After a fast and furious week, it’s a relatively slow day around these parts. Here are some notes to help the day go by a little faster.
— If you didn’t see it below, Kentucky opened as an 8-point favorite over Vandy tomorrow. Without their starting point guard/Vine superstar Eric McClellan and only seven scholarship players on the roster, Vanderbilt is not quite as formidable a foe as years past. However, they always play the Cats close, especially in Memorial Gym. Since moving to Nashvegas, I’ve seen several games in the opera house from hell, and the surreality of the setup never fades. It will be interesting to see how this young group reacts to the atmosphere, particularly when they’re a slow starting bunch anyways. Stallings said yesterday he’ll probably use a zone against Kentucky, which they’ve slowly gotten better with, but in the end, there will be too many mismatches for Vandy to keep up. With McClellan out, tomorrow is a prime opportunity for Andrew Harrison to shine. Will he?
— A heads up for those of you coming down here: on Vandy’s site, there is a warning about counterfeit tickets. Apparently it’s common practice for scalpers to sell fake tickets outside the arena before the UK game because so many Cats fans come down. From Rod Williamson, Director of Communications:
Here’s a sure-fire prediction: sometime Saturday afternoon, a very sad, unlucky and possibly angry basketball fan is going to be turned away from entry into the Vanderbilt-Kentucky men’s basketball game because he/she paid good money for a counterfeit ticket on the street from a honest looking con artist. It happens every year, despite our attempts to warn our fans. The best advice is to realize the only tickets that are reliably safe are those purchased from our own ticket office. Buyer please beware!
There you go. Be careful, especially if you’ve had a Cat Bomb or two from Corner Pub.
— What a nice segue. Be sure to join me, Aaron Flener, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer and Barton Simmons, and the Nashville contingent of the BBN at Corner Pub Midtown (2000 Broadway) before the game. Corner Pub Midtown is where the UK Alumni Association in Nashville regularly holds their watch parties, so the crowd should be awesome. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. CT, they’re giving away two tickets to the game at 1:30 p.m. CT, and there will be plenty of food and drink specials. It’ll be the spot to hang out before, during, and after the game. Maybe Helmet Guy will show up again?
— The picture of Spike Lee going around the internet from last night’s Knicks game is truly hilarious, and more than one person has made the comparison to the mom from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air intro on Twitter:
That still wasn’t the best picture from last night. Many of you probably noticed this classic UofL fan behind the announcers during the Louisville/Memphis game:
Ah, Cards fans. Never change.
— On the football front, Marcus Walker, UK’s 2015 commitment from earlier this week, may help them reel in another top prospect. Walker’s teammate, Luke Hiers, is considered the third best center in the 2015 class, and according to The Cats Pause’s Chris Fisher, has Kentucky high on his list:
Caught up with Lake Wales (Fla.) 3-star center Luke Hiers, teammate of newest UK commit Marcus Walker, Thursday night. Hiers has cut his list to 12 schools: Kentucky, Nebraska, Mississippi State, South Florida, N.C. State, Duke, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, UMass, Miami and Florida State.
Citing his relationship with UK running backs coach Chad Scott, he still has UK at or near the top of his list and says he may wait until April to visit Lexington. He has an uncle stationed in Fort Campbell.
Read more tidbits from Chris and Josh Edwards in this week’s edition of Cats Confidential.
On today’s show, Matt and Drew talked Cats vs. Dores, Bobby Petrino, and KSR’s new motorcycle gang, the Puns of Anarchy. What the hell am I talking about? Tune in to find out.