By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
SEC Network analyst and former Alabama quarterback had some interesting praise for the Kentucky Wildcats future in football.
During SEC media day on Thursday on the SEC Network, McElroy said the Cats are “the Michigan State of the SEC”.
“I think Kentucky is the Michigan State of the SEC at this point,” McElroy said at SEC media day. “Michigan State has obviously achieved a lot more than Kentucky. They’ve been to College Football Playoffs. They’ve reeled off 11-win seasons. They’ve won their league. I think that is the ceiling for what Kentucky can maybe become if they hit on some big-time players.”
This isn’t typically what we think of when someone is offering optimism in the direction of Kentucky football. The Spartans aren’t a “powerhouse” program by any means, but they have consistently been a better team than the Cats.
It’s not an unrealistic comparison, either. Michigan State has had its fair share of down years. The team only had two winning seasons from 2000-2006 before current head coach Mark Dantonio took over. Since then, he has accumulated a record of 107-51 at MSU, including 11 bowl game appearances in 12 seasons.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has slowly been building this program from nothing into something and now has the bowl games to back it up. The next step is making it to the National College Playoff, something Michigan State did in 2015.
“We just need the talent pool to increase significantly and still keep the principles of development that Mark Stoops has prioritized over the last few years,” McElroy continued. “I really believe that. I think there’s similarities with how those programs are really operating. It’s just a matter of Kentucky getting to that point, which we haven’t yet seen.”
The draft picks are slowly accumulating. Josh Allen going No. 7 overall this past season was a massive recruiting pitch that the coaching staff can now use to its advantage. But as McElroy said, now it’s time to really get this thing rolling.
Another 10-win season is obtainable for Kentucky in the 2019 season. If they can achieve that, it will be impossible for anyone to ignore this team any longer.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The third round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Course wrapped up earlier today and it’s time to update everyone with relevant scorecards.
Unfortunately, golf icon John Daly didn’t make the cut, but we have plenty of Kentucky connections to satisfy your golfing needs.
Headlining them is Josh Teater, a Lexington native who also competed in the event last year. He currently sits tied for fifth at 17-under under after shooting his weekend best of 64 in the third round.
Former Kentucky golfer Stephen Stallings and current Kentucky sophomore Cullan Brown are both tied for 44th at nine-under. Brown shot a 67 in round three while Stallings posted a 69.
Friend of the site, JT Poston, whose caddy is former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, shot a 69 as well in round three. He currently sits tied for 23rd despite posting a 62 in round one.
Finally, Clay County native and former Wildcat Chip McDaniel dropped in round three after posting a 72. He now stands tied for 64th.
As for the rest of the former Cats, Steve Flesch, Cooper Musselman, and Lukas Euler all missed the cut. Nicholasville native Hunter Stewart also missed the cut.
Here is the top 10 as we head into Sunday.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
The Fort Wayne Champs have just knocked out team D2 in a nail-bitter that squeezed every ounce of excitement it could out of the Elam Ending. Fort Wayne was led by 17 points from former Georgia Bulldog Travis Leslie and now advance to the final game on Sunday where they will face Loyalty is Love, managed by DeMarcus Cousins.
Team Loyalty defeats Team KBC in hell of a game 91-80! ???? pic.twitter.com/x0dQNCucnh
— Team Loyalty Is Love (@TeamLoyaltyTBT) July 20, 2019
The winner of Loyalty is Love and the Fort Wayne Champs will advance to the next stage in Chicago, which takes place in early August. They will take on the winner of the Richmond Regional.
If you didn’t get to watch the games earlier, update your knowledge with this highlight package from Saturday’s matchups.
Headlined by several borderline NBA players, Loyalty is Love should be the overwhelming favorite heading into Sunday. The talent and size from top to bottom have proven to be a massive issue for the two teams that have already failed to take them down.
“We still got some work to do,” Darius Johnson-Odom said after scoring 20 points for Loyalty is Love on Saturday. “You know we’re a new team, it’s our first time playing with each other. So we’re just trying to work on chemistry… I think we got a pretty good chance [to win on Sunday].”
The final game will be broadcast Sunday on ESPN at 2 p.m. EST.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Some potentially good news out of the Jalen Green camp. According to KSR’s sources, the 2020 five-star recruit is expected to make a visit to Kentucky “very soon”, however, he is not expected to make the trip with fellow five-star recruit, BJ Boston.
Sources: 2020 top-three guard Jalen Green is in the process of scheduling a visit to Kentucky. Rumors out that he will visit Lexington with BJ Boston this week are false, but one is coming “very soon.”
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 20, 2019
Green has long been a coveted Kentucky prospect and he recently said he had been planning a trip to visit campus. There were rumors that Green and Boston might take the trip to Lexington together, but those have since been dispelled.
Boston recently transferred to the same prep school that LeBron James’ son Bronny James plays at – Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles, California – where he will compete during his senior season of high school.
247Sports currently has Kentucky as the leader for Boston but Memphis sits at the top of the list for Green, although Corey Evans of Rivals recently stated that the Wildcats were in the lead for Green, as well.
Come. On. Down.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
The Bluegrass Boys didn’t make it out of the Lexington Regional at The Basketball Tournament, but that doesn’t mean the players aren’t already thinking about their next move.
In a postgame interview with the media following the first-round loss to Team D2, Dominique Hawkins and Marcus Lee discussed where they see themselves playing in the future. Our own Jack Pilgrim posed the questions to the former Kentucky players.
“Right now I got a few overseas options,” Hawkins said. “I got a team looking at me from Greece, Australia, Finland, and obviously the team that I just got done playing with [Estonia].”
Hawkins has spent the two years playing in Estonia and said he will wait until August to make his decision. The former Kentucky guard finished with seven points and two rebounds against KCB.
As for Lee, he has his sights set on the NBA. He played in 19 games for the Miami Heat G League affiliate last season, averaging 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes per game. Against KCB, he posted 15 points and eight rebounds on 7-10 shooting, including some fancy spin moves out of face-up dribbles.
“It’s up in the air,” Lee said about his future. “I have a couple more weeks until I figure out what’s next. Looking at a lot more NBA things. First thing I had to do this summer was get this knee right. I had knee surgery in October, so I think its just showing people that the knee is fine and I’m confident with it and this [The Basketball Tournament] definitely helped because teams are now going to be more comfortable, like ‘Okay, yeah, we see that you’re fine’ and they’ll take that guess.”
Lee’s knee looked fine throughout the night. Let’s hope some NBA teams come calling.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 6:07pm
DeMarcus Cousins’ squad in The Basketball Tournament will live another day after taking down KBC in round two on Saturday at Frederick Douglass High School.
Despite 32 points on 8-13 shooting from deep via former Tennessee sharpshooter Chris Lofton, KCB fell in a close game to Loyalty is Love by a score of 91-80.
KCB trailed by only three points as we entered the Elam Ending (where they remove the time and set a winning score) but Loyalty is Love quickly rattled off a few buckets right at the rim to end the game at 91.
To go along with Lofton’s 32, former Western Kentucky guard AJ Slaughter contributed 14 points and Georgetown College product Victor Moses added 10 points. Loyalty is Love was led by 20 points from former Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom and another 17 points plus five rebounds by former Baylor star Isaiah Austin.
Loyalty is Love will advance to the third and final round of the Lexington Regional on Sunday where they’ll take on the winner of D2 and the Fort Wayne Champs.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Something we have known for four years now is finally being realized by the national media: Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel is one hell of an interview.
Following all of the Media Days this week, 247Sports compiled a list of all of the best player interviews in the nation. To no one’s surprise, No. 56 was included as a true media star.
Highlighting Daniel’s Game of Thrones references, the trash talk, his love for fishing, and his true Kentucky twang, the outlet couldn’t help but include the senior linebacker.
”From his rifts on Game of Thrones (“they kind of rushed” the final season) to his country twang to his vocal defenses of Kentucky, Daniel is always a great and colorful quote,” he said. “When told the over/under for Kentucky this season was six games earlier this summer, Daniel had this to say: “They’re just a bunch of jacka****, who cares? ESPN, CBS, NBC … I don’t care. Season start in August, we’ll see how it goes.” Is Daniel correct? Eh. But that’s the type of passion we love to see in interviews! Daniel is also, arguably, Kentucky’s top returning player. The rising senior finished last season with 84 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He’ll also talk your ear off about fishing. Daniel is a member of Kentucky’s bass fishing team in his spare time.”
They somehow managed to leave out his WWE references and his future as a professional wrestler, but it’ll do.
Others included on the list? South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal Jr., Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Alabama running back Najee Harris, Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson, Clemson guard John Simpson, Florida running back LaMical Perine, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Last week, the Oklahoma City Thunder attempted to pry former Wildcats Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro from the Miami Heat in exchange for NBA superstar Russell Westbrook.
And in true Pat Riley fashion, he told the Thunder to pound sand, opting to keep his prized young Kentucky stars.
Now that Westbrook is in Houston and the Heat are moving forward with that they have now, Adebayo is thrilled not only to still be in Miami, but to be there with a fellow former Wildcat in Herro.
“I can’t tell you [how good we are going to be] right now,” Adebayo said Saturday at his second annual youth basketball clinic. “But on paper, we look like we’re really good. So we’ve just got to fulfill that and go out there and play our hardest and just complete.”
With Herro specifically, Adebayo is intrigued with his newest teammate after watching him put on a show at the NBA Summer League earlier in July.
“[Herro] is a fast learner,” he said. “He wants to soak in information. When I was talking to him in summer league, it seemed like he really wanted to learn and he went out there and changed it just like us. So I feel like he’ll fit in with us.”
While he’s excited to play with Herro, Adebayo made sure he knew right away that he’ll still I’ll be getting the rookie treatment this year Miami.
After getting drafted, Adebayo commented on Herro’s initial Instagram post that he was going to be “trashing him in workouts.”
Aside from the upcoming season and who he’ll be playing with, Adebayo is excited to have his own basketball camp and have a platform to give back to the community.
At his youth camp at Riviera Preparatory School in Miami, the former Kentucky star said he hopes he can give confidence to the kids who aspire to grow up and be just like him.
“Just because they might turn into me, you never know,” he said. “One of these guys might grow up and be 6-10. They might be 5-6 in their freshman year and then grow like Anthony Davis. You never know, and they’re always going to be like: ‘I went to Bam’s camp.’ So it’s always like a little reminder for them.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
University of Kentucky sophomore golfer Cullan Brown is putting on a show at the Barbasol Championship.
Following an impressive 5-under in the third round this morning, Brown now sits at 9-under overall and is currently tied for 43rd overall heading into the final round of the event.
Brown, a graduate of Lyon County High School in Eddyville, KY, is now only eight shots off the lead.
After his round-three 67, Brown told Eli Gehn of LEX 18 that he’s just excited to have some fun with other talented golfers.
“It’s just another week out here, it’s just golf. There’s so many logistics that go into the week,” he said. “So really, to me, the golf is just the relaxing part… It’s been great, it’s just been relaxing.”
While the purse is $3,500,000, Brown, an amateur, is unable to accept any money no matter how he finishes tomorrow. With three years left of eligibility at Kentucky, he says he would never want to risk that, no matter how great it’d be.
“Nah, [winning money] hasn’t crossed my mind at all. It’s really not a thought I’ve had,” he said. “This week has been so hectic and busy with everything else that I haven’t had the time to sit around and reflect. It certainly would be nice to accept that, but I would in no way want to jeopardize my next three years of college golf. I wouldn’t trade those for anything.”
This kid is great. @UKmensgolf sophomore Cullan Brown is -9 through 3 rounds of the @BarbasolChamp as an amateur. He's extremely humble, keeps it simple. I also asked him if he's upset he can't win any money this week. pic.twitter.com/E4GpRqOXTn
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) July 20, 2019
In an interview with Larry Vaught, Brown said that he’s just appreciative of the opportunity.
“From somebody coming in from my perspective as a college amateur who wasn’t even expecting the opportunity, just to be here is such a success,” he said. “It speaks volumes about the great fortune and great support I have had in golf. It is just fantastic to be here to see some faces and names and talk to people you have looked up to your whole life and have followed along. It is phenomenal.”
In his first year at Kentucky, Brown was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team after garnering four top-20 finishes in eight spring events. He tied for fifth at Mason Rudolph, tied for 16th at the Schenkel Invitational, tied for 18th in the final regular-season event at Shoal Creek, and then tied for ninth at the SEC Championship.
In 2016, Brown was the KHSAA State individual champion en route to winning Kentucky Player of the Year honors. He was also the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
A dominant defensive third quarter has Team USA entering the second day of the FIBA U19 World Cup with a check in the win column. Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard posted 10 points in Team USA’s 79-56 win over Australia in the opening day of group stage play.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) July 20, 2019
The top overall seed Team USA was able to hold seventh-ranked Australia to a mere four points in the third quarter while pouring in 21 of their own in what would be the deciding frame of this game. At halftime, the United States lead was only at four.
Howard was tied with three of her teammates at 10 points while 17-year old Paige Bueckers led the squad with 11. Howard played 18 minutes and also recorded three rebounds plus an assist and a steal, however, she shot only 3-10 from the field.
In game two on Sunday, Howard will look to improve on a poor shooting day against 15-ranked South Korea, who dropped game one in a 24-point loss to Hungary.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Kentucky basketball has decided to bury the hatchet with former center Daniel Orton.
After nearly ten years away from the program, Kentucky deputy director of athletics DeWayne Peevy brought Orton in to sign the hardwood floor they have featuring the signatures of former players that come back to visit.
“Always FAMILY!” Peevy said in the tweet.
— DeWayne Peevy (@UKDeWaynePeevy) July 20, 2019
Following the 2009-10 season, Orton declared for the NBA Draft and left school during the spring semester without finishing up his coursework.
As a result, Kentucky’s APR took a temporary hit.
“Okay there are some things that I’ve been needing to address, but I was trying to focus my attention elsewhere,” Orton said in a tweet not long after the NBA Draft in 2010. “As far as the classes, I want to apologize for not doing what I said I would. I messed up big time and hope I can be somewhat forgiven. I messed up on a few due dates on my online class and I just lost focus in school. I apologize.”
To this point, Orton is the only Kentucky player to have left in poor academic standing with the program, a note Calipari – without specifically naming names – has made on several occasions.
Back to play for DeMarcus Cousins’ Loyalty is Love team in The Basketball Tournament at Frederick Douglass High School this weekend, this is the first time he has returned to Lexington since his departure in 2010. And while he understands there may have been some hard feelings in the past, he felt it was the “perfect” opportunity to come back and catch up.
“It’s surreal honestly, it just seemed like everything was just coming back full circle. It seemed perfect,” Orton said in a media opportunity on Friday morning. “I just missed [seeing] Cal, so that was tough, but Coach [Robic] was in the office so I got to chat it up with him a little bit.”
He even added that he couldn’t help but be a little envious at the massive upgrades the Kentucky basketball facilities have seen since he left.
“You’re kind of envious because I wish we had these amenities, but at the same time, it’s good to see everything changing for guys behind us,” he said. “We started something and kind of turned it in to what it is now. It’s incredible to see.”
After his team’s 107-98 victory over the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, Orton said in the postgame press conference that he couldn’t be happier to finally be back in front of the Big Blue Nation again.
“It’s amazing. It’s phenomenal to be back,” he said. “Just to see the blue out there again, it’s incredible.”
And according to the 6-foot-10 center, there was no hesitancy when it came to his decision to suit up for Cousins’ team, knowing he’d be coming back to the city he once left on admittedly poor terms.
“[I told him that] he should have just told me I’m on the team, there’s no question at all,” Orton said. “He asked me if I would join, and I laughed and said, “Yeah, I’m with you.”‘
In Loyalty is Love’s victory on Friday night, Orton put up 11 points on 3-5 shooting to go with two rebounds and one blocked shot.
He will take the floor once again at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
If you’ve watched and followed the MLB closely over the last few years, you may have heard of “The Freeze” of the Atlanta Braves.
If you haven’t, the short story is that Atlanta decided to hire former college sprinter Nigel Talton to race Braves fans during games. The catch? The Freeze isn’t allowed to run until the fan gets a massive head start.
Yet time and time again, eager fans soon realize that The Freeze always wins.
The Freeze has no chill. pic.twitter.com/8R5H9wXgB6
— MLB (@MLB) June 11, 2017
That is until The Freeze meets a fellow former Division 1 athlete himself in the form of former Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons.
Timmons, who played at Kentucky from 2013-2016, was chosen to race against the speedy fan-favorite in Atlanta last night.
And instead of obliterating his opponents like usual, The Freeze came home with a loss.
Check out the video replay below (NSFW language):
— |||. (@devinW3) July 20, 2019
A former four-star recruit out of Franklin County, Timmons finished his Kentucky career with 1348 total yards from scrimmage (10.2 yards per touch) and five touchdowns.
In high school, the former Wildcat rushed for 1,306 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior and caught 33 passes for 1,004 yards and 16 touchdowns. As the team’s lead kick-returner, opponents kicked off to him only three times his final year of high school, and he ran all three of them back for touchdowns.
Outside of the football field, Timmons was also a five-time state champion in track, where he won the 100-meter dash as a sophomore, junior, and senior, along with the 200-meter state title as a junior and senior.
The Freeze didn’t stand a chance.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Kentucky guards Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans are both in Winston-Salem, NC this weekend to compete against the best of the best at the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp.
According to the event’s official website, participants will be there for a three-day training session with NBA star Chris Paul overseeing the players each day. Participants will be tutored by Paul on on skill development, film breakdown, and life skills, among other activities. Current and former NBA coaches and elite high school coaches are also in attendance to help out.
The Wildcat backcourt duo will play alongside 46 total guards at both the high school and collegiate levels throughout the weekend.
Among the top college standouts? Kansas’ Devon Dotson, LSU’s Javonte Smart, Florida’s Andrew Nembhard, South Carolina’s AJ Lawson, Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree, and Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, among others.
And at the high school level? 2021 top-three prospect Terrence Clarke, 2021 five-star prospects Jaden Hardy and Devin Askew, Marshall County standout Zion Harmon, and Kentucky legend Jamal Mashburn’s son, Jamal Mashburn Jr., among others.
And according to early reports, Maxey separated himself from the pack on day one of competition.
“Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey has separated himself early at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp with his ability to make shots,” Jamie Shaw of Phenom Hoops said in a tweet. “Strong frame, quick first step, but the jump shot is falling at a high clip.”
As for Hagans, he is reportedly representing his high school, his home state of Georgia, and Kentucky basketball well.
Great catching up w/ Ashton Hagans & Isaiah Miller at the @CP3RisingStars camp while in town putting in work at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) July 20, 2019
While it’s a great opportunity for both Hagans and Maxey to work on their skills prior to the 2019-20 season, it also opens the door to do a little recruiting on Kentucky’s behalf.
Terrence Clarke, a consensus top-three prospect in the class of 2021, is the obvious name to watch out for. The 6-foot-6 guard is a rumored reclassification candidate and was one of the first rising juniors to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Outside of Clarke, Kentucky has also shown various levels of interest in fellow 2021 prospects Jaden Hardy (No. 5 in the nation) and Devin Askew (No. 16). Neither hold Kentucky offers as of yet, but one is expected for both in the near future.
Make us proud, guys.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 11:00am
One of Kentucky’s top basketball recruiting targets is set to join LeBron James’ son for his final year of high school.
BJ Boston, a 2020 five-star shooting guard out of Norcross, GA, has transferred to Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles, CA for his senior season.
BREAKING: Brandon Boston Jr., known as BJ Boston, is headed to Sierra Canyon. The Trailblazers add another 5-star basketball recruit to their roster. Boston has offers from Duke and Kentucky.
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) July 19, 2019
Boston will join Bronny James and Zaire Wade (Dwyane Wade’s son), along with 2020 five-star forward Ziaire Williamson, 2020 four-star forward Terren Frank, 2021 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, and 2022 top-five guard Amari Bailey. Sierra Canyon is expected to have one of the most loaded rosters in all of high school basketball next season.
As far as Boston’s recruitment is concerned, the 6-foot-6 wing will head to Lexington this week for an official visit from July 25-27.
As of right now, Kentucky leads on his 247Sports’ Crystal Ball with 71% of all predictions, including five of the last six.
Check out his Peach Jam highlights here:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 10:00am
The Bluegrass Boys’ dreams of taking home the $2 million cash prize for winning The Basketball Tournament are over.
Going heads-up with the seven-seed D2 squad, the Bluegrass Boys fell in the very first round by a score of 77-62, knocking them out of the single-elimination tournament.
Former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, with former NKU star Drew McDonald also chipping in 16 points and six rebounds.
Dominique Hawkins finished with seven points on 3-10 shooting to go with two rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Former Wildcats Kevin Galloway and Ramon Harris also combined for ten points in the loss.
Back in 2016, the Bluegrass Boys were also knocked out in the first round as a heavy favorite, losing to the Jackson (TN) Underdawgs 87-78. Ramel Bradley, Joe Crawford, Perry Stevenson, Kevin Galloway, Shagari Alleyne, and Erik Daniels highlighted former Wildcats on that roster.
The Basketball Tournament continues in Lexington
While the Bluegrass Boys are officially out of the tournament, two other teams with Kentucky ties remain in contention after day one in the Lexington regional.
Team KBC, representing Lexington’s Kentucky Basketball Commission, has put together an anti-UK roster in a sense, highlighted by Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Anthony Hickey (LSU), Nick Mayo (EKU), and AJ Slaughter (WKU).
In their round one game on Friday evening, KBC took down the Peoria All-Stars by a final score of 94-82.
This afternoon, they’ll be taking on DeMarcus Cousins’ Loyalty is Love squad in the regional semifinals. That team consists of former Baylor standouts Isaiah Austin, Pierre Jackson, and Quincy Miller. Former Kentucky center Daniel Orton is also on the roster.
That matchup will take place today at 4:00 p.m. ET at Frederick Douglass High School.
Kentucky predicted to finish sixth in the SEC East
Once again, the Kentucky football team will head into the 2019 season with a massive chip on their shoulder.
The media members gathered at the 2019 edition of SEC Media Days and predicted Kentucky to finish sixth in the SEC East, just a few votes behind the Tennessee Volunteers. The Cats received one first-place vote after 2018’s ten-win season.
|South Carolina (1)||883|
Apparently a 10-3 season and a Citrus Bowl victory didn’t mean much to the voters.
UK Football schedule posters released today
If you haven’t been to Kroger yet this morning, jump in the car and head that direction now. The 2019 Kentucky football schedule posters were officially released to the public at 8 a.m.
This year’s posters are double-sided and feature 12 Wildcats on eight different editions. Kash Daniel, Lynn Bowden, and Terry Wilson each have their own posters, while Daniel, Landon Young, Davonte Robinson, Mason Wolfe, and Drake Jackson also have their own Kentucky boy poster. The final four versions of the poster feature running back A.J. Rose and linebacker Boogie Watson; Robinson and Young; offensive guard Logan Stenberg and defensive lineman Josh Paschal; and Jackson and nose guard Quinton Bohanna.
Here is a preview:
They will also be distributed at Fan Day on August 3.
Rhyne Howard set to play for Team USA in the 2019 U19 FIBA World Cup
Beginning today, Kentucky women’s basketball superstar Rhyne Howard will lead the women’s Team USA U19 squad into the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The look you have when you are eyeing your second ? in as many years.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) July 19, 2019
Pool play begins today in Bankok, Thailand, with the top-ranked USA squad set to take on No. 7 Australia in the opening game. From there, Howard and Team USA will play against South Korea on Sunday followed by Hungary on Tuesday.
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 19th, 2019 @ 11:43pm
The comeback tour didn’t last long for a group of former Kentucky players. The two-seeded Bluegrass Boys were knocked out of the first round at The Basketball Tournament by seven-seeded D2, 77-62.
Making up the Kentucky portion of the roster was Ramon Harris, Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, and Kevon Galloway. But it was team D2 (uncoincidentally comprised of mostly former Divison II athletes) that came away with the game-winning shot to advance into the second round.
*Josh Harrellson and Derek Willis did not play despite being listed on the initial team roster*
The atmosphere – even for a 9 p.m. start time – was typical Big Blue Nation fashion, cheering on their former Cats until the bitter end.
Lee finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bluegrass Boys while recent Norther Kentucky University graduate Drew McDonald added another 16 points and six rebounds for the blue and white.
The Kentucky boys might be out, but at least we still have DeMarcus Cousins (and Chris Lofton?).
We’ll have more from this game and more on Saturday during round two of The Basketball Tournament.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 19th, 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.
Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list.
Be on the look out for different specials and events.
KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504
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#10 Kentucky Athletics
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) July 19, 2019
— FIBA (@FIBA) July 19, 2019
And look who is front and center.
#8 Bluegrass Boys
— Bluegrass Boys (@BluegrassBoys19) July 19, 2019
New school learning from the old school.
#7 Ray J. Vaske
Free Enes + Tacko Fall = Free Tacos https://t.co/3rXbwOukT7
— Ray J. Vaske (@outRAGEous02) July 19, 2019
Not No. 1, but good enough for the Top 10.
#6 Drew Franklin
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) July 19, 2019
But we bleeped it. Your curious ears are fine.
#5 Jack Pilgrim
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 19, 2019
Survive and Advance.
#4 Terry Jordan
— Terry Jordon (@tnjordon) July 19, 2019
Mood for the entire day.
#3 Zack Geoghegan
Quincy Miller, Daniel Orton, Jaleel Cousins, and Willie Reed all getting perimeter shots up. A massive front court for Loyalty is Love. pic.twitter.com/zzuQp769z2
— Zack Geoghegan (@ZackGeoghegan) July 19, 2019
When was the last time you saw Daniel Orton play basketball?
#2 Aaron Fleener
LOL @ newspapers. Let me help. P-o-s-t-O-n. pic.twitter.com/VW5W7UQATY
— Aaron Flener (@AaronFlener) July 19, 2019
At least they got it right in the caption..?
#1 Jamie Shaw
Kentucky Guard Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) has separated himself early at CP3 Elite Guard Camp with his ability to make shots. Strong frame, quick 1st step but the jump shot is falling at a high clip #PhenomHoops
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) July 19, 2019
*evil laugh* Exxxxxcellent.
By Alex Holder on ©July 19th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Everyone has their own special Kentucky memory from being in a sold-out Kroger Field or Rupp Arena. Some of us have even seen the Cats raise a trophy in early April as the king of college basketball or win a big-time bowl game. Most of these memories we cherish have lasted us a lifetime. They are stories we will or already have told our kids. Its what makes us fans that are drawn to be apart of the Big Blue Nation. While it’s still offseason time, why not talk about my five favorite memories as a fan of being inside of a stadium watching the Cats play.
5.) Stevie GOT LOOSE:
Number 5 on my list has to be from that 2007 football season, right? This one was not just special because of the upset, but special because I was there in attendance with my dad. To me, going to watch the Cats play with my dad is just special. It’s even more special when they pull off an upset over their arch-rival. Growing up, Kentucky football has always held a huge place in my heart. It’s the first UK sport I had ever seen live. I grew up watching JLo sling that thing around against the Hoosiers.
Anyway, at the time I was in the fifth grade, and, for my birthday, my mom had bought me Kentucky/Louisville football tickets. This was by far the biggest Kentucky football game I had ever attended.
As soon as my dad and I touched down in the parking lot, you could just feel the energy. You got the vibe that this game was going to be awesome from start to finish. Now, back in those days, I was the one that wanted to be in my seat the moment the gates opened – which could be anywhere from two to three hours before kickoff. Now that I am a bit older, I definitely see why my dad wanted to partake in the tailgate festivities a little longer.
When the game started you could tell that the energy from the parking lot had easily made its way into Commonwealth Stadium. The game was back and forth. In the fourth quarter with 39 seconds to play in the game and UofL up 34-33, Andre Woodson dropped back to pass on the Cats’ own 35-yard line hitting Stevie Johnson down the sidelines. We all remember that well – giving the Cats the go-ahead lead that would win them the game, 40-34.
Being a little fifth grader watching Kentucky take down No. 9 Louisville for the first time in 4 years with my dad, on essentially a game-winning TD, was one of the more special memories I’ve ever had as a Wildcat fan.
4.) Beating the Cards in March:
The 2013-14 Kentucky basketball season occurred during my junior year of high school. During spring break, my friend and I decided to get tickets to the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis before the brackets had even come out. Why you might ask? Well, because just like you, as I do love my Cats, I also enjoy the game of college basketball. So 93 bucks for two Sweet 16 games and an Elite 8 game as a 17-year-old sounded tremendous.
At the time, I must admit I was bummed out that I would be spending my week of vacation in Indiana (because who wouldn’t be??), but little did I know at that time the Cats would magically end up in the midwest region and pull off an upset over a 34-0 team in Wichita State. Yeah, you know the story. The dang thing happened. Not only was I going to get to watch Kentucky play in the Sweet 16, but was also watching them play Louisville, which, at the time, I had never seen in person before.
So here it was, Kentucky came out of the gate sloppy. Louisville came out absolutely dominating the game. Everything was going their way. At the time I thought my luck and the Cats’ luck had run out. At one point, Kentucky trailed by 13 and lost Willie Cauley-Stein. As some of you readers may already know, I wasn’t quite optimistic with that Kentucky team. Like you, I had been let down by this team time after time during the season. I also didn’t really know if I should believe the tweak had actually worked or not.
Boy, was I wrong, and then some. Kentucky would make their largest comeback of the season. In the second half of the first half, the Cats clawed their way back into it. Trailing by only 3 at the half, it would set up the second half to be a nail bitter. Aaron Harrison hit a corner three with 40 seconds left, to give the Cats the lead for the rest of the game! This memory ranks at number 4, because of how unexpected the whole situation was. Oh yeah, and the best part about it was throwing my L’s down as a 17-year-old to all of the grown Louisville fans!
3.) Beating Penn State in the Citrus Bowl:
After beating Florida in the same season, I didn’t think it was quite possible to have the same gratifying feeling I had felt that day in Gainesville. Beating Penn State, however, a once upon a time blue blood powerhouse in a New Year’s Day bowl game, was right up there in terms of awesomeness. Watching Penn State fans think it was such a joke to be in the Citrus Bowl against Kentucky was funny. To add to the humor, the Cats came out swinging, just absolutely punching them in the mouths from the start. We also got to watch Benny Snell break the UK all-time rushing record. Just about every time he carried the ball, everyone was looking around asking each other, “How many more does he need??”.
Then there was the 4th quarter Penn State comeback. Along with other Kentucky fans, I found myself out in the concourse area, pacing. I was thinking to myself “it’s too good to be true” but then ultimately watched as the Cats finished off the Nittany Lions in the final minutes. This was the last nail in the coffin on an amazing season. The Cats had their first 10 win season in over four decades, and I was a part of it as a fan in the stands.
2.) The shot that beat Michigan:
Continuing on to my second favorite memory would have to be the Aaron Harrison shot against Michigan – the shot that would start a trend for him. Now, you may ask, “Dude how is this not number 1 for you?”. Well, I promise, just keep reading and I will explain myself.
Just like the game prior to this one, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that I was watching Kentucky play in the tournament for the price I paid, and for the pure luck of the bracket arrangement. I was getting to see the Cats play for a chance to head to Dallas for a Final Four. And, to add to it, the game was way more than I could have ever expected. It was back and forth the whole time.
With 10 seconds left, the game was tied at 72 apiece. I thought to myself, “Am I really going to kick the bucket this young?”. My heart couldn’t take much more. And then, BAM. Andrew Harrison handed off to his brother, Aaron, for the trey in Caris Levert’s face, with three seconds to play which would put the Cats up by 3. And, yes, I think we all know the ending to this story, Nik Stauskas would miss a half-court buzzer-beater which would send the Cats marching onto the Final Four.
I remember my friend picking me up and for a second my mind went blank. We stayed up in the Lucas Oil Stadium rafters until they kicked us out. I had been to Rupp Arena many times and had even seen Kentucky play in the tournament against Cincinnati in the RCA Dome in 2005 with Rajon Rondo. But not even a trip to Rupp could touch that feeling I had in Indianapolis.
1.) Beating Florida to break a 31-year streak:
For the longest time, my No.1 favorite in-person memory in UK lore was watching Aaron Harrison hit that shot against Michigan that shocked the world on that March afternoon. I simply didn’t think it could be matched, but this one September night, on a hot late summer day in Florida, would change that for me. My all-time favorite in-person memory as a Cats fan is now, without a doubt, the day the Cats took down the Florida Gators. This was the day the Cats broke the streak for the first time in over 31 years. Not only did we end the streak, but we did it in Gainesville, and being there myself made it all the better.
Even though it was just a regular-season game, it felt like so much had been lifted off the program’s shoulders. It felt like, as a fan, I could finally breathe some fresh air. It felt like we could finally be the program we had dreamed about being, with Mark Stoops at the helm. It was such a gratifying moment being there, that it brought tears to my eyes. As I exited the Swamp, Florida fans stared at us Kentucky fans as we jumped in the air and hugged each other with joy.
These are UK memories that I will surely never forget. Now I want to hear it from you the reader. Either in the comments section or on my Twitter page, tell me either your top 5, top 3, or just favorite memory from being a fan in the stands.
And always, GO CATS!!!!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 19th, 2019 @ 9:30pm
While the Bluegrass Boys roster is filled with former Kentucky basketball players, Team KBC is loaded with other high-level talent around the area.
In fact, they put together an anti-UK roster in a sense, highlighted by Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Anthony Hickey (LSU), Nick Mayo (EKU), and AJ Slaughter (WKU).
In their round one game this evening, KBC took down the Peoria All-Stars by a final score of 94-82.
Former Hilltopper guard AJ Slaughter torched the nets, dropping 34 points on 11-18 shooting and 6-10 from three. He also added six rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Chris Lofton, a Maysville, KY native, finished second on the team with 18 points on 6-14 shooting and 4-11 from three. The former Volunteer also managed four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Nick Mayo, who recently signed on to play professionally in Japan after an impressive Summer League with the Miami Heat, scored 17 points on 7-13 shooting. The former EKU Colonel also grabbed three rebounds and two steals in the victory.
Team KBC will take on DeMarcus Cousins’ Loyalty is Love squad tomorrow afternoon in the Lexington regional quarterfinals.