By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 11:30pm
On the PGA’s only stop in Lexington, Jim Herman walks away victorious at the 2019 Barbasol Championship.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 21, 2019
Herman came into the day with a one-stroke lead on Kelly Kraft, and it went neck and neck all afternoon. With two holes to go, both golfers were tied at 26-under.
After two shots down the fairway on 17, Herman was hit into the bunker, while Kraft hit it on the green – setting up a long putt that was for sure to be a two-putt. However, Herman chipped it on and tapped it in for par, while Kraft’s putt for par rimmed out, which resulted in a three-putt and a bogey which gave Herman a one-stroke lead heading to 18.
Both golfers would par on 18 and Herman would pick up his second tour victory in his career. He took the Houston Open back in 2016.
For the Kentucky guys, Josh Teater finished sixth at 21-under, Chip McDaniel finished 68th at two-under, and Cullan Brown, a freshman at UK, finished 53rd at 10-under. Brown will not be able to receive any winnings, due to his amateur status forced by the NCAA.
JT Poston, who was caddied by former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, finished 29th at 14-under.
Congrats to Jim Herman on winning the 2019 Barbasol Championship.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per HoistTheColurs.net.
Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.
He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.
Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.
Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.
During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.
Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.
For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Kentucky junior Drake Jackson has been named to the 2019 fall watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football.
The Woodford County native started at center in all 13 games last season, giving him 20 consecutive starts. He was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack, and he had 141 blocks at the point of attack and had 33 knockdown blocks. He is apart of the ‘Big Blue Wall’ that was a significant contributor to helping Benny Snell Jr. reach his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season, the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.
Drake Jackson has received high praise this offseason. He has been named preseason first-team All-SEC by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, while SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic named Jackson as his best center heading into the 2019 season.
Jackson is one of 80 centers on the watch list. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 8:00pm
It looked like this was going to be a promising weekend at the British Open for Campbellsville native and UK alum J.B. Holmes. Heading into Saturday’s round, Holmes was tied in the lead with eventual winner Shane Lowry.
?? JB Holmes is the man to catch on day two of the Open Championship
He leads by three after another birdie at the sixth!pic.twitter.com/695RCIACdX
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) July 19, 2019
After falling out of the lead by six strokes, Holmes was still in contention in third place at -10.
But today was disastrous for Holmes in every way possible, shooting an astounding 16-over-par, which dropped him 64 places on the leader board, as he finished the British Open 67th at six-over-par.
Not only was his game lousy today, but his pace of play made a lot of folks mad, especially Brooks Koepka.
From pulling his club to hitting his shot, he took 48 seconds. ??
— National Club Golfer (@NCG_com) July 20, 2019
— Alex Charleston (@acharleston990) July 21, 2019
Walking off 12 green, Koepka stares at an official and points to his non-existent watch.
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 21, 2019
Show the whole JB pre-shot routine. Put a timer on the screen. Air him all the way out. They’re already over a hole behind! This isn’t fair to Lowry.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) July 20, 2019
JB Holmes is a joke. He doesn’t even try to speed up knowing the rules. As far as I am concerned he is a CHEATER. The most disgusting thing is no rules official has the stones to call him on his BS. https://t.co/QwKSVpCix4
— Jack Bergstrom (@Jack_Bergstrom) July 21, 2019
Just wasn’t the best day for the former Cat. Get ’em next time J.B.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Happy National Ice Cream day folks! If you’re reading this, I hope you got a scoop and a cone of your favorite ice cream today. But, if your favorite type of Ice Cream is Rupp Arena Ice Cream, and you look at it the same way Dan Schulman does in this picture, I just want to go ahead and apologize for the next few paragraphs.
Over the last few years here at KSR and amongst the BBN, there has been an on-going debate about Rupp Arena Ice Cream. I think we all level with the fact that Rupp Arena Ice Cream is objectively good. It’s ice cream for Heaven’s sake. But, to my Kentucky fans who have tried Rupp Arena ice cream and stated that it was the best Ice Cream anywhere, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s just not.
This past season I went to Rupp Arena as a fan for the first time in a few years. Without a doubt the first time I had been there since the debate began. So of course, I decided to get a cone because just like a hot dog at a baseball game or an ALE-8 and Bourbon at a Kroger Field tailgate, it’s the thing to do.
I have to say I side with Drew’s post from 2016.
Again, the Ice Cream is good, but it’s not worth the hassle. Every game there’s a line that you have to wait in at least 10 minutes just to get the thing, then once you get to take the first lick of bite depending on how you eat your Ice Cream, you will realize it tastes literally like every other ice cream you can get anywhere.
Whitaker Bank Ballpark ice cream is better.
Dairy Queen ice cream is better.
Sonic ice cream is Better.
Even the Burger Barn in Irvine, Kentucky has better ice cream (who up 606).
Again, it’s fine; it’s Ice Cream. But the fact that we’ve made Rupp Arena Ice Cream the *thing* to do in the home of the most prestigious college basketball program in history is a shame.
If you have never had a taste of Rupp Arena Ice Cream, I won’t begrudge you for waiting in line to try it. You should try it for yourself, but you will be severely disappointed with the taste after the amount of cash you fork over and the 10-minute wait.
Rant over. Enjoy a nice cone from any of the places above on this hot summer day.
If you would like to discuss, feel free to @ me on Twitter: @BrentW_KSR
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Good news BBNBA fans, the Pelicans have officially resigned Darius Miller.
Here is the press release the Pelicans put out this evening:
Darius will join the likes of Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram for the Pelicans this coming season.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Former Wildcat Abbey Cheek is quickly making a name for herself in the professional softball world.
The third baseman was drafted by the Chicago Bandits in April and has carved out a starting role for herself on the NPF’s current first-place team.
In her rookie campaign, Cheek has batted .351 and won NPF’s rookie of the week award three times, the most recent of which came after she made NPF history.
After striking out in her first at-bat against the Aussie Peppers on July 11, Cheek proceeded to blast three consecutive home runs in her next three plate appearances. She became only the fourth player in NPF history to hit three homers in a game and is tied for second-most in the league with six on the season.
Take a look at some of her highlights.
— Barb Jordan (@BarbJordan18) June 27, 2019
ABBEY CHEEK-THIRD TIME ROOKIE OF THE WEEK!
Abbey Cheek of the Chicago Bandits put together an incredibly memorable performance on Thursday when she hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings against the Aussie Peppers! @Chicago_Bandits @UKsoftball @UKAthletics #NPF2019 pic.twitter.com/hYJvaKSIaP
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 17, 2019
Talk about some moonshots.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 5:00pm
This victory marks the second tournament Shipley has won this summer. Less than two weeks ago she notched a four-shot victory at the 28th Women’s Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Michigan.
The Western Amateur featured two rounds of stroke play followed by a match play bracket. Shipley shot one-over in stroke play, finishing fifth and entered match play as the five seed.
From there, the Hastings, Michigan native moved swimmingly through the 32-player bracket. Outside of a 19-hole nail biter in the first match play round, Shipley established and maintained early leads all the way through Saturday, when she defeated Antonia Matte to claim the W.A. Alexander Cup.
BIG trophy for a BIG win. @SarahShip16 won the 119th annual Women’s Amateur today!
Two championships in the last two weeks for Ship. pic.twitter.com/GCMvKO5LkO
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 20, 2019
Shipley won the final match by four, jumping out to a quick 2-up advantage after birdies on the first two holes. Two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 put the tournament firmly in her control.
When she returns to Lexington in a few weeks, Shipley will be the most experienced golfer on UK’s women’s team.
Last year she was second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and throughout her Kentucky career has a team-best three top-ten tournament finishes.
Shipley is not the only Kentucky golfer having success this summer, as last week incoming freshman Jensen Castle placed second at the Junior PGA Championship.
The Wildcats start their 2019 season in September at the Minnesota Invitational, and if this summer is any indicator, it could be a pretty special one.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 4:43pm
Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins made sure to put a major stamp on his return to Lexington. As the general manager of team Loyalty is Love, Cousins’ squad will head to Chicago as they advance into the fourth round of The Basketball Tournament.
Loyalty is Love won three games in three days, culminating with an 88-71 victory over the Fort Wayne Champs on Sunday, and are now officially the Lexington Regional champions.
— TBT (@thetournament) July 21, 2019
Behind the three-headed frontcourt monster of Quincy Miller (15 points, 12 rebounds), Isaiah Austin (23 points, eight rebounds), and Willie Reed (21 points, 10 rebounds), Loyalty is Love was able to dominate the second half. Darius Johnson-Odom also added 18 points for Boogie’s team while former Kentucky center Daniel Orton finished with no points and only one rebound in five minutes of action.
The next round of The Tournament will take place in Chicago on Aug. 1-6 with the winner taking home the grand prize of $2 million. Loyalty is Love will face the winner of the Richmond Regional, which tips off this week. Headlining that group is Overseas Elite, the four-time defending champions at this event.
I can’t speak much for the other regions, but it would be a challenge to convince me that there is a better overall team that Loyalty is Love. They are without-a-doubt the longest of any team and arguably boast the most pure-talent. With three games in the books, the only thing still missing is chemistry, but they know it’s coming.
“We just gotta gel more,” Quincy Miller said after the game when discussing how his team can win in Chicago. “Learn each other a little bit more and really come out with intensity every single game in Chicago.”
Loyalty is Love was even missing its starting point guard, Baylor alum Pierre Jackson, but Keifer Sykes came in and more than made up for any lost production. Add Jackson back onto this roster in Chicago and they might just be the team that can finally take down Overseas Elite.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 4:00pm
The NFL regular season is over a month away from officially starting, but odds for several end-of-season NFL Awards emerged earlier this week, and the former UK pass-rusher made a list.
The No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft is tied for second-best defensive rookie of the year odds with Devin White at +700, trailing only Nick Bosa (+550).
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds
Nick Bosa +550
Devin White 7/1
Josh Allen 7/1
Devin Bush 15/2
Quinnen Williams 11/1
Ed Oliver 16/1
Montez Sweat 16/1
Brian Burns 17/1
Clelin Ferrell 22/1
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) July 18, 2019
Allen is a freakish athlete, so the hype makes sense, but there’s also something to be said about the beneficial situation into which he was drafted. Jacksonville’s defensive ranked fifth-best in the NFL last season, allowing an average of 311 yards per game.
Add Allen, who Jags defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said will play defensive end, to a defensive line that also boasts the likes of Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, and Yannick Ngakoue, and Jacksonville’s defense has some serious game-wrecking potential.
The Jaguars report for training camp on Thursday, July 25, where Allen will take the field for the first time since suffering a knee contusion in OTAs.
Could it be the start of a stellar rookie campaign? Vegas seems to think so.
BBN, are those +700 odds anything you’d be willing to take?
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 3:00pm
It’s a competitive Sunday out at Keene Trace, where the Barbasol Championship is up for grabs in what is shaping up to be a fun finish. The championship’s $3.5 million purse will send some home a little bit richer, and the event’s standing within the PGA Tour will help some golfers gain FedEx Cup points.
But the impact that cannot be measured is what will happen in Kentucky as a result of the Tour event.
Everything starts with the Barbasol’s tagline: “Caddie 1:27, No one should walk alone.”
“The caddie is real easy — it’s about golf,” said Keene Trace owner Evan Mossbarger. “[James] 1:27 is the verse in the Bible we have adopted for our mission. It talks about [how] we should take care of the orphans and widows in distress.”
To accomplish this goal, the Barbasol Championship has partnered with five local organizations, pledging to donate revenue from the tournament to their respective causes. The groups involved include All God’s Children, Kentucky’s Children Hospital, Woodhill Community Center, Make-A-Wish and Refuge for Women.
“Everyone needs a caddie or someone to walk with,” said Bryan Pettigrew, the Barbasol’s tournament director. “All the funds we raise this year are for these Kentucky-based organizations.”
While every partnered organization is located in Kentucky, each has a different story. Some were locally founded and have stayed small while others are local branches of national organizations.
Only one began in the Bluegrass and expanded across the nation.
Conversely to the PGA Tour, a national entity which found its way to the Bluegrass last year, Refuge for Women began in Garrard County ten years ago and now has five national locations.
The faith-based non-profit provides long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
“Continuing to raise the awareness of human trafficking is going to be such a huge blessing,” said Ked Frank, Refuge for Women’s President.
The organization’s services include a 9-12 month program, which includes three phases: healing, job prep and employment.
It has centers in central Kentucky, Chicago, northern Texas, Ohio Valley and southern Nevada, and plans to build three additional long-term houses by 2020 — one in southern California, one in Kansas and one on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Despite being a national organization, the prospect of the Barbasol Championship raising awareness to the issue on a local level excites Frank.
“Sometimes we think it’s [sex trafficking] in L.A, it’s in New York, it’s in Europe, but then, we’re out talking to high school students as part of our prevention program, and we’re telling them there are 45 open cases for trafficking in the state of Kentucky alone,” said Frank.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s website, 71 human trafficking cases were reported in Kentucky last year, 55 of which were sex-related cases.
Given Refuge for Women’s planned expansion, Frank believes the Barbasol partnership came at an ideal time. Along with the new long-term houses, it is purchasing a 50-acre lot in the Bluegrass to add an emergency resource by the fall of 2019.
“We’re in the process of opening an emergency house that’s going to be in conjunction with Kentucky State Police,” said Frank. “They can arrest somebody, and within four hours, [the victim] can be on our farm, in our emergency house.”
Along with raising awareness of human trafficking, Frank hopes the tournament brings volunteers to the organization, as well as service projects.
“My hope is that there are some projects that we can work on together,” said Frank. “They’re going ‘Hey, we want to get to know the individuals who are coming through your program so that when there’s victories or lives being changed, we can celebrate those.’”
Frank’s mindset reflects Mossbarger’s outlook for the Barbasol Championship. During the press conference, Keene Trace’s owner said he wants the tournament to be a caddie to the community, much like “Jesus is our caddie.”
“The golf tournament is really a vehicle to strengthen our community,” said Mossbarger.
A strong community is aware of what its issues are, and Refuge for Women and the PGA Tour are determined to shine a light.
“One of the fun things about this event is how much it gives back to charity,” said Pettigrew. “[The PGA Tour] gives $190 million back every year, and we hope to grow that here in Kentucky.”
Catch the rest of the action on TV today at 4 p.m. on the Golf Channel. Learn more about Refuge for Women here.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Make sure to tune in to ESPN on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST to watch the final round of the Lexington Regional at The Basketball Tournament.
The top overall seed, Loyalty is Love, managed by former Kentucky star and current Los Angeles Laker DeMarcus Cousins, will take on the three-seed, the Fort Wayne Champs at Frederick Douglass High School.
We playing in the Lexington Regional final tonight on ? ESPN ? at 2 PM EST! LETS GO!!!!
— Team Loyalty Is Love (@TeamLoyaltyTBT) July 21, 2019
Loyalty is Love is stacked with several professional hoopers. Players such as Pierre Jackson (Baylor), Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette), Quincy Miller (Baylor), and Willie Reed (St. Louis University) headline Boogie’s hand-picked team. They easily have the longest and tallest team of anyone at the Lexington Regional and plenty of professional experience. They advanced to the finals after taking out the Hoopville Warriors in round one and Chris Lofton’s KCB team in round two.
As for the Fort Wayne Champs, they don’t have the high-profile names, but they’ve put together two excellent games. They dominated team Showtime in the opening round and then won a nail-bitter against team D2 that took full advantage of the Elam Ending. Players such as Travis Leslie (Georgia) and Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga) might ring a bell.
The two-seeded Bluegrass Boys, comprised of a few former Kentucky players, were knocked out in the first round by D2.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Sydney McLaughlin may have been a one-and-done at the University of Kentucky, but her legacy lives on. She broke records and left an impact on the Track & Field program that will last for many years to come.
McLaughlin signed with New Balance last year. The company released “Runs in the Family” video showing the personal side of the track all-star.
As the Summer Olympics approach, McLaughlin will be one of the most talked-about athletes. I hope it includes a lot of Kentucky talk as well.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 12:00pm
The United States defeated South Korea 89-67 in group play at the FIBA U19 World Cup on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was one of the reasons for the dominant performance. She finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, shooting 5-of-7 from the three-point line. Oh, and she did all of this in the first half.
— Niya Butts (@CoachButts) July 21, 2019
Howard is going to be a star in women’s college basketball next season. I am glad she is wearing Kentucky on her chest.
Howard and Team USA will finish group play against Hungary at 1:00 am ET on July 23.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 11:00am
Holmes was criticized on social media and during the broadcast on Saturday for slow play.
This isn’t the first time he has drawn criticism for his slow pace. He was criticized for his play at the Genesis Open, which he went on to win.
Holmes was matched with Shane Lowry, who was okay with Holmes’ style of play.
“We talked about all the scenarios that could happen today,” Lowry said. “I know J.B. is quite a deliberate golfer. We were fine today. We kept up pace of play. And Tommy and Lee are quite quick. I was ready for it. And I think same conversations tomorrow morning, I think I’ll be ready for tomorrow when it comes.”
Whatever Holmes is doing is working so SHHHHHH to all the haters.
was sent this amusing exchange from the UK coverage yesterday:
“Sturdy looking fellow, isn’t he, this JB."
Ken Brown “Certainly not built for speed."
— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) July 20, 2019
should be fine pic.twitter.com/VVIo9Gt0I3
— Josh Berhow (@Josh_Berhow) July 20, 2019
Sneak peek at what Sunday’s Koepka-Holmes pairing is going to look like… pic.twitter.com/4r8Llp72jj
— Tim Reilly (@LifeOfTimReilly) July 20, 2019
“And we move *quickly* to 5…”
[cuts to JB Holmes taking 10,000,000 practice swings]
— Two Inches Short (@TwoInchesShort) July 20, 2019
? first tweet ever to feature JB Holmes & “running” in the same sentence. https://t.co/OFSAAfnYeU
— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) July 20, 2019
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 10:00am
Good morning Big Blue Nation and happy Sunday.
J.B. Holmes in the hunt at The Open
The University of Kentucky alum currently sits in the 3rd place at -10. Holmes teed of at 8:37 am ET and I hope all of Big Blue Nation is tuned it and cheering on the former Cat.
Jim Herman leads at The Barbasol Championship
Herman, a Cincinnati-native, is looking to win his second PGA Tour championship. Coming into the Barbasol Champion, he had missed the cut in seven of his last eight events.
Herman enters Sunday’s play with a score of -24, with Kelly Kraft right behind him at -23.
Devin Booker named to All-NBA Middle Name Team
Booker’s middle name “Armani” was interesting enough to earn him a spot on the All-NBA Middle Name team.
It’s the summer and people at ESPN are clearly bored.
Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman
The 40-year-old boxer defeated Keith Thurman, 30 years old, via split decision on Saturday night.
And that was your boxing update.
Whoever made this video deserves an award
The new social media sensation is to edit this clip from Stranger Things 3 and somebody did it with Coach O. I love it.
Coach O really needs his own Netflix show… pic.twitter.com/EMwZ6LfVtQ
— BigOrangeVolz (@BigOrangeVolz) July 19, 2019
Yasiel Puig runs like he’s starring in Pirates of the Carribean
I’ve watched this 784 times and I still laugh.
— Talking Reds (@RedsAnalysis) July 19, 2019
The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded are having a huge sale on short sleeve tees throughout the weekend. Head to ShopKSR.com to receive 50% off select short sleeve tees! Check out the great selection of KSR, UK, and State Pride apparel. Plenty of new designs to add to your wardrobe. Hurry, sale ends at midnight!
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
SEC Network analyst and former Alabama quarterback had some interesting praise for the Kentucky Wildcats future in football.
During SEC media day on Thursday on the SEC Network, McElroy said the Cats are “the Michigan State of the SEC”.
“I think Kentucky is the Michigan State of the SEC at this point,” McElroy said at SEC media day. “Michigan State has obviously achieved a lot more than Kentucky. They’ve been to College Football Playoffs. They’ve reeled off 11-win seasons. They’ve won their league. I think that is the ceiling for what Kentucky can maybe become if they hit on some big-time players.”
This isn’t typically what we think of when someone is offering optimism in the direction of Kentucky football. The Spartans aren’t a “powerhouse” program by any means, but they have consistently been a better team than the Cats.
It’s not an unrealistic comparison, either. Michigan State has had its fair share of down years. The team only had two winning seasons from 2000-2006 before current head coach Mark Dantonio took over. Since then, he has accumulated a record of 107-51 at MSU, including 11 bowl game appearances in 12 seasons.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has slowly been building this program from nothing into something and now has the bowl games to back it up. The next step is making it to the National College Playoff, something Michigan State did in 2015.
“We just need the talent pool to increase significantly and still keep the principles of development that Mark Stoops has prioritized over the last few years,” McElroy continued. “I really believe that. I think there’s similarities with how those programs are really operating. It’s just a matter of Kentucky getting to that point, which we haven’t yet seen.”
The draft picks are slowly accumulating. Josh Allen going No. 7 overall this past season was a massive recruiting pitch that the coaching staff can now use to its advantage. But as McElroy said, now it’s time to really get this thing rolling.
Another 10-win season is obtainable for Kentucky in the 2019 season. If they can achieve that, it will be impossible for anyone to ignore this team any longer.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The third round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Course wrapped up earlier today and it’s time to update everyone with relevant scorecards.
Unfortunately, golf icon John Daly didn’t make the cut, but we have plenty of Kentucky connections to satisfy your golfing needs.
Headlining them is Josh Teater, a Lexington native who also competed in the event last year. He currently sits tied for fifth at 17-under under after shooting his weekend best of 64 in the third round.
Former Kentucky golfer Stephen Stallings and current Kentucky sophomore Cullan Brown are both tied for 44th at nine-under. Brown shot a 67 in round three while Stallings posted a 69.
Friend of the site, JT Poston, whose caddy is former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, shot a 69 as well in round three. He currently sits tied for 23rd despite posting a 62 in round one.
Finally, Clay County native and former Wildcat Chip McDaniel dropped in round three after posting a 72. He now stands tied for 64th.
As for the rest of the former Cats, Steve Flesch, Cooper Musselman, and Lukas Euler all missed the cut. Nicholasville native Hunter Stewart also missed the cut.
Here is the top 10 as we head into Sunday.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
The Fort Wayne Champs have just knocked out team D2 in a nail-bitter that squeezed every ounce of excitement it could out of the Elam Ending. Fort Wayne was led by 17 points from former Georgia Bulldog Travis Leslie and now advance to the final game on Sunday where they will face Loyalty is Love, managed by DeMarcus Cousins.
Team Loyalty defeats Team KBC in hell of a game 91-80! ???? pic.twitter.com/x0dQNCucnh
— Team Loyalty Is Love (@TeamLoyaltyTBT) July 20, 2019
The winner of Loyalty is Love and the Fort Wayne Champs will advance to the next stage in Chicago, which takes place in early August. They will take on the winner of the Richmond Regional.
If you didn’t get to watch the games earlier, update your knowledge with this highlight package from Saturday’s matchups.
Headlined by several borderline NBA players, Loyalty is Love should be the overwhelming favorite heading into Sunday. The talent and size from top to bottom have proven to be a massive issue for the two teams that have already failed to take them down.
“We still got some work to do,” Darius Johnson-Odom said after scoring 20 points for Loyalty is Love on Saturday. “You know we’re a new team, it’s our first time playing with each other. So we’re just trying to work on chemistry… I think we got a pretty good chance [to win on Sunday].”
The final game will be broadcast Sunday on ESPN at 2 p.m. EST.