By Nick Roush on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Fans and opposing defenses have focused much of their attention on Lynn Bowden’s explosiveness and Ahmad Wagner’s ability to make contested catches. Many have forgotten about Josh Ali and wide receivers coach Michael Smith would like to keep it that way.
“I wanna keep him the secret. Josh Ali is a heck of a wide receiver,” Smith said. “The one thing about Josh, I know Josh is going to work his tail off. He’s gonna run. The guy runs like he’s the energizer bunny. He’s made some plays and he’s going to continue to grow as a wide receiver.”
Against Mississippi State Ali had a career-high five receptions for 61 yards. The longest gain of the day was a 20-yard catch in the third quarter. While the safeties bailed out to cover Ahmad Wagner, Lynn Bowden drew the attention of three defenders at the line of scrimmage, letting Ali run free.
It was not the only time Ali was left open. He could have reeled in a long touchdown, but Sawyer Smith tried to squeeze it into Bowden instead.
“He was open on that double post also,” said Eddie Gran. “Great route, cleared it out for Ahmad and a couple other levels that could have been check downs scenarios and we’re throwing over the top. Those are the things we’ve gotta learn. He was open.”
Ali was not frustrated with the miss. After all, it was just his quarterback’s second game as the Cats’ starter.
“I’m always open,” he laughed. “There’s some thing we gotta get down, some things we gotta work on, different reads and everything. We have a new quarterback now, so there’s some things we gotta work on.”
The rise of Bowden and Wagner have given Ali more opportunities. Now he must develop his connection with Smith to turn those opportunities into big plays.
“It’s definitely going to take some time. Nobody can come in and automatically know the timing of each receiver,” Ali said. “We’re perfecting all the things we messed up on, go over them in the meeting room to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.
KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce.
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By Maggie Davis on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
The phrase has been attributed to Vince Lombardi, but Will Muschamp has a habit of saying it, too. The South Carolina coach discussed his team’s fatigue following their 34-14 loss to Missouri last Saturday, referencing the “byproduct of staying on the field offensively.” Missouri ran 87 plays to South Carolina’s 65.
“We should get off the field,” Muschamp said. “We don’t get off the field, let them drive. Still we answer.”
Fatigue has also been referenced by Coach Mark Stoops since Kentucky’s loss to Mississippi State, and it was linked to some of Lynn Bowden’s costly mistakes from Saturday’s game.
“We have to look at the amount of plays we are giving him and asking him to run all over the field, and sometimes on reverses and things of that nature,” Stoops said of Bowden. “Sometimes [we run] back-to-back plays with him.”
Stoops went on to say other receivers, including Clevan Thomas, Allen Dailey Jr., Bryce Oliver and Akeem Hayes may get more opportunities going forward. The Cats can’t look to Bowden every time.
“We have got to be smart and try to give him some rest when we can, because he’s doing an awful lot and we appreciate his effort,” Stoops added.
However, when those kinds of mistakes do happen, whether it be a drop by Bowden, an interception by Sawyer Smith or a missed tackle by a player on Brad White’s defensive unit, that mistake can’t lead to another one.
“That happens in football,” White said Wednesday afternoon. “You’ve got to be able to rebound. That’s what our guys need to learn and grow from. When bad things happen, when adversity happens, it’s about how you respond.”
In fact, making a mistake on either side of the ball should only lead to a more-focused unit.
“When something happens in the first couple minutes of the game, some people ask me ‘oh, so does that get you down?’ It should get you juiced up. When you’re on defense, the defensive mentality should be ‘I need to outplay the defense across from me.’ So if they get one, I get one plus something else. If they get a turnover, I get a turnover back,” White said. “We have not done a good enough job on defense of putting our offense in the best situations.”
“From the first minute of the ballgame until the last, good things and bad things. You just keep pressing; you just keep punching,” White said. “In the SEC, it’s going to be a battle each and every week. If you get tired and you stop punching, you’re going to get yourself knocked out.”
While White referenced the importance of picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after one bad play, perhaps the same can be said following back-to-back conference losses. The Cats have to avoid letting two consecutive losses turn into a third. According to Coach White, that “hangover” shouldn’t be a problem.
“They feel an anxiousness to win. We all do; we all want to win. That’s why we’re in this business. As coaches, you want to develop young men, but you’re competitive by nature. Everyone on this field is competitive,” White said. “Make no qualms about it: losing stinks. We want to get that taste out of our mouths. There should be a little bit of angst and a little bit of bitterness. Until ythe Cats can’t let fatigue or mistakes get them down this Saturday against South Carolina.the Cats can’t let fatigue or mistakes get them down this Saturday against South Carolina.ou win, that won’t go away.”
No one can do it alone.
“When you go back through and you watch, it’s a guy here and a guy there. That’s what makes this game so different than any other game – one guy can’t do it. It’s got to be a team. If one guy doesn’t do his assignment – unless somebody makes an extraordinary play to cover up for it – you’re going to get exposed. And we got exposed on those times when we didn’t do our assignments.”
Simply put, the Cats can’t let fatigue or mistakes get them down this Saturday against South Carolina.
“If we can create quick three-and-outs, it’ll make their defense tired instead of us being on the field for long, extended drives. That’s what we’ve got to get better at,” White said. “When we have the opportunity to get off the field early in a series, we have got to get off. That’s going to be crucial this week.”
By Maggie Davis on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Here’s some good news for the ladies of the BBN: the Kentucky basketball women’s clinic is coming back for another year and this time around, it’ll be back inside Rupp Arena. Get your calendars out now, because the date is already quickly approaching – this year’s clinic will take place on Sunday, Oct. 13. That’s the same weekend as Big Blue Madness, so you can make it a weekend affair in Lexington.
Registration is OPEN now. The past eight clinics have completely sold out, so grab your spot before it’s too late.
The clinic will cost $160 for fans who want a signed souvenir basketball and $110 without the ball. The women in attendance will be invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the program, including a self-guided tour of Rupp Arena and the locker rooms. There will be staff members stationed throughout the facility for directions and questions.
Each participant will also be guaranteed a small group picture with the entire team and the opportunity to take a picture with John Calipari and his wife, Ellen (because she’s the major draw here, right? Don’t you want the chance to make it on her Instagram?!).
I attended the clinic for KSR last year and had an absolute blast. ESPN’s Maria Taylor and Holly Rowe served as guest-hosts throughout last year’s event, which was held inside Memorial Coliseum, and they spent the day talking with fans and answering questions about the business. Although UK hasn’t announced any special guests for this year’s clinic yet, you never know who you might run into once you’re inside Rupp Arena. Last year’s event also included a Q-&-A session with the assistant basketball coaches.
Any clinic-related questions can be answered by calling into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916. You can register for the clinic by clicking HERE.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
KSR’s Jack Pilgrim is joined by Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com and Travis Graf of Cats Illustrated for episode six of the Sources Say Podcast.
This week, the trio of recruiting insiders start the show by breaking down the upcoming commitment of 2021 five-star guard Devin Askew.
A few talking points:
- Askew sets an official visit to Kentucky. Is there any significant to the timing?
- A decision is expected in October, but to where? Will Kentucky or Louisville pull off the recruiting win?
- Will Askew reclassify to the class of 2020?
- Why other elite prospects will want to suit up with the Santa Ana, CA native, no matter where he goes to school
Then, Pilgrim, Weingarten, and Graf discuss the latest with 2021 No. 1 prospect Jonathan Kuminga.
Among the topics:
- Is the Duke buzz legitimate?
- Why did Kentucky make a second trip to see Kuminga in just over a week? Does John Calipari feel confident?
- Why Kuminga is more likely to join a “super team” in college than be the star of the show
- Will the No. 1 prospect in the nation reclassify to 2020?
After breaking down Askew and Kuminga, the Sources Say crew dives into the North Carolina’s recruiting class and how it may impact Kentucky.
- Does Walker Kessler’s commitment to UNC help Kentucky’s chances with Isaiah Todd and Greg Brown?
- Caleb Love is expected to choose the Tar Heels next week. What does that mean for Cade Cunningham?
To close the show, they discuss Kentucky’s visit to see 2021 top-three prospect Patrick Baldwin Jr., the latest with 2020 five-star guard Karim Mane, and why Bardstown’s own JJ Traynor could be the next player to earn an offer.
By Maggie Davis on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
After Sawyer Smith briefly left the Kentucky-Mississippi State game last Saturday, speculation began to circle regarding the severity of his shoulder injury. Although he took a quick breather on the sideline, Smith re-entered the game before he even missed a play. Now that he’s had some time to rest, ice and practice with the shoulder, Kentucky’s quarterback says he’s feeling just fine.
“It’s fine. I got all my reps this week. It’s a little sore, but it’s fine,” Smith told reporters Wednesday. “It wasn’t really scary. I played the whole game; I didn’t miss a snap in the game. I haven’t missed a rep this week. So it’s good.”
Stoops has been addressing his QB’s shoulder all week, including immediately after the Cats’ loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday. The head coach told reporters Smith had his shoulder X-rayed, and speculated he “would think [Smith will play against South Carolina], but you don’t know how he’s going to respond or what he’s going to wake up and feel like.”
By Monday’s press conference, Stoops’ outlook on Smith was already beginning to improve.
“Sawyer is feeling much better today than he was yesterday,” Stoops said. “That’s good. Hopefully, he keeps progressing and gets back to 100 percent by this weekend.”
When offensive coordinator Eddie Gran took to the podium Tuesday, he echoed Stoops’ sentiment.
“He was a little bit sore. [We] expected it to be, just like everybody else. Linemen are sore; everybody is,” Gran said. “It was good to get him out here, get warmed up and get going.”
It’s one thing to hear it from a coach, but it’s more reassuring to hear the injury report directly from the player himself. Kentucky’s players, coaches and fans should all breathe a sigh of relief knowing Smith not only practiced this week, but he seemingly didn’t miss a beat. He also says it can’t cross his mind during the game against South Carolina Saturday.
“I’m going to play my game. If you play scared in this sport, nothing good is going to happen,” Smith said. “We’re fine with depth, and we’ll be good.”
By Maggie Davis on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
ESPN is gearing up for the incoming NBA season by predicting the league’s top talent, and several former Wildcats made the list. The world wide leader in sports has released players projected to be the No. 11 through the No. 100 player in this year’s class – at the time this article was originally posted on KSR, the top-10 list has not been released.
The rankings, voted on by ESPN’s panel of NBA experts, were sorting the players expected to make the biggest splash this season – not of “all time.” It therefore does not take into account previous seasons they’ve played in the league, and it also excludes or undervalues some of the league’s injured players (i.e. Demarcus Cousins).
Kentucky had eight former players make the list, and that’s not including Anthony Davis, who will presumably crack the top-10 list once it’s published. Here’s where those eight Wildcats landed.
No. 18 – Karl Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
The big man is currently listed as the most-touted former Cat for the coming NBA season.
No. 25 – De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
The point guard finished third in last year’s Most Improved Player competition, and he’s still extraordinarily young – even for the “one and done” era. Fox doesn’t turn 22 years old until this December. He served as the Kings’ starting point guard for the latter half of last season. Could he be joined by Tyler Ulis in the backcourt this season?
No. 27 – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Murray was one of the breakout stars of last season’s NBA Playoffs, averaging over 21 points per outing across 14 games. ESPN sees him following up those performances with more stellar ones, as he made a huge jump from last season to this one. In last year’s ranking, he was listed as the expected No. 47 player.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 18, 2019
No. 30 – Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Last year, Booker averaged over 26 points and six assists per game, good for a career high during his five years in the league. He’s also on his fifth head coach. Could this be the year we see Booker finally take charge and lead the Suns to a semi-successful season? ESPN’s insider Bobby Marks picked the former Cat as his “bold prediction.”
“We’ll see Devin Booker selected to play in the All-Star Game. Because of how poorly Phoenix has played since his arrival, we forget how good Booker has been. Yes, his defense is a work in progress, but with a new coach in Monty Williams and finally some stability at point guard in Ricky Rubio, Phoenix should start winning more games and allow Booker to get the recognition he deserves.”
No. 64 – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is only entering his second year of playing with the pros, but he’s already being hailed as one of the class’ most-talented players. He averaged 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season. Over the summer, he was traded from the LA Clippers to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the Paul George trade, which also involved Kawhi Leonard. How will his new home affect his potential or reputation?
ESPN wrote that although he has the potential to be “one of the league’s best two-way point guards down the line,” Gilgeous-Alexander “needs to continue shooting it better from 3 and rely less on inside-the-arc jumpers.” Long-2 U, anyone?
No. 67 – Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Bledsoe earned an active role on the Milwaukee Bucks’ roster last season, alongside the year’s Most Valuable Player, the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bledsoe averaged nearly 16 points and five rebounds per outing last season, but he underperformed in the NBA Playoffs, specifically the Eastern Conference Finals. How will he bounce back?
No. 81 – Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Adebayo will be teaming up with former Cat Tyler Herro in Miami this year, alongside one of the Heat’s free agency acquisitions, Jimmy Butler. Bam’s teammates have praised him throughout the duration of the off-season – is this the year Adebayo shows the Heat what he can really do?
Well, we certainly know what he can’t do… beat Takeru Kobayashi in a competitive-eating contest.
No. 92 – Julius Randle, New York Knicks
Julius Randle rounds out the list for the former Wildcats, coming in at No. 92 out of 100. He averaged 21.4 points on 52 percent shooting last season for the Pelicans before being traded to the Knicks during the summer’s free agency period. As much as Kentucky fans dislike the Blue Devils of Duke, it’ll be an interesting combination to see how he plays alongside rookie RJ Barrett. He’ll also be joined by Kevin Knox. At the very least, it should be exciting.
One other notable ranking? Murray State’s Ja Morant came in at No. 93 on the list. Kentucky’s latest draft picks – Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington – did not crack ESPN’s top-100 list. Neither did John Wall, Kevin Knox or Malik Monk.
What do you think? Did ESPN get it right? Check out the full lists on ESPN.com
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
On Monday, Kansas became the second school to receive a notice of allegations from the NCAA for charges related to the college hoops corruption scandal. NC State got its NOA back in July, and according to a letter from the NCAA that was released last night, all schools facing charges will have a little bit longer to respond.
In the letter, infractions committee member Carol Cartwright said the committee will not act on cases related to the scandal until November 20, and all briefing deadlines, such as the 90 days schools typically have to respond, are on hold during that time (NC State’s response was originally due on October 7). According to ESPN, NCAA investigations are currently underway at Arizona, Auburn, Creighton, Louisville, LSU, and USC.
So, if you’re counting down the minutes until Louisville gets its NOA, be patient. Sounds like they’re pretty busy up there in Indianapolis.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 3:15pm
After this morning’s mad rush, things have settled down at Tent City — sort of. According to UK, there are approximately 300 tents set up around Memorial Coliseum and the Wildcat Lodge:
A bird's-eye view of #TentCity. With a current total of approximately 300 tents, Memorial Coliseum has officially been invaded by the #BBN. So, guess we should now say, "Welcome home!" ??? #WeAreUK #BBM19 pic.twitter.com/M037UbzDlR
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) September 25, 2019
Freshman Kahlil Whitney took his Instagram followers on a tour after lunch:
The big green and white tents and the small tents that look like houses must have been on sale this year.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 2:31pm
Two University of Kentucky students are suing the school for not offering enough women’s varsity sports.
According to a federal lawsuit filed today, Elizabeth Niblock and Meredith Newman claim UK needs to add 183 women to its athletics programs to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs. UK’s student body is 55% female, but only 41% of the student athletes that participate in varsity sports are women, hence the discrepancy.
Niblock, a lacrosse and field hockey player, and Newman, a triathlete, claim UK refused to add field hockey, lacrosse and triathlon varsity programs when the club teams approached the athletics department.
“These women are not asking for special treatment,” said Jill Zwagerman, the lawyer representing the students. “They are merely asking to receive the same opportunities to be able to play, receive scholarships and all the benefits that come along with being a Division-I student athlete at Kentucky.”
Both UK President Eli Capilouto and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart were named in the lawsuit, which accuses Barnhart of not adding a women’s varsity program during his tenure despite a 2004 self-study that suggested the athletics department should offer more opportunities for women. UK Spokesman Jay Blanton released this statement on behalf of the university.
“The University of Kentucky fully complies with Title IX and its regulations concerning participation in intercollegiate athletics. As a campus community, we care deeply about these issues. With 22 sports, UK has the broadest based athletics program in the Southeastern Conference. Based on our surveys of our students, the current sports offerings fully accommodate the interests and abilities of our undergraduate students.”
You can read the entire lawsuit here.
By Nick Roush on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
This Saturday Kavosiey Smoke will face a school he once considered attending, thanks to South Carolina’s injured star quarterback.
Before rising through the college ranks, Kavosiey Smoke was a star running back at Wetumpka High School in Alabama. About an hour to the east, Jake Bentley was making headlines as four-star quarterback at Opelika High School. Playing in the same region, the two eventually crossed paths.
“I played against him his junior year, his last year in high school,” Smoke recalls. “He’s a good player. We lost by like two touchdowns something like that.”
Smoke’s team lost, but he grabbed Bentley’s attention. The quarterback told his father, South Carolina tight ends coach Bobby Bentley, about the bruiser from Wetumpka.
“They started recruiting me. Then they offered me one day,” Smoke said. “I started talking to them but I’m at Kentucky now.”
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp briefly recalled his interactions with Smoke.
“Both backs, Rose and Smoke are good players. We recruited Kavosiey here at South Carolina, got a lot of respect for him,” Muschamp said.
They have a lot of respect for him now, but it sounds like the Gamecocks weren’t willing to ultimately use a scholarship on Smoke when his decision day neared.
“To me it’s just another game,” said Smoke, “but knowing they were recruiting me, I’m going to go harder. It’s going to make me go harder; make them regret not taking me.”
Muschamp may already have regretted that decision. Smoke has rushed for three touchdowns and 276 yards this season, more yards than South Carolina’s top three senior running backs.
By Nick Roush on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 12:59pm
Xavier Peters was cleared to play by the NCAA in the 2019 football season just before UK hosted Florida. In the two games since, the former Florida State Seminole and high school all-American edge defender has yet to see a snap of game action. He also does not appear on UK’s two-deep depth chart.
When asked when Peters will finally play, Mark Stoops has typically said “we’ll see.” That changed today on the SEC coaches teleconference when UK’s head coach shared how Peters has been performing in practice.
“Xavier is just practicing like everybody else. We’re just trying to get him up to speed in all aspects of the program,” Stoops said.
“He’s a first-year guy in our program. He’s practicing, he’s getting better, he’s getting more in-tuned to the defense. When he can help us, when we feel like he can get in there and help us contribute, help us win a football game, then he’ll get more reps. We’ll see when that is. I’m not really sure.”
Kentucky recorded just two sacks against Mississippi State, none of which came from the front four. Even if Peters is not 100 percent in-tuned with the defense, UK may need him in the game to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Kentucky will host the nation’s top point guard in the class of 2021 for an official visit next weekend.
Brian Askew, Devin Askew’s father, tells KSR that the five-star guard has cancelled his upcoming visit to Villanova and will instead take an official visit to Lexington from October 4-6.
Corey Evans of Rivals.com was the first to break the news.
This news comes less than 24 hours after Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus was at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA to see Askew participate in open gym.
Askew’s father also told KSR that John Calipari was in to see the 6-foot-3 guard on September 12.
Askew took an official visit to Louisville on September 1, with the five-star guard also scheduled to take trips to Arizona for its Red-Blue Game this Friday, followed by an unofficial visit to Memphis on August 3 for the school’s midnight madness.
In a recent interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com, Askew said that he would be participating in the USA Basketball Training Camp in Colorado Springs from October 11-13. From there, the Mater Dei standout said he will schedule a commitment date sometime after in October.
Despite the rumblings that he will ultimately reclassify to the class of 2020, Askew also told Peek that he is currently planning on staying in 2021, the second time he has shut down reclassification rumors.
“I’m staying in the class of 2021,” he told Peek. “I think it’s best if I stay and play my senior year here at Mater Dei, play with Coach McKnight, that’ll for sure make him happy. And with just all the guys on the team, we have all these returning players and can have a really fun year next year too.”
Sources continue to tell KSR that despite Askew’s public comments, those behind the scenes very familiar with his recruitment feel the five-star guard will ultimately make the jump to 2020.
In terms of his recruitment, Kentucky is seen as a top contender, with Askew recently telling Rivals.com that he is extremely high on the program and the “brotherhood” that comes with being a Wildcat.
“I mean, [John Calipari] just knowing what their goals are,” he said of Kentucky. “A lot of people think just because you go to Kentucky, you have to be a one-and-done. That’s not true. You can stay for two years, look at PJ Washington, look at Tyler Ulis, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans. Look at them, they’re still in a great position right now. Kentucky is a place where they are also going to develop you, you leave when you’re ready, you know what your goal is. Obviously, the goal is to win games in college, but with the personal side, you can put your name out there, get you to the next step that all players want. When you’re on that type of team, the goal is, “We’re all five in now, let’s go, let’s go chase our dreams. We’re all together.” It just feels like a brotherhood, that’s what I love about it. And Coach Cal is a great guy, he knows what he’s doing.”
Check out some of his most recent highlights from Peach Jam below:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 11:20am
The debate over paying student athletes is only getting more heated following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plans to sign into law the Fair Pay to Play Act, which will allow athletes in the state to profit off their name, image, and likeness. As you might imagine, that’s not going over too well with the NCAA; in fact, according to CBS Sports, Mark Emmert told a group of Division I athletic directors yesterday that granting athletes such rights would be an ‘existential threat’ to college sports.
Emmert continued to call any further athlete compensation from it “pay for play.” An NCAA working group formed in May to explore the issue is expected to issue its first report in October. However, a formal change in NCAA legislation addressing name, image and likeness may not be in place until 2021. When passed, the California law will not go into effect until January 2023.
Earlier this month, the NCAA Board of Governors sent Governor Newsom a letter calling the bill “unconstitutional,” and said if it’s adopted, the organization could declare all student athletes at the 58 NCAA schools in the state ineligible. Emmert insists that wasn’t a threat — ha! — but said if more states adopt similar laws, it will create utter chaos for the organization.
“You’ve got 50 different states with 50 different labor law rules,” Emmert said. “If you move into what are, in essence, labor negotiations, you have to do that state-by-state … It just falls apart in its complexity.”
The solution to all this? Come up with a reasonable solution and beat California to the punch. I won’t hold my breath.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 10:30am
Now that his 2020 class is taking shape, John Calipari is turning an eye to 2021. According to Paul Biancardi, Calipari will be in White Plains, New York today to see A.J. Griffin, a five-star small forward at Archbishop Stepinac.
The 6’7″ 200 lbs. Griffin doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but has been offered by Auburn, Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Michigan, UConn, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt, and Villanova. In fact, Jay Wright is also scheduled to see him play today. Tony Barbee watched him play on September 16.
Fun fact: Griffin is the son of former Seton Hall star Adrian Griffin, who played in the NBA from 1999-2008 and is now the lead assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.
You can watch him do his thing for Team USA in the FIBA U16 Americas below:
By Bryan the Intern on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Everyone knows that in the modern history of UK football, Vanderbilt has typically been the whipping boy of the league, and for Kentucky, the only team in the league that we have consistently been better than. In fact, UK has four different occasions where they have won 4 consecutive games or more against the Commodores. But UK is currently holding a 5-game winning streak over South Carolina, something they have only done one other time against an SEC team not named Vanderbilt:
(7 games) Mississippi State: 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1990 (*the win in 1976 only given to UK because of forfeit)
(6 games) Vanderbilt: 1976-1981
(5 games) South Carolina: 2014-?????
(4 games) Vanderbilt: 1971-1974
(4 games) Vanderbilt: 1996-1999
(4 games) Vanderbilt: 2004-2007
If UK is to win Saturday, this will become the 2nd longest SEC winning streak in UK modern history. These are the kind of winning streaks that other SEC teams have traditionally had on us. Mark Stoops has begun really breaking down all of the barriers and embarrassments that UK football has had to endure for so long. Beating Florida. Beating Tennessee. Beating Louisville. But I think getting a sustained winning streak over an SEC opponent not named Vanderbilt is almost just as important.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Lexington (Ryan), Louisville (Shannon), and somewhere else in Kentucky (Matt). Tune in to hear the gang talk about the start of Big Blue Madness Campout, Saturday’s game at South Carolina, and much, much more.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 9:00am
At 5 a.m. this morning, hundreds of diehard Kentucky Basketball fans made the annual dash across Avenue of Champions to claim their spot for the 2019 Big Blue Madness Campout. If you were snug in your bed like a normal person, here’s what you missed:
Kudos to everyone for putting up a tent better than this year’s freshmen:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 25, 2019
Madness tickets will also be distributed via Ticketmaster Friday night at 10 p.m., but if you are reading this from Tent City, some things you need to know…
- A limited number of control cards will be issued to campers on Friday at 2 p.m. All campers must be present at campsite to receive a control card, and a maximum of four control cards will be given at each tent.
- Those who camp can begin lining up for ticket distribution at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Campers with control cards must be in line by 10 p.m. when the ticket office opens for business.
- If you haven’t claimed your spot yet, here’s the map of where you can and cannot camp:
Our videographer Bradley McKee will be making the rounds today to talk to fans, so if you see him, invite him over for a chat. Big Blue Madness will take place Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena.
What will Mark Stoops say on the SEC Teleconference?
Stoops and the rest of the league’s coaches will chat with reporters on a teleconference later this morning. Check the site around lunch to see if Stoops has any updates on Sawyer Smith’s shoulder and how his team is preparing for this weekend’s trip to Columbia.
We’ll hear from Brad White and Sawyer Smith after practice
Last night, Eddie Gran shouldered the blame for some of Sawyer Smith’s struggles so far. Tonight, we’ll hear from QB1 himself, who participated in practice yesterday, but is still sore.
“He was a little bit sore,” Gran said. “Expected it to be, just like everybody else. Linemen are sore, everybody is. It was good to get him out here, get warmed up and get going.”
Click here for more practice notes from yesterday and check the site this evening for updates from Sawyer, Brad White, and the defense.
Calipari ‘Crootin Update
So far this week, the Kentucky coaching staff has checked in on 2021 top three prospects Patrick Baldwin and Jonathan Kuminga. According to Paul Biancardi, Calipari will go see another junior today, five-star small forward AJ Griffin Jr.. We’ll have more on him later this morning.
TV Rec of the Week: Fleabag
It’s not for everybody — especially children — but Fleabag is the hottest show in America right now. The raunchy British comedy just cleaned up at the Emmys, upsetting Veep for Best Comedy and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. I first heard about it when the second season dropped on Amazon Prime in May, but didn’t get around to watching it until last week, which resulted in a two-night binge and deep depression when I found out there won’t be a third season. Get ready for a lot of Phoebe Waller-Bridge GIFs on Twitter and the live blog this fall.
Tyler Ulis to the Kings
In case you missed the big news yesterday, Tyler Ulis is back in the league. Ulis signed a $1.67 million partially guaranteed deal with the Sacramento Kings, where he’ll join fellow former Cat De’Aaron Fox in the backcourt. Ulis has had a rough go of it in the pros so far, but after double hip surgery, is finally healthy. By now, he’s proved to us all never to count him out.
KSR Dog of the Day
Lucy is one sweet, scruffy puppy.
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By Nick Roush on ©September 25th, 2019 @ 8:00am
The Big Blue Madness Campout has begun!
This morning at 5 a.m. ET, Kentucky fans sprinted across the Avenue of Champions and quickly set up tents to secure their spot in line for tickets to Big Blue Madness.
? Good morning, #BBN ?
If you were sleeping early this morning, you missed out on the beginning of one of our favorite traditions.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 25, 2019
Unfortunately, there was no yellow tent guy. We will have to find this year’s top campout characters when KSR invades the area around Memorial Coliseum later today.
If you forgot to set your alarm, there are still a few available camping spaces.