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July 15th, 2019

The KSR Summer Tour heads to Middlesboro tomorrow

After opening the Eastern Kentucky leg of the KSR Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Summer Tour today at the Appalachian Children’s Home in Barbourville, the gang is headed to Matt’s old stomping grounds of Middlesboro for tomorrow’s show. If you’re in the area, come on out to the big stage downtown for the festivities, which are presented by JR Hoe and Sons.

Can’t make it? Here’s where you can see the guys the rest of the summer:

Week 2
7/15 – Barbourville @ Appalachian Children’s Home
7/16 – Middlesboro @ Downtown (presented by JR Hoe and Sons)
7/17 – Pikeville @ Buffalo Wild Wings
7/18 – Ashland @ Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery
7/19 – Lexington @ Douglass HS for The Tournament

Week 3
7/22 – Somerset Golf Outing @ Woodson Bend Resort
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends

Week 4
8/5 – Bowling Green @ Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
8/6 – Hopkinsville @ Hopkinsville Sportsplex
8/7 – Benton @ CFSB Bank
8/8 – Paducah @ Royal Oaks Chevrolet
8/9 – Louisville Golf Outing @ Glen Oaks Country Club

Week 5
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ Kentucky Branded
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Would Love to See This Program’s Attitude Translate to Scheduling

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I have been a consistent critic of the non-conference football schedule for as long as I’ve been writing on this site.  That encompasses three UK head coaches (Brooks, Phillips, Stoops) and a variety of ups and downs in the program.  And in all that time, UK has played a total of ONE team from another BCS conference, and that is Louisville each and every year.  ONE. TEAM.

Now some might argue this is smart scheduling in the SEC and when you are Kentucky and with our history, you go for all the cheap wins you can get.  And taking a risk playing Louisville every year is more than enough risk in the scheduling department.

I would argue that is cowardly.  We are now a program, or at least boast we are a program, that is on the rise and worth paying attention to.  And I would argue that means it is time to toughen up a little bit and try playing a little harder non-conference schedule.  Because as it stands now, and with Louisville in the dumpster, UK only has a chance to be noticed on a national scale 3-4 times a year.  When we play Florida, Georgia, and sometimes Tennessee.  And maybe a random game year to year.  Why not throw in a Power 5 team in the non-conference that at least gets the attention of college football fans.  I’m not saying playing Oklahoma or Clemson.  I’m saying play North Carolina or Iowa or Syracuse.  I don’t really care who it is.  I just don’t want it to be Akron and Toledo year after year.

Now this will be hard to write but why can’t we schedule like Vanderbilt?  Look at their non-conference opponents since Stoops took over in 2013, taking out their FCS opponents:

2018: MTSU, Nevada, at Notre Dame
2017: at MTSU, Kansas State, Western Kentucky
2016: MTSU, at Georgia Tech, at Western Kentucky
2015: Western Kentucky, at MTSU, at Houston
2014: Temple, UMASS, Old Dominion
2013: at UMASS, UAB, Wake Forest

In the past 6 years, they have played FIVE different Power 5 schools.  They got a road game against Notre Dame on the books, and almost won it.  They’ve gone on the road and played at Georgia Tech, Houston, and Wake Forest.  They mix up who they are playing year to year while keeping an in-state rival in MTSU.  And in those six years, guess what?  They’ve gone to the same amount of bowls as us, three.   Total wins in that 6-year stretch is 36 to 33 in favor of Kentucky.  Point being, that schedule has not wrecked their season and while their fans don’t care either way, I’d love to see a Kansas State come to Kroger Field every now and then.

Obviously schedules are made years and years in advance.  Kentucky’s non-conference FBS opponents not named Louisville are already booked through 2024:

2020: Eastern Michigan, Kent State
2021: UL-Monroe, New Mexico State
2022: Miami (OH), Northern Illinois
2023: Ball State, Akron
2024: Akron, Ohio

Boy, some real games to look forward to there.  I think this program is talking a big game now and I love it!  I’d just like to see a big game schedule put together outside of the SEC.  One that gets fans in this fanbase excited in September and not yearning for SEC home games.  One that gains a small amount of attention for this program in the first couple weeks of the season.  And most importantly, one that shows we are not scared anymore to take a chance in college football.  That would be the next step I’d like to see.  


KSR Show Thread, 7/15: Live from Barbourville

KSR’s summer tour is in Eastern Kentucky for a three-day swing this week, beginning in Barbourville today at the Appalachian Children’s Home. The Appalachian Children’s Home means a lot to Ryan Lemond’s family, so we are excited to be there for the show.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 165: Jack Pilgrim Recaps Peach Jam + College Football Over/Unders

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We have officially reached the point where college basketball and college football overlap on the calendar and Aaron Torres has you all covered. He talks about the Emoni Bates hype at Peach Jam, before he gives you his favorite college football over/under win total bets. Then he welcomes in KSR’s Jack Pilgrim for a deep dive into everything that happened at Peach Jam this weekend.

Here’s a recap of today’s show:

Is the Emoni Bates Hype Too Much: Aaron opens the show by talking about the biggest story at Peach Jam, the arrival of Emoni Bates. Bates is considered by many to be the best high school basketball prospect since LeBron James, but Aaron wonders, is it too much too soon? Aaron thinks so, and explains why it will be tough for Bates to live up to the hype.

College football over/under win totals: With SEC Media Days kicking off on Monday, Aaron gets you fired up for college football – with his favorite over/under win total bets of the upcoming season. He explains why one Pac-12 team is a lock, and to beware of one SEC team. Also, is Bama once again the safest bet in college football?

Jack Pilgrim joins the show to break down Peach Jam: Finally, Aaron is joined by KSR’s Jack Pilgrim to nerd out on all things high school basketball. Jack talks about his run in with Coach K, before sharing his thoughts on all the top high school players in America. Will N’Faly Dante reclassify, and if so, is there a surprise leader? Can anyone get Cade Cunningham away from Oklahoma State? And as someone who covers Kentucky, Jack breaks down where the Wildcats stand with most of their biggest targets.

Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.


Today On KSR: SEC Media Days kicks off and more

Today marks the beginning of SEC Media Days down in Birmingham, Alabama, where the conference’s four-day football media marathon takes centerstage. In today’s events, we will hear from coaches and players from two of the SEC East teams on UK’s schedule — Florida and Missouri — in addition to Coach O and LSU on the podium. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will kick things off this morning with his remarks on the state of the league.

You will have to wait until later in the week to hear from Kentucky. Mark Stoops and the trio of players representing UK — Kash Daniel, Lynn Bowden and Logan Stenberg — aren’t scheduled to appear until Thursday.

KSR will of course have all you need to know from Birmingham here on the site, all week long.

 

It’s almost time for the Barbasol Championship.

The PGA Tour will take over Lexington this week for the Barbasol Championship, the tournament’s second run in the Bluegrass. I will have a breakdown of the field and all kinds of fun from the tournament in the days ahead. In the meantime, get your tickets here. It is going to be a blast.

Julius Randle stopped by Sunday’s basketball practice.

Randle was in Kentucky over the weekend to celebrate his wife’s birthday, and he made a stop by the Joe Craft Center to check in on his old team:

Randle joked that he gave Calipari “early recruiting dibs” on his young son, Kyden.

John Calipari is excited about “positionless” basketball next season.

It is “truly a positionless team with length, Cal said in a tweet Sunday evening:

This is what I enjoy most – having a great workout with a group of players who wanted this culture, wanted to be challenged, wanted to be made uncomfortable. They all have big dreams and aspirations and wanted to be in an environment with other good players.

This is truly a positionless team with length. We’re only just beginning this journey and I’m liking what I’m seeing. (@UKCoachCalipari)

And we are liking what we’re hearing, Coach.

You should catch up on all of Jack’s work from the Peach Jam.

The Peach Jam concluded Sunday evening with MOKAN Elite, a Nike EYBL program out of Kansas, winning the championship. Led by UK target N’Faly Dante, who had 22 and 18 in the title game, MOKAN beat Jalen Green’s Team WhyNot in overtime, 85-84, to take the trophy. Dante also took the tournament’s MVP award.

Read all of KSR’s coverage from the Peach Jam, including exclusive interviews with several elite prospects on UK’s radar, here under the Basketball Recruiting tab.

No former Wildcats in the NBA Summer League championship.

None of the thirteen summer league teams with a former Kentucky player made today’s championship game, but you can still tune in for one more game from Las Vegas to see how it all wraps up. Memphis and Minnesota will play for the league’s trophy at 9 p.m. on ESPN 2.

The second week of KSR’s Blue Lights Across The Bluegrass Summer Tour begins today.

We are in Barbourville at the Appalachian Children’s Home, a place with a special connection to KSR, for today’s show.

The tour dates ahead are as follows:

Week 2
7/15 – Barbourville @ Appalachian Children’s Home
7/16 – Middlesboro @ Downtown (presented by JR Hoe and Sons)
7/17 – Pikeville @ Buffalo Wild Wings
7/18 – Ashland @ Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery
7/19 – Lexington @ Douglass HS for The Tournament

Week 3
7/22 – Somerset Golf Outing @ Woodson Bend Resort
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends

Week 4
8/5 – Bowling Green @ Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
8/6 – Hopkinsville @ Hopkinsville Sportsplex
8/7 – Benton @ CFSB Bank
8/8 – Paducah @ Royal Oaks Chevrolet
8/9 – Louisville Golf Outing @ Glen Oaks Country Club

Week 5
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ Kentucky Branded
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA

Come out and see us!


July 14th, 2019

Tyler Herro Isn’t the Only Wildcat Having a Good Summer League

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Tyler Herro has taken the NBA Summer League by storm as he is averaging almost 20 points per game. While Herro deserves all of the spotlight, he isn’t the only former Wildcat enjoying a good Summer league.

Former teammate Keldon Johnson is also enjoying a very positive Summer League for the Spurs. His averages won’t particularly blow anyone away (10 ppg, 4 rbg in 25 minutes per game), but he has made a good first impression thus far. It’s hard to average more points per game than that when teammate Lonnie Walker IV is literally leading the Summer League in points. However, Johnson’s performance against the Charlotte Hornets is what really caught everyone’s attention.

It seems apparent that he has already found his role on the team as a competitive defender who can also slash his way to the rim. It’s certainly not a one-to-one comparison, but I can see Johnson carving out a role in the league similar to how Tayshaun Prince did. Both are good defenders who can hit 3’s and slash to the rim. I think that might be Johnson’s ceiling, but its great to see him with such a good organization.

Not to be outdone, however, is Jarred Vanderbilt. Through four games, Vanderbilt is averaging a double-double (11.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg) in just 26 minutes per game. He is actually tied for the lead in rebounds in the entire Summer League. We always knew that he was a ferocious rebounder and athlete. The big question with Vanderbilt has always been his health. It finally appears that he is back to being 100%.

Denver may have a huge steal on their hands. The Nuggets are considered to be on of the four best teams in the west in 2019 so who really knows just how much playing time Vanderbilt will earn. However, if he can stay healthy and keep playing that hard, he will be a rotational player for one of the best teams in the league in just his second season. We didn’t get to see a lot of him at Kentucky, but Vanderbilt already has a great future ahead of him.