Good morning from the snow-covered plains of Iowa!
The KSR radio tour woke up today at the Hard Rock Casino — in hotel rooms, I should add — in bustling Sioux City, Iowa, the hometown of Kirk Hinrich and the guy who played Beaver Cleaver, as well as the SUX airport. (That’s the real abbreviation.) Our trip has already been better than we ever could’ve imagined, so thank you to all of the listeners who have followed along. I’m not sure there’s been a funnier run of KSR shows, including Saturday’s pre- and post-game shows on the way out here, and we’re not even halfway done. I won’t even begin to predict what could happen next.
But before I share a little more from our Iowa caucus expedition, we should talk a little about the important stuff, like Kentucky’s upcoming game against Vanderbilt later this evening. The KSR writing team will have plenty of game previews ahead; until then, here’s what I find important about the Commodores:
— Vanderbilt hasn’t won an SEC game since March 3, 2018, almost two whole years ago. Last year, Bryce Drew’s Vandy team went 0-16 in league play, then lost by double digits on the first day of the SEC Tournament. New head coach Jerry Stackhouse picked up right where Drew left off as the ‘Dores have lost all six SEC games up to this point.
— Like Kentucky, Vandy no longer has a made 3-pointer streak. Just last week, Vandy’s streak of 1,080 games with a made 3-pointer came crashing down. Now only UNLV and Princeton have made a 3-pointer in every game since the inception of the 3-point line.
— Aaron Nesmith is injured. Nesmith is the best scorer in the SEC with an average of 23 points per game, but he is expected to be out for the year with a right foot injury. The next time we hear from him will probably be next summer during the NBA draft. This makes two straight years of Vanderbilt losing its star player (Darius Garland last year) to injury.
— The line on the game opened at Kentucky -21 (yeesh). Speaking of betting on sports, you can do that here in Iowa because Iowa is smart. Good for you, Iowa. Good for you.
— For what the Cats think about the game, read the recap of Joel Justus’ comments in Tuesday’s press conference.
— “The Journey” from the Texas Tech road trip is incredible. The shot when Cal is walking out to the court, WOW:
Now, other things from the road and life…
— First and foremost, thank you to all of the listeners for tuning in to our shenanigans from the Iowa caucuses. The Free Money Podcast (where you can hear our podcast-only show) cracked the top five on the iTunes charts for sports (lol) podcasts. The morning show has also seen a big spike in listens and downloads despite the grumpy cats telling us they’ll never listen again and we are ruining our careers.
— Shannon The Dude‘s scoring of the political candidates is the best thing ever. He takes it so seriously and it’s 100 percent real and authentic. He’s not putting on a show for radio, he is all about honest grades.
— The buffet at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel is not bad. I kept it simple, just a three-plater of fried rice, chicken lo mein, bang bang shrimp, egg rolls, pepperoni pizza, garlic bread, macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, pork chops, corn, BBQ chicken and fried cod. Sadly I didn’t exaggerate any of that and now I’m reading it back to myself and I want to throw up. On a more serious note…
— Give me all of the tissues after seeing this video of Shaq talking about Kobe:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 29, 2020
TNT’s Kobe tribute was so good. I encourage you to watch all of the clips you can find.
— Rick Barnes should be banned from coaching for life.
Watch as official Mike Nance walk into a totally standing still Rick Barnes and appears to accuse Barnes of making contact. Smh pic.twitter.com/JZu4Bj1GwJ
— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) January 29, 2020
— What’s next for KSR? I never thought you’d asked. We are going to try to find a place to do this radio show and then we’re off to another rally in some city in some part of Iowa. I hope for more chaos.