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November 18th, 2018

Kentucky moves up to No. 17 in the latest AP Poll

The Kentucky Wildcats are moving the right direction in the polls.

In the week-13 edition of the AP Poll, the Cats moved up three spots to No. 17 overall following their 34-23 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the SEC, Alabama stuck around at No. 1 following their “scare” against Citadel, Georgia stayed at No. 5, LSU moved up two spots to No. 9, Florida moved up to No. 13, and Mississippi State jumped up to No. 22. The SEC leads all conferences with most representatives in the top-25.

Kentucky also moved up to No. 18 in the Coaches Poll, a three-spot jump from last week.

Here is the entire AP Poll:

We’ll hear Kentucky’s fate in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, where the Wildcats could find themselves in the top-15 once again.

Go Cats.


BBNBA: AD Goes For 40, Murray’s Struggles Persist

(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Anthony Davis scored 40 points on only 10 made baskets…. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Nuggets – 115 @ Pelicans – 125

  • Anthony Davis went off. Again.
  • Davis scored 40 points on 10-20 shooting while also making 20 of his 21 free throw attempts. He tacked on eight rebounds and eight assists for good measure and to top it all off, zero turnovers. It’s his second straight 40-point game after he scored 43 points against the Knicks on Friday night. The Pellies have now won five of their last six games with Davis averaging 32.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 blocks on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Let’s get the MVP campaign rolling, here.

  • Julius Randle had himself a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. In fact, he was one of four Pelicans who recorded a double-double, the others being Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Nikola Mirotic. It was the third time in franchise history that four different Pelicans had a double-double. Randle shot 8-13 from the field and also registered three steals.

  • Darius Miller played 23 minutes but could only come up with three points on 1-3 shooting.
  • As for the Denver Nuggets side, Jamal Murray appears to be in a bit of a slump. He’s still trying to wade his way through the post-48-point game excitement and often times it looks like he’s trying too hard to not make mistakes. Murray is averaging 14.2 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field over the last six games. The Nuggets are 1-5 in that span.
  • So Denver is currently all in on Juancho Hernangomez – for good reason – and it’s costing Trey Lyles minutes. Lyles played in only 20 minutes compared to Hernangomez’s 35 and managed seven points on 3-9 shooting.

Kings – 112 @ Rockets – 132

  • The month-from-hell is in full swing for the Sacramento Kings, this time going up against the Houston Rockets who are finally relearning how to play basketball. After starting this year at 1-5, Saturday night’s win puts Houston over .500 for the first time this season. The Kings have now lost five out of their last seven and every game except for one has come against a team with at least a .500 record or better – the one being the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • De’Aaron Fox didn’t go down without a fight, however. He had another typical 2018 Fox game, scoring 19 points on 8-14 shooting (2-4 from three) with three assists.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein struggled against Clint Capela all night, only putting up three points and five rebounds on 1-9 shooting.
  • The blowout did call for some Skal Labissiere playing time, as he scored two points and grabbed a rebound in six minutes.
  • Despite the loss, the Kings are still 8-8 and in the playoff race out West. This mystical concept of success is upsetting the Kings’ front office. Check out this Yahoo article regarding the Kings head coach, Dave Joerger, who has done a fantastic job in his role.

  • This is your classic “I don’t know what to do with my hands” move from the Kings. Never change, Sacramento (please, for the love of everything that is good in the world, change).

Thunder – 110 @ Suns – 100

  • Hamidou Diallo started his first NBA game Saturday night. Hamidou Diallo probably doesn’t want to remember his first NBA start. Diallo was 0-1 from the field with one made free throw in 19 minutes. He was slotted into the starting lineup due to another injury to the Thunder backcourt, this time it was Terrance Ferguson missing action.
  • Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel both added four points off the bench.
  • Devin Booker now has back-to-back games with 12 assists after he put up 16 points, four rebounds, and 12 assists in the loss. The Suns are still really really bad.

Other notes

  • Alex Poythress – like Diallo – started the first NBA game of his career on Saturday, but only played 11 minutes before leaving in the third quarter with an ankle contusion. There is currently no update on his status.
  • Malik Monk took a backseat on offense as he witnessed Kemba Walker drop 60 points on the Philadelphia 76ers. Monk had two points in only 11 minutes while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his second straight game with an ankle sprain. He’ll miss Monday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics, too.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN4010-20 (0-1)88010+1137
Julius Randle (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN218-13 (0-1)103311-127
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU198-14 (2-4)13103-625
Devin Booker (PHX)100-110 L vs. OKC165-16 (3-8)412001-1039
Jamal Murray (DEN)115-125 L @ NOP114-14 (1-5)26011-1428
Trey Lyles (DEN)115-125 L @ NOP73-9 (1-4)41002-720
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)127-119 W @ BKN42-9 (0-1)22001-1020
Patrick Patterson (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX41-5 (1-3)30000-415
Nerlens Noel (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX42-4 (0-0)60121+1211
Darius Miller (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN31-3 (1-3)00021+323
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU31-9 (0-0)53011-718
Malik Monk (CHA)119-122 OT L vs. PHI20-5 (0-2)20102-411
Skal Labissiere (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU21-3 (0-0)10111-16
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX10-1 (0-0)41000+719
Alex Poythress (ATL) 89-97 L @ IND00-0 (0-0)30020+111
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)130-117 W vs. LAL00-0 (0-0)02000-21
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)119-122 OT L vs. PHIDNP-Ankle----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)117-130 L @ ORLDNP-Hand----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)132-112 W vs. SACDNP-Knee----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)109-112 L @ DALDNP-Achilles----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)115-125 L @ NOPDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

3:30: Grizzlies @ Timberwolves (Towns)

6:00: Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Heat (Adebayo)

6:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Magic (Briscoe)

6:00: Trail Blazers @ Wizards (Wall)

7:00 (NBATV): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Spurs


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Kentucky moves up to No. 18 in the Coaches Poll

Following a 34-23 victory over Middle Tennessee State, the Kentucky Wildcats made a three-spot jump in the latest Coaches Poll.

The Cats came in at No. 18 overall, good for No. 5 in the SEC and No. 3 in the SEC East. The only conference foes ahead of Kentucky are Alabama (No. 1), Georgia (No. 5), LSU (No. 8), and Florida (No. 13), with Texas A&M, Missouri, and South Carolina also receiving votes.

Check out the entire poll below:

The AP Poll will come out at 2:00 p.m. ET, while the official College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday night.


Josh Allen’s relentless work ethic led to incredible transformation

Josh Allen’s transformation from a 210-pound freshman to a 260-pound senior would be unbelievable if we hadn’t all been able to witness it ourselves. And the graphic from yesterday’s broadcast gave fans the chance to marvel at how incredible Allen’s development truly was.

They just need to delete all those pictures. That wasn’t me, that was somebody else. They just photoshopped it,” Josh Allen said with a laugh. “But like I said, I can’t thank the university enough; I can’t thank my teammates enough. I had to gain [weight] – I couldn’t stay that weight my whole four years, so I thank the coaching staff and the training staff and the work they put in to mold the body type that I am today. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

Allen is right to thank his coaches and trainers, of course; their workouts and overall plan for Allen were clearly very successful. But it was his own work ethic, grit and determination that made him the player – and the man – that he is today.

“I put in work every time, every year, every summer, I was in here grinding just to get better,” Allen said. “The person I am today, this is who I wanted to be in the long run and I’m here.”

Josh Allen 2.0 is absolutely here. And the NFL will be happy to have him.


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Today on KSR: The Start of a Big Sports Week

Good morning friends and Happy Sunday! I thought we’d start off with Happy Stoops because 1) Yesterday was a good day and a good win. 2) It’s the start of a short but BIG UK sports week and 3) Happy Stoops is the best Stoops. Ok, here’s what’s going on today:

Sights and Sounds from Senior Day:

ICYMI and I don’t know how you would, but still, if you did, Kentucky beat Middle Tennesee State on Senior day yesterday 34-23. It’s Kentucky’s first eight-win season since 1984. It’s my first time seeing a Kentucky football time win eight games. I think I like it.

We have a ton of Senior Day coverage from yesterday here, here, and here.

It’s been a heck of a season and a heck of a ride with these seniors. I’m gonna miss them.

It’s a BIG Week for UK Fans Who Love Sports

I woke up this morning feeling like I just hit the lottery (I also woke up in a carb coma from friendsgiving yesterday but that’s beside the point). Not only is it a short work week, but THERE’S SO MANY SPORTS ON!

We’ve got Sunday football today along with both Kentucky Basketball teams playing, Monday night Football tomorrow, a smallish break Tuesday, the Men’s team playing Wednesday, Thanksgiving Basketball tournaments plus football on Thursday, and then College Football rivalry games start Friday. I’m PUMPED. Looking for a place to camp out all week and escape the family? Look no further

UK Hoops plays today!

UK Hoops looks to extend their 3-0 start to 4-0 today. The Cats take on High Point at 2 PM in Memorial. Fans can receive free admission to the game if they bring a canned food item to donate! So, get out there and pregame you basketball with some basketball today! Need more reason to go? This highlight video from the UVA game in Rupp last week might convince you:

UK Men Play Today Too!

As I said, we are truly living a dream week! Kentucky plays VMI tonight at 6 PM in Rupp Arena. According to the BBN Media Twitterverse this week of practice has been HARD for these young cats! Let’s hope it works. Stay tuned on this great website for lots and lots of coverage later tonight!

College Basketball is Officially Back

I know it’s been a couple of weeks, but last night we had our first big upset of the season! it’s officially basketball season now! Furman beat potential title-winning Villanova 76-68 in overtime. It was a crazy game, one that caused a couple of friends and to leave the table at our Friendsgiving dinner party to watch. I’m not sorry about it, it was a great game. The celebration after was even better though.

Ahh, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

 

That’s all for me today friends! Happy Sunday and Happy Thanksgiving week! Go Cats!


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November 17th, 2018

Listen to what the Players and Coaches had to Say After a Victorious Senior Day

Listen to the Cats post-game comments their 34-23 victory over Middle Tennesee State:

CJ Conrad

Mike Edwards

Benny Snell

Josh Paschal

Josh Allen

Kash Daniel

Eddie Gran


Middle Tennessee was Flagged for a “False Fart”

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

There are some things you can’t do on a football field.  Today we learned you cannot fake a fart.

In the first half against Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State was flagged for a pre-snap penalty.  They moved back five yards for committing a “false fart.”

Later in the game, the same official issued a warning to the UK band.  He told the leader to keep his whistle quiet before the snap.  Obviously, somebody is insecure about their whistle blowing.