By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 1:12pm
Congratulations to Tyrese Maxey, who has been named SEC Freshman of the Week following his huge performance vs. Michigan State.
Maxey came off the bench to score 26 points vs. the then-No. 1 Spartans, the most by a freshman in a debut in program history and the most points of any UK player against an Associated Press No. 1 ranked team since Jamal Mashburn scored 28 in an overtime loss to Duke in 1992. He was 7-12 from the field and had three ridiculously long threes, the final putting the Cats up by five with a minute left. On Friday vs. Eastern Kentucky, Maxey came off the bench again to score nine points and grab three rebounds.
This is the first SEC Freshman of the Week honor for Maxey, but I’m sure it won’t be the last.
By Nick Roush on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Kentucky’s pass offense lost two of its best weapons prior to the Tennessee game. When Lynn Bowden was in trouble, he could not simply throw it up.
Ahmad Wagner and Bryce Oliver are Kentucky’s two most-talented jump ball receivers. In a game that Tennessee won thanks to a few 50-50 receptions, Wagner was sidelined by a leg injury and Oliver missed the game after injuring his toe in practice.
“I hope both of them will be back this week. We’ll see,” said Stoops. “I was told that both of them were close, both of them were better today, so hopefully they’ll be out there.”
One person who did unexpectedly return to the sideline is Marquez Bembry. The junior college transfer injured his knee in the spring. On Saturday the outside linebacker did not play, but he was in uniform for the first time.
“He’s working his way back in there, he really has. He’s been practicing a couple weeks. We’re close to getting him into a game. He’s getting there,” Stoops said. “We have actually explored because of the need — we have some good depth at outside and we need some help inside — we’ve actually been repping him at inside (linebacker). That can help us in the future for next year. Now you’re talking about a big guy, a big strong guy that can move in there.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 12:13pm
As expected, Kentucky is the new No. 1 team in the country. The Cats took over the top spot from Michigan State following Tuesday’s 69-62 win in the Champions Classic and Friday night’s rout of Eastern Kentucky. Duke, Michigan State, Louisville, and Kansas round out the top five.
Kentucky received 64 first-place votes, with the only other one going to…the Cards. December 28 is going to a lot of fun. (UPDATE: If you’re curious, the person that voted for Louisville to be No. 1 is Dave Borges, the UConn beat writer for the New Haven Register.)
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Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida St. 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi St. 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego St. 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 11:55am
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.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 11:30am
Kentucky’s new depth chart is out and there are no changes from last week. It’s still Lynn Bowden OR Sawyer Smith at quarterback. Regardless, enjoy below:
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Good morning, folks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Phoenix Suns are still a ton of fun. Let’s talk NBA.
Jokic, Nuggets top Wolves in overtime
- In back-to-back games, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has secured two wins thanks to last-second jump shots. A jumper with 2.2 seconds left in a recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers lifted Denver and on Sunday night Jokic hit another with 2.4 seconds left, this time in overtime. Jamal Murray posted 15 points and five rebounds on 6-19 shooting for the Nuggets, who move to 7-2 on the year and atop the Western Conference standings.
- But with every game-winner, comes the team on the opposite side of it. Karl-Anthony Towns actually hit a corner three that helped send the game to an extra period and he finished the game with 25 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists but on 8-23 shooting (3-14 from three). The Wolves shot just 35.1 percent from the field and a season-worst 13.3 percent from three.
Suns are still good, annihilate Nets
- If you were hoping the Phoenix Suns sudden rise to being a competent basketball team was going to end soon, keep dreaming. The Suns destroyed the Brooklyn Nets 138-112 at home behind a BBNBA-high of 27 points from Devin Booker.
- Booker was insanely efficient from the field, shooting 10-14 from the field and 4-5 from deep to go along with nine assists. It was the Suns’ fourth win in five games and they currently hold a 6-3 record, tied for third-best in the West.
Bledsoe and Bucks narrowly edge out Thunder
- The Oklahoma City Thunder staged a valiant comeback effort against the Milwaukee Bucks but came up short in the final minute. Trailing by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter, OKC rallied back to tie the game at 114 with 32 seconds left, but Milwaukee hit its free throws to win its fifth game in its last six outings. Eric Bledsoe registered his fourth straight 20-point game for the Bucks, posting 25 points, three rebounds, and nine assists on 9-15 shooting.
- For the Thunder, they were once again led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who added 22 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
- Also for OKC, Hamidou Diallo continues to play out of his mind, looking like a completely different player compared to his rookie season. Diallo recorded 10 points and three steals on 5-6 shooting. This was the fifth game this year that he’s finished with double-digits in scoring – the same amount of times he did in the entire 2018-19 season. Diallo has become a must-watch for League Passers with his ability to pop off for a highlight dunk at any moment.
The reigning, defending, undisputed, universal dunk champion, Hamidou Diallo. pic.twitter.com/XqynfwSkNn
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) November 11, 2019
- Finally, for OKC, Nerlens Noel went for an impressive line of 14 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two blocks.
- Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the reigning NBA Champion Toronto Raptors late on Sunday, 113-104. Davis was tied with Booker for the most points in the BBNBA at 27 in addition to his eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and four blocks on 10-20 shooting. The loss ended the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak thanks to a massive bench effort from the Raptors, who are without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka for the foreseeable future.
- I’m only going to talk about the New York Knicks right now because they were absolutely LIT UP by MY Cleveland Cavaliers, to the point that Madison Square Garden fans were filling the arena with boos that were music to my ears. The Cavs destroyed the Knicks, 108-87, which led to the Knicks front office calling an impromptu press conference to discuss the miserable state of the organization just 10 games into the season. Because if there’s one thing that should calm everyone down and let them know things aren’t quite as bad as they might seem, it’s calling a press conference after losing by 20 points to Cleveland 10 games into the season. Knicks gonna Knick. BUT, the Knicks also roster Julius Randle and Kevin Knox. Randle went for 20 points and 16 rebounds while Knox added just nine points and three rebounds on 2-9 shooting. Honestly, I’m beginning to feel bad for Knox, who has been stuck behind overpaid veterans all season now. New York needs to embrace the youth they have, not feed Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris 25-plus minutes per game so they can start the season 2-8.
- We’ll end the recap with the Charlotte Hornets, who fell in a not-so-close game to the 76ers, 114-106. P.J. Washington had another solid game of 15 points, four rebounds, and four steals for Charlotte while Malik Monk added 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. This season, the Hornets have trailed by double-digits in every game. Charlotte might not be good, but they sure are fun.
— Overtime (@overtime) November 11, 2019
- Can we get a Monk-Diallo dunk contest?
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
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|Skal Labissiere (POR)||124-113 W vs. ATL (OT)||1||0-3 (0-0)||6||2||0||1||0||0||17|
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pistons
7:30 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Celtics (Kanter)
7:30: Grizzlies @ Spurs (Lyles)
8:00: Rockets @ Pelicans (Miller-out)
10:30: Jazz @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)
10:30 (NBATV): Raptors @ Clippers (Patterson)
By KSR on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 10:30am
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.
Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or simply stream online through Spotify. Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.
By Bryan the Intern on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 10:00am
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:
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.
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.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 9:55am
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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By Drew Franklin on ©November 11th, 2019 @ 9:00am
Today we honor the many men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. We thank them today, and everyday, for fighting for our freedoms. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
The Kentucky football team did that thing it does every single year where it loses to Tennessee. I believe it is now 32 losses in the last 34 years, if my memory hasn’t suffered too much damage from the rivalry to keep an accurate count.
This time Kentucky dominated the time of possession (41:37 to 18:23) and rushed for over 300 yards, yet still lost the game, as is tradition.
After the game, Lynn Bowden pulled up his favorite app to call out the fans.
To the fans that are true blue I thank and love y’all but to the ones that down talk a bunch of college kids but claim to be our fans go be a fan at another school
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 10, 2019
But the majority of the fans’ frustration, if not all of it, is directed toward the adults in the locker room who are getting paid millions of dollars, not the “college kids.”
Eastern Kentucky brought its fast-paced style of basketball to Lexington on Friday, only to get run out of the arena, 91-49, by your soon-to-be No. 1 Wildcats. It took seven minutes before the Colonels scored their first points in the game, but a late first-half run filled up the scoreboard to keep it somewhat respectable at halftime.
Nick Richards was the star of the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds, his second career double-double; although the real MVP was UK’s defense, again, as Kentucky allowed only 25 percent shooting from the field, its best mark since holding Georgia to 22 percent back in 2016.
Watch KSR’s video recap of the night:
— Josh Allen had the weekend off from his responsibilities with the Jacksonville Jaguars so he was able to attend the UK game in Lexington. We caught up with him on the Cat Walk prior to the game:
— In Pittsburgh, Benny Snell did not play in the Steelers’ win over the Rams. He is out with a knee injury. His UK teammate, Bud Dupree, had four tackles in the victory.
— Randall Cobb had a big game on Sunday Night Football with six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. However, it was in a losing effort against the Vikings in Dallas.
— Are the Titans back?
Gambling (But not in Kentucky, of course)
The line on Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt opened up with the Cats giving up eight and a half points to the Commodores. The total on the game is 44.
Kentucky is 5-3-1 against the spread this season, according to VegasInsider.com. The total has gone under in six straight games.
Could you do this one?
I just finished this puzzle that doesn't have a picture pic.twitter.com/724fmp0CSr
— Whoa Interesting (@WhoaInteresting) November 8, 2019
— Coming up at noon, Mark Stoops will hold his usual Monday press conference to look back on Saturday’s game and ahead to the next challenge on the schedule. This week Stoops will be explaining some of his decisions in the deflating loss to Tennessee while previewing the upcoming trip to Nashville to potentially get back in the win column against struggling Vanderbilt.
— Stoops isn’t the only coach answering questions today. John Calipari will also hold a press conference to preview his team’s game against Evansville tomorrow night. Cal is expected to begin his presser around 2 p.m. today. We will have the live stream here on KSR.
— You will get a new KSR Football Podcast tonight. We’re recording it a little earlier than usual so you should get it around dinner time.
— The first rankings of the college basketball season will come out around noon today and Kentucky will almost certainly take over the No. 1 spot from Michigan State in both polls. It’s a spot the Cats should hold for a long time with no real threats on the schedule until late December.
— Tune in to KSR at 10 a.m.!
By Brent Wainscott on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
After another gut-wrenching loss to Tennesee, Kentucky opens as 8.5-point favorites over Vanderbilt.
Kentucky is 5-3-1 against the spread this season while Vandy is an abysmal 1-8.
Kentucky has three games left and must win two to head to a bowl game. Vegas likes the Cats in Nashville and one would have to assume they will like them against UT-Martin as well. So, Vegas seems to think that Kentucky will be bowl eligible for a fourth straight year and a win over 2-7 Vanderbilt will almost guarantee it.
With my Vegas record speaking for itself, I am no gambling expert. However, the over-under is set at 44, which might be something to flirt with. Vanderbilt is coming off the heels of a 56-0 thrashing at the hands of the Florida Gators and Kentucky has no consistency on offense right now.
With a run-heavy UK offense, a Vanderbilt offense that is averaging 15 points per game, I would be stunned to see this thing go over 44.
The Cats will kick things off with the ‘Dores at 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network in the Music City.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
UK Hoops got off to a rough shooting day on Sunday and they needed an explosive third-quarter scoring exhibition to pull away in the second half.
In case you missed it, here’s the full game recap from the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats win on the road over Middle Tennessee State University. You can also check out the highlights below.
Team win, no doubt. ? pic.twitter.com/cU9zm75j72
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 11, 2019
Following the ‘Cats second game of the season, they’re still going through plenty of early growing pains but showcased just how much potential they have in the third quarter. Here are five takeaways from what we learned in the win over MTSU.
KeKe McKinney’s defense was near perfect
Junior forward KeKe McKinney recorded four blocks, six rebounds, and one steal in 34 minutes for the Wildcats. While she only added two points on 1-5 shooting, it was the defensive end of the floor where she made her impact – and it was significant.
Outside of Rhyne Howard, it would be hard to argue that there is a better all-around defensive player than McKinney. On a team littered with great on-ball defenders such as Jaida Roper and Amanda Paschal, that is no small feat.
Against MTSU, McKinney was a brick wall all afternoon, especially as the game entered the second-half and Kentucky began to pull away. Her discipline in defending the post is unmatched and she did an excellent job of keeping her arms up straight and did so without fouling. As I mentioned in the recap, MTSU attempted only four total shots inside the paint with only two of them going in. We can relate that to McKinney’s constant presence down low.
There were a couple of instances in the second half – with the game all but decided – where she backed off to prevent picking up an easy foul, but other than that, this was McKinney’s coming out party as one of the team’s top defenders. Through two games now, she has seven blocks and 13 rebounds.
She looks like a different, far-more active player early on in the season than she did at any point last year. A breakout season from her would be massive. Kentucky needs a lockdown defender in the paint and McKinney looks to be up to the task.
I don’t know what head coach Matthew Mitchell told his team during the halftime break, but next time let’s hope he starts the game with that same pep talk.
Kentucky was absolutely dreadful in the first half. They connected on just 25 percent of its shots and an even worse 22.5 percent from three. They also turned the ball over nine times. If MTSU hadn’t been playing just as poorly, the ‘Cats could have been combating a game of catchup in the second half.
Fortunately, they turned up the intensity by five notches after halftime. They cut down on the turnovers, enforced the full-court press after hardly doing so early on, and finally began to move the ball around the court. The third quarter was the first time all game that the Wildcats were able to dictate the pace and play at the speed they desired.
“We are working hard to be that kind of team that turns people over,” coach Mitchell said in the postgame interview. “We tried to encourage our team at halftime to just have confidence. I was so proud of that stretch because we needed it.”
Kentucky made half of its 36 shot attempts in the second half and 41.2 percent of its three-point shots. An ultra-aggressive strategy of pushing the tempo forced MSTU into a bevy of turnovers that UK was able to convert into points. Kentucky notched 23 points in just under six-and-a-half minutes during the third quarter after it took them an entire 20-minute half just to hit 22.
Something I’m sure coach Mitchell will love to see when he checks the box score is how spread-out the scoring was amongst his rotation.
Outside of freshman Emma King – who played only one minute – every Wildcat scored a bucket. Of the eight players who played consistent minutes on Sunday, only McKinney failed to knock down at least two field goals. Three Wildcats finished in double-figures and Howard wasn’t even one of them.
With Howard battling foul trouble throughout portions of the night, the scoring had to come from somewhere else and several Wildcats picked up the slack. Going back to the halftime adjustments, Roper and Paschal appeared to make it a point that they would attack the basket and look for easy points. Just as she did in the season-opener against Mount St. Mary’s, it was Roper’s drives that helped kick start the offense.
Senior Sabrina Haines added 12 points with all four of her makes coming from long range. If she had an inch of space, she was pulling it. She even banked in a three that she immediately chased after the second it left her hand, thinking it was going to be a terrible miss. Sometimes it’s just your night.
Breakout games from Amanda Paschal and Ogechi Anyagaligbo
Paschal was the Wildcats best player against MTSU, posting a big stat line of 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals (plus five turnovers) on 5-8 shooting. She also shot 5-6 from the free-throw line.
Along with Roper, her and Paschal form a dangerously quick and agile backcourt that can sneak up on you when they want to attack the basket. Paschal broke out a few different euro step moves that she never quite perfected last season. On Sunday, she was bobbing and weaving around defenders completely untouched for easy layups.
Senior Ogechi Anyagaligbo also had one of her best games in a Kentucky uniform, contributing 10 points and seven rebounds (four of them coming on the offensive glass) on 5-7 shooting in 22 minutes. Her play off the bench was massive for the team, especially during that third-quarter run. Eight of her 10 points came in the second half.
Anyagaligbo was unleashing hook shot after hook shot in the paint and battling for loose ball rebounds throughout the game. When Anyagaligbo got the ball only a few feet away from the basket, she was automatic. At times last year, she struggled to knock down the easy shots. In her senior year, that doesn’t appear to be an issue anymore.
Another off night for Rhyne Howard
Howard went 2-10 from the field against MTSU for just nine points. This comes on the heels of her 4-16 shooting performance in the season-opener against Mount St. Mary’s.
Her shots haven’t been falling, but she’s such a versatile player that she’s been able to make up for it in other areas. In the season-opener, she added 11 rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Against MTSU, she once again turned to defense, swatting three shots.
Foul trouble (and a weird technical foul) limited her playing time and it was nice to see for the second straight game that her teammates can help pick up the slack when her shooting stroke is off. However, Kentucky only goes as far as Howard leads them.
Shooting 2-10 from the field early in the season against a lesser opponent isn’t that big of a deal, but if the ‘Cats want to compete with Louisville and the top-heavy SEC, Howard has to get rolling. I wouldn’t count on her to have many more of these types of games.
The start of this game didn’t look pretty, but Kentucky gave everyone a glimpse of what makes them a top-15 team in the country during the red-hot second-half.
The ‘Cats will take on Stetson this Wednesday in Memorial Coliseum on the SEC Network+ at 7 p.m.
By Brandon Ramsey on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Josh Allen & Lonnie Johnson have the week off as their teams are on byes and those of us that watched last night’s game at Kroger Field (sorry to bring it up; too soon?) got to see Allen recognized on the field during his week off. Unfortunately, the biggest news of the day from a ‘Cats perspective was the gruesome-looking injured sustained early in the Bears game by linebacker Danny Trevathan. Get well soon, Danny! Here is a look at how the former Wildcats did this Sunday.
Corey Peters (Arizona Cardinals)
Peters finished with 2 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss, and a QB hit in the Cardinals 30-27 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wesley Woodyard (Tennessee Titans)
Woodyard was in on 6 tackles during the Titans upset victory over the Chiefs this afternoon. The veteran linebacker has continued to produce consistently during his 12th season in the National Football League. He earned the starting nod today after Jayon Brown was ruled out.
Larry Warford (New Orleans Saints)
It was a tough day for everyone that suited up for the Saints today. New Orleans was stunned by the Atlanta Falcons by a final score of 26-9. Warford was called for a false start and the Offensive Line allowed 6 sacks and only helped the rushing attack gain 52 yards. The Saints and Warford will look to bounce back next week in Tampa Bay.
Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Dupree accounted for 4 tackles as the Steelers moved to 5-4 on the season after defeating the Rams 17-12. It was a quieter night in terms of Dupree getting into the backfield, but he was going against a great O-Line counterpart and the Steelers defense still dominated the Rams from the beginning. Dupree is 2nd on the team with 6 sacks this season.
Danny Trevathan (Chicago Bears)
The Bears got back in the win column this afternoon with a 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions. Trevathan finished with 3 tackles and 1 QB Hit in just one-quarter of play. Unfortunately, Trevathan suffered a very bad looking elbow injury that sidelined him during the 1st Quarter. We are all hoping for a speedy recovery!
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 11, 2019
Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay Packers)
It was a relatively quiet game for Smith, but the Packers secured another win over the Panthers by a score of 24-16. Smith only recorded 1 tackle but did manage 3 hits on the Quarterback.
Randall Cobb (Dallas Cowboys)
Cobb went off for 6 catches, 106 yards, and 1 touchdown but the Cowboys came up short to the Vikings 28-24. Cobb has now caught 6 balls in each of the last 2 weeks and the touchdown was his first since Week 1. Watch his great grab for a score below.
Holy Randall Cobb! What a catch. pic.twitter.com/GpOia48khM
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) November 11, 2019
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
The No. 18 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (18-6) executed a sweep of the Auburn Tigers (6-17) in Alabama on Sunday afternoon, winning its third straight match as they now move to 11-2 in SEC play.
Behind 18 digs from junior Gabby Curry and 13 kills via senior Leah Edmond, the ‘Cats were able to win all three sets by at least eight points as they now sit just one game behind Florida for the best record in the conference.
FINAL – Kentucky 3, Auburn 0
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 10, 2019
A common theme in this match was Auburn taking early leads in sets before letting them slip away. Auburn maintained a 10-6 lead early in the first set before the tide began to turn. The ‘Cats would quickly battle back, taking the advantage at 15-13 before a 9-0 run put Kentucky ahead for good as they ultimately won the set 25-17.
Auburn again held a 9-7 lead early in the second set, but a 4-0 run from Kentucky pushed them ahead and the lead eventually ballooned to a 15-10 advantage in favor of the Wildcats. UK would win six of the final seven points in this set in its largest win of the day, 25-15.
Finally, another quick start for Auburn saw the third set tied at 7-7 before Kentucky eventually shifted gears. The ‘Cats found themselves ahead 19-13 late in the match and ultimately finished off the Tigers 25-17 to complete the sweep.
Edmond was joined by sophomore Alli Stumler as the only two Wildcats with double-digit kills. Stumler finished with 10 kills. Junior Madison Lilley added 31 assists and 16 digs in the win.
Kentucky was able to hold Auburn to a hitting percentage of just .048 and coupled that with their own hitting percentage of .242.
Check out the highlights from the win.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 10, 2019
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
In the first road game of the young season for the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats, they were able to take down the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 67-52, in Murfreesboro, TN thanks to a scoring explosion in the third quarter.
After scoring just 22 points through the first 20 minutes of the game, Kentucky poured in 23 points before playing even seven minutes in the third period. Led by 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists from Amanda Paschal in one the best games of her career and another 12 points from Sabrina Haines, the ‘Cats pulled away in the second half as they move to 2-0 on the season.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 10, 2019
To start things off, Middle Tennessee did a great job of creating havoc every time Kentucky touched the ball. A quick 5-2 lead for the Blue Raiders and five turnovers through the first five minutes from the ‘Cats spelled early turmoil for the road team.
At one point in the first period, Kentucky missed five straight field-goal attempts and finished the quarter with only eight total points, trailing by two. Despite MTSU going on its own scoreless streak of three minutes, UK could not find any momentum within the offense and turned the ball over a total of six times in the first 10 minutes.
Both teams combined for 11 turnovers and a shooting clip of 5-23 from the field in the first quarter and things didn’t exactly heat up after that.
While Kentucky came out in the second quarter looking much more settled – forcing turnovers and finally applying some backcourt pressure – they struggled to put up points. Rhyne Howard hit a much-needed three to start the quarter, but Kentucky only added another 14 points in that frame to take a slight 22-18 lead heading into the intermission.
MTSU went through another scoring drought in the second quarter, this time breaking the five-minute threshold without making a field goal. Both teams went into halftime with nine turnovers apiece and neither team shooting over 32 percent from the field. The Blue Raiders shot 0-4 from three in the first half and were outrebounded 11-4 in the second quarter.
Whatever head coach Matthew Mitchell said in the locker room during halftime must have worked, though, because Kentucky came out firing on all cylinders to open the second half.
Kentucky raced out to a 13-0 scoring run to kick off the half thanks to great penetration and defense from Paschal along with a breakout quarter from Ogechi Anyagaligbo.
After scoring only 22 points in the entire first half, the Wildcats caught fire for 23 points in just a little over six minutes.
The scoring contribution came from all over the court, too. Eight players scored in that period for UK with four of them adding at least four points. At one point, Kentucky made eight straight field goals and forced MTSU into six turnovers in the third quarter alone.
Heading into the final frame, the ‘Cats led 53-36 with all the momentum on its side.
MTSU opened the fourth with a quick 5-0 run, but UK quickly battled back thanks to two straight buckets from Anyagaligbo. Kentucky would push the lead to 19 points midway through the period and ultimately win the game by 15 as they head back to Lexington with a tidy road win.
KeKe McKinney showed her potential as one of the team’s best defenders, especially on the low block. The junior recorded six rebounds, four blocks, a steal and was a deterrent all night at the rim. MTSU shot only four shots in the paint all night, making just two of them.
Anyagaligbo led the team with seven rebounds while also adding 10 points on 5-7 shooting. Junior Tatyana Wyatt registered seven points and five rebounds of her own while senior Jaida Roper went for five points, four rebounds, and two assists.
Howard, the star sophomore, had another off night from the field, shooting just 2-10 for nine points to go along with three blocks. Sophomore Blair Green also contributed six points for the ‘Cats.
Middle Tennessee was led by 22 points from Anastasia Hayes.
Kentucky’s next game will be on Wednesday against Stetson in Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. with the game being broadcast on the SEC Network+.
By Hayden Hooper on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
As we all know, last night was not the best game at Kroger Field. As it got colder throughout the night, the more stagnant the offense was as they didn’t score a point in the last three quarters of the game. Even with an interception to his name, Lynn Bowden put the team on his back with 114 yards on 26 carries but that was not enough for the Cats. So let’s get to what Twitter had to say about last night.
Lynn Bowden Post Game
As everyone was stuck in traffic, Lynn Bowden went to Twitter about the game he just played.
To the fans that are true blue I thank and love y’all but to the ones that down talk a bunch of college kids but claim to be our fans go be a fan at another school
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 10, 2019
Do some much complaining talking bout us the recruits see what you fans say and it matter keep that in the back of y’all heads https://t.co/kpqlXMQaev
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 10, 2019
As you can tell Bowden has gone dark on Twitter, after like a loss like that, I don’t blame the guy.
I guess it was Rocking in the USA day at Kroger Field with an epic rendition of the National Anthem!
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 10, 2019
Wedding Day at Kroger Field
What an epic way to get married on Gameday – in the stadium. AMAZING!
— Jordan M. (@JordanMcGhee) November 10, 2019
Man, Quinton Bohanna has a cannon…
Kentucky chucked it ? pic.twitter.com/4lBYYE1OAr
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 10, 2019
Here’s his response
— Quinton Bohanna (@QBohanna) November 10, 2019
Recruits were in attendance for the game
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) November 10, 2019
— Joey Gatewood (@Joey1gatewood) November 10, 2019
Lynn Bowden’s performance last night
Again, in a Kentucky defeat, Lynn Bowden didn’t disappoint with his running attack.
Lynn Bowden jr vs Tennessee defense pic.twitter.com/zimsE8MDCC
— Danny Davis ? #2 (2-0) ? (4-5) (@DannyDa27021564) November 10, 2019
Time to take over this game Lynn Bowden Jr. #BBN
— Andy Wade (@AndyWade77) November 10, 2019
QB Lynn Bowden Jr. was a thorn in UT’s side with 93 rushing yards in the first half including a 12 yard scramble late on 3rd down to keep the ball away from the Vols. Tennessee does get it first in the 2nd half. @wvlt pic.twitter.com/cqWebtktSr
— Rick Russo (@wvltrick) November 10, 2019
Gonna have to try something else on Offense. Bowden has been a warrior but got to try Sawyer in the 4th
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 10, 2019
Gotta love those KSR references!
Always have to love the KSR references in the broadcasts. Just give Tom Hart the award now for best sports announcer of 2019.
— Evan Hatter ? (@ehatt493) November 10, 2019
After last night, the Cats are now 4-5 with A LOT of football left to play. Going to be a fun weekend in Nashville! Go Cats!
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
In the second game of the season for the No. 13 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (2-0), the team traveled down to Murfreesboro, TN where they earned a win over Middle Tennessee State University (1-1), 67-52.
A 31-point third quarter from the ‘Cats allowed Kentucky to take a commanding lead after a rough outing through the first 20 minutes. Kentucky was led by a balanced scoring attack, with three players finishing in double figures and another four adding at least five points. Amanda Paschal was the Wildcats leading scorer with 16 points.
Check out the full box score below. I’ll be back shortly with a full game recap.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
The result of Saturday night’s nightmare ending against Tennessee hasn’t deterred at least one high school football prospect from his interest in the Kentucky Wildcats.
Four-star offensive tackle out of the class of 2021, Wyatt Milum, announced earlier on Sunday that he has the ‘Cats in his top-6 list of potential college choices.
— Wyatt Milum (@MilumWyatt) November 10, 2019
The 6-foot-6, 273-pound tackle is ranked as the 41st best prospect in the country, according to 247Sports, currently holds offers from elite-level programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, and Oregon. Milum is rated as the ninth-best offensive tackle in the nation and the second-best overall player in West Virginia.
Milum is also a highly-ranked baseball prospect as a left-handed pitcher and throws an 88 MPH fastball.
We’ll take any good news in the football department right now.
Check out his sophomore season highlights.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 10th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
The list of former Kentucky Wildcats dealing with minor injuries gets longer by the day. John Wall (WAS) and Darius Miller (NOP) have been ruled out for a while, dealing with long term injuries. However, there are now three members of the BBNBA that find themselves with injuries that don’t have concrete return dates. P.J. Washington (CHA) has been battling two separate minor injuries but isn’t expected to miss any time. Let’s talk about the three who are out.
Enes Kanter (BOS) – out since Oct. 23 with knee contusion
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter posted 12 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes during the team’s season-opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. However, he left the game at one point with a knee issue before returning and finishing the game against Joel Embiid.
Kanter took an awkward fall in that game, which led to the big man holding his knee and wincing in pain. Despite the fact that he would play out the rest of the game, Kanter has not since returned to the Celtics lineup. Boston has rattled off seven straight wins since Kanter’s injury.
At first, Kanter was expected to be back in the rotation sooner rather than later. This past Monday, one day before the Celtics took down the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kanter said the plan was for him to play against the Cavs, according to Mass Live. Obviously, he did not.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Thursday that Kanter was “improving” but that the training staff didn’t feel comfortable letting him play. The 27-year old dealt with a nagging shoulder injury during the Portland Trail Blazers playoff run last spring that hindered his ability on the court, although he did not miss one game.
So now the question is how hurt can Kanter actually be right now?
Backup big men Robert Williams and Daniel Theis have done a solid job in taking over for Kanter, especially on the defensive end, but neither is as talented on offense as Kanter. The recent injury to Gordon Hayward might make the Celtics more inclined to bring back Kanter, but they’ve been playing extremely well as of late with Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Jayson Tatum leading the way. It’s still early in the year, so there’s no need to rush Kanter back, especially if the team continues to pull out wins.
Rajon Rondo (LAL) – has not played this season
Rajon Rondo was hoping to make his season debut on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, but that date has since been pushed back, according to Chris Haynes.
Sources: Rondo was aiming for a return on Sunday, but he will instead partake in a workout session with a few bodies to ramp up his endurance. https://t.co/H37kFA9Cng
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 10, 2019
Rondo has been held out with a mild calf strain during the Los Angeles Lakers 7-1 record to start the year. Rondo underwent an MRI two weeks ago that revealed the strain.
The point guard came into the season with expectations that he would start right away. In his absence, the Lakers have rolled out weird guard lineups that typically slot LeBron James as the “point guard”. Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, and Alex Caruso have all split minutes as the lead guard. The hope is that Rondo’s return helps mitigate some of the ball-handling duties off of James.
Rondo should be ready to go any day now. He’s been working out in 5-on-5 drills and participating in practice. But I’ll be honest, the people I follow and trust on social media are not particularly looking forward to Rondo’s return. There are concerns that Rondo will take away minutes from the budding backcourt players of Cook and Caruso without being a positive impact player.
In 46 games for the Lakers last season, Rondo posted an on/off figure of minus-9.6 points per 100 possessions. He should be a perfect match with Anthony Davis in the pick-and-roll, but is only a reliable shooter when left wide-open and hasn’t been an average defender in a few seasons. His eventual return could have some major impacts.
Skal Labissiere (POR) – sprained ankle in previous game against Nets
Portland center Skal Labissiere recently sprained his ankle in a close loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The big man hurt his ankle after trying to block a shot early in the fourth quarter, but rolled it on the way down and did not return to the game.
Add Skal Labissiere to the Blazers injury report. He rolled his right ankle after defending a shot. He walked off but went straight to locker room. Type of roll that brought “ooohs” from crowd after seeing replay.
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) November 9, 2019
The Trail Blazers are already insanely thin in the frontcourt as Jusuf Nurkic has been out since March, Hassan Whiteside has been dealing with minor injuries, and Zach Collins was just told he will need surgery on his shoulder. Labissiere was filling in those minutes and playing decent basketball for the first time since he was in his second NBA season. Unfortunately, he could miss some time going forward. Luckily, his X-rays came back negative, but he doesn’t sound to be in good health at the moment.
“Walking around it hurts, but that’s part of it… It’s pretty painful… I should be back as soon as possible,” Labissiere said in the postgame interviews, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Blazers are already struggling with a 3-6 record and way too much reliance on star point guard Damian Lillard to put up unrealistic numbers (a recent 60-point outing from Lillard in a loss is all you need to know). Injuries are piling up for Portland, they need Labissiere back soon in a bad way.