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November 11th, 2019

LIVE: Mark Stoops’ Pre-Vanderbilt Press Conference

Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference is about to begin. Watch below as he answers questions about Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee and Saturday’s game vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 197: The Scoop on James Wiseman + LSU-Bama Recap

It was an absolutely insane weekend in college sports, and Aaron Torres is here to recap it all. He discusses the ramifications of LSU-Bama, the playoff picture and Chad Morris’s firing at Arkansas. Then he switches to college hoops (40-minute mark) and gives you everything you need to know about James Wiseman, and what’s next for Memphis and Penny Hardaway. Here is a recap of today’s show:

LSU-Alabama Ramifications: Aaron opens the show by discussing the ramifications of LSU’s convincing win over Alabama. He goes in-depth on the incredible job Coach O has done, and why LSU should be No. 1 in the new College Football Playoff poll next week. Also, Aaron explains why Alabama is not out of the playoff picture, but asks the question, after what we saw Saturday, even if Alabama gets in the playoff can they actually win? And he wraps by discussing why Chad Morris had to be fired at Arkansas.

The Inside Scoop on James Wiseman’s Situation at Memphis: At the 40:00 minute mark Aaron switches gears and talks college basketball and gives you the inside scoop on the James Wiseman situation at Memphis. Aaron gives the background, and then gives insider details on why Penny Hardaway has made a *lot* of enemies in his short time at Memphis. Aaron also explains what Memphis’s defense to the NCAA will be, and what’s next for Penny Hardaway and Wiseman going forward.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning Offensive Breakdown

Every Monday I breakdown the UK offensive performance in down and distance scenarios.  It can give you a good sense of where the Cats were most successful and where they struggled the most.  And you can also get a better view of what the offensive gameplan was.  Against Tennessee, UK continued to show solid production in the ground game in a limited offense.  But the struggles on 3rd and short reared their ugly head again and likely cost UK another game.  Is it playcalling or is it execution?  It’s hard to say.  But the UK offense is limited and it’s hurting them:

1st Down
Run: 24 rushes for 140 yards

Pass: 2-4, 13 yards, 1 INT

Combined Season Stats
Run: 166 rushes for 936 yards, 10 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 41-85, 466 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks allowed

Breakdown: The yardage numbers are decent, with just under 6 yards per carry total.  Overall, UK did a pretty nice job getting good, positive yardage at the beginning of drives and sets of downs and put themselves in decent position.  As with as stat you look at, this production decreased in the 2nd half over the 1st half.

2nd Down
Run: 21 rushes for 99 yards, 2 TD

Pass: 2-2, 12 yards

Combined Season Stats
Run: 125 rushes for 706 yards, 4 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 37-65, 380 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 4 sacks allowed (2 fumbles lost)

Breakdown: Production in the 2nd quarter was awesome on 2nd down but the other 3 quarters was pretty bad.  The Cats do get both of their touchdowns on 2nd down, with Smoke’s run being the highlight here.  UK had more negative plays on 2nd down than any other down in the game.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 5 rushes for 42 yards (converted 3 of 5)

Pass: 1 sack (converted 0 of 1)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 19 rushes for 207 yards, 1 TD (converted 9 of 19)
Pass: 20-43, 245 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 6 sacks allowed (converted 11 of 49)

Breakdown: UK was able to convert 3 times on the ground on 3rd and long, so all in all, it was a great success.  They have actually shown more success in 3rd and long than 3rd and short, especially in the ground game since Bowden took over.  It’s a weird stat that almost no other team will have.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or fewer)
Run: 9 rushes for 27 yards (converted 4 of 9)

Pass: No Plays

Combined Season Stats
Run: 37 rushes for 123 yards, 1 TD, 3 fumbles lost (converted 17 of 37)
Pass: 5-15, 116 yards, 1 TD (converted 5 of 15)

Breakdown: It’s no secret now that this is where UK has declined so significantly from last year and you could point to this game and Florida as games that could have easily won just converting 3rd and short situations.

KSR Show Thread 11/11: Start the week off right

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon will recap the weekend, including the basketball team’s dominant win over Eastern Kentucky and the football team’s frustrating loss to Tennessee. Happy Veterans Day to everyone listening, and oh yeah, #FreeMattJones.

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