Wake up, it’s gameday! The Cats return to Rupp Arena to take on North Dakota for a late 9 p.m. tip and it’s going to be a busy day for Kentucky Sports Radio.
We’ll have plenty of gameday coverage, more talk from the football coaches/players as they prepare for Senior Day, and plenty more.
Let’s get to it!
The Cats take on the Fighting Hawks:
And folks, North Dakota is undefeated. The Fighting (tony) Hawks beat DIII Northland College in the opener and then Milwaukee in a nailbiter on Saturday night.
Despite North Dakota’s hot start the Cats should have no problems tonight. Kentucky is eight days removed from the shocking blowout to Duke and it’s clear that loss impacted Kentucky on Friday against a scrappy Southern Illinois team.
But UK ended that game against the Salukis on a 26-13 and the first sense of momentum since the Bahamas. We’ll have a scouting report for you this afternoon and the normal game coverage you’ve grown to love.
The Cats desperately need a “feel good” game and Vegas thinks they get it tonight. UK opened as a 26.5 point favorite, but Drew Franklin is staying away. So he says…
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Get those fax machines ready:
Ah, the humble fax machine. It seems to only be used during college signing ceremonies and good news for you fax machine stock- the fall signing period starts today. Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey will be the first to officially join UK’s 2019 class when he signs at 10 a.m. CT.
Dontaie Allen will sign on Friday, but in somewhat of a surprise twist Kahlil Whitney is not planning on signing in the fall period. But don’t panic. His mom shared the details with KSR on Tuesday.
Once a recruit signs with a school, the school can officially talk about the recruit publicly, but be patient with UK. The Cats generally don’t release statements on their signees until the end of the period or when they feel all their commits have signed. So, it’ll likely be another week before we hear Calipari comment on Maxey and Allen.
Below is a look at where UK stands in the fall signing period:
We’ll hear from UK’s defense today. Coaches and players will speak with the media as UK prepares for its last home game of the season against Middle Tennessee.
Folks complaing about UK’s offense has dominated radio shows, social media and websites since the Tennessee loss, but Kentucky’s defense has taken a step back the last two weeks. It certainly hasn’t been as bad as the offense, but giving up 24 points to Tennessee wasn’t ideal for the Cats.
It will be the last time we will see a good chunk of this defense play at Kroger Field, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting to hear what they think about Senior Day and how the team is responding after back-to-back losses.
Speaking of football:
Our rivals to the west seem to be Jeff Brohm or bust, as you know. But it seems like Vegas is leaning more towards Brohm than bust. Here are updated odds on Louisville’s coaching search from Uncle Bo(voda)
Fresh odds for replacing Bobby Petrino, hot off the presses, per Bovada:
Jeff Brohm 10/11
Neal Brown 4/1
Ryan Day 9/2
Brent Venables 6/1
Luke Fickell 11/1
Dino Babers 12/1
Matt Campbell 12/1
Jason Candle 16/1
Scott Satterfield 16/1
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) November 13, 2018
Wandale makes a jump:
A big jump. 131 spots! He’s the No. 114 player in America according to 247 Sports, the highest ranked player in Kentucky and the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back.
And he’s a Cat. Although I’m a little concerned that Mark Stoops’ is literally trying to already hold him back in the picture above.
In all seriousness, the kid is going to be a stud and what a great job by UK’s staff to keep him home. Read more about his new ranking HERE.
SEC Fever on Tuesday night:
It was a mostly good night for SEC basketball on Tuesday. LSU handed Penny his first loss as Memphis fell in Baton Rouge by nine. Penny’s squad looked formidable and played LSU tough, but man, Will Wade’s bunch is vastly underrated. They have size and athleticism on the frontcourt and a great scoring point guard in Tremont Waters. LSU is probably behind UK, Auburn and Tennessee, but not far behind.
Tennessee beat a pesky Georgia Tech bunch 66-53 to move to 3-0 on the season. Georgia Tech probably isn’t making the NCAA Tournament, but they’re a decent group and it was a solid win by UT.
USC picked up its second win of the season against Norfolk State 81-64 in a game I did not watch.
Tom Crean provided the SEC its lone loss on Tuesday. Classic. Georgia fell at Temple 81-77. Get used to it, Tommy boy.
Louisville’s TopGolf passed another hurdle:
Another win for TopGolf in Louisville as the Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee voted to send the project to the full council. Now there is one final vote by the Metro Council on Nov. 29th. Once it passes that it will be a full-go!
However, the Hurstbourne curmudgeons won’t have it. Some residents are going to file a lawsuit today against Metro government over the planning commission’s approval of the TopGolf lighting plan for the Oxmoor Center. Despite two long hearings and a vote they want to drag this out until they get their way. Not happening.
Still the GOAT Halloween costumes.