By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 9:55am
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By ShopKSR.com on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 9:45am
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 9:00am
We made it! Friday is finally here, meaning the penultimate weekend without college football is upon us. Get your chores in while you can, people. You’ll thank me on Saturday, September 1.
Here’s what you have to look forward to today in the world of UK sports and whatever else I feel like writing about.
Football’s almost here
Last Saturday’s football scrimmage was not so good; will tomorrow’s be any better? With plenty of uncertainty still remaining at quarterback, one can only hope. There’s no football availability today, but here’s what defensive coordinator Matt House had to say about tomorrow’s scrimmage after yesterday’s practice:
And if you missed it earlier this week, Josh Allen took us inside fall camp:
High School Football starts tonight
The Friday night lights come on tonight. Here are a few of the biggest games happening around the state, including where you can watch Kentucky’s recruits.
- 6:00 PM: Tates Creek at Henry Clay
- 6:00 PM: Walton-Vertona at West Jessamine (UK OL Commit Eli Cox)
- 7:00 PM: Louisville Southern at Moore (Four-Star DE J.J. Weaver)
- 7:00 PM: Jeffersontown at Louisville Doss (Three-Star DE Shawnkel Knight-Goff)
- 7:30 PM: Franklin County at Western Hills (Top 10 ATH Wandale Robinson)
- 7:30 PM: St. Xavier at DeSales (AKA the TJ Walker vs. Nick Roush Bowl)
- 7:30 PM: Bullitt East at Butler (UK WR Commit TaeTae Crumes)
- 7:30 PM: CAL (Four-Star ATH Milton Wright) at South Oldham
- 8:00 PM: Hopkinsville vs. South Warren
- 8:30 PM: Bryan Station vs. Lafayette
- 5:00 PM: Ballard (Four-star LB Jared Casey) vs. Boyle County (at Mercer County)
- 5:30 PM: Lexington Catholic vs. Madison Southern (at Madison Central)
- 6:00 PM: Wayne County vs. Frederick Douglass (at Danville)
- 7:30 PM: Waggener at Lexington Christian
- 8:00 PM: Woodford County at Danville
Go Ads! For a comprehensive list of every single high school game happening in Kentucky this weekend, head on over to KHSAA.
Rupp Arena Surplus Auction starts in one hour
At 10 a.m., surplus items from Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center will be auctioned off behind Rupp underneath the Jefferson Street Bridge. Here’s what you can go bid on:
Speaking of auctions, you can buy Bill Keightley’s Kentucky-themed recliner in A Taste of Grace’s charity fundraiser tonight in Lexington. For more details, click here.
Duke plays its second exhibition game
Kentucky’s first opponent of the season will be back in action tonight vs. the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at 6 p.m. on ESPN+, so if you’d like to get a head start on scouting for the Champions Classic, get out your wallet and head over to the Worldwide Leader to subscribe. Or check Twitter and/or watch “SportsCenter” tonight because I’m sure sportswriters will be fawning all over it. Sadly, Mox and Billy Bob are NOT on the Varsity Blues’ roster; I checked.
Alright, let’s get it all out at once: “IS THIS DUKE SPORTS RADIO?!?!”
Feel better? Good. Let’s move on.
Who up, Chattanooga?
I’m headed down I-24 to Chattanooga for a girls’ weekend this afternoon, and even though I’ve been there several times, I always enjoy hearing your suggestions on places to go and beers to drink. Unfortunately, the weather forecast isn’t great, which could put a damper on our hiking plans, but surely we will find other ways to entertain ourselves. Tennessee Aquarium, perhaps? Sugar’s Ribs?
Vanity plates done right
Vanity plates usually make me roll my eyes, but Nick Roush spotted one that proves their worth this morning:
KSR is at the Kentucky State Fair
Come on out to the Kentucky State Fairgrounds to get a head start on your weekend and enjoy the show.
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
After watching the Duke game last night and the highlights from their top players that all writers clamored for, I have a feeling that Duke might be the preseason #1 team. It’s possible it could be Kansas and it’s possible it could be us. But I think it will be Duke. And if it is, that will mean Kentucky will be playing a #1 team in the regular season for the 13th time in school history. The previous 12:
2014: #1 Florida 84, #25 Kentucky 65 (Gainesville)
2008: #1 North Carolina 77, Kentucky 58 (Chapel Hill)
2008: #1 Tennessee 63, Kentucky 60 (Knoxville)
2007: #1 North Carolina 86, Kentucky 77 (Lexington)
2007: #1 Florida 64, #20 Kentucky 61 (Lexington)
2003: #6 Kentucky 70, #1 Florida 55 (Lexington)
2001: #1 Duke 95, #7 Kentucky 92 (East Rutherford, Jimmy V Classic)
1997: #1 Arizona 89, #8 Kentucky 74 (Maui Invitational)
1988: #1 Duke 80, Kentucky 55 (Springfield, Tip-Off Classic)
1981: #1 North Carolina 82, #2 Kentucky 69 (East Rutherford)
1979: #5 Kentucky 69, #1 Indiana 58 (Lexington)
1975: #1 Indiana 77, #14 Kentucky 68 (Louisville)
A combined 2-10 in these games and no wins away from Lexington. Now you could argue that most of these games occurred in the early part of the season when the team was not at its best. You could argue that they really don’t matter, as the Duke game really doesn’t matter all that much. And when it did matter, Kentucky is 4-5 in the SEC/NCAA Tournaments against the #1 ranked team in the country.
Either way, there might not be a regular season game I have been more excited about than this one. I don’t think we have a better player than RJ Barrett and maybe not better than Zion Williamson. But 1 through 8, we certainly have the better TEAM. Which makes this game even more interesting because Calipari has always been the guy with the better players against programs who claim they have better “teams”. It’s a little bit of a switch in the reputation of the Calipari era. And I can’t wait.
By TJ Walker on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 10:52pm
Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Purdue and Cincinnati are the final six schools for JJ Weaver. The Kentuckian (Moore) cut his list on Thursday night via his Twitter account.
The four-star target is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound weakside defensive end. He has visited Kentucky twice this year, but has also checked out UofL’s campus a few times and was recently offered by the Hurricanes. This won’t be easy.
We’ll have more Weaver coverage tomorrow, but let’s hope Vince Marrow can work his magic.
First and foremost I would like to say God is good, putting me and my family in this position i am in today? thank you to all the coaches that have gave me a chance and believe in my hard working talent?? this is my top 6?? @RivalsDave @SWiltfong247 #15forfreddie pic.twitter.com/33NEKiH2RZ
— JJ Weaver (@jjtimeee) August 17, 2018
By Savannah Patton on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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#10 Chris Roberson
— Chris Roberson (@chrisruns) August 16, 2018
@KySportsRadio listening to Matt talk Ohio St while I’m in Texas. I’m so confused.
— GregT (@gtagg0722) August 16, 2018
All over the world.
#8 JEREMY SPALDING
— JEREMY SPALDING (@JEREMYSPALDING) August 16, 2018
Drew has a fan club!
#7 Chris Ball
— Chris Ball (@kyboyinfl) August 16, 2018
— Darth (@KYDarth) August 16, 2018
Facts are optional.
#5 Rob Shipley
— Rob Shipley (@Shipwreck_RCS) August 16, 2018
Come on Paul!
#4 Tres Terrell
— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) August 16, 2018
Looks like it was a fun time!
#3 Nick McCardell
— Nick McCardell (@UKhoops1_BBN) August 16, 2018
#2 Robert Keene
Does anyone on #KSR actually know what a muscle car is? ???
— Robert Keene (@cincinasty79) August 16, 2018
I don’t think so.
#1 Michael Rains
Karly is ready for @UKFootball. She has her new @benny_snell jersey!!!! She is holding our season tickets in one picture and tickets to go watch the CATS win at Florida in the other picture!! @UKAthletics @UKTix @UK_KFund #BBN pic.twitter.com/YZMO7tOPWl
— Michael Rains (@RuppArenaMike) August 16, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Five-star guard Jalen Lecque cut his list to seven and it didn’t include Kentucky. The Cats haven’t been recruiting Lecque this summer so it doesn’t come as a surprise, but the No. 18 player in the class of 2019 does have an intriguing list.
It’s lacking bluebloods.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound athletic combo guard is down to Louisville, Texas Tech, TCU, NC State, Oregon, UCLA and Tennessee. Solid programs across the board, and UofL is right there, but for such a talented player it’s strange to see Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Kansas all excluded.
I have no idea what to make of Lecque’s list, but there are a couple schools that will play UK next season, so there’s a possibility Lecque will travel to Rupp Arena.
It’s becoming clear UK’s mainly interested in Cole Anthony, Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis as guards in the class of 2019. The Cats already have five-star Texan Tyrese Maxey committed.
I would like to thank all the schools that have recruited me through my basketball career. It was a hard decision on narrowing down my list in colleges to choose from, but these are the schools I have chosen for my top 7???? @TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/uW0QKoJ5Rj
— Jalen Lecque (@jalenlecque10) August 16, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
By TJ Walker on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Get your highlights! Watch these new highlights of Cole Anthony from our friends at Rivals.com. Anthony will play for Oak Hill this fall and is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150.
I’ve said that Anthony is the smartest high school player I’ve ever watched and he barely gets the nod over Tyler Ulis. Anthony is phenomenal at reading defenses and setting up his teammates, but also can get to the rim and shoot form deep. If you get a chance to watch his this year, do it. Point guards like Anthony don’t come around that often.
He recently just visited UNC, Wake Forest, UCLA and Miami (Fla.) and has plans to see Georgetown and Villanova. Anthony has no list and keeps things quiet. It’s unclear exactly who’s recruiting Anthony the hardest, but don’t be surprised if Anthony visits UK in the next few months.
Anthony did tell me in Canada while playing for the USA U18 team coached by Bill Self that he would “love” to play with Tyrese Maxey in college, so that would be cool. The two helped lead Team USA to a gold medal.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
Tomorrow’s your chance to own a piece of Rupp Arena. Starting at 10 a.m., the Lexington Center Corporation is auctioning off surplus items from Rupp and the Lexington Center, including pieces of the original Rupp Arena court, which was in place from 1976-2000. Other items include…
- Concourse signs
- Light fixtures
- Desks & cabinets
- Concession equipment (food warmers, kiosks, etc.)
- Tables & chairs
- Display cases
- Large rolling carts,
- Peg boards
- Snow salt dispenser
- Various hardware
- 20-foot Christmas tree (from The Shops)
Herald-Leader photographer Charles Bertram went out to Rupp to check out some of the items up for grabs and tweeted these photos:
If you have ever wanted to own a piece of the original Rupp Arena floor, some old Rupp lights, old Rupp concession stand mural photos, or a 20-ft Christmas tree, then you're in luck. An auction will be held Fri. at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind Rupp Arena. @heraldleader pic.twitter.com/Qc8CgKdpjk
— Charles Bertram (@cbertramHL) August 16, 2018
The auction will take place behind Rupp Arena beneath the Jefferson Street Bridge. All items are sold as is.
The items are being cleared out to make way for the ongoing renovations at Rupp, which you can read more about here. If all goes according to plan, here’s what it will look like in 2021: