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June 29th, 2016

Five-star big man commits to… Western Kentucky?

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Western Kentucky University just landed a commitment from its highest-ranked recruit in school history with a pledge from Mitchell Robinson out of Louisiana. A five-star center in the 2017 class, ranked No. 1 at his position, Robinson chose the Hilltoppers over an offer from LSU and interest from North Carolina. He had previously been committed to Texas A&M.

So how did this happen?

Rick Stansbury, WKU’s new head coach, recruited Robinson to A&M when Stansbury was on staff. When Stansbury left for Bowling Green, Robinson reopened his recruitment and gave Western a look.

It also helps that Stansbury hired Shammond Williams as an assistant. Williams is Robinson’s godfather.

So there ya go.

Big get for the Tops.


Charles Matthews says he lost his swagger at UK

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“I lost my swagger. But I’m going to get it back.”

That’s what Charles Matthews had to say to The Chicago Tribune about his decision to transfer to Michigan from Kentucky.

In a new story on the Chicago native and his move to the Big Ten, Matthews told the Tribune, “I need to be an impact player and have an opportunity to produce like one. I want the ball in big situations. I loved Kentucky and I loved the system we played. I didn’t want to transfer. Coach Cal didn’t want me to leave. But I needed a role change.”

Matthews played in all 36 games as a freshman but never emerged as a consistent contributor, averaging only 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. He sees Michigan as a place that will allow him to have the ball in his hands, not the utility-man role he fell into in Lexington. He likes the Wolverines’ history with developing guards, he says.

One could argue Kentucky has a pretty good record with guards, too; but that’s besides the fact now that the door has closed on Matthews’ time as a Wildcat.

Good luck to him in Ann Arbor as he looks for that swagger. Hope he doesn’t end up regretting the move.

[The Chicago Tribune | St. Rita grad Charles Matthews looking to get swagger back]


Jamal Murray officially introduced in Denver as a Nugget

The Denver Nuggets officially introduced Jamal Murray and the rest of the 2016 draft class in a press conference earlier this afternoon.

When speaking about his new basketball home, Murray told reporters, “I think we are all really excited, really anxious to get on the court. I’m just really happy to be here, to be with a great organization that trusts in all of us, and believes in our capabilities, and I’m just looking forward to the future.

Murray also answered a couple questions about his kung-fu background and a little bit more.

Watch the whole thing here:


Isis Hit List, Hot Sculpting, & Home Schooling – KSR After Show 6/29/16

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Welcome Big Blue Nation to the inaugural KSR After Show presented by Kentucky Sports Radio!

On today’s KSR on the third stop of the Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Tour, Matt and Ryan were live in Lexington at White, Greer, and Maggard Orthodontist Office. They talked about the news surrounding Shaq’s kid, what the path of Kentucky Football needs to be for a successful upcoming season, UofL Board, an Isis Hit List, and much more!

I hope you listened, but if not or you were unable to get on the show, we will discuss what you missed here on today’s KSR After Show. Once you’ve caught up with the rest of us feel free to continue these conversations or start your own in these ways:

  • Leave your comments below
  • Call or Text the KSR After Show Hotline at: 980-50-KSRAS (980-505-7727) 
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Matt’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take has been postponed until a later date. 

We’ll be sure to let everyone know if/when there is a new date scheduled.

Shaq on his podcast yesterday addressed the rumors of his son possibly playing for Coach Cal at Kentucky.

Shaq mentioned Johnny Jones, Coach Cal, and Tom Izzo as coaches that he would love his son to play for. Like Matt said, I think we can all rule out Johnny Jones at LSU as a possibility after the debacle with Ben Simmons at LSU (regardless of the fact that he still went first in the draft), with everyone obviously not being on the same page and having a disappointing NCAA Tournament-less year. I’d say it’s apparent that Shaq mentioned Jones because he is an LSU alum. So it sounds like there is at least a 50/50 shot the kid ends up at Kentucky. Like the guys said, even if he isn’t the best player in college, it would be a big deal having him and Shaq roaming around campus in a couple years. The bonus is the kid seems to be on the rise and a pretty good player, so if things fall into place this could be pretty huge for the Cats and Coach Cal going forward.

Johnny Manzel’s father came out and said he son is a “druggie” and he should be in jail. 

Yeah that’s rough, Daddy Manzel, even if you do think that about your son, don’t tell the whole world that is how you feel. I guess he would know Johnny better than any of us and what he may respond to.

Matt’s irritation with J.J. Hoover continues. 

“Nothing sucks like a Hoover.” -Matt Jones

Ric Flair wanted $5000 just to come on KSR.

Would he be the Nature Boy if he didn’t though?

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The FBI says there is a list of 15,000 random people on an “Isis hit list”.

If you are on that list, would you want to know? I think I’m with Shannon on this one; I’d want to know so I could sit in a chair starring at my front door with my 30/30 on my lap. No, but I would want to know so I could at least take some kind of precautions and do everything I could to keep my family safe, regardless of what those options may be.

Governor Bevin has appointed the new Board of Trustee’s at Louisville.

And wouldn’t you know it, Papa John is one of them.

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DeMarcus Cousin’s interest explanation of his draft day Tweet.

Boogie says that his tweet three minutes after the draft was about his hot sculpting session, not the Kings decision to pick Georgios Papagiannis with their 13th pick.

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Freddie Maggard’s take on what the UK Football team needs to strive for to reach a Bowl Game this season.

Here are the bullet points Freddie layed out of areas that he believes need to show the most improvement:

Scoring: 25 ppg in 2015/needs to be 30 ppg in 2016.

Passing Completion Percentage: 55% in 2015/needs to be 62% in 2016.

Yards allowed per game: 394 in 2015/needs to be 355 in 2016.

QB Sacks: 17 in 2015/needs to be 28 in 2016.

Average Yards Per Punt: 39 in 2015/needs to be 43 in 2016.

Read the complete breakdown by Freddie here on KSR.

NBA Summer Leagues start Saturday. 

Which is big for Alex Poythress playing for the Orlando Magic summer league team, and Aaron Harrison who will be fighting to keep his roster spot with the Charlotte Hornets.

The State of Texas says parents that home school their kids HAVE to teach their kids basic skills or they will. Although a collective of religious parents have decided not to teach their kids anything because they believe “the rapture” is coming in the next year. Where would you stand on this?

Honestly I do think some kind of curriculum should be in place lawfully that the parents have to follow when home schooling their kids. Regardless of your religion, you’ve got to get your child a chance to succeed in the future. Although, if they believe “the rapture” is coming within a year. I would say then, alright give me a date when your rapture is coming. Then if that day comes and you and your children are still here you must start teaching them the basic skills we’ve layed out, and if you don’t we’ll send someone to do so for you. Just a thought.

New board of trustee member Douglas Cobb does not seem to be a fan of Rick Pitino.

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Maybe this whole thing isn’t a sham. We’ll see though, if the new board votes Ramsey out then applause to you, Matt Bevin.

KSR Aftet Show Fan Messages

Text from (270) area code: What are the chances UK athletes will ever have US flags on their uniforms?

Email from Andrew L: 

Other possible names for the show:

The Line Five Lounge.
KSR Leftovers
KSR Therapy Session

Text from (502) area code: Now maybe we can get that “24 hours of Ryan Lemond radio”

From @UK_JB on Twitter:

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Thank you BBN for joining us here on the first KSR After Show! Have a great Wednesday!


Jodie Meeks on the move?

Jodie Meeks is likely on his way to Orlando to become a member of the Magic, which will be the fifth team of his NBA career. The Vertical reports Detroit is close to finalizing a trade that would send Meeks to Florida for a second-round pick in 2019, to join the last-place franchise in the East’s Southeast Division.

Meeks is in the last year of his three-year contract with the Pistons and set to make $6.5 million next year. He hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, in part because of injuries; he played in only three games for the team last season.

If healthy, Meeks can still bring a lot to the struggling Magic, namely some outside shooting. However, a foot fracture has kept him out for the better part of the last two seasons in Detroit, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to play his best basketball again in Orlando.

Meeks has also had stints with the Milwaukee Bucks (2009-10), Philadelphia 76ers (2010-12) and Los Angeles Lakers (2012-14).


DeMarcus Cousins leads fan voting for Team USA’s starting center

Will DeMarcus Cousins crack the starting five at this year’s Olympics?

If this week’s fan voting on ESPN.com predicts the future, he will.

Cousins currently owns 57 percent of the vote for Team USA’s starting center position, leading DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green for the honor. The vote for Boogie is up to 78 percent in Kentucky, where, of course, he played his college ball at UK; he has 61 percent of the vote in his home state of Alabama.

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If the voting fans have their way, the United States’ starting lineup in Rio will look like this:

G – Kyrie Irving
G – Klay Thompson
F – Kevin Durant
F – Draymond Green
C – DeMarcus Cousins

You can submit your vote for the rotation here.


New UofL board member wants Rick Pitino gone, according to tweets

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One of the University of Louisville’s 10 new board members aired out his thoughts on Rick Pitino on Twitter back in February and it seems he is not a big fan of the university’s head basketball coach.

Douglas Cobb of Prospect, a former CEO at Louisville-based tech firm, Appriss, asked how Pitino survives the latest scandal and believes Pitino is responsible, regardless of what Pitino actually knew:

He believes Pitino should bear the responsibility and resign:

Pitino trashes the Louisville basketball brand, Cobb tweeted:

He believes Pitino, Tom Jurich and President Ramsey left the responsibility to the kids:

He really wants a new coach:

In fact, his allegiance to UofL athletics seems pretty negative all over his Twitter:

Cobb might be the most negative person on Twitter. ALL of his tweets seem to be complaining about something.

And what does his appointment to the board say about the future of Rick and UofL?


Papa John is on the new board at Louisville

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Governor Matt Bevin took a short break from taking selfies today to name 10 new appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

The names were announced via a press release from the governor’s office and are as follows:

J. David Grissom, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2022.
John H. Schnatter, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2021.
Sandra Frazier, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2020.
Nitin Sahney, of Prospect, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2020.
Bonita K. Black, of Crestwood, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2019.
Douglas Cobb, of Prospect, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2019.
Ulysses Lee Bridgeman Jr., of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2018.
Ronald L. Wright, MD, of Prospect, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2018.
Dale J. Boden, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2017.
Diane B. Medley, of Ekron, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2017.

In order of appearance on that list, it looks like the board has a lawyer, a pizza mogul, a PR owner, a former CEO of Omnicare, another lawyer, a guy with a beard, a former basketball star, a doctor, the president of B F Capital and Business First’s 2014 “Enterprising Woman of Achievement.” (According to very brief Google searches by name.)

A previous report of new board members on KSR turned out to be incorrect. That’s my bad.


Point guard visiting campus today

Quade Green, a four-star point guard in the 2017 recruiting class, will be in Lexington today and tomorrow for an unofficial visit to campus.

Green visited Duke early last week and earned a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils while in Durham. He hopes to receive an offer from Kentucky to go along with Duke’s on his offer sheet.

Green also spent time with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Brad Calipari at Chris Paul’s CP3 Camp in North Carolina last week, where the three Wildcats were camp counselors.

If John Calipari were to extend an offer today or tomorrow, Green would become the third point guard in the class to have a confirmed offer from Kentucky, joining Trae Young, the top PG target, and Tremont Waters.

It’s worth noting he’s an AAU teammate of Mohamed Bamba, an elite seven-footer who is also high on Cal’s list.

Now watch him do his thing:


ESPN names song that defines Kentucky basketball

The college basketball writing staff over at ESPN named the song that defines each of the 25 teams in its top 25 for next season, and Kentucky’s is from Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, released earlier this year.

C.L. Brown assigned Beyonce’s “Sorry” to the 2016-17 Kentucky Wildcats.

He explains why:

3. Kentucky Wildcats: “Sorry,” Beyoncé (2016)

Two reasons to pick this song. First, the Kentucky fan base, also known as Big Blue Nation, swarms after naysayers just like Beyonce’s legion of fans known as the Beyhive. Just try to say something bad about BBN. We dare you. Second, John Calipari has an unapologetic style, and he’s not changing anytime soon. If any team personifies the line, “middle fingers up, put them hands high,” it would be the Wildcats. — C.L. Brown

The video, which features Serena Williams, can be seen/heard below. The lyrics can get a little NSFW in the beginning:

 

 


KSR is in… Lexington (Wednesday Show Thread)

Kentucky Sports Radio radio is coming to you live from Lexington today at White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics. The show is broadcasting from the Beaumont location at 3141 Beaumont Centre Circle, Suite 200.

Tune in to hear what the boys have to stay — or stop by and get some orthodontic care.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Swings For Soldiers’ Wednesday Morning Wakeup

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Only a few spots remain in Jacob Tamme’s seventh annual Swings For Soldiers golf scramble in Lexington, to raise money for our wounded heroes. This year’s tournament will be played Monday, July 18 at the University Club, and it will benefit Homes For Our Troops, the sole beneficiary of the event.

In its first six years, Swings For Soldiers raised over $500,000 for Homes For Our Troops, and that number will grow in 2016 as the foundation looks to build more homes for our wounded vets and their families.

If you would like to play or help out in any way, head over to the Swings For Soldiers website at www.SwingsForSoldiers.org to learn more.

 

UK swimmer Kyle Higgins did not make the Olympic team.

Blue got in to last night’s semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly at the US Olympic Trials. Kyle Higgins of UK swam next to Michael Phelps in the nationally-televised semi, but that’s as far as he would go in this year’s qualifying as he finished seventh in his heat to miss the cut. Still an awesome showing by the Wildcat, though. He had never broken two minutes a year ago and now he is competing with the best of the best.

The evaluation period begins a week from today.

John Calipari will soon be back in gymnasiums to watch the next crop of talent in high school basketball. He got a small look at some of his targets in the FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain the past few days, but the evaluating opens back up here in America next week at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta.

KSR will also be in attendance and we’ll have plenty of coverage from AAU basketball’s Super Bowl.

Max Kellerman to become the new Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take.

We were hoping to see our own Matt Jones steal that role.

Spend your holiday weekend watching Alex Poythress in the Orlando Summer League.

Poythress will be playing for Orlando Blue in the Orlando summer league this coming weekend. The games will be televised on NBATV and you should definitely give it a look when you’re not out on the boat or the golf course.

Here’s AP’s schedule:

Saturday, July 2, 1:00 p.m.: Orlando Blue @ Indiana
Monday, July 4, 3:00 p.m.: Orlando Blue @ Detroit
Tuesday, July 5, 1:00 p.m.: Orlando Blue @ Miami
Thursday, July 7, 1:00 p.m.: Dallas @ Orlando Blue
Friday, July 8: Championship rounds

He will be out to prove he deserves an NBA deal.

Did you buy a UK football mini-pack yet?

The new two- and three-game mini-packs went on sale yesterday and are price from $85 – $130.

To purchase your mini-pack or read more details, click here.

Where will KSR be today?

You’ll find out in about 25 minutes!


Shaq says on podcast he would like to see his son at Kentucky

On the latest edition of his The Big Podcast With Shaq, Shaquille O’Neal was asked by his co-host, John Kincade, if reports of him “steering” his son, Shareef O’Neal, toward Kentucky are true.

Shaq confirmed the reports, telling his listeners he wants to see Shareef, a four-star power forward, play for one of three coaches: LSU’s Johny Jones, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo or John Calipari.

“I’ve said that. The reason why Kentucky — because the potential my father saw in me, and him knowing that I was going to go to the next level, I definitely see it in Shareef. The reason why he trusted me with Dale Brown is because he knew Dale Brown could get me to that next level — not playing-wise or coaching-wise; discipline-wise. So I would like for my son to play for a coach that is going to teach him next level stuff. I have three in mind: Johnny Jones at LSU because I know him personally; Calipari; and the coach from Michigan State, Tom Izzo.”

O’Neal went on to say he’s not completely steering his son’s recruitment; he is simply letting his son know what he thinks, which is what’s best for reaching the NBA. In the end it will be Shareef’s decision, he says.

O’Neal also said, “I don’t want him to go and play for a coach that’s not going to get him to the next level.” He wants someone to push him to go to class, to stay on him, and treat him like a man.

Listen around the 27:00 mark, below:


June 28th, 2016

Big Blue Blueprint: A Statistical Path to the Postseason

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In just a few weeks, Nick Roush and I will be traveling to Birmingham for SEC Media Days. Throughout the summer I’ve frequently been asked, “How can the Cats win six games”? The answer is complicated. There’s no player that is elite enough or in a strategic position that can single-handedly carry UK to the postseason. Thus, this post will address six statistical categories that require improvement:

 

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Scoring Offense

2015: 24.7 points per game.

2016 Goal: 29.7 points per game.

— One way to score more points is to eliminate dropped passes, especially those of the end-zone variety. With the vast majority of returning receivers having significant game experience, there will be zero excuse for this trend to continue. From Dorian Baker to Ryan Timmons, all eyes will be on the talented yet customarily unreliable group of pass catchers.

— Score touchdowns in the red-zone. Field goals keep you close; touchdowns win games. Do I really need to discuss the Vanderbilt debacle again?

— Lessen required yardage to convert on third down. Conversely, improve yardage gained on first down. On far too many occasions, the Cats played behind the chains.


 

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Rushing Yards Per Game

2015: 162 yards per game.

2016 Goal: 195 yards per game.

— UK runners have to increase their endurance and stamina. Attrition is natural for the position, but the old adage rings true to this day, “can’t make the club in the tub.” Long runs from scrimmage need to finish in the end-zone.

— Eddie Gran inherits a position which I feel was mismanaged in previous seasons. Nonsensical substitution patterns coupled by the mid-season Boom Williams situation, there seemed to be turbulence within the running back corps. I don’t suspect this will be an issue in 2016.

— The Wildcats have four RBs with game experience including Boom Williams and JoJo Kemp, who have combined for 2,701 career yards. The two veterans provide a formidable one-two punch. OC Eddie Gran favors the power run. The Cats’ offensive line strength is at Guard and Center. Of all the categories, I’m most confident in saying that rushing for 195 yards per game goal will be accomplished.


 

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Passing Completion Percentage

2015: 54.9

2016 Goal: 62.5

— Let’s be perfectly honest, when talking heads and coaches say that UK’s pass completion percentage needs to increase, they are directly speaking of or at Drew Barker. Last season, Barker completed 50% of his passes to go along with 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, and 364 yards. Even with those suspect numbers, it quickly became obvious that Mark Stoops and staff felt that Barker’s ceiling was much higher than the departed Patrick Towles. Barker showed improvement during spring practice. However, the proof will lie within his results on September 3.

— Barker’s pocket presence and fundamentals must continue to improve. At times against Louisville, he appeared lost. In all fairness, the entire offense had the same facial expression and body language. Having a dedicated quarterback coach (Darin Hinshaw) should cure pocket deficiencies, confidence issues, and improve decision making ability. Again referencing spring practice, there were distinct instances of Barker’s enhanced technique.

— Patrick Towles and Drew Barker faced with far too many 3rd-and-Forever downs. These situations forced both to throw low percentage vertical or deep routes.

— Complete high percentage throws. With confidence comes accuracy. Accuracy initiates momentum. Momentum leads to touchdowns.


 

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Total Yards Surrendered Per Game

2015: 394.2

2016 Goal: 355

— In the 3-4 defense, nose tackles Matt Elam and Naquez Pringle’s obligation to provide interior push and occupy blockers are paramount tasks. If not successful in one or the other, offensive linemen will have free reign to get their hands on linebackers.

— By estimation, Coach House’s inside linebackers have less than 100 college snaps under their belts. Disciplined key reading and intelligent pursuit angles will come with trial and error results. Courtney Love needs to be who we think he is. In other words, Love needs to take control of the defense.

— 17 Quarterback Sacks and 53 Tackles for Loss were embarrassingly low totals. Forcing action across the line-of-scrimmage, or disruption plays, are principal.


 

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Ware eyes down the running back, via Gary Moyer of The Cats’ Pause

Quarterback Sacks

2015: 17

2016 Goal: 28

— Although young, Kentucky’s secondary is as talented and skilled as any UK grouping I can remember from the past two decades. But IF there is no pass rush, an average at best SEC quarterback will pick them apart.

— Southern Miss’ Nick Mullens will test the Wildcat pass rush in week one. Using Mullens as an example, if a 4,000-yard passer is given four to five seconds to dissect coverages, only bad things will happen.

— Courtney Miggins, Regie Meant, Kengera Daniel, Denzil Ware, and others will be called upon to influence opposing quarterbacks on a consistent basis. DJ Eliot may have to institute creative blitz packages if his defensive linemen are not successful. Cornerback and Nickel blitzes can only help, but also places defensive backs in precarious situations. Thus, the front three defensive linemen must win a higher percentage of one-on-one pass rush scenarios.


 

Punting

2015: 39.60 yards per punt.

2016 Goal: 42 yards per punt.

— In 2015, Kentucky finished 14th or bad enough for last in the SEC.

— Inconsistent punting along with substandard kicks in crucial moments of critical games were highly influential in the season’s outcome. No sugar coating this one, the punt team has a great deal of work to do.

— As the only scholarship punter on the roster, true freshman Grant McKinniss has no other choice than to grow up in a hurry.

 

The goals provided above aren’t intended to place Kentucky at the top of the SEC’s statistical categories. The proposed numbers would rank the Cats in mid-pack. If these benchmarks are met, Kentucky will play in the postseason. If not, then for the fourth consecutive year, postseason narrative could again read “one or two plays away.”


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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Spicy food isn’t for everyone, it’s for you. That’s why Wendy’s is bringing back the heat with The Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken. With pepper jack cheese, fresh jalapeños, a jalapeño bun, AND ghost pepper sauce, we really kicked it up a notch. And don’t forget the Ghost Pepper fries – for those that really want to crank up the heat.


You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

 

#10 Nick Nafpliotis

He’s not already?

 

#9 Brendan Westerfield

Seems like you need to sort out some scheduling problems.

 

#8 Michael Owens

When is Ramsey not thinking about Matt?

 

#7 girl beer sports

I support this.

 

#6 Lindsey Ketcham

Priorities.

 

#5 Randolph Vance

*drops mic

 

#4 David W. Schmidt

What we put on Facebook really does come around to bite us.

 

#3 Bubby McCormick

I’d believe that.

 

#2 Pitino’s Revenge

Probs not.

 

#1 J. Parker West

He can’t even get grammar right.

 

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