Normally reserved for ballers, Memorial Coliseum will be reserved for dancers, transforming into the home of DanceBlue for 24 hours today at 2:00 pm. The largest philanthropy event on campus raised $1.6 million last year to help children that are fighting cancer, and their families.
I did many things during my decade on campus, but my one regret is never dancing in the 24-hour marathon. You don’t have to stay up all night to participate in the powerful event. The doors remain open for those to share support and enjoy the experience. If you have three hours to spare, I highly suggest arriving tomorrow at 11:00 am for the kids’ talent show that leads into the big reveal finale at 2:00. If you don’t have the time but you have the money, please donate here. For the thousands of those working hard to make the event a success, and the thousands receiving help from DanceBlue, anything and everything is greatly appreciated.
Cats Don’t Need Memorial Magic to Win at Vandy
What they need is perimeter defense. Vandy is the second best three-point shooting team in the SEC at 39.1% from behind the arc. Their entire starting five can step back and knock ’em down. They couldn’t quite find their stroke the last time they took on the Wildcats, hitting 5-15 three-pointers in a 19-point loss at Rupp back in January.
Vandy has a lineup that looks intimidating on paper, but I’m not sure what in the world Kevin Stallings has done to this team. A dark horse Final Four pick before the season, they are now one of Lunardi’s last four in the tournament, projected as a First Four 11-seed. They need a win over Kentucky to seal a tournament bid. If Kentucky can keep them from getting hot and putting a few runs together, no amount of Memorial Magic can save them.
Tip-off is at 4:00 on CBS with Doug Gottlieb and Spero Dedes on the call.
Will Derek Willis Return?
That’s a great question. An amateur doctor would tell you, “no freaking way” after seeing him in a walking boot yesterday. As of now, no one knows, but Alex Poythress’ unexpected return is still too fresh on our minds to completely rule out Willis as a possibility.
The Cats had a Visitor for Yesterday’s Practice
Before Kentucky left for Nashville, Vinny Del Negro paid a visit to the Joe Craft Center to see his old friend, John Calipari. A former coach for the Bulls and the Clippers, Del Negro has a much closer connection to Kentucky than simply knowing Coach Cal. Vinny’s father, Vincent, played for Adolph Rupp for half of the 1960-61 season. Before he left, Vinny found this picture of his father (#52) with the Baron.
The NFL Combine Continues
If you’re as crazy as Freddie Maggard, you probably haven’t changed the channel away from the NFL Network and already know what’s going down today in Indy. For those that don’t know, today Josh Forrest will bench press as A.J. Stamps gets his measurements and media rounds. For those that care/know what it means, Forrest measured in at 6’3″ 249 lbs. with a 33 1/2 arm length yesterday. I love football to death, but I’ll never love it enough to care to know a player’s exact measurements.
This Looks Painful
Boogie finished his Friday night with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and one fastball to the back of Chris Paul’s dome.
If you’re looking for some good basketball to watch after the Kentucky game, Karl Towns’ Timberwolves take on Anthony Davis’ Pelicans tonight in New Orleans at 7:00.
What’s On the Slate for Other UK Sports
The UK softball team swept a doubleheader yesterday in Chattanooga, starting the day with an impressive 14-strikeout no-hit performance over Lipscomb by sophomore Erin Rethlake. Rachel Lawson’s squad has another doubleheader today, starting at 11:00 vs. Eastern Illinois before taking on Chattanooga at 4:00.
After dropping their first game in San Diego last night, Gary Henderson’s UK baseball team takes on his alma mater, San Diego State, tonight at 9:00.
In track and field, the SEC Indoor Championships are currently underway in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After Day One, the men are 6th, the women are 7th, and Sha’Keela Saunders has a bronze medal in the long jump.
I Finally Saw The Revenent
It’s one of the manliest movies I’ve ever seen. I’d give it four
stars grunts, Tim the Tool Man Taylor style. Even though most of Leo’s dialogue is in the form of grunting, it’s still an impressive visual movie and hands down the best “outdoor” movie I’ve ever seen. If you can handle seeing stuff from the rough side of the wilderness, I suggest you watch it before it wins a bunch of awards tomorrow at the Oscars.
College Basketball on TV Today
- #3 Oklahoma at #25 Texas, 2:00 on CBS
- #11 UofL at #12 Miami, 2:00 on ESPN3 and locally in Louisville
- #9 Arizona at #22 Utah, 2:00 on ESPN
- South Carolina at Miss. State, 2:30 on the SEC Network
- #10 Maryland at #20 Purdue, 4:00 on ESPN
- #21 Texas A&M at Missouri, 4:00 on ESPNU
- Auburn at Alabama, 5:00 on the SEC Network
- #7 North Carolina at #3 Virginia, 6:30 on ESPN
- Florida at LSU, 8:30 on ESPN
You Should Listen to the KSR Pregame Show
You don’t have an excuse to avoid it. Just tune in to 630 WLAP two and a half hours before the game at 1:30. It’ll be a good time; you have my word.