The term “goaltending” was originally descriptive and neutral, like “switching” or “zone defense” are today. When the 6-foot-10 Mikan repeatedly swatted away shots on their downward flight near the rim in DePaul’s 53-44 win over Kentucky at Chicago Stadium in February 1943, Adolph Rupp was furious and vowed to see to it that the rule was changed. Goaltending became a violation in 1944-45.
By Maggie Davis on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 6:00pm
The awards don’t stop for Kentucky women’s basketball player Rhyne Howard. The incoming sophomore has just been named to the Cheryl Miller Award preseason watch list, which recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Howard is one of just 20 players from across the nation placed on this year’s watch list.
The news comes just one week after Howard was tabbed to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by league media. Last season, she raked in the awards, including unanimous national freshman of the year by espnW, USBWA and WBCA. Other awards included the SEC Freshman of the Year title and the AP SEC Newcomer of the Year honor.
I caught up with Howard at the team’s media day Tuesday morning (you can watch my recap for “Hey Kentucky!” here, or read KSR’s Zack Geoghegan’s recap here). I asked Howard about those awards from last season and which ones she hopes to bring home this year. As expected, her team-wide expectations will still come first.
“Leading my team to an SEC championship and further,” Howard began.
However, she also has lofty expectations for herself.
“I want to be player of the year, and I think I can do that.”
We won’t know which player will claim the national player of the year title until the end of the season, but we will find out the top-10 finalists for this Cheryl Miller Award in mid-February. In March, the list will be cut to five. Finally, the winner of the award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards on April 10 in Los Angeles.
By KSR on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 5:30pm
After taking a break to tour the state, the Free Money Podcast is back and louder than ever before. Hear what Matt Jones and Drew Franklin have to say about a variety of topics, such as…
— Flies invade KSOffice.
— An unbelievable NBA offer at KSBar.
— Phil Steele issues an apology.
— Matt feels very good about UK’s quarterback situation.
— A crazy LSU-Alabama Playoff scenario.
— Drew shares his wedding planning struggles.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 5:00pm
The NCAA March Madness Twitter account is counting down the days until basketball season with yet another bracket, this one to determine Preseason Player of the Year.
Over the weekend, Tyrese Maxey, an 11-seed, beat 6-seed Kerry Blackshear to advance to the Elite Eight. To make it to the Final Four, Maxey will have to knock out another familiar name for Kentucky fans: Seton Hall star Myles Powell, a 3-seed. To do it, he’ll need your vote on Twitter:
#MMPPoY Elite 8:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 23, 2019
After last season’s loss to Powell and the Pirates in Madison Square Garden, we gotta get this, #BBN. Do your thing. If Maxey wins, he’ll face the winner of the Nico Mannion (Arizona) vs. Markus Howard (Marquette):
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 4:30pm
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By Nick Roush on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 3:30pm
For Barry Odom to get his first win over Mark Stoops, the former Missouri linebacker will have to get his first road win of the 2019 season.
The Tigers opened the season as 17.5-point favorites at Wyoming, ultimately falling 37-31 to the Cowboys. Last week they were 21-point favorites at Vanderbilt. They left Nashville with a 21-14 loss. Odom has tried to keep the game-week consistent, even though the schedule has been imbalanced.
“Once we get to the hotel on Friday, to the minute everything looks identical, whether it’s home or away. We didn’t play our best game. We didn’t execute,” Odom said on the SEC Teleconference.
“The urgency for us doesn’t matter. As a mature competitor you’ve always got to focus. It doesn’t matter where you play the game. We gotta be so mentally dialed in to carry out our assignments, and have an opportunity to use ‘distraction control.’ There’s a lot of things that happen, home or away games — more on away games with travel and all those things — that there’s things that happen out of your control and you can’t do anything about that. Focus on the things that we can control.”
To get refocused in the middle of a three-game road trip, Odom has put an extra emphasis on preparation.
“We know that we will need to prepare really well this week and find a way to go execute for four quarters. Our team has learned a lot about itself. We’ve made steps moving into this last week, in a number of ways, moving our program forward. Had a setback and we’ve learned from our experiences and understand that the task at hand is so important to stay dialed in and focused and understand the urgency for us to continue to do the habits and showcase those on Saturday when given the opportunity.”
Odom has seen his team respond in practice. Will they be ready to play this Saturday? We’ll find out in the middle of a rainy night under the lights at Kroger Field.
“Our team has bounced back in a great way so far this week in practice,” said Odom. “I look forward to an opportunity to go play a better game on the way that our approach is going to Kentucky.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 2:30pm
To get fans ready for college basketball season, ESPN’s Jon Gasaway undertook the monumental task of picking the best player at each jersey number in the history of the sport. Surprisingly, only one Kentucky Wildcat made the list: Tony Delk at No. 00.
“A first-team All-American and the leading scorer on the 1996 UK squad known as The Untouchables, Delk won most outstanding player honors at the NCAA tournament and led his 34-2 team to a national title. Nevertheless, No. 00 remains, somewhat surprisingly, a rather underutilized jersey option.”
Several other former Cats were in the running at other numbers (Gasaway’s first choice in parentheses):
- No. 0: De’Aaron Fox (Frank Mason III, Kansas)
- No. 3: Tyler Ulis (Doug McDermott, Creighton)
- No. 11: John Wall (Jerry Lucas, Ohio State)
- No. 12: Karl Towns, Ralph Beard (Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati)
- No. 14: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Johnny Neumann, Ole Miss)
- No. 15: Alex Groza, Willie Cauley-Stein (Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse)
- No. 21: Jack “Goose” Givens (Tim Duncan, Wake Forest)
- No. 23: Anthony Davis (Michael Jordan, North Carolina)
- No. 24: Jamal Mashburn, Antoine Walker (Buddy Hield, Oklahoma)
- No. 34: Kenny Walker (Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston)
- No. 42: Pat Riley (Bill Bradley, Princeton)
- No. 44: Dan Issel (David Thompson, NC State)
The NCAA no longer allows players to wear the No. 6, but Gasaway included it anyway, giving it to Bill Russell over Cliff Hagan. In his writeup of No. 99, George Mikan, he also notes that goaltending only became a violation after Adolph Rupp complained about it in 1943:
Back in 2015, I did the same exercise with only Kentucky players. I found the file today and made a few updates, replacing Enes Kanter with De’Aaron Fox and adding in Groza and Riley in place of Willie Cauley-Stein and Jamal Magloire (a few more years brings perspective, eh?).
Check out Gasaway’s entire list over at ESPN.com.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 1:53pm
Stanley Garner’s time as a Kentucky Wildcat may be coming to an end. The redshirt freshman cornerback just announced on Twitter he is entering the transfer portal in hopes of continuing his athletic and academic career elsewhere.
— SG3 ? (@StanleyG_9) October 23, 2019
“I will forever be grateful and appreciative of the opportunity and time that the coaching staff at the University of Kentucky devoted to me,” Garner wrote. “After long and careful consideration as well as discussions with my family, I will be entering the transfer portal to openly explore the best opportunities for me in order to utilize my remaining eligibility and further my education.”
The Fort Lauderdale native was a four-star recruit and considered the No. 35 cornerback in the 2018 class by Rivals.com. He redshirted last year and has played in all seven games this season, recording a tackle vs. Eastern Michigan.
Best of luck to him as he explores his options.
By Nick Roush on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 1:00pm
This weekend the University of Kentucky will host the Missouri Tigers for a Southeastern Conference football game. As hospitable hosts, Kentuckians should do whatever it takes to make sure Missouri fans enjoy their time in the Commonwealth.
A friendly, ‘Hello,’ goes a long way. If they ask for suggestions, a day at Keeneland followed by a delicious meal at KSBar and Grille could make their trip one of the best experiences in the SEC.
There is one way you can quickly ruin a Missouri fan’s day in less than 15 seconds, and that’s not by telling a Rick Pitino joke. Whatever you do, do not under ANY circumstances show them this clip.
If you ask many Missouri fans why the Tigers lost to Kentucky in 2018, they will not tell you it’s because Lynn Bowden made an incredible punt return with five minutes to play to make it a one-score game. They will not give credit to UK’s defense for holding Drew Lock and the Mizzou offense to ZERO second half first downs, nor will they blame their defense for giving up an 8-play, 81-yard drive with 1:24 to play.
Instead, the suffer from Ahmad Wagner PTSD, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter clearly illustrates in this preseason article.
No player in the SEC knows the sting of controversial officiating decisions more than (cornerback DeMarkus) Acy. As the game clock turned to zeroes last Oct. 27 against Kentucky, Acy was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, even though it was Wildcats receiver Ahmad Wagner who clearly delivered the most contact, trying to twist off Acy’s head like a bottlecap.
Thoughts and Prayers to Acy. It’s a miracle the cornerback is still able to walk off Wagner twisted off his head like a bottlecap.
The call that made it possible. pic.twitter.com/iyHrfo8RDp
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) October 27, 2018
It’s been a rough year for Missouri fans. Even though they won the Kelly Bryant sweepstakes, they still can’t go to a bowl game. They lost to Vanderbilt and Wyoming. It’d be a real shame if you brought their attention to another painful loss they suffered less than a year ago, their fourth-straight to Kentucky.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 12:15pm
With Brad Calipari transferring to Detroit Mercy for his final two years of eligibility, it was only a matter of time before Kentucky set up a game vs. the Titans. Today, Detroit News’ Tony Paul is reporting that a game is in the works for next season, and get this — it would take place at either Calihan Hall or Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Get this: There’s a good chance Kentucky will travel to Detroit next year to play Detroit Mercy, either a Calihan Hall or Little Caesars Arena. John Calipari’s son, Brad, now plays foe the Titans. Mike Davis puts the possibility at “99.9 percent.”
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) October 23, 2019
John Calipari has never been a fan of home-and-home series vs. non-conference opponents, so I have a feeling someone else is behind this move…
By Nick Roush on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 11:30am
When it rains, it pours. For the second straight week, it looks like Kentucky will play football in a rainstorm.
Four days out from Kentucky’s matchup with Missouri, Google weather calls for an 80 percent chance of rain for almost the entire day. The AccuWeather forecast puts the percentage at 76, with more than an inch of rain falling throughout the day. A thunderstorm should pass through the area at some point as well, bringing gusts of wind up to 15 mph.
The weather proved to be the great equalizer in Athens. The all day rain from Tropical Storm Nestor brought high wind gusts and made the footing loose on the natural grass field at Sanford Stadium. The wind might not be as significant in Lexington, and Kroger Field’s artificial surface will be better at some aspects and worse in others. The field will drain much better, but the fake grass is much more slippery.
Even though it took Kentucky more than three quarters to complete a pass at Georgia, we can all agree the rain benefitted the Cats, virtually eliminating Georgia’s passing offense. If you take away George Pickens’ 22-yard pass, future NFL Draft pick Jake Fromm completed 8-of-11 passes for just 13 yards. Georgia was still able to score because of D’Andre Swift, but Missouri doesn’t have a D’Andre Swift.
Larry Rountree has helped the Tigers become the fifth-best rushing offense in the SEC, one spot ahead of UK by five yards a game, but more than 63 percent of Missouri’s offensive production comes from the passing game, led by grad transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant. On the other side of the ball, the rain will eliminate the best part of Missouri’s defense. They are currently the top-ranked passing defense in the SEC, allowing only 156.1 yards per game. The Missouri defense’s greatest weakness is in the quarterback run game, music to Lynn Bowden’s ears.
Mizzou is a different defense when not facing the QB run element.
Non-QB run: 4 games, 2.94 yards per play allowed, 1.24 yards per rush allowed, 4.44 yards per pass allowed
QB run: 3 games, 5.81 yards per play allowed, 5.04 yards per carry allowed, 7.25 yards per pass allowed
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) October 23, 2019
As the wise Luke Bryan once said, “rain is a good thing… for Kentucky football.”
** Reminder: The forecast can always change. The rain was supposed to stop before kickoff in Athens. It did not stop until the game ended. We could have clear skies at The Kroge Saturday night.**
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 10:38am
After John Calipari’s visit on Monday, rumors have been flying about Cade Cunningham and Kentucky; this morning, the 2020 five-star guard took to Instagram to shoot them all down, but not before teasing fans with a commitment-like post.
“I’m ready to make my decision, and I’m excited for what the future holds. I will be committing to…” Cunningham wrote before adding a picture of a mural in his hometown of Arlington, Texas. “Arlington, Texas! Forever committed to my city. I will continue to put on for the AGG!!”
“Just check y’all’s sources. [Laughing emoji] I tried to tell y’all about that ‘inside scoop’ y’all are getting. The rumors are false. My circle as tight as the period at the end of this sentence.”
The post is a big hit with current and future Cats:
Well played, Cade.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 10:30am
Good morning, folks. The NBA is finally back. Someone pretend to pinch me. THE NBA IS FINALLY BACK. Let’s talk about it.
[0-1] Pelicans – 122 @ [1-0] Raptors – 130 (OT)
- The Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans (and Zion Williamson-less, for that matter) took the floor to tip off the 74th NBA season on Tuesday night and damn do they know how to open up a season or what? The Pellies went up north of the border to our friends in Canada as they took on the Toronto Raptors, who were dishing out their championship rings after winning the 2019 NBA Finals in June. Obviously, things are a bit different now for Toronto without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but the ring ceremony still gave me chills. Former Wildcats Jodie Meeks and Jamaal Magloire received their rings, as well, which you can check out here.
- Both teams only featured one former Wildcat – an injured Darius Miller, who tore his Achilles in the offseason as a member of the Pelicans – so there isn’t much to talk about on that front. But I will say Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet had themselves quite a season-opener for the Raps. Both added 34 points each while looking hungry and eager to replace the production left behind after Leonard and Green went to Los Angeles.
- The Pelicans got an impressive effort from the forever-improving Brandon Ingram, who posted 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
[0-1] Lakers – 102 @ [1-0] Clippers – 112
- I hope you were able to stay up late for this game, because you’re going to want to train yourself now for these 1 a.m. West coast games if they continue to look like this. The first true battle for L.A. was everything we had hoped it would be all summer long. Even without Paul George for the Clippers, who is expected to miss about a month with a shoulder injury, this game lived up to the hype with Kawhi Leonard going head-to-head against LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It was an overwhelming performance from the Clippers bench that decided this game for the L.A. underdog.
- Leonard went through a few spurts of absolute brilliance on his way to 30 points, six rebounds, and five assists while the bench-Gods Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell added 21 and 17 points, respectively. I can’t stress enough how unfair it is for a team to bring Kawhi Leonard out of the game (and George, once he returns) only to replace him with Williams and Harrell. That duo would start on 29 other NBA teams, but they choose to come off the bench for the Clippers solely because they know how unguardable they are against the opposition’s second-unit.
- 30-year old Patrick Patterson got the start for the Clippers after starting a total of 27 games over six seasons with OKC/TOR. My immediate response when learning this news was: uhhhhhh, why though?
Wait what why? https://t.co/6DCbKwJzOf
— Zack Geoghegan (@ZackGeoghegan) October 23, 2019
- And it wasn’t a great start for Patterson, either. Davis, who finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in the loss for the Lakers, was going right at Patterson early and often to start this game. Patterson struggled to find any rhythm on offense and was attacked every time down the floor. His first stint as a starter for the Clips did not go accordingly. However, he made up for it a bit in the third quarter. Patterson ended the game with four points and three rebounds, but it was a big three in the third frame and some solid defense throughout that earned his minutes back. Shoutout to head coach Doc Rivers for trusting Patterson in the second half because the former ‘Cat looked dead in the water trying to stay with Davis through the first 24 minutes of this game. But then again, who doesn’t?
- Rajon Rondo did not suit up for the Lakers as he deals with a sore calf. His timeline to return is currently undetermined.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 23, 2019
Pat Beverly really thought he was gonna BEAT Anthony Davis ? (via ticket_jerry/TW) pic.twitter.com/VKKxeCtj4W
— Overtime (@overtime) October 23, 2019
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||102-112 L @ LAC||25||8-21 (0-2)||10||5||1||2||3||+3||37|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||112-102 W vs. LAL||4||1-3 (1-3)||3||0||0||0||0||-2||17|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||102-112 L @ LAC||DNP-Calf||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||122-130 L @ TOR (OT)||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Bulls @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: Pistons @ Pacers
7:00: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Magic
7:30: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Nets
7:30: Grizzlies @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
7:30 (ESPN): Celtics (Kanter) @ 76ers
8:30: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Mavericks
8:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Spurs (Lyles)
9:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Jazz
10:00: Kings (Fox) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00 (ESPN): Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 10:00am
With the NBA season now underway, predictions are rolling out for the end-of-season awards. Charles Barkley has a former Cat in mind for Rookie of the Year: Tyler Herro.
Charles Barkley picks Tyler Herro to be ROY. pic.twitter.com/QViMTPYXkk
— Wildcat Edits (@wildcateditz) October 22, 2019
Herro certainly made a case for himself during the preseason, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. Since drafting him No. 13 back in June, the Miami Heat have had nothing but praise for Herro, from Pat Riley raving about his work ethic to Jimmy Butler complimenting his trash talk, which was on full display last week vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Barkley noticed that chip on Herro’s shoulder during Kentucky’s tournament run in March.
“Tyler Herro to me is the guy that makes [Kentucky] go,” Barkley said. “He’s the guy that makes all the big shots. He’s got, what we would say in the old days, swag.”
Herro makes his NBA debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. alongside Bam Adebayo as the Heat host the Memphis Grizzlies. If you’ve got NBA League Pass, you can watch it live, or we’ll bring you all the highlights.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 9:55am
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will catch you up on the latest with Cade Cunningham, look ahead to Mizzou, and probably talk about a lot of random stuff. Fill up that coffee cup and get near your radio or streaming device!
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2019 @ 9:00am
Good morning, friends. You’re almost halfway through the week, so congratulations on that. There’s a lot happening in the world of UK Sports right now, so let’s get to it.
What’s the latest with Cade Cunningham?
On Monday night, John Calipari made a special trip to Florida to see the No. 2 player in the 2020 class, reportedly at Cunningham’s father’s request. Since then, the internet has been abuzz with rumors, including some that claim the five-star guard will commit to Kentucky today; however, Adam Zagoria is reporting that Mike White and Florida’s staff will be in to see Cunningham today, so a decision is likely imminent, not immediate. Oklahoma State is still in the picture thanks to Cunningham’s brother being on staff. It could create for an awkward Thanksgiving, but I think his brother will understand if he wants to win a title, right?
The one thing we know for certain is that Calipari is courting Cunningham with a zeal we haven’t seen in a while, which usually means very good things. And this post on Instagram from current commit Terrence Clarke sure is exciting:
We’ll continue to keep our ears to the ground. You should use your ears to listen to the latest episode of the Sources Say podcast, which dropped last night. Plenty more Cunningham talk in there. Also check out Jack’s comprehensive timeline of his recruitment, which shows you just how much momentum the Cats have right now:
BBNBA Opening Week continues
Last night, Patrick Patterson’s Clippers beat Anthony Davis’ Lakers 112-102 on the opening night of the 2019-20 NBA season. Davis had a double-double in his Lakers debut, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Patterson had 4 points and 3 rebounds in his first game with the Clippers. Rajon Rondo did not play with a calf injury.
Several more Cats make their 2019-20 debuts tonight. Seriously, the list is kind of ridiculous:
|PLAYER||TEAM||STATUS||NEXT GAME (TIMES ET)||TV INFO|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Charlotte Hornets||Active||7 p.m. vs. Chicago Bulls||NBA League Pass|
|Malik Monk||Charlotte Hornets||Active||7 p.m. vs. Chicago Bulls||NBA League Pass|
|PJ Washington||Charlotte Hornets||Active||7 p.m. vs. Chicago Bulls||NBA League Pass|
|Brandon Knight||Cleveland Cavaliers||Active||7 p.m. at Orlando Magic||NBA League Pass|
|Enes Kanter||Boston Celtics||Active||7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia 76ers||ESPN|
|Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat||Active||7:30 p.m. vs. Memphis Grizzlies||NBA League Pass|
|Tyler Herro||Miami Heat||Active||7:30 p.m. vs. Memphis Grizzlies||NBA League Pass|
|Karl Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves||Active||7:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Nets||NBA League Pass|
|Julius Randle||New York Knicks||Active||8:30 p.m. at San Antonio Spurs||NBA League Pass|
|Kevin Knox||New York Knicks||Active||8:30 p.m. at San Antonio Spurs||NBA League Pass|
|Keldon Johnson||San Antonio Spurs||Active||8:30 p.m. vs. New York Knicks||NBA League Pass|
|Trey Lyles||San Antonio Spurs||Active||8:30 p.m. vs. New York Knicks||NBA League Pass|
|John Wall||Washington Wizards||Out (Achilles)||8:30 p.m. at Dallas Mavericks||NBA League Pass|
|Hamidou Diallo||Oklahoma City Thunder||Active||9 p.m. at Utah Jazz||NBA League Pass|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Oklahoma City Thunder||Active||9 p.m. at Utah Jazz||NBA League Pass|
|Nerlens Noel||Oklahoma City Thunder||Active||9 p.m. at Utah Jazz||NBA League Pass|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||Day-to-Day (finger)||10 p.m. vs. Sacramento Kings||NBA League Pass|
|De’Aaron Fox||Sacramento Kings||Day-to-Day (back)||10 p.m. at Phoenix Suns||NBA League Pass|
|Wenyen Gabriel||Sacramento Kings||Active||10 p.m. at Phoenix Suns||NBA League Pass|
|Skal Labissiere||Portland Trail Blazers||Active||10 p.m. vs. Denver Nuggets||ESPN|
|Jarred Vanderbilt||Denver Nuggets||Active||10 p.m. at Portland Trail Blazers||ESPN|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||Active||10 p.m. at Portland Trail Blazers||ESPN|
Feel free to send a screenshot of that to Cade Cunningham.
Mark Stoops on the SEC Teleconference
Switching to football, Mark Stoops will take his turn on the SEC Teleconference around lunch. Check the site later to see what he has to say about the Cats’ preparations for Mizzou. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess he won’t say much about the quarterback situation.
Defense talks after practice
Brad White and the defense will also chat with reporters after practice today. Last night, Eddie Gran said he’s expecting Mizzou to be “spitting snot bubbles” angry after losing to Vanderbilt, a metaphor that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but hey, I will agree that the Tigers will be out for blood after a bad loss to the ‘Dores. Meanwhile, Darin Hinshaw talked about the quarterbacks and how UK is preparing for Mizzou’s pass defense:
You can see interviews with Ahmad Wagner, Drake Jackson, and AJ Rose on our YouTube page.
Volleyball takes on LSU on the SEC Network
On Sunday, Leah Edmond became Kentucky’s all-time kills leader as the Cats swept Alabama 3-0. The volleyball team is now 13-5 on the season, 6-1 in the SEC, and ranked No. 16 in the country. Tonight, they’ll host LSU at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it to Memorial Coliseum, you can watch live on the SEC Network.
Game 2 of the World Series
The Nationals won Game 1 of the World Series last night, beating the Astros 5-4. Game 2 is tonight at 8:00 p.m. on FOX, and if you’re wise, you’ll watch at KSBar, where our “Hammer it Out of the Park” promotion continues:
Matt’s also hosting trivia starting at 7 p.m., so lots of opportunities for bird-free fun at KSBar tonight.
The Bluegrass for the Bahamas fundraiser is tonight
We’ve been spreading the word about bdG Sports’ efforts to help the people of the Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island, which was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian last month. Tonight is their Bluegrass for the Bahamas fundraiser, which will take place from 7-10 p.m. at Malone’s Prime Events in Lexington. Here are just a few of the items that will be auctioned off to raise money for the people of the Bahamas:
For more information and tickets, visit www.bluegrassforthebahamas.com. Donations of building supplies and clothing (new) will be accepted 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. today through Sunday at a tractor trailer located in front of The MouseTrap.
Orange Theory Hell Week begins tomorrow
Last December, I started going to Orange Theory, a popular gym that specializes in high intensity interval training. It’s become my favorite kind of torture and I’ve been pleased with the results, but I’m a little terrified because tomorrow, I start my first Hell Week. From tomorrow until Halloween, I’ll be subjecting myself to what I hear are ridiculously hard workouts, all in the name of a free t-shirt. OTFers out there, gimme some advice and/or encouragement. I got this?
KSR Dogs of the Day
I’ll leave you with Millie and Luke, who share today’s honor:
By Zack Geoghegan on ©October 22nd, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Tuesday has been a big day for basketball and it’s only going to get better. Not only does the NBA tip-off its 74th season later tonight, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team held its official Media Day this morning.
Head coach Matthew Mitchell answered questions from reporters for about 45 minutes before the media headed out to the Joe Craft Center practice gym, where they interviewed several of the players for this year’s squad and even got a sneak peek at what the team looks like during an open-practice.
Mitchell said the team has already gone through 20 practices and he’s beginning to get a better understanding of what this year’s version of UK Hoops will look like. The term “special season” has been used over and over by Mitchell in recent weeks and he had some high praise for what he believes is an incredibly intelligent team. Here are a few notes from what I heard and saw from my first appearance at Media Day.
The team held a secret scrimmage in Cincinnati against the Bearcats
Unfortunately, we don’t know the official score, but we do know that Kentucky went up to scrimmage against the Cincinnati Bearcats women’s team on Sunday. Jaida Roper spilled the beans on the secret scrimmage but said that both sides deleted the score after each quarter. So while we probably won’t ever know who won or how well any of the Wildcats performed, we do know that Roper said she liked what she saw overall.
“I love the chemistry so far,” Roper said. “We’re out here having fun.”
Expect a ton of small ball
Similar to last season, rebounding could be an issue with this team. The addition of 6-foot-3 transfer Nae Nae Cole will be a massive help in that area, but overall, keeping teams off the glass could resurface itself again. So how does the staff plan to counter that? With a potential four-guard lineup that will do everything in its power to run the opponent to death. But that also doesn’t mean they’ll be abandoning playing in the post altogether.
“We definitely have some players that can score around the basket,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We also have some guards that we can have score around the basket. We’re not going to be a traditional low-post power game. We will try to spread the floor.”
This roster is loaded with shooters (more on that momentarily) and has the ability to really space the offense and make defenses work and communicate to keep the ‘Cats out of rhythm. Which means ball movement will be vital, and Mitchell said that working with an inside-out approach on offense is when things really begin to click.
“Our offense is much better when we get a paint touch. I mean, by many many percentage points. We definitely need to play an inside out game.” Mitchell said. “I’m very comfortable with our inside presence.”
Outside of Ogechi Anyagaligbo and Cole (who Mitchell said both have range out to around 15 feet), Mitchell feels confident that every player can make the deep ball. Last season, four Wildcats shot the three at a clip of 34 percent of better. Only one of them – Maci Morris – is no longer with the team. And while the frontcourt of Tatyana Wyatt and KeKe McKinney combined to shoot 20-87 from deep last year, they have shown the capability and, more importantly, the confidence to knock down those outside looks. With the addition of freshman Emma King and transfers Sabrina Haines and Chasity Patterson, there is a possibility that this team will boast 8-9 players that can reliably take and make three-pointers.
We could see Rhyne Howard playing the 5
With the talk of going small and playing a 4-out style of offense, it means the team’s most versatile and talented player, Rhyne Howard, could find herself working all over the court. She even said that coach Mitchell has her and Blair Green splitting time playing at the 4 and 5 during practice.
“With our lineup, we have a very versatile group,” Howard said. “Like sometimes he’ll [Mitchell] put me and Blair at the 4 and 5. Sometimes I’ll be at the 1, 2, 3. Like, I could see myself playing down there.”
If coach Mitchell does decide to run a 5-out offense, he could produce a lineup with five excellent shooters that can all run up and down the floor. If rebounding isn’t going to be a key strength for this team once again, they appear to have a way to keep the defense off balance and forcing them to play the style of basketball that Kentucky wants to play. If this team dictates the pace, the rebounding issues might not be all that much of an issue at all.
Rhyne Howard attacking the opposing team’s center sounds like a recipe for a clip in her highlight reel. Defenses trying to defend a pick-and-roll featuring Chasity Patterson as the ball handler and Howard popping out or attacking the basket will be helpless.
Mitchell loves this team’s intelligence
Whenever he talks about this team as a whole or by an individual player, coach Mitchell has always been quick to praise the intelligence that he works with on a daily basis. In Tuesday’s press conference, Mitchell must have referenced four or five different players who he said are incredibly smart. And if a lack of size becomes a problem, being able to adapt and learn in real-time is going to be necessary.
Last season, Kentucky was solid in terms of keeping possession of the ball. They finished the year with a turnover rate that ranked in the 71st percentile, according to Her Hoops Stats, which was good enough for fifth-best in the SEC. Keep in mind, that was with two seniors as the primary ball handlers. With Morris and Murray now out of the picture, players like Howard, Jaida Roper, and Patterson are going to be in control of running the offense. Keeping turnovers to a minimum will be something to look for as the team heads into the back end of the schedule. The good news is coach Mitchell has been praising those three and a few others with how quickly they’ve been able to progress and clear up any mistakes.
Threes, threes, and more threes
“It’s not just going to be jack up a bunch of threes,” Mitchell said. “Although we’ll probably jack up a bunch of threes.”
Coach Mitchell laughed as he finished that sentence, but he’s speaking the truth. As I mentioned, this team has plenty of shooters from last season and added several more. Last year, Kentucky shot nearly 20 three-pointers game and converted on over 36 percent of them. 27.6 percent of the team’s overall points came from beyond the arc, fourth-highest in the SEC. Maci Morris shooting over 45 percent from deep helped inflate that overall percentage, but there is a bevy of shooters to choose from off this roster. From transfers Haines and Patterson, to King the freshman, to the returning players like Howard, Blair Green, Roper, and Amanda Paschal, there are endless options in both the starting lineup and off the bench that can put up a good outside shot.
Coach Mitchell said Haines can score at all three levels – inside, mid-range, and from deep.
“Great shooter,” Mitchell said, in reference to Sabrina Haines. “Has one of the most beautiful shots on our team. It just looks great leaving her hands.”
Haines and Patterson specifically could bring a much-needed punch to both sides of the ball. Haines as a stronger presence and Patterson as the quick and relentless guard.
“I think Sabrina Haines playing well this year is a big part of our formula to being special,” Mitchell said.
Replacing Maci Morris and Taylor Murray
There are plenty of options to choose from when picking out a player or two (or three) that can step up and replace some aspects of the game that recent graduates Maci Morris and Taylor Murray brought to the table. Learning from two great players – one an elite shooter, the other an elite on-ball defender – has been beneficial for everyone who has been with this team for at least a season.
Mitchell said he wants to see the same type of defensive intensity out of Patterson that Murray brought every game.
“I’d love for her [Patterson] to use that speed and quickness to really bother an opposing point guard on the defensive end,” Mitchell said. “I would really love for her to be able to harass the basketball and start our defense when she’s on the floor and really be disruptive. And so I see her growing in that area in practice.”
After sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules, she had a chance to watch Murray every day at practice, learning from one of the all-time great defenders to ever come through Lexington.
“I’ve made huge steps on defense,” Patterson said. “It really helped me [learning from Murray].”
Even Howard, the notoriously quiet and humble superstar, is slowly beginning to take on the challenge of being a team leader.
“She definitely stepped up [Howard],” Blair Green said of Howard stepping into a leadership role throughout the last year. “You can tell she was a leader on the floor. She’s still working vocally but every day she’s gradually getting a little bit more vocal and leading us. But she’s a lot by leading by example.”
Perhaps the most important piece to ensuring a constant vocal presence is the always smiling Jaida Roper. Not only through her “6-foot-8 mentality”, which she explained as “No matter how tall or big or fast you are, I’m going to try to outwork you. I’m gonna try to out-hustle you. The height will not get to me… I’m gonna outsmart you.”, but also by growing as a person.
Because Roper hasn’t always had that mentality. She said this was the first season she’s truly assumed the role of being a leader both on and off the court.
“Being just vocal, being there on and off the court,” Roper said. “See, I was lacking a lot of the off the court things for many years until I learned that’s how relationships are built… Off the court, I really feel like I’ve grown a personal connection with everyone.”
It’s going to be difficult replacing two of the very best to ever wear the blue-and-white, but this team has the depth that everyone can contribute in smaller ways that eventually climate into the big picture.
Confidence is not clearly lacking from this group. There are championship aspirations from the coaching staff down to the players. Not just an SEC Championship, but an NCAA Championship. When I asked Roper what her expectations for her senior season are, she gave me a blunt response that you could tell she fully believed in.
“I keep getting this question [about her expectations for this season] and it trips me up every time because the best thing I have to say is I want to accomplish everything people say we can’t accomplish,” Roper said. “So I wanna hang another banner, I want a ring on my finger, I want everything that has doubt in people’s mind that we can’t get to.
That includes a National Championship.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 22nd, 2019 @ 10:30pm
On Friday afternoon, the Kentucky basketball team officially added another walk-on to its 2019-20 roster, and they didn’t even have to leave campus to get him.
Ben Jordan, a right-handed pitcher on the UK baseball team, was brought on to add depth in the Kentucky frontcourt. Jordan, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound redshirt sophomore, played both sports at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Kentucky, where he was the team’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker.
“Like so many others in the state of Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was just a kid,” Jordan said in a release from UK. “When the opportunity presented itself to join the UK basketball team, I wanted to go into it with an open mind, especially since I stepped away from the sport to focus on baseball. After a couple of days of practice, it’s clear to me that this is something I want to commit to.
“Baseball has been and will remain my top priority, but I’m excited about the opportunity and the challenge of competing in two sports I love to play. I’ve talked to Coach (Nick) Mingione about it and we did this with his full blessing. I’m looking forward to helping in practice and being a great teammate this season.”
Now, Jordan’s time in practice has officially begun.
On Monday afternoon, CoachCal.com reported that the newest Kentucky forward participated in drills for the very first time, even including footage of Jordan scoring in the paint in their UK Healthcare Practice Report.
The @KentuckyMBB team is back in the gym and there’s a new player on the floor.
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) October 21, 2019
After the Blue-White Game on Friday evening, Calipari joked that he wanted to add Michael Jordan to the roster, but was happy to settle for Ben Jordan.
“What we figured out is we’re fine unless someone gets hurt and then we need one or two more guys,” he said. “You know, Zan (Payne) and Dontaie (Allen) are both out right now, and so we said, why don’t we add Michael Jordan to our team. So we couldn’t get him so we took Ben Jordan. And he’s 6-9 and he’s got a great way about him, a great disposition, and obviously I keep telling EJ (Montgomery), as soon as he gets in a little better shape he’s going to be dunking on you.
“But he’s big, 6-9, long-armed, pretty good basketball savvy, feel. He’s the leading rebounder and shot-blocker in his (high) school’s history, like eighth-leading scorer in his school’s history, Basketball. Obviously really good baseball player.”
Kentucky forward Nate Sestina also voiced his support of the addition following the Blue-White Game.
“It’s going to help us out in practice, especially when guys get sick or a guy has an injury or something like that,” Sestina said. “It’s going to be beneficial – especially with the bigs – to be able to guard people and give us an extra body and helps us out in practice.”
As a senior at West Carter High School, Jordan won Eastern Kentucky Conference Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 12.2 rebounds per game.
“I really appreciate Ben helping our team and agreeing to be a part of this,” Calipari said in a press release. “He has a great demeanor and a way about him that really fits in well with this team. The guys already have embraced him as one of our own. I think he’ll be a great addition to this team.”
UK baseball coach Nick Mingione was also happy to let his star pitcher help out the basketball team.
“This is a unique opportunity for Ben and one we support wholeheartedly,” Mingione said. “He’s a tremendous young man and student-athlete. I’m confident Ben will be a great teammate and a positive addition for Coach Cal and the men’s basketball program. I’m looking forward to watching Ben take on this opportunity.”
By Zack Geoghegan on ©October 22nd, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Before the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors tipped off the 74th NBA season, the Toronto franchise held its ring ceremony beforehand to celebrate winning the NBA Finals last season over the Golden State Warriors and two former Kentucky Wildcats received some fancy jewelry in the process.
Raptors assistant coach and 1998 NCAA Champion Jamaal Magloire added a second basketball championship ring to his massive fingers while former Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks was also honored with a ring.
— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 22, 2019
NBA champion Jodie Meeks still seems weird. pic.twitter.com/k1w900dwN6
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) October 22, 2019
shoutout jodie meeks— here to collect his championship ring pic.twitter.com/Gp8sXg2iOa
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) October 22, 2019
Meeks is currently a free agent but appeared in eight regular-season games for the Raptors last season during the organization’s first-ever championship run. Meeks joined the Raptors team in February and also played in 14 total playoff games for Toronto.
As for Magloire, the “Big Cat” was hired by the Raptors organization back in 2012 as a consultant and has worked his way to the front line of an NBA bench alongside head coach Nick Nurse.
Here’s a look at the rings.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
It seems odd, that in 2019, Jodie Meeks and Jamaal Magloire have NBA Finals rings before any big-name player in the John Calipari-era, but here we are. Congratulations to the two former Wildcats!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 22nd, 2019 @ 9:15pm
KSR’s Jack Pilgrim is joined by Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated for episode eleven of the Sources Say Podcast.
This week, the trio of recruiting insiders discussed 2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham’s upcoming decision and why Kentucky should be seen as the leader going into the home stretch.
A few talking points:
- Cunningham just took a visit to Washington, are they a threat? What about Florida’s chances?
- Why North Carolina is now out of the running, as well
- Does Oklahoma State feel confident?
- What about the recent rumors that a commitment is coming this week?
- Looking at Kentucky’s absurd recruiting timeline with Cunningham
- Will the five-star guard sign in the fall?
Then, Pilgrim, Graf, and Sisk open the recruiting mailbag and answer questions from the Big Blue Nation.
Among the topics:
- If Cunningham commits, is Greg Brown next?
- What’s up with John Calipari lately?
- What do we know about Isaiah Jackson? Cliff Omoruyi
- Is there a chance things get too crowded in the 2020 Kentucky recruiting class?
You can subscribe to the official Sources Say Podcast feed to get the show sent directly to your phone weekly on iTunes right here. Not on iTunes listener? You can also subscribe to the show on Spotify.