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December 13th, 2018

UK Hoops schedule change – Plus, watch UK vs. UofL in style

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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.


FiveThirtyEight claims Zion Williamson is the best player in the last decade. They’re wrong.

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.

Or don’t.

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.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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.

I’ll wait.


The Funkhouser Situation E44: Wreck-It Creed

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.


BBNBA: Anthony Davis continues to dominate

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Recap:

  • 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.

Stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis118-114 win over Thunder4416-32 (1-3)182213+740
Julius Randle118-114 win over Thunder229-16 (0-2)123013+1532
Darius Miller118-114 win over Thunder104-6 (1-2)22302+124
Andrew Harrison118-114 win over Thunder00-0 (0-0)01000-97
Nerlens Noel118-114 loss to Pelicans41-3 (0-0)32011-211
Patrick Patterson118-114 loss to Pelicans31-4 (0-3)30200-618
Hamidou Diallo118-114 loss to Pelicans00-2 (0-1)00000-65
John Wall130-125 loss to Celtics3414-26 (1-5)613215-241
De'Aaron Fox141-130 win over Timberwolves135-9 (1-2)28104-332
Willie Cauley-Stein141-130 win over Timerwolves145-9 (0-0)83121+230
Karl-Anthony Towns141-130 loss to Kings198-15 (2-5)114032-135
Enes Kanter113-106 loss to Cavaliers208-12 (1-1)103001+1033
Kevin Knox113-106 loss to Cavaliers197-15 (3-6)71021-1533
Eric Bledsoe113-97 loss to Pacers2611-15 (2-5)16212-833
Malik Monk108-107 win over Pistons71-3 (0-1)10013-811
Bam Adebayo111-84 loss to Jazz31-5 (0-0)53121-1427

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • 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

@BrettBibbinsKSR


How has nobody caught the cow in Prestonsburg?

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.

[LEX-18]


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 104: Quade Green Transfers + Ben Howland

The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is back with a BIG-TIME guest, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. Howland leads the 18th ranked team in the country as they get set to face Cincinnati this weekend. He and Aaron talk about a ton of topics, ranging from coaching Russell Westbrook to this year’s team.
But first Aaron discusses the biggest stories in college basketball, starting with:
Quade Green Elects to Transfer: The big news in college hoops is the decision of Quade Green to leave Kentucky. No one should be surprised, but Aaron explains why this is continuing a bad trend for Kentucky. Why is it that they can’t seem to keep a quality player past his freshman season? Is there anything Calipari can do to change that? The answer isn’t as simple as you think.
Trouble at Villanova: Next up, Aaron discusses another back-up point guard with big-time problems, Villanova’s Jahvon Quinerly. Quinerly is a McDonald’s All-American who can’t seem to find the court.  He sent out a cryptic Instagram message following Villanova’s loss to Penn on Tuesday night. Aaron gives inside information on Quinerly’s recruitment and why he doesn’t blame the kid for being frustrated. Also, Aaron compares Jay Wright’s system of going with veterans over talented freshman with John Calipari’s system of spotlighting freshmen.
Next Aaron welcomes a special guest, as Ben Howland joins the show.
Coach Howland’s Coaching Journety: Coach Howland’s first job in coaching, which involved guarding John Stockton every day in practice, and what it was like to coach Russell Westbrook at UCLA. Then he discusses this year’s Mississippi State team and why the SEC has gotten so good, so quick in basketball. Finally, he wraps with a couple incredible Westbrook stories.

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