By Brent Wainscott on ©May 26th, 2018 @ 2:13am
In game two of the Super Regional from Eugene, the Wildcats tried to keep the success they’ve had so far this postseason into tonight to punch their ticket to Oklahoma City, but Kentucky just couldn’t get anything going tonight offensively as they fall to Oregon 6-1.
Miranda Elish tore right through the Cats tonight, only allowing two hits all night and retiring the first nine batters tonight Kentucky just couldn’t figure her out. Elish was hitting her sports, primarily the outside corner and Kentucky couldn’t handle it. She also kept the ball on the ground whenever the Cats did put it in play as Kentucky only had two balls leave the infield tonight. Both of those hits coming from Alex Martens who had a SAC fly, which scored Jenny Schaper, and a single tonight. Elish dealt seven strikeouts tonight in the complete game, including five straight between the second and third innings.
FIVE Ks STRAIGHT.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 26, 2018
Another thing that made Elish so tough to hit tonight was her pitching style. Last night Kentucky dominated Kleist who went with the approach of using the rise ball to her advantage and relying on her stuff more than overpowering the hitters. Kleist’s approach benefited Kentucky’s approach because she always left balls in the wheelhouse which led to a big day for Kentucky. But, with Elish, she was more focused on working down and away, overpowering the hitters and because of that Kentucky couldn’t turn on or lift any pitches. IF Elish goes, game three Kentucky must rely on small ball to deal with Elish’s pitching style.
Coming into tonight’s game, Kentucky was outscoring opponents 38-7 in the postseason, and it came as an unpleasant surprise to not only see the Cats cool off, but to see them get dominated the way they did. I don’t expect Kentucky to be down for long though; there is too much hitting talent in the Kentucky lineup to bounce back tomorrow night.
Oregon, on the other hand, had all things go their way tonight offensively. Although, scoreless through the first three they busted it open in the fourth with a four-run inning, which included a questionable advancement call on an errant throw. The umpires allowed the Oregon runner from 2nd base to advance two bases for a run while only allowing the trailing runner to advance one. Someone still needs to explain that to me.
Nonetheless, the big inning would set the tone for the rest of the game as the Ducks tally for nine hits for six runs to take game two of the Super Regional. Oregon is now 44-1 when scoring four runs or more this season.
Kentucky will play a winner take all game tomorrow night at 9 PM ET on ESPN. The winner gets a trip to the College World Series.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
This morning’s news that the new renovations to Rupp Arena will reduce capacity from 23,500 to 20,500 has been met with mixed reaction from fans; here’s why it’s actually good for Kentucky basketball.
Kentucky only sold out two games last year
Last year, Kentucky averaged 21,875 fans at home games, a seven percent drop from the previous season and by far the lowest in the Calipari era. This is due to a lot of factors — one-and-done fatigue, late game times, a lack of marquee home opponents — but there’s no denying that attendance is down at games nationwide, an epidemic we’ve covered ad nauseam on this site. As HD TVs get bigger, better, and cheaper and the SEC doesn’t allow everyone to drink at games, that trend isn’t going to end anytime soon. According to official figures (which are always inflated), Kentucky only sold out TWO games last season (Louisville and Florida), and attendance only eclipsed the 23,000 mark five times. Attendance didn’t even meet the new capacity of 20,500 for five games. Empty seats have become a common sight at Rupp, and fewer seats means fewer empty seats, which is a good thing.
One possible casualty of the diminished capacity? Bragging rights. The loss of seats will drop Rupp Arena from the second largest arena in college basketball to the sixth, meaning fans will need to fill the building each game to keep the program No. 1 in average home attendance, a title Kentucky’s won 20 of the last 23 years.
The upper level gets a much-needed upgrade
All seats located along the sidelines in sections 211-217 and 228-234 will be upgraded from bleachers to chairback seating. Anyone who’s watched a game from the upper level of Rupp Arena will agree that this is long overdue. The bleachers in the upper level are painful for even the spryest of backs and elbow room is non-existent. Everyone likes to complain about how UK only rewards rich fans through its renovations, but this upgrade is for the program’s most loyal supporters.
Ticket prices are NOT going up
Another common misconception online is that UK is raising ticket prices to pay for the renovations. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Ticket prices will remain the same, and if you want access to the new club areas, you’ll be able to purchase a separate package, which is the only way around the SEC’s no-alcohol at games policy.
Most of the seats will probably come from the student section
The 3,000 lost seats will come from a mixture of students, staff, and single-game tickets, not season tickets. How UK will divvy that up isn’t finalized yet, but I would bet money that most of the seats will come from students, who have failed to fill their allotment the past several seasons; at the risk of getting into another debate about student tickets, this is totally fair. We’ve said for years that if students don’t use those seats, they’ll lose them, and it looks like that’s about to happen for the greater good.
If you want to scalp tickets, you’ll still be able to
Fewer tickets could lead to a price increase on third-party sites and I can see how that might upset the average fan; however, with attendance continuing to plummet at games nationwide, tickets will still be there for the taking, and for a little extra money, your chances of watching the Cats from a comfortable seat (and maybe even with club area access) are way better than they were before.
Rupp Arena is one of the best venues in college basketball, but it’s time to catch up with the times. Change isn’t always bad.
By Savannah Patton on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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— LCE (@healthlawatty) May 25, 2018
Hahahahah good one.
— Megan (@mpl619) May 25, 2018
We neeeeed that.
#8 Weston Loeser
— Weston Loeser (@The_Real_WesWes) May 25, 2018
Hope they paint the whole floor checkerboard theme ?
— Jared (@realUKWildcats) May 25, 2018
No one wants that!
#6 Jenny Farmer
Oh my gosh, i am just listening to todays 1st hour of @KySportsRadio and @DrewFranklinKSR makes me lol all the time! Today it was him talkig about @ryanlemond hair being in a whole new land. #angryhair #whereamiportugal
— Jenny Farmer (@JFarmer173) May 25, 2018
And the SEC network doesn’t want this?
#5 Jay Knight
— Jay Knight (@jknight991) May 25, 2018
Do this if you haven’t.
#4 Mike Idle
— Mike Idle (@mike_idle) May 25, 2018
He got you.
Just getting around to listening to @KySportsRadio podcast. Shirley is the freakin ?
— Beezy (@BurkeGarner8) May 25, 2018
#2 Chase Jones
— Chase Jones (@chasejones606) May 24, 2018
My reaction would be the same.
#1 Robert Keene
A Shirley and Harvey show would be radio gold. #KSR
— Robert Keene (@cincinasty79) May 25, 2018
This is what we need!!!
By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
Ever wondered what it’s like inside a newsroom during election coverage? Hey Kentucky! went behind the scenes during the Kentucky primary election to give you a glimpse of exactly what goes on during an important and hectic news day at LEX 18.
Kathleen Smith talks to anchors, producers, and volunteers about their election day experience. Take a look below at everything that went into covering the election.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was recently named to the All-NBA first team for the third time in his career, which now makes him eligible to receive a “supermax” contract. Davis can sign an extension with the Pelicans in 2021 in lieu of his $28 million player option which would then result in him being the highest paid player in NBA history.
Davis’ supermax contract would be somewhere in the five-year, $230 million range (which averages out to around $46 million per season). Yes, you read that correctly, Anthony Davis is about to get PAID.
Davis, 25, averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from three. Paired next to DeMarcus Cousins, the two formed the most dominant frontcourt in all of basketball and led their Pelicans squad to the six-seed out west in the NBA playoffs. After Cousins ruptured his Achilles in January, it was up to Davis to keep things flowing and he did exactly that plus more.
Davis led the Pelicans to an eye-popping four-game sweep of the three-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, dismantling an elite backcourt and making it look entirely too easy. The Pellies would ultimately lose in the next round to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, but not before Davis put the rest of the league on notice. It’s no wonder Davis will finish as a top-3 MVP candidate behind LeBron James and James Harden.
So how does the supermax work, exactly? Well, it’s a tad complicated, but here’s the gist of it. Teams can offer their own players a supermax, which allows them to give them $70 million more than any other team. An insane figure even for Davis, who is scheduled to earn over $25 million next season. A player has to have either completed or just entering their eighth NBA season (Davis will be entering his eighth season by the time he’s due for the supermax) and it’s typically their third NBA contract.
On top of that, there are performance requirements. A player must do one of the following.
- A player must make one of the three All-NBA teams or is named Defensive Player of the Year or Most Valuable Player the season before receiving the contract.
- Or, the player must make one of the three All-NBA teams or be named Defensive Player of the Year in two of their previous three seasons (Davis was named All-NBA first team for 2017 and 2018) or win Most Valuable Player in one of the previous three seasons.
The most important requirement is that the supermax can only be given to a player drafted by that team or that player has to have been traded while still on his rookie deal.
The Pelicans will assuredly offer Davis the supermax the second they can, as they should. They’ll have to pay Cousins this offseason, too, so they have to keep that in mind and decide if they truly want to continue with the Cousins/Davis frontcourt considering Davis looked excellent with sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic as his running mate. Odds are they’ll give Cousins the max contract this summer and then work to give Davis the supermax two years down the line.
Davis is about to earn himself a cool QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS and I, for one, could not be happier for him. He’s going to be an MVP favorite for years to come and eventually one of the two or three best players in the entire NBA. Kentucky truly received a gift from the basketball gods when Davis committed to Kentucky over seven years ago.
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
P.J. Washington has been consistent with how he’s approaching the upcoming NBA Draft. If he doesn’t have a first-round guarantee, he plans on coming back to Kentucky. Simple as that. He had an impressive freshman season, but odds are he’s not going to get that guarantee. Returning for another season as a Wildcat is his best option.
Washington has NBA potential and a ton of it. He showcased his skills in 37 games in a Kentucky uniform last season and while he experienced plenty of ups and downs (just like all freshman do), he needs Kentucky more than he needs the NBA, at least for one more season.
Now I’ll start by stating that I am a believer in the concept that spending one year with an NBA team can do more for young basketball players, specifically 19 and 20-year olds, than two or three seasons in college. However, that logic really only applies to players such as Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who are guaranteed first round picks and likely lottery selections. Knox and SGA have NBA ready talent, even if they aren’t remotely close to being polished players. Washington, if he decides to stay in the draft, doesn’t have an aspect to his game that screams “NBA ready”. He would likely earn some guaranteed money if he went in the second round, but it wouldn’t be worth sitting in the G League for a season or two when he can be one of Kentucky’s best two or three players before the first exhibition game. But he’s shown more than enough potential that he can one day bring that NBA readiness to the table, which is where one more season at Kentucky comes into play.
Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game last year. There were stretches during the season where he was without-a-doubt Kentucky’s best player and other stretches where he felt nonexistent. His game greatly evolved over the course of the season and by the time the NCAA Tournament came around, fans knew exactly what Washington was going to bring to the table on every given night. He was the inside bruiser who could punish opponents in the paint with pure strength but also pop out and hit a mid-range jump shot if he needed to. He went to the free throw line 208 times, more than any other Kentucky player and 33 more times than the next closest Wildcat (SGA). He may not have been the most efficient at the line (60.6 percent on the season) and even earned himself the nickname “Mr. One-for-two”, but it never deterred him from fighting down low.
His ability to get to the line is actually one of the major factors to his game that would make him an enticing second-round pick for this year’s draft. He finished in the 99.5 percentile in regards to his 80.5 percent free throw rate (which is the number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt), despite being undersized. He measured at six-foot-eight, 223 pounds in the NBA combine, which is smaller than usual for someone who will play the four in the NBA, but long arms, great basketball instincts in the paint, and NBA small-ball will benefit him more in the current NBA landscape than it would have 10 or even five years ago. If he can add a bit more muscle to his already impressive frame, he can be a brute in the paint. He’s incredibly quick off the floor and hardly seems phased by contact. If anything, he encourages it.
What Washington especially needs to improve upon is his perimeter scoring. He flashed his ability to knock down threes a tiny bit during the beginning of the season (going 4-17 from deep through the first 20 games) but regressed in that area as the season went on (he attempted only four threes the next 17 games going 1-4). He has a smooth – and surprisingly quick – stroke but lacks the consistency to be a realistic threat. On its own, big men being able to knock down triples at an effective rate will get them drafted high in the order. It’s arguably the most necessary component to running a spaced offense in the modern NBA. If Washington hadn’t abandoned the three (even though it was what was best for the team in hindsight) and boosted his percentages to the mid-thirties, he’d be a much more valuable prospect in this year’s draft. Coming back and improving on that will cause his stock to soar.
Washington is a great high-energy player who can handle his own on the block, but the ability to be a multi-layer offensive weapon is key for an undersized big at the next level. Shooting 66 percent at the rim last season was impressive, but shooting a lowly 34.5 percent on all other two-point attempts is disconcerting. Coming back to Kentucky would allow him to put in an entire offseason’s worth of work into his jump shot and add that extra dimension to his offensive game that he desperately needs.
Another year at Kentucky would also give him a chance to expand his potential as a ball-handler. He didn’t do much of taking the ball up or dribbling in the open court last season, but in the few glimpses we did see, it was clear that he is more than capable. He has the opportunity to morph into a Draymond Green prototype player, one who plays big despite being undersized and can also bring the ball up, resulting in other bigs having to chase him around the court. Kentucky will have plenty of ball handlers next season so the need for him to do so may be unnecessary, but Washington should at the very least be encouraged to turn and go after pulling down defensive rebounds. He’s quick and strong enough to take the ball end-to-end, especially if he has a clear mismatch.
Washington is going to be a valuable NBA player one day, there is no doubt in my mind about that. He has a rather unique skill set and a monster frame, his basketball abilities just need to catch up to him first. If he can become a more impactful ball handler and legitimate outside scoring threat, he might be looking at being more than just a first-round pick in next year’s draft. Coming back to Kentucky would ensure another loaded roster and he would be one of the featured stars. Washington ended his freshman season at Kentucky on a sour note against Kansas State, if he comes back for one more season he could be one of the most dominant and versatile big men in all of college basketball.
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Karl-Anthony Towns was selected to the All-NBA third team Thursday afternoon to cap off what was his best season yet in his still incredibly young professional career.
Towns, 22, finished his third NBA season by leading his Minnesota Timberwolves team to their first playoff appearance since 2004. He averaged 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this past season while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and an impressive 42.1 percent from deep. Towns made the All-Star team for the first time in his career, as well.
After the Wolves traded with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Jimmy Butler, Minnesota finally had their own “Big 3” to work with, consisting of Butler, Towns, and Andrew Wiggins. Although, as the season went on, it appeared to be more of a “Mid 2” with Butler and Towns being the clear stars as Wiggins continued to fade into the background. The team won 47 games this season, the most since the team lost in the Western Conference Finals back in 2004, and it was in large part thanks to Mr. Karl-Anthony Towns.
So how do the Wolves follow up their most successful season in over a decade? The first item on the list should be to keep the up-and-coming 22-year-old future superstar as happy as possible for as long as possible. However, it appears that the relationship between Towns and the Wolves front office isn’t in a preferable state at the moment. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently said on a podcast with Ryan Russillo that he believes the Wolves would never allow any differences to get in the way of keeping Towns for the future, but if the two sides are reported to be “not in a good place internally”, that could be a cause for concern.
If the Wolves were smart (and let me remind you they signed Wiggins to a $146 million contract extension in October, which is an entirely different can of worms, and are also still employing Tom Thibodeau as their head coach), they would do everything in their power to ensure that Towns is the happiest man in allll of Minnesota (which shouldn’t be too hard). If that means getting rid of the head coach/management or trading away Butler/Wiggins, then that’s what they should do – although trading Butler would be a worst case scenario type ordeal. But choosing between the 22-year old unicorn and the 29-year old with recent knee issues isn’t exactly a hard decision.
Figuring out their coaching staff as soon as possible is going to be vital to their immediate and long-term success. The first step would be to fire Thibodeau and bring in a coach who can better manage the team’s rotations and run a more efficient modern NBA offense (Dwane Casey is someone who comes to mind and he would do a great job of building a solid relationship with Towns). The Wolves need more consistent outside shooting, less of Jamal Crawford and Derrick Rose (and probably less Wiggins, too), plus a deeper bench. Trading Jeff Teague for a more pass-first style point guard (like that Ricky Rubio guy they just traded away this past offseason) might be an option as well.
The Wolves may have had one of the franchise’s best seasons yet, but they were far from a being a legitimate threat. They were bounced in the first round of the playoffs 4-1 against the Houston Rockets, who, to be fair, were historically great on offense and featured the likely NBA MVP, James Harden. But they had their problems all season. The Wolves finished fourth in offensive rating but were an abysmal 27th in defensive rating despite having a defensive-minded coach. Some of that has to do with Towns, who did improve on the defensive end but only minimally. A lot of it has to do with having a pitiful bench cluttered with inefficient gunners and Gorgui Dieng. In the end, they were never built to be a good defensive team and didn’t have the weapons to run an offense that could keep up with teams such as Golden State and Houston or even Portland and New Orleans in a seven-game playoff series.
Something Towns might need to ask himself is if this is the best possible situation for himself. Does he have a future in Minnesota that would allow him to be put in a position to make a run at an NBA Championship? Well, actually, the more important question is if he thinks that is a realistic possibility. Running things back next season with the same coach and similar roster would not be an encouraging direction. So before any drastic hot takes are made, it might be safe to wait until this offseason plays out, but I’m gonna go for it anyways.
Towns has two years left on his rookie deal, which is an absolute bargain at $17 million combined over those two years, so he’s somewhat stuck right now. If the Wolves run things back next season with the same team and it ends in another first-round playoff exit, the 2019 offseason becomes one of the most important in Wolves history. The Wolves need to restructure their entire franchise around Towns sooner rather than later and if doesn’t happen by next offseason, he might be willing to follow the trend of forming a superteam elsewhere. NBA teams may be struggling to free cap space right now but in two years, the money will open up a bit more and practically every team will be more than happy to give everything they have to Towns.
Divided relationships between front offices and players don’t always end poorly so there’s no reason to believe whatever is happening with the Timberwolves and Towns can’t be mended. The Wolves obviously would like to keep Towns and I’m sure he would love to stay there as well, but this is an interesting new dynamic to keep in mind going forward. The Wolves are going to be a team to keep an eye on during the offseason as the moves they make or don’t make will have longterm impacts. They have a rare opportunity to keep a budding superstar on their team. If they botch it, there is no one else to blame but the front office.
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By TJ Walker on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 6:15pm
Most UK fans are focused on Dontaie Allen or Kyky Tandy when it comes to in-state talent, but Zion Harmon may currently be the best basketball player in the state. He certainly has as much potential as anyone.
Despite (currently) being in the class of 2021, Harmon holds offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt, but that will change as he gets older. He was invited to tryout for the USA U17 team this summer and is holding his own in the Nike EYBL circuit despite his age.
There are rumors that Harmon may play for Marshall County next season, but regardless of where he plays he is a must watch for basketball fans.
Check out his newest highlights from our friend Krysten Peek. You won’t find too many guards this explosive at such a young age.
By TJ Walker on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 5:30pm
UK may be playing the political game here but the Bat Cats’ Twitter account tweeted yesterday that Kentucky’s pitching staff will be (mostly) at full strength for the NCAA Tournament next week.
Of course UK would have to make the NCAA Tournament for those pitchers to have a chance to compete.
Currently the Bat Cats are firmly on the bubble and some publications have UK baseball making the field of 64, and some have UK missing the tournament, which would be a crushing blow to a team that had such lofty expectations.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 24, 2018
Kentucky is referring to the health of Chris Machamer, Justin Lewis, Carson Coleman and Zach Haake, all of which have missed time. You mix those four with the healthy pitching staff, led by Sean Hjelle, and the Cats’ biggest weakness doesn’t look so bad.
But blue just needs to get in the field. A month ago we were talking about UK hosting a regional and what the Bat Cats would need to do to be a national seed. Now UK will just be waiting to hear its name called on Monday.
So far other bubble teams haven’t had a great conference championship week, which is good for UK.
Kentucky Sports Radio baseball beat writer Trey Huntsman had a wild prediction.
Louisville is going to wind up hosting and Kentucky will be the three seed. Write it down. https://t.co/aVJUydc3H4
— Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) May 25, 2018
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 4:59pm
How good is Sydney McLaughlin? The Kentucky track superstar qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships today in the 400m hurdles despite clipping a hurdle in the final stretch:
Scary moment for Sydney McLaughlin pic.twitter.com/W719kSR4O2
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 25, 2018
McLaughlin was the top qualifier in the NCAA East Preliminaries with a time of 55.50 seconds. A few weeks ago, she ran the 400m hurdles in 52.75 seconds, a new collegiate record and the 13th fastest time in the history of the event. Can she beat that in Eugene? I can’t wait to find out.
Watch the entire race below starting around the 1:55 mark:
By TJ Walker on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
It’s getting tougher and tougher for me to defend the NCAA. I can admit when the NCAA does something wrong, but my entire premise has always been that the NCAA does more good than bad, but boy did they make another goof.
C.J. Harris earned a walk-on spot with Auburn, his dream school, but may never get to play for the War Eagle Tigers. Harris suffered 14 seizures without cure until his doctor finally prescribed him cannabis oil in January of 2017.
He hasn’t had a seizure since, but the NCAA doesn’t have a “Common Sense” branch of their governing. They have ruled Harris ineligible per WGXA.com.
It seems like the NCAA makes a stupid eligibility ruling about six or seven times a year, but this one is exceptionally bad. The NCAA doesn’t allow tetrahydrocannabinol in your system and the small dosage that Harris is taking will result in a failed drug test.
Hopefully the NCAA comes to its senses and allows Harris to play. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington D.C. and in the next year that number will continue to grow. Nine states and D.C. don’t even require a doctors note.
I understand the NCAA needs to be consistent with drug rulings, but this is a medical emergency. Do the right thing.
[Ed. note: An Auburn fan has started a petition against the NCAA ruling. If you’d like to sign it, visit Change.org]
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Kentucky finished third in the SEC East last year, but in the eyes of the oddsmakers, they have the worst chance of winning the conference next season.
Online sportsbook BetOnline.ag released their odds to win the SEC and Kentucky is tied with Vandy at 100/1:
Ouch. As always, Kentucky’s schedule isn’t easy, but they do have one of the conference’s best running backs in Benny Snell, a weapon in CJ Conrad, an experienced offensive line, and some legit NFL prospects. Yet, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Missouri all have better chances to win the conference? It’s pretty telling when Barry Odom is the only coach out of those four programs I can remember off the top of my head.
Can someone please show this to Benny?
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 2:55pm
If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the minutes until your Memorial Day Weekend officially begins. The KSR crew is here to make it a little easier. For the third and final day, KSR will take over The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio. Jared Lorenzen will join the gang today, and I cannot wait to hear him interact with the Finebaum regulars.
Listen online via ESPN, Sirius Channel 81, or the ESPN app. Normally, you can watch Finebaum on the SEC Network, but they’re showing the SEC Baseball Tournament this week instead.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 2:14pm
You won’t see the two major additions to Rupp Arena until the 2019-20 season, but there is one new change that will impact how you enjoy the game this upcoming season.
For the very first time, UK and its media partner, JMI Sports, will have complete control of the video boards in Rupp Arena. It’s a change many fans won’t even notice, but it’s a dig deal for UK and JMI.
In years past UK was locked into a split media agreement with Rupp Arena, which meant it shared screen time and needed to get all things cleared through Rupp. But beginning this year, UK will be completely free to do as it pleases with all arena audio and video.
This will likely mean no more ads for upcoming monster truck shows and Dierks Bentley concerts, and more videos to promote Kentucky basketball and UK athletics as a whole. It could also mean you’ll see new sponsors, hear new music and whatever else UK decides to change up now that it’s in control. Overall, the in-game video, audio and even the lighting will be much more flexible and in sync, which should make the experience even better.
It’s like getting the aux cord when you’re in an Uber, but imagine 20,000+ people in the backseat.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 25th, 2018 @ 1:17pm
By now you’ve probably heard that Rupp Arena will reduce its total capacity by replacing over half of the upper-level bleacher seating with chairs. It’s the hottest topic going right now and who better to add to the discussion than UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart and head basketball coach John Calipari.
Barhart released a statement saying, “Rupp Arena has long been hallowed ground, home to the greatest tradition in college basketball and the best fans in the world. We are in the midst of an effort to make one of the most special venues in all of sports even better with chair-back seating in the upper level and new club areas, answering feedback we have heard often from our fans. We are excited share preliminary details about these upgrades and look forward to providing more information as we move forward.”
John Calipari took to Twitter to say, “I think our fans are really going to enjoy these upgrades. Rupp Arena has long been the gold standard in college basketball and this is another step in making sure it stays that way. I may even make my way to the upper level and try out the new chair-backs. LOL.”
I think our fans are really going to enjoy these upgrades. @Rupp_Arena has long been the gold standard in college basketball and this is another step in making sure it stays that way. I may even make my way to the upper level and try out the new chair-backs. LOL. https://t.co/gV9NPvILEh
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 25, 2018