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October 22nd, 2018

KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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#10 bill anderson

Yes we do!

#9 Give Benny The Ball


#8 Melvin Dillion


#7 Michael Rains

So cute!

#6 Pat Ingram

This is the best chicken you will ever have!

#5 James

This guy….smh.

#4 Sean K

No twitter during the games is the best rule!

#3 Brian D Wells


#2 Corky Peek

Vote Josh Allen!

#1 jcrandolph

Football school!

Let’s take a minute and appreciate this stat

UK Athletics has never been better than it is at this moment. Let that sink in. In the history of a proud athletic program the Cats have never been better across the board, and this doesn’t include the spring sports where UK will be nationally ranked in a couple sports, too.

And not to get picky, but I don’t think Kansas is better than UK in men’s basketball (although I get it). Also, UK being at No. 12 given its resume in football seems to be a bit of a slight. The Cats are the only football team to have a road win against a team currently ranked in the top 10.

UK volleyball is undefeated in the SEC (8-0) and Kentucky men’s soccer has lost just one game on the season and has notched top five wins against Louisville and Indiana in the out-of-conference. I don’t know too much about UK’s women’s swimming or rifle, but the rifle team seems to always be competing for titles.

Kentucky women’s soccer is rebuilding and obviously Matthew Mitchell’s women’s basketball program is doing more of the same. Before the strange string of transfers a couple years ago UK women’s basketball was consistently in the top 20 and it seems it’s only a matter of time before the Cats return to being a force in the SEC.

Things are amazing for Barnhart’s athletic program and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as the facilities across the campus improve, the team’s improve, too. Also, no probation is nice, unlike some other schools we know.

And it’s not just athletics, folks. Watch out, country.

Hey Kentucky! has fun with auto-correct

Do you giggle every time Matt Jones accidentally Tweets  SEX instead of SEC? It happens a lot, but Matt a creative fella and decided to make a game inspired by his phone’s auto-correct.

The UK players’ names and iPhone’s don’t get along, so Matt and Mary Jo Perino have some fun trying to figure out who is Imaginary Quilts, Typo Hair, Nice Rice and several more names.

The gang gets to more serious topics throughout the entire episode, including Mitch McConnell getting heckled at a restaurant and how the Cats looked in last night’s Blue/White game.

Watch the entire episode HERE.


The KSR Football Podcast: Week Eight Win over Vanderbilt

Are you ready for some football?  Austin MacGinnis, Charles Walker, Drew Franklin and Nick Roush are back for another episode of the KSR Football Podcast.  The crew looks ahead to the Missouri game after they break down the good and the bad from the 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.  Highlights:

—  Big time players make big time plays in big time games.

—  Jellybeans to the eyes are the worst.

—  The podcast officially becomes a Tito’s and Terry Touchdown podcast.

—  Connecting the dots with ambiguous recruiting Tweets.

—  No crying on the yacht.

— Drew Lock doesn’t look like the No. 1 NFL Draft quarterback prospect vs. SEC defenses.

— Drew Franklin seeks redemption in the offensive player draft.

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The KSR Baseball Podcast’s 2018 World Series Preview

The KSR Baseball Podcast makes its triumphant return with a guest list that is packed with celebrities to prepare you for the 2018 World Series between the Dodgers and the Red Sox.

Trey Huntsman and Keith Madison are joined by a trio of Big Leaguers — current Miami Marlin J.T. Riddle, and former Cincinnati Reds Doug Flynn and Austin Kearns.  They give their World Series predictions and talk about the evolution of Major League Baseball.  Highlights:

— First impressions of Kentucky Proud Park.

— J.T.’s experience with Marlins Man.

— How the Manny Machado situation would’ve been handled in the old days.

— Austin’s excellent instant replay solution.

— Trey doesn’t even believe in his own team.

— The Red Sox are due for a slump.

— Wigwam Village.

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 Kentucky Sports Radio on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Five Leftovers from the Blue-White Game

I got back from the airport just in time to catch the second half of last night’s Blue/White Game, and after watching the first half this morning, I have some thoughts to share. Mainly, that Kentucky is really good at basketball and it’s not even November yet.

1. EJ Montgomery likes the bright lights

Coming into the preseason, we didn’t really have a good grasp on EJ Montgomery because he sat out most of the Bahamas trip; now at 100 percent, the freshman big man is making his presence known. John Calipari said Montgomery came alive in front of the scouts at Pro Day two weeks ago, and last night, he was one of the most impressive players on the court, putting up 21 points and 8 rebounds. Tyler Herro, Reid Travis, and PJ Washington had more points, but given how little we knew about EJ coming in, his play was the story of the game for me. He showed off the versatility we’ve been hearing about for months, scoring from the rim to midrange, hitting all three of his free throws, and using those long arms to block shots and clean up misses. Afterwards, Calipari said he’s happy EJ is playing well when the lights are bright but he needs to bring that same effort in practice.

“E.J. (Montgomery), E.J. told on himself. He told on himself. He didn’t practice that way. If you’re that good, you’re practicing that way now. The team laughed like crazy. Like the combine and this game are the best two days that he’s played since he’s been here. Oh, so when there are people in the seats and there are scouts in the seats you just take up a notch. Really? Well, guess what son, you’re going to take it up a notch or you’re going to be on that treadmill. Because if that’s who you are then you’re going to be that guy every day. He was good.”

2. Tyler Herro continues to make it look effortless

Herro once again led the team in scoring with 34 points off 12-16 from the floor, 4-6 from beyond the arc, and 6-7 from the charity stripe. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: Herro is a natural scorer, and if he carries this momentum into the season, he could be college basketball’s darling this season.

How well did Herro play last night? As Kyle Tucker pointed out on Twitter, Kentucky’s stats website StatsBroadcast debuted an analytics feature last night and Herro’s “Game Score,” which measures productivity on a scale of 0-40, was 32.5, which is considered elite in the NBA. The next closest were Nick Richards with 18.9, EJ Montgomery with 18.6, and PJ Washington with 18.1.

If you’re curious, here are all the analytics from last night:

3. PJ and Reid are doing their NBA homework

The NBA told both PJ Washington and Reid Travis to expand their games and work on conditioning before turning pro. So far, it looks like both are doing just that. Noticeably slimmer, PJ was much more fluid going up and down the court than last season, getting to the basket with ease and pulling up for jumpers. Similarly, Reid Travis also moved well, scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Both also hit a three.

Travis switched between squads during the game, which allowed fans to see him play with and against PJ. It’s clear that going against each other in practice has been good for both players, and when you add in Sophomore Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery, Kentucky’s frontcourt is formidable no matter the lineup.

4. Andy Kennedy was great on broadcast

Last night was the first time we got to see Andy Kennedy in his new role as SEC Network color commentator and he was excellent. At Ole Miss, Kennedy charmed the media with his quippy commentary, which definitely translated to the broadcast. It was refreshing to hear him break down Calipari’s style as only a coach who had played against him for years can, and Cal was clearly happy chatting with him during and after the game. I even liked his plaid coat. More Kennedy, please.

5. I love this team’s attitude

If the Blue-White Game is good for anything, it’s evaluating the chemistry between players, and, as we’ve noticed since the Bahamas, this group loves playing with each other. It may seem silly to take note of stuff like this, but there were way more smiles, laughs, and playful shoves between the players than in years past, a testament to how much fun they’re having and how comfortable they are on the stage. After the game ended, they even turned and applauded the fans for coming. Little stuff like that is huge. Kentucky always has talented players, but having talented players that like each other and are willing to put in the extra work is what makes teams special.

Also, Immanuel Quickley has clearly taken over the role as dance circle hype man:

Check out more of Dr. Mike’s awesome photos from the Blue-White Game below:

Believe it or not, there's a basketball season about ready to begin. Check out Dr. Mike's photos of the basketball Cats in their scrimmage tonight.

Posted by Kentucky Sports Radio on Sunday, October 21, 2018

Q&A: Everything Mark Stoops said at his Pre-Missouri Press Conference

“Just like I said after the game, proud of our team for finding a way to win. Really great defensive effort. I thought the offensive line, Benny (Snell Jr.), tight ends just showed a lot of guts and determination and physicality to get the ball in the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown. There are obviously quite a few things we need to improve on. We’re excited to get back to work here this week and get better. We need to improve as we go this week and go play Missouri on the road.”

On how you are addressing the passing game…

“We need to address it in a lot of areas. From what we’re doing to set them up for success and set the team up for success. It starts with us and coaching and what we’re doing, the position we’re putting them in to be successful. Also, getting the quarterback to pull the pin and make accurate throws, and to trust himself. He has done that this year. He has been successful. He’s put us in a position to get to the spot we’re in right now. But, he’s also not played his best the past couple games. We have to look at that. That’s all of our responsibility; it always is, starting with the coaching staff. Certainly Terry (Wilson) will take his part, on down to protection, the receivers and so on. We’re always in this together. It’s never any one person’s fault, but certainly we need to play better at that position.”

On if Wilson has a confidence issue…

“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I talked to Terry today, before this, and he doesn’t see it that way. We need to watch the film and get some things corrected and get back on the field. Certainly we have to look at all options, again like we always have. I’ve always said that Terry is our starting quarterback. He’s going to start this week. We certainly need to look at the other guys and see if they could get an opportunity to get in there and play and help us. We’ll have a plan, and we’ll work Gunnar (Hoak) pretty extensively this week and have him ready to play as well.”