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By Drew Franklin on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 12:05am
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By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 9:29pm
Trey Lyles caught a glimpse of himself on the big screen while standing in the tunnel near the end of the Notre Dame-Wichita State game. So, Trey Lyles did what anyone would do in that situation: he made the most of his camera time.
— John Yahnig (@thejohnyahnig) March 27, 2015
Notre Dame defeated Wichita State to move on to face Kentucky on Saturday — I mean, the winner of the Kentucky-West Virginia game.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 8:09pm
By Kelsey Mattingly on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Tonight is the big night, folks, and if you are a resident of what is now being referred to as “College Town” (The University of Kentucky) you might have mistaken your daily walk to campus as a trip through an art gallery. A Kentucky-themed art gallery, that is. Around this time every year, college students at UK get extremely creative and design large banners in support of the Cats to hang outside their homes. This year, I snagged a few from Twitter and Instagram just for your personal enjoyment.
The Ode to Drake
— Kennedy Barrett (@KabeWestCoast) March 24, 2015
The Clever Rap Remix
The Kentucky Classic
— The Black Sheep (@UKBlackSheep) March 24, 2015
The Nursery Rhyme
The So Inappropriate It’s Funny
— Ben Goldey (@BenGoldey) March 26, 2015
The Van Gogh
— Jared Limbach (@JaredLimbach) March 26, 2015
The Millionth Play on Willie But We’ll Let It Slide
— Tara Hunt (@taralee1210) March 26, 2015
The PG Innuendo
201 is game day ready!! A photo posted by mtm1394 (@mtm1394) on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:34pm PDT
The Play on ‘9’
House banner for the Cats!! A photo posted by Drew (@mtndrew11) on Mar 25, 2015 at 5:51pm PDT
The most ignorant banners in the neighborhood A photo posted by Michael Graehler (@majorsprinkles) on Mar 24, 2015 at 2:51pm PDT
The Rated R Innuendo
and we pinky promise this 😉. candyland keeps it classy. #BBN A photo posted by Eliza Wick (@eliza_jane33) on Mar 24, 2015 at 2:23pm PDT
The Overdone Drake Album Cover that Never Gets Old
Best banner yet @champagnepapi #BBN #UKbasketball #kentucky A photo posted by Tasha Koehlitz (@tashakoehlitz) on Mar 24, 2015 at 12:32pm PDT
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 6:50pm
Evening, friends. We’re about three hours from tip-off, which means it’s time for the KSR Pregame Show. Drew and Ryan are LIVE from the lobby of the beautiful Renaissance Cleveland to take your calls and chat about the game.
Listen via WLAP.com or on 630 AM in Lexington to hear the show. They’ll be on 98.1 The Bull beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Feel free to comment below.
By Nick Roush on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Throughout Kentucky’s 2015 Pursuit of Perfection, there has been an unending stream of emotions, ranging from anxiety to awesomeness and everything in between. But there’s one emotion that is still impossible to replicate until it happens: Championship Euphoria.
Championship Euphoria — Bliss, Heaven, Utopia, whatever you wanna call it — has only occurred once in my lifetime, and all it takes is 10 seconds from a 2012 Lexington celebration highlight reel to remember its wonderfulness. I’m not saying I went to UK simply for this reason, but April 2, 2012 was the greatest day in my life. There is no question about it. It would be disrespectful to say it was like we won the war, but I kissed strangers like it was V-J Day in Times Square.
But for every party, there’s a pooper.
The following day national news paid more attention to the State Street “riots” than the Brow and Co.’s dominance over Kansas. 50 arrests, 60 fires and a gunshot victim. That statement will quickly grab a viewers eye, but things are not always as they appear (Compare ABC News coverage to the H-L’s).
I started my celebration on the corner of Woodland and Euclid for a solid hour, witnessing 0 arrests and more High-5’s than McDonald’s hamburgers served. I then forced myself to enter the madness across campus at State Street. I was late to this party, but nonetheless a great experience. Fires burned, crowds were close together, it was unbelievable hysteria. I departed the scene as happy as the previous, only leaving behind my voice. No tear gas or handcuffs for this guy. Upon returning to my fraternity house to retire for the evening, I was greeted by joyous, screaming friends, “I GOT TEAR GASSED!” I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but they were already excited to tell their grandkids how they celebrated. Of the 50 arrests, they were probably well-deserved. The only friend of mine taken to the Big House probably deserved; he was too intoxicated to walk down a sidewalk without getting hit by a car on Nicholasville Road.
All the above may sound dangerous, but the “riots” I experienced on April 2, 2012 didn’t prevent me from avoiding “danger” in 2014. Not even a broken ankle could keep me from crutching my large, clumsy body three blocks to join in on the awesomeness. It didn’t stop this girl either.
For the fourth time in five years, I hope to join my fellow students in unprecedented camaraderie by flooding the streets in celebration of Kentucky’s road to glory as the Champions of March Madness. After the wins, we will party like it’s April 2, 2012. National news crews will condemn the “riots,” but there’s no reason to care, because they are ignorant of the amazing experience of Championship Euphoria.
I do not wish to be the moral compass for the entire campus, but I do have one request: IF the best team in the country is somehow upset in the greatest upset in the history of sports, PLEASE, do not destroy Lexington in anger.
To put it simply, we’re better than that. On a deeper level, we cannot play into the hands of national pundits. People watching this tournament are either good guys (cheering for Kentucky), or bad guys (waiting for Kentucky to lose). If we act like idiots and burn the town down because of one detrimental loss, the bad guys not only win, but it gives validity to their hate, with our aggressive misery only fueling their satisfaction.
There is little to convince me that a loss is possible (knocks on wood), but if it does, act like we’ve been here before. Because we were, about a year ago.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 5:50pm
Quite possibly the dumbest thing you will hear all day, Stephen A. Smith told ESPN First Take viewers that the University of Kentucky planned to fire John Calipari at the end of last season. According to Smith’s “sources,” had the Cats not made the unexpected run to the Final Four, Coach Cal would’ve been fired by Mitch Barnhart.
“My sources told me that if John Calipari had not gotten to the Final Four last year, that Kentucky was going to fire him. Because you have a situation where he’s not particularly liked by some folks at Kentucky. He’s not particularly liked by some of the power brokers within the NCAA fraternity. And the combination of those two things was putting immense pressure; they don’t like how he is using the one-and-done rule to really be the face of college basketball.”
You can listen to Smith’s comments on the First Take audio replay here. He begins talking about Calipari and Kentucky around the 1:10 mark.
It might be time for some new “sources,” bud.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
From Kevin Richardson at the Baltimore Sun, the Harrison twins and West Virginia’s Daxter Miles have a little history on the basketball court. Long before Miles was running his mouth in Cleveland before tonight’s Sweet 16, he met the twins in a 2012 AAU game in Baltimore. Things got a little a chippy back then, and according to Richardson, the players had to be separated a few times.
You can see video of the game and the Harrison-Miles rivalry here.
Round 2 tips off later tonight.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 4:43pm
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Yesterday it was Daxter Miles’ guarantee that West Virginia would upset Kentucky tonight in the Sweet 16, and today it’s fellow Mountaineer freshman Jevon Carter talking trash to the Harrison twins on Twitter.
Carter tweeted, “Harrison twins really playing Nintendo? I knew them boys were cheap”
The tweet has since been deleted, but nothing dies on the internet:
He also retweeted this photo from a fan:
Carter is 2-for-14 from the field in the NCAA Tournament.
Please shut up. It’s for your own good.
**** UPDATE ****
This is Jevon Carter playing defense against Maryland last weekend:
I wonder if he will wear his skates again tonight.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 3:30pm
Slice knocked down the halfcourt shot to close today’s shootaround with a two-handed overhead toss off the glass. (We won’t call him out for standing in front of the line.)
Kentucky is undefeated this season when a player or coach hits a halfcourt shot during shootaround. That’s a fact. Look it up.
A video posted by Kentucky Men's Basketball (@kentuckymbb) on
By Drew Franklin on ©March 26th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
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We’re a little under seven hours away (ugh) from tipoff in Quaker Oats/Quicken Loans Arena and blue is slowly making its way into the city of Cleveland. I’ve been cooped up in my hotel room all day, but I did do a lap around the mall and casino a little earlier and saw plenty of blue moving into the hotels. However, I also saw plenty of Mountaineer blue and gold so it may not be the lopsided crowds we saw in Nashville and Louisville the past two weekends. The UK fans here in Cleveland need to bring the noise tonight.
— Seth Greenberg, one of the good guys in the media, made a good point today about the new Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors swirling around everywhere. Greenberg believes these “sources” are planting the rumors to affect recruiting at Kentucky. With several elite prospects out there and UK still looking to land three or four of them, the thought of Cal bolting this summer could sway some decisions. Bold strategy by, oh, let’s say Bill Self. (I have no idea if it’s Bill Self, or if it’s true. Good point by Greenberg, though.)
— Shane Battier picked West Virginia to win tonight. In related news, someone pays Shane Battier money to talk about college basketball.
— UK still sitting at -13 out in Las Vegas. Give me the Cats to cover, please. I think all of this new media-driven hype around the Mountaineers is only setting this game up for a blowout. Daxter Miles didn’t do his team any favors yesterday, either. Cats win big tonight.
— Brad Paisley is talking trash on Twitter. (And has a deal with Four Roses bourbon, apparently.) Paisley tweeted: “Dear Kentucky, I love you, your bluegrass & your people, & tonight we toast @4RosesBourbon to your 36-1 season.”
He will soon drink his pain away a little at a time. But he’ll never get drunk enough to get tonight’s game off his mind.
— Our friends at Thoroughbred in Lexington are ready for the game!
I love Thoroughbred.
— Matt just wrapped up his appearance on ESPN’s Outside The Lines. We hope to have video on the site soon so check back a little later if you missed the show.
— Ryan Lemond and I will be on the air tonight at 7:00 pm for the KSR pregame show. Tune in and give us a call as we broadcast live from the lobby of The Renaissance. Matt Jones and Oscar Combs will take over at 8:00 pm for the official IMG pregame show in the arena.
— I’ll leave you with this reader submission from #TeamWes:
David Wesley “Wes” Freeland is a man of many passions and talents. On any given day, you can find him cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, training for a marathon, watching the Thoroughbreds race, or shopping for a new pair of running shoes. His athleticism is far better than most his age and his spirit and determination is admired by all who know him.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, friend and FIGHTER. Wes has run many marathons in his lifetime, but he was not at all prepared nor did he train for what would prove to be the most difficult marathon of all – CANCER.
In July 2014, Wes was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. For the past 8 months he has experienced many ups and downs, but very little has deterred his determination to beat this deadly disease. At the young age of 36, Wes tied on his best pair of running shoes and took off on a journey he thought he’d never have to run.
His love for Kentucky basketball and running started at a very young age. Wes started running track and cross country at Elizabethtown High School in the 7th grade. He was State AA 800 meter champion in 1994 through 1996, and was a member of the State AA champion 3200 meter relay team in 1994 and 1995, setting a record in ’95.
After high school, Wes attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the UK Cross Country and Track Team from 1996 through 1999. His athleticism earned him letters his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was also a member of the K Club, before graduating in 2001.
Most recently, Wes learned that his cancer was showing signs of progression. While the original tumor has remained unchanged since surgery, some other unwelcome lesions have appeared. As a result, Wes started a new chemotherapy regimen and remains determined as ever to keep fighting.
Although fatigued, he is always ready to cheer on the CATS. Whether he’s watching the game from home or a hospital bed, one thing remains certain, he will be wearing blue and white. While Wes is cheering for the Cats path to perfection, his family and friends are cheering for him. Although very different situations, one could say Wes and the UK basketball players have something in common, DETERMINATION.