hosts, with one team set to come out of each region. From there, the teams compete in a typical tournament format with their eyes on the prize.
The Bluegrass Boys, coached by Kentucky legend Wayne Turner, will feature Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Dominique Hawkins, Ramon Harris, AJ Stewart, and Kevin Galloway, among others.
DeMarcus Cousins will be the General Manager of Loyalty is Love, the one-seed in the Lexington regional. That team will also feature former Kentucky center Daniel Orton.
Here is today’s schedule:
Now on to the rest of the news…
J.B. Holmes is tied for the lead at the Open
At the time of this post, Campbellsville, KY native and University of Kentucky alum J.B. Holmes is tied for the lead at the British Open 2019.
In round one on Thursday, Holmes shot a career-low 66 to finish the day at five under par. And then this morning, the former Wildcat finished round two three under par and eight under overall, tied with Shane Lowry.
Holmes and Lowry hold a one stroke lead over both Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, who each finished three under par on the day and seven under overall.
Holmes, Lowry, Fleetwood and Westwood are followed by Cameron Smith and Justin Harding, who are tied for fifth at six under.
J.T. Potson leads at the Barbasol Championship
Right here in Kentucky, J.T. Potson leads all golfers with an opening-round 10-under 62 in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.
The coolest part of it all? Potson is being caddied by former KSR writer Aaron Flener, with our own Drew Franklin following them around this weekend, as well. All three have decided to donate $22 to the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund for every birdie Potson hits this week.
With 11 birdies in the first round alone, the three have pledged a total of $726 to the fund.
11 birdies x $22 x 3 = $726 out there for the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund today, plus even more from a few others who also joined the cause.
Fun walking 18 with these guys today. Let’s do it three more times and get this ?! pic.twitter.com/WvnmlSz5v4
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) July 18, 2019
Well done, guys.
Elsewhere, Nick Taylor is right behind Potson at -9, followed by Wes Roach at -8 and Kelly Craft and Kramer Hickok at -7 each through one round.
PGA legend John Daly shot an opening-round 71.
SEC Media Days
Kentucky football took the SEC Media Day stage on Thursday morning, where the biggest topic of discussion was disrespect.
After Kentucky’s first ten-win season in 41 years and a historic Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, national analysts and ranking systems still can’t help but predict the Wildcats to finish near the bottom of the SEC. In fact, the current ESPN FPI projections expect Kentucky to finish 5-7 overall and 1-7 in the SEC.
But on Thursday, the Cats wanted the world to know that they’ll be back next year whether they like it or not.
“This ball club can be as good, if not better than last year’s team,” Kash Daniel said. “Just because we lose a lot of talented guys, doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of talented guys on the back end that’s gonna step up.
Daniel said that this program isn’t recruiting no-name guys, they’re bringing in elite prospects to replace the talent at the top of the roster.
“Coach Stoops is not going to offer people to sit on the bench, get free gear and just walk around campus. He’s not doing that,” he said. “He’s recruiting players right now to come in and take my job. He’s recruiting players to take over for Josh Allen, to take over for Benny Snell. That’s what building a program is. That’s what Coach Stoops is doing here. He’s not just building a two or three-year team. This is now a program where we can reload instead of rebuild.”
Logan Stenberg made it quite clear for those doubting them: Kentucky is going to be a “hell of a football team” in 2019.
“Give us another look. If not, get ready, because we’re going to take you on another ride this year. You can predict whatever you want, but we’re going to be a hell of a football team this year.”
Kyle Macy had some words for Coach Cal
On Thursday afternoon, Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy had some choice words for John Calipari and the current state of the UK program.
For starters, he said he didn’t know if he felt welcome around the basketball program anymore.
“I’m not as involved with the program as I used to be,” he said in a radio interview on the Query & Schultz show on Fox Sports 1260. “There were times I could go to practice whenever I wanted and feel welcome, but I don’t know if that’s the case now. I don’t really have any desire to go there and go to practice.”
Why? A difference in philosophies with the current Kentucky head coach.
He said that he didn’t agree with Calipari’s stance on neutral site games (specifically when it comes to the Indiana series) and the program’s current focus on getting players to the NBA.
“I’d say we don’t agree with those issues in particular, and he’ll argue with you till his death that [draft day] is the greatest day,” Macy said. “When he first got here, he made the comment that the greatest moment in Kentucky basketball history was draft day because they’re changing the lives of young men. And it is nice that they are able to do that, but it’s not like it should be a training ground for the pros. Granted, you go to college to get a better paying job, and that’s what’s happening with these kids.”
KSR is live from Frederick Douglass High School
The Basketball Tournament is set to tip off today, and KSR is ready to get you hyped for it.
From 10:00 a.m. to noon, Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and Drew Franklin will be LIVE from Douglass High School with some very special guests.
Former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins, Dominique Hawkins, and Wayne Turner will join the show to discuss their specific roles for the event set to take over Lexington this weekend.
Tomorrow KSR is LIVE at Douglass High School in Lexington from 10-Noon for “The Tournament”
Dominque Hawkins, Wayne Turner and @boogiecousins are all scheduled to come by so come say hey and watch the show
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 19, 2019
You won’t want to miss it.