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Tuesday’s Top 10: Sweet 16, Football’s Back, Trump Trolls Louisville

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Did everyone survive Monday? Mine was pretty quiet, nothing out of the ordinary. Just another one of the 52 I will get this year. Now it’s time to move on to Tuesday and on with NCAA tournament excitement as we count down the days until Memphis. By my count, we have about 84 hours until the rematch between the Cats and Bruins in the Sweet 16 and there is a lot of talking to do between now and then. So let’s get right to it.

 

1. John Calipari called Wenyen Gabriel the X-factor.

If Kentucky is going to survive Friday night and advance to Sunday, Calipari thinks we will need a good game from Wenyen Gabriel. He said on his call-in show last night, “Wenyen is probably the X-factor because of his size. He just needs to play a little better.” Cal hopes both Gabriel and Willis rebound better than they did against UCLA the first time around, when T.J. Leaf grabbed 13 rebounds.

2. The Cats are an underdog out in Las Vegas.

Despite being the favorite in the region according to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities, Kentucky is the underdog against UCLA in sports books. The Bruins opened as a one-point favorite in the game, although it has moved to a pick ’em in some places. You can gamble online here.

3. Kentucky’s open practice time announced.

The Wildcats are scheduled to take the FedEx Forum court at 3 pm local time Thursday afternoon in Memphis. You and your loved ones are invited to attend for the low, general admission cost of absolutely nothing. So if you plan to be in Memphis for the games, go early and get a close look at the Cats.

4. The Guardian ranked Kentucky second among the remaining 16 teams.

In its reseeding of the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament, The Guardian put Kentucky ahead of North Carolina for second overall, behind Gonzaga. UCLA was way down at No. 9.

5. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein called Lonzo Ball a “once-in-a-generation point guard.”

Rothstein’s full comment on CBS Radio:

“When you watch what goes on when UCLA plays, I think we’re looking at somebody right now who is going to be a once every two- or three-decade type player,” Rothstein said. “If he was drafted by the Knicks, he would have the same impact at point guard that Patrick Ewing had at center. He might be in a once-in-a-generation point guard. Think about how he shoots the ball compared to how Jason Kidd shot the ball.” [CBSSports.com]

At this time I would like to remind you Rothstein also said this year’s ACC is “the best league in the history of the sport.”

At this time I would like to remind you only one of nine ACC teams made it out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

6. LSU has its next coach and it is not Tommy Crean.

Will Wade is leaving Virginia Commonwealth University to become the head coach at Louisiana State University. The two-year coach of the Rams was officially named the new coach of the Tigers last night.

7. Shoe addiction is real and the new Nike Metcon Repper DSX Kentucky isn’t helping me overcome it.

I don’t need to buy another pair of shoes today, do I?

8. Football: We will hear from Eddie Gran today.

The Kentucky football team is back on the practice field and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran will hold a Tuesday morning press conference for updates from the spring. Freddie Maggard will be there with his KSR reporter hat on to give you the latest from the gridiron.

9. Movies: The opening scene of Inglorious Basterds is a masterpiece.

Part of last night’s decompressing included watching the opening scene of Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. The movie popped up as I was scrolling through my Amazon Firestick and I decided to rewatch Christoph Waltz’s intense performance as Col. Hans Lando, one of the best movies villains in my opinion. If you’ve seen it, you know the suspenseful drawn-out scene I am talking about. If not, check it out sometime. (Random, I know.)

10. Politics/Louisville Trolling: Donald Trump trolled Louisville fans in Louisville last night.

Trump said, “You just worry about your basketball team. I’ll take care of the rest.”

He had this dig, too:

And with that, let’s move on and not look at the comments section.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

31 Comments for Tuesday’s Top 10: Sweet 16, Football’s Back, Trump Trolls Louisville



  1. catsarerunnin
    9:05 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I’m a proud survivor of 8 years of Obama trolling. And I’m a democrat.



    • leon singleton
      11:32 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Trump is bringing back American jobs Obama and the democrats gave to China and Mexico.



    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      11:46 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      He’s taking credit for jobs where the ground work for them was put in place long before he took office.



    • catsarerunnin
      1:42 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah it took awhile to get the rust off the shovels…



  2. KSR Spy
    9:14 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Drew, I respect you for having the guts to make a political comment and leave the comments up. Nothing is worse than a Jonathan Miller post where he spews one sided politics at us and then they close the comment section. Communist China would be proud.

    BUT NOT DREW FRANKLIN!! He is a real man!! “I’ll say what I want and am also tough enough to take whatever you throw back!”



    • Mathlete
      9:42 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Political discussion online (especially in an anonymous, open space) usually just devolves into a vulgar, vitriolic wasteland the likes of which would be only slightly nicer than the one Mad Max roams.



    • KSR Spy
      9:44 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      If you can’t take an open discussion, then don’t force your political opinion on readers of your friends sports website, especially when it’s one sided and slanted.



    • Realme
      9:47 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      A. No one forces you to read Miller articles.
      B. Drew is not likely to read your comments, so he isn’t taking anything you throw back.



    • Booby Petrino
      9:49 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t read the Miller articles but it is weak that they shut down the comments on them. Super weak.



    • KENNY STEELE
      10:41 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, way to go, it takes real guts to report on shoes and movies, and then dodge anything with a hint of political relevance.

    • Realme is correct. No one is forcing anyone to read anything.
      However, Drew sometimes responds to comments, so he does read them at least SOME of the time.

      All that said, shutting down the comments is purely gutless IMHO.



    • nicky
      12:44 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      J. Miller is nothing more than a talking piece for MJ….Miller saying things MJ agrees with but doesn’t want to say himself….knowing full well the good majority of his audience are not liberal like himself



  3. secrick
    9:18 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I’ m only going to talk Basketball so with that said If Gabriel is the X factor i am a little worried. He needs to get his confidence back up before Friday.



    • KSR Spy
      9:22 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      @secrick just imagine if they had Gabriel able to come in and contribute solid minutes on defense and offense. Would give other guys rest and be able to keep players fresher and able to play more physical while they are in the game. It’s not far fetched.



    • Mathlete
      9:46 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      We don’t even need Gabriel to contribute much more than effort to the offense, just rebound and set screens while other guys get buckets. The occasional putback dunk (ala Marcus Lee) would be icing on the cake.

      Defensively if he can stay near the paint as a rim protector and help defend against drives he’d be good fill for when Willis is resting. Gabriel doesn’t need to guard fast guys who take deep shots, we just need him to box out on rebounds and neutralize their ability to drive the lane without fouling too much.



    • pithuahua
      10:10 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      My God, Cal must have got ahold of the “good stuff” if he thinks Gabriel is the “X factor”. I think he is a non-factor and he should be picking those splinters out of his tail along with Killeya-Jones.. Play Willis full time imo…



    • fatbrat
      10:20 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Cal just trying to encourage another kid to think he should go pro..



    • STLouisBBFan
      10:39 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Not sure if Gabriel lacks confidence. He just seems aloof to me. Cal is right that any contribution would be big especially since Leaf killed us in RUPP.



    • Mc12
      11:04 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Gabriel looks like Shawn Bradley in Space Jam when the aliens stole his skills.

    • I don’t want to dump on Wenyen, but I cringe every time he gets his hands on the ball. He either bricks a shot or layup, and even when he gets a rebound he seems to lose the handle and not secure it way too often. I love his energy but maybe it’s too much nervous energy. Hopefully that will change, but it’s awfully late for that it seems.



  4. 96ChampionBestTeamEver
    9:26 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    UCLA the 9th seeded team? This must be the strongest 16 teams in history.



  5. secrick
    9:27 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with you and hope he can do it. He just seems to be liking confidence right now but maybe he can go in and grab some rebounds hit that first shot and kick some butt. GO CATS GO GABRIEL.



  6. MIDDAY
    9:27 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Surprised he called Pitino a good coach. He’s not one to compliment folks who bash him in the media.



    • Booby Petrino
      9:47 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

      he probably doesn’t even know who Pitino is lol. He just knew Mitch picked them to win and this was his opportunity to make fun of him.



    • catdaddyd
      12:27 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Pitino is in the Hall of Fame, you may not like him and he may be a jerk, but is a great coach.



  7. nicky
    9:46 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    The bizarro world part was Matt was ragging on Bevin the other day in Indy but Bevin had a blue coat on during UL game!! Sad when politics > than Cat fandom



  8. mj7juice
    9:50 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Metcon’s are for working out Drew, which you clearly don’t do.



  9. kentuckyjoe
    10:39 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Totally with you on Inglorious Basterds. One of the very best.



    • catdaddyd
      12:29 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      I thought the movie was horrible.



  10. DanvilleMan
    11:07 am March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Completely agree on Jonathan Millers posts.They are one sided political beliefs posted on a UK fan site. I come here for UK sports not for the website to try and brain wash the UK fan base with one sided liberal view points.

  11. Maybe it’s my age showing, but I think those shoes are ugly. These are the BEST looking shoes BY FAR that UK has ever worn IMHO (and yes, it was the Sutton years):
    https://solecollector.com/sd/07093/nike/nike-dunk-high-white-university-blue-kentucky-2016