By Maggie Davis on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team has made a change to their schedule: the No. 18 Cats will now take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
The time change means fans will be able to watch the Kentucky-Louisville men’s game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., directly after the conclusion of the women’s game. The rivalry game will be shown on Memorial Coliseum’s enormous (1,800 square foot) LED video board. Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna will be providing free pizza to fans who attend the WBB game and stay for the watch party. It’s a nice gesture by Coach and the perfect way to watch both match-ups.
Tickets are $10 in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). UK students get into all WBB games free with a valid student ID, and UK faculty and staff can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to all WBB games with a valid employee ID.
Mark your calendars for Dec. 29 and get ready to support your Cats.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Each weekday from now until the end of the year, KSR will be bringing you tidbits about the Citrus Bowl to get you ready for Kentucky’s showdown with Penn State. First up: a little bit of bowl history.
This will be Kentucky’s first Citrus Bowl appearance, but did you know Kentucky’s never won a bowl game in Florida? This will be the Cats’ fourth time playing a bowl in the Sunshine State, but so far, no Ws.
|January 2, 1950||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Santa Clara||L, 21-13||Bear Bryant|
|January 1, 1999||Outback Bowl (Tampa)||Penn State||L, 26-14||Hal Mumme|
|December 31, 2016||TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville)||Georgia Tech||L, 33-18||Mark Stoops|
In fact, the Cats haven’t won many games in Florida period. As we know all too well, prior to this year’s 27-16 victory, Kentucky hadn’t beaten the Gators in Gainesville since 1979. In the 69-game series between the two teams, Kentucky’s only won 18 times, eight times in the state of Florida.
Time to break another streak.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 6:33pm
Here’s some great news: Brandon Knight is expected to make his debut with the Houston Rockets tonight vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. The game tips at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Knight tore his ACL in July 2017 and was traded to the Rockets during the offseason. He went through his first full practice since the injury on December 5. Head coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he wants to ease Knight back into the rotation, starting with a few minutes of action tonight.
Welcome back, Brandon.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
It’s official, folks. Josh Allen is a consensus All-American.
Kentucky just announced that Allen is one of eight players who were unanimous choices at their specific positions by the five organizations used in the consensus chart — American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. He was also named a First Team All-American by Sports Illustrated, TheAthletic.com, ESPN, College Football News, USA Today, CBS, and Athlon.
Allen is Kentucky’s first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002 and the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 1977.
Kentucky’s Consensus All-Americans
- 1950 Bob Gain, T
- Babe Parilli, QB
- 1951 Babe Parilli, QB
- 1956 Lou Michaels, T
- 1957 Lou Michaels, T
- 1965 Sam Ball, T
- 1977 * Art Still, DE
- 1998 Tim Couch, QB
- 1999 James Whalen, TE
- 2002 Derek Abney, AP/KR
- 2018 * Josh Allen, LB
Beginning in 1924, unanimous selections are indicated by (*).
In addition to his All-American honors, Allen won three national defensive player of the year awards: the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was also named Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club SEC Lineman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN).
Allen holds the Kentucky record for career sacks (28.5) and single-season sacks (14) and tied Danny Trevathan’s record for forced fumbles (11). He also leads the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5) and has a team-high 84 tackles.
I can’t wait for you to tell your grandkids about him someday.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Let me start by saying Duke is a great team and Zion Williamson is a great player.
And yes I can’t stand anything about the Blue Devils, as their basketball program makes my skin crawl. Both can be true.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’d like to show you the dumbest thing you’ll read on the internet today.
FiveThirtyEight, a (usually) well-respected basketball outlet dedicated to advanced analytics, released an article yesterday afternoon with the title “Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A Decade.”
Yes, Williamson, who has played just ten games this season, is the best player to ever touch a college basketball floor in at least a decade. What?
They start by talking about the hype, the LeBron comparisons, and how college basketball has never seen a player like him.
With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.
Then they get into the numbers, citing his dominance all over the floor as a key reason why he’s the best over the last decade.
Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.
Another one of their criteria for Williamson’s supposed legendary status? His points-per-possession percentile … despite four players in the same graphic having higher numbers than the star Blue Devil.
Including two former Kentucky players…
If you want to read the stupid article, be my guest. You can find it here.
If you’re not into that sort of thing, you can look at images and videos of the actual best college basketball player of the last decade below.
Call me when Zion wins a title, consensus National Player of the Year, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, consensus first-team All-American, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, USBWA National Freshman of the Year, conference Player of the Year, and conference Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 4:30pm
The Louisville football program is down to just three commitments, but the Big Dog is looking to make that two. Maybe even one.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was in Louisville today to see three-star athlete and Cardinal commit Aidan Robbins at Dupont Manual High School.
Robbins’ father posted the following tweet, seemingly pretty excited about Marrow making the short trek from Lexington to Louisville:
— Ron Robbins (@TheRonRobbins1) December 13, 2018
Robbins committed to Louisville back in June, but he has since visited Colorado State and BYU the last two weekends. Ole Miss also came in on an in-home visit last week.
He event went as far as to say his official visit to BYU this past weekend was “definitely the best” visit he’s been on, per Mitch Harper of 247 Sports.
“My official visit to BYU was amazing. Definitely the best official visit I’ve had thus far. The people, the coaches, the staff are great. The team is great. I received a family feel from the team and things like that. I liked the facilities and the scenery of Utah. I’ve never been to Utah and it was a very beautiful place. It was definitely somewhere I would like to spend the next point in my life,” said Robbins.
He has a visit scheduled to Louisville this weekend, but by the looks of things, we could see a flip before he signs on the dotted line.
While we’re talking about Cards flipping, the Wildcats are also making a push for Louisville offensive tackle commit Zach Williamson.
They offered the three-star out of Huntington, West Virginia back in November, and then hosted him on a visit this past weekend.
— Zach Williamson (@ZWilly32) November 26, 2018
If both players decide to decommit, that would leave just one commitment for Louisville, three-star offensive guard Ty Murray, with National Signing Day set for next week.
Go big or go home, Big Dog. Go get Murray too and leave the fax machine dry when the morning of the 19th comes around.
By KSR on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
If something didn’t feel right over the last month, it’s probably because you haven’t had a new episode of The Funkhouser Situation. Don’t you worry. Lee Cruse and Chris Tomlin are back and better than ever before. The pop culture pariahs have done some traveling and they have plenty of stories to share, like…
— How the Northeast trip turned Chris into a caviar guy.
— Who had more fun at Disney World?
— Lee Cruse’s Favorite Movie of 2018
— What are Dapper Days at Disney World?
— Strong words for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel.
— The Kevin Hart, Academy Awards incident.
— Lee loves salt and Chris is face down in a pizza.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Brett Bibbins on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
- If the New Orleans Pelicans are going to make a push in the Western Conference, it is going to be behind huge performances from Anthony Davis, like the one he had last night. Davis finished with 44 points and 18 rebounds in the Pelicans win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Brow has now scored 36 or more points three separate times in December alone, including scoring over 40 twice. Davis now sits at 28.1 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA, 12.4 rebounds per game which is 6th in the NBA, and 2.8 blocks per game, coming in at third in the NBA. If he keeps up this level of play, Anthony Davis is looking to be near the top of MVP voting come season end.
- On the flip side, in the Eastern Conference, John Wall and Washington Wizards continued to struggle. They managed to take the mighty Celtics to overtime, but fell short in the extra period. Wall did about as much as he could to try for the victory, but his 34 points, 13 assists, and 6 boards were not enough to get the Wizards back on track.
- Karl-Anthony Towns went up against fellow former Cats De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein last night as the Kings outlasted the Timberwolves in a high scoring affair. Towns finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Fox had 13 points and 8 assists and Cauley-Stein had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Sacramento wins 141 to 130 over Minnesota.
- With Kristaps Porzingis out through this first half of the year rehabbing his ACL injury, the New York Knicks appear to be headed back to the tank in hopes for a top-5 pick in the draft. However, the lack of Porzingis in the lineup has opened up time for both Enes Kanter and Kevin Knox to put up better numbers. Last night, in a loss to the Cavaliers, Knox scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Kanter had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
|Anthony Davis||118-114 win over Thunder||44||16-32 (1-3)||18||2||2||1||3||+7||40|
|Julius Randle||118-114 win over Thunder||22||9-16 (0-2)||12||3||0||1||3||+15||32|
|Darius Miller||118-114 win over Thunder||10||4-6 (1-2)||2||2||3||0||2||+1||24|
|Andrew Harrison||118-114 win over Thunder||0||0-0 (0-0)||0||1||0||0||0||-9||7|
|Nerlens Noel||118-114 loss to Pelicans||4||1-3 (0-0)||3||2||0||1||1||-2||11|
|Patrick Patterson||118-114 loss to Pelicans||3||1-4 (0-3)||3||0||2||0||0||-6||18|
|Hamidou Diallo||118-114 loss to Pelicans||0||0-2 (0-1)||0||0||0||0||0||-6||5|
|John Wall||130-125 loss to Celtics||34||14-26 (1-5)||6||13||2||1||5||-2||41|
|De'Aaron Fox||141-130 win over Timberwolves||13||5-9 (1-2)||2||8||1||0||4||-3||32|
|Willie Cauley-Stein||141-130 win over Timerwolves||14||5-9 (0-0)||8||3||1||2||1||+2||30|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||141-130 loss to Kings||19||8-15 (2-5)||11||4||0||3||2||-1||35|
|Enes Kanter||113-106 loss to Cavaliers||20||8-12 (1-1)||10||3||0||0||1||+10||33|
|Kevin Knox||113-106 loss to Cavaliers||19||7-15 (3-6)||7||1||0||2||1||-15||33|
|Eric Bledsoe||113-97 loss to Pacers||26||11-15 (2-5)||1||6||2||1||2||-8||33|
|Malik Monk||108-107 win over Pistons||7||1-3 (0-1)||1||0||0||1||3||-8||11|
|Bam Adebayo||111-84 loss to Jazz||3||1-5 (0-0)||5||3||1||2||1||-14||27|
THAT MAN IS BROKEN IN HALF! ? pic.twitter.com/PJu2EtjuAO
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 13, 2018
Climb the ladder, kid! Make yourself famous! pic.twitter.com/UAkKqHYOk0
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 13, 2018
- Los Angeles Lakers (Rajon Rondo) at Houston Rockets (Brandon Knight), 8pm ET
- Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm ET
- Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe), 9:30pm ET
- Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker), 10:30pm ET on TNT
By Nick Roush on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Hello there. Nice to see you. I hope you’re feeling well. There’s a little cold bug flying around Kentucky that bit me about a week ago and will not go away. Hopefully it’s all shook off before next week when things around the football world really kick back into gear.
Six days away from the beginning of the early signing period, there’s still quite a bit going on in the recruiting world, as well as a few football team updates. But first, a little programming alert…
The KSR Football Podcast took a brief two-week hiatus to recover and reset from Kentucky’s wildly successful football season. We’re making up for lost time with not one, but TWO podcasts before the Christmas break.
Tuesday night Chuck, Austin, Drew and I will be at KSBar for a Citrus Bowl Extravaganza. We’ll give you everything you need to prepare for Kentucky’s match-up with Penn State. For the special occasion, we’ll play the podcast over the bar’s speakers for all to hear before it hits iTunes. The show will get rolling around 6:30. Two days later, Adam Luckett and Jack Pilgrim will join me for an Early Signing Period special. We’ll recap signing day craziness, break down the game of each recruit and tell you who could make an immediate impact in 2019.
More All-SEC Honors
This week was filled with so many All-American honors, at one point I lost count. Naturally, a few All-SEC honors went by the wayside. Athlon and ESPN released their all-conference teams yesterday and five Wildcats made the cut:
- Josh Allen — First Team by Athlon and ESPN
- Bunchy Stallings — First Team by Athlon and ESPN
- Benny Snell — First Team by Athlon and ESPN
- Lynn Bowden — Athlon Second Team All-Purpose
- Mike Edwards — Athlon Third Team Defensive Back
Athlon also named Mark Stoops SEC Coach of the Year and Josh Allen Defensive Player of the Year.
At one point in time, these honors would have been a major headline on KSR. This team has received so many accolades, they’re merely a footnote. What a wonderful year for the Kentucky football program.
Has Matt House ever Been Happier?
No. The answer is no. UK’ defensive coordinator was smiling ear-to-ear yesterday during an in-home visit with Georgia inside linebacker Tra Wilkins.
Devonta Lee Previews Visit
Four-star wide receiver Devonta Lee is one of a handful of uncommitted prospects that will officially visit Kentucky this weekend. Making the trip with his quarterback, UK commit Amani Gilmore, Lee likes what he’s heard so far from Kentucky’s coaches.
“I want to see how they are going to use me and how the education system is,” Lee told 247. “Will I be comfortable staying around there when football season is over? Those are some things I need to figure out. I know my quarterback says he loves it, so we’ll see.
“They say they don’t have receivers like me and I’ll get the ball a lot. That’s been their pitch.”
The honest pitch is one his other top school, LSU, cannot offer. We will have to wait until February to find out if that pitch is good enough to land the Top 100 player.
Jalen Geiger is in the Carolinas Shrine Bowl
The UK cornerback commit is in Spartanburg, South Carolina this week to play in one of the south’s most prestigious postseason bowl games. The Columbia native explained why he chose Kentucky.
“The coaches have been on me since day one,” he told The State. “When I first got an offer, they were calling me, texting me everyday. I just, I just felt at home.”
Geiger took his official visit in September. He will sign next week but wait to enroll until the summer. Geiger was not surprised to see Kentucky’s 2019 success.
“Being committed to Kentucky, I kind of already had a feeling from being down there and watching practices that they were due for a big year this year,” he told Rivals. “Coach Stoops really had his team prepared and they were going hard and the guys put in the work for this. They knew they were going to have a big season, they weren’t surprised because they put in the work. The offense had some struggles at times but they’re going to figure that out. We’re going to be fine.”
The Big Dog returned to Springfield Tuesday night for (at least) the third time since the season ended to watch Isaiah Gibson on the hardwood. It’s a shame that ‘fro will have to hide beneath a helmet when Gibson arrives on campus in January.
By Nick Roush on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 1:30pm
Watching a good basketball game at Rupp Arena is not always easy. That’s not the case this Saturday.
University of Kentucky students have left campus for winter break. All of the unclaimed student tickets for UK’s game against Utah will go on sale to the general public at the Rupp Arena box office, beginning at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Tickets are $15 and all sales are cash only.
University of Kentucky Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy estimates there will be several hundred available. It’s a rare opportunity to watch Kentucky play a power-five school from Rupp Arena’s lower level for only $15. Don’t miss it.
By Nick Roush on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Nobody can catch an Eastern Kentucky cow that has roamed the streets of Prestonsburg for almost a week.
Described as “a very active cow,” the heifer is believed to have made the trek from Johnson County to Floyd County. The mobile bovine started showing up on security cameras Sunday night. Even more remarkably, the cow is minding all local laws.
“As we’ve tracked it, it has minded road rules and stayed on the shoulder,” Prestonsburg police said. “She also browsed our downtown local shops from the street on her way through and seems impressed.”
After four days, the cow has still evaded capture. How? It makes absolutely no sense.
It isn’t the first time animals on the loose have made headlines. One of the more exhilarating stories I ever covered as a student journalist involved a loose steer on UK’s campus. A member of the rodeo team had to lasso the beast that caused traffic problems on Cooper Drive.
Floyd County High School probably doesn’t have a rodeo team waiting to respond to all loose cattle calls, but somebody’s gotta be able to contain the cow. There’s only one possible explanation: the Prestonsburg cow has only been seen on nighttime security cameras. The black cow must have transformed into a nocturnal beast in order to move swiftly from town to town throughout the night.
If Eric C. Conn could evade authorities for weeks, this cow will never be captured.
By Adam Luckett on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
With the loss of Danny Clark to a transfer, Kentucky currently has just three scholarship quarterbacks entering the Citrus Bowl. This position was essential to address in the class of 2019. Mark Stoops and his offensive staff casted a wide net and entered the state of Louisiana to scoop an under the radar prospect.
The slender 6-foot-2 and 200-pound lefty committed to UK shortly after the program’s upset win over Mississippi State and had a very successful senior season. After a high school trans for sidelined him during his junior season, the dual-threat quarterback led Amite High to a 14-1 record and a state championship. In the final game, Amani Gilmore stole the show with six total touchdowns.
He’s not just a football player, though. The Louisiana native is considered a legit MLB prospect and he plans on pitching for Nick Mingione’s squad while he is on campus.
On the football field, Gilmore is a very raw prospect but he fits the mold of UK’s last two starting quarterbacks. He has established a winning pedigree, can make plays with his legs, and throws a very good deep ball. It’s not crazy to think that he could become the program’s next QB1 after a couple years in the UK program.
We should start off with the obvious and that is the athleticism that Amani Gilmore brings to the table. The multi-sport star is a longstrider who can quickly pick up yards in a short amount of steps. Even in sloppy conditions he can be a threat in the quarterback run game.
Here Gilmore is used on a read option played similar to what UK has used in the past. The athletic quarterback makes the correct read and quickly gets north/south to big up a chunk play. He breaks a tackle in the middle of the field and then gets outside for the big gain. He doesn’t have that straight line speed that UK currently has with Terry Wilson, but he can still be a productive runner at the FBS level when used correctly.
Now let’s get to some throws. In any offense in the SEC, at times you’re going to ask your quarterback to make some throws in some tight windows. The middle of the field can be dark and full of terror, but sometimes you just have to trust your arm and pull the pin.
In the state title game, Amani Gilmore hits his target behind the linebackers dropping in coverage and just between the safeties. You must have courage to be a quarterback and that just doesn’t mean being able to stand in and take in a hit. A good quarterback must be able to trust your talent to make a precise throw to beat solid defenses.
Oh, yeah. He can throw it deep.
Amani Gilmore only has one other Power Five offer other than Kentucky, but it’s important to remember that this is a special circumstance. The two-sport star did not fully participate in the camp circuit due to playing baseball and he sat out his junior season due to transferring high schools.
He is definitely a raw quarterback prospect and needs a couple years of seasoning, but it’s clear he has some very intriguing tools. The lefty is an above average athlete for the position who can spray the ball all over the field. He’s an effective thrower when on the move and he led his high school to its first state championship since 2004.
When you look at UK’s last two starting quarterbacks, they share some of the same attributes that Amani Gilmore brings to the table. They were all true dual-threats, had potential as a vertical passer, and a competitive nature. Except with Gilmore Kentucky’s staff will have him under their roof for a couple seasons instead of a junior college.
The Louisiana native needs to put on some strength and weight in addition to proving that he can withstand pressure in his face. There’s also the baseball aspect that could take away from his development during spring ball. Either way, he’s a long-term project who could easily be starting games as soon as his redshirt sophomore season.
By KSR on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 11:30am
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By Nick Roush on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Malik Monk’s late-game gaffe resulted in retribution from Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan.
Charlotte and Detroit were tied at 106 with less than five seconds remaining, when Jeremy Lamb drove to the right for a pull-up jumper. The contested shot went through the net for a game-winner. As the crowd erupted, Monk sprinted from the bench onto the court to celebrate with Lamb, however, there were still .3 left on the clock.
Monk’s premature court-rushing cost his team a technical foul. Luckily, it did not cost his team the game, but Michael Jordan made sure Monk knew he messed up. The Hornets’ owner chastised him, then swatted Monk in the back of the head. The former Wildcat received one more lump before the pair laughed off the incident.
The clip has taken over NBA Twitter. I’m sure Monk wishes the following dunk was the go-to highlight, not the controversial smack from MJ.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) December 13, 2018