Well, that was fun. Tonight, the Blue team beat the White team by a score →
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Karl Towns may have lost the Final Four battle to Frank Kaminsky, but he’s not going to let Frank the Tank win the war. Last night Towns had 15 points and 9 rebounds in only 15 minutes of play, abusing Kaminsky in the process. He started by going coast-to-coast.
Then he hit him with a floating AND 1. Kaminsky could not believe what just happened.
If only this put-back dunk was on Kaminsky.
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 3:25pm
We are just minutes away from the KSR Pregame Show. We got the whole gang is back together, coming to you LIVE from the Bluegrass RV Lot. There’s no better way to prepare for UK-Miss. State. All you have to do is turn your radio dial to 630 WLAP or LISTEN HERE.
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 3:00pm
Replacing Oscar Combs is no small task, a position only fit for a King. Luckily, JMI Sports found one.
After Oscar Combs spent more than 20 years providing pregame coverage of the Cats for the UK Radio Network, KSR has learned that he will be replaced by Rex Chapman. King Rex was a Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1986 and an All-American for UK in 1988 before being drafted 8th overall by the Charlotte Hornets. After a 12-year career in the league, Rex is returning home.
Adding Chapman to the UK pregame lineup is a fantastic move. He will be great on the air, but can he still do this?
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 2:30pm
Today the University of Kentucky will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Peach Bowl Championship. Fran Curci’s Cats blanked North Carolina 21-0, UK’s first bowl victory since Bear Bryant was on the sidelines for Kentucky’s 1952 Cotton Bowl.
The ’76 roster was loaded with names that will live forever in Wildcat lore — All-Americans Warren Bryant, Art Still and Derrick Ramsey. However, the heroes of the game were a few guys you may not have heard of before: linebacker Jim Kovach, linebacker Mike Martin and fullback Rod Stewart (not the singer).
The defense created havoc, holding North Carolina to only 108 yards of total offense. Rod Stewart spearheaded Kentucky’s rushing attack out of the wishbone, pounding out 104 yards on 19 carries and all three Wildcat touchdowns. Stewart’s three touchdowns are still tied for the most ever in a Peach Bowl.
Those highlights were great, but they don’t capture 70’s nostalgia quite like the video below.
By Eli Mitchell on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 2:00pm
KSR Preps Game of the Week
Lexington Christian Academy 42 Danville 4o
Danville took full control of this game early, scoring on a 2 yard rush by Don Harris on just the second play from scrimmage. Danville’s Jaleel Warren intercepted an LCA pass attempt and caught a touchdown pass from Dampier on the following play to give Danville its largest lead of the night 26-7.
Behind their workhorse Dillion Wheatley the Eagles went on to score 29 unanswered to take a 10 point lead with just under 5 minutes remaining. Danville scored a quick touchdown to pull within just 3 points with 4 minutes remaining and all 3 timeouts available.
Danville attempted an onside kick but was unsuccessful. Wheatley broke free on a 27 yard run touchdown run to seal a district championship for LCA. The junior running back could not be stopped in the second half, he finished the night with 249 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Brayden Miller played well under center for the Eagles completing 10 passes for 174 yards and 1 touchdown. Drayden Burton and Ryan Stucky lead LCA in receiving, with each eclipsing the 100 yard mark.
The Eagles out gained Danville 501-390 in total yards from scrimmage last night, especially on the ground where LCA produced 244 yards compared to just 80 for the Ads.
Friday night’s comeback win was LCA’s first victory over Danville in five years. LCA has secured home field in the playoffs until at least the third round.
Other Notable Scores
Scott County 73 Paul Laurence Dunbar 13
Brice Fryman ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns on just 6 carries in Scott County’s blowout win. Co0per Robb had back to back pick sixes for the Cardinals.
Paintsville 27 Raceland 21 OT
Kent Phelps ran for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep Paintsville’s undefeated season in tact. These two teams will likely meet again in the playoffs.
Male 27 Manual 14
Behind TJ Thomas’s three touchdown passes Male was able to hang on against longtime rival Dupont Manual. Thomas completed 22 of 31 passes for 330 yards with 175 of those yards going to star reciever B.K. Smith.
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 1:30pm
Football recruiting has not created the buzz that it used to. Instead of sharing excitement after Yahtzees!, most would prefer it if you just got off their lawn.
Let Danny Clark inject some excitement into your life.
The night before Clark committed to Kentucky, the quarterback jumped over a guy into the end zone and it wasn’t the best part of the play.
— Ryan (@Isley23) October 22, 2016
For more X’s and O’s on Clark, check out this scouting report from Jack Pilgrim.
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 11:50am
Two Ways to Stay Loose Before a Big Game
John Calipari said he tells his team two things before every big game:
1. “Let’s worry about us.”
2. “Let’s have more fun than any other team in the country.”
One word to Describe his Team
If you watched the Blue/White Game, you saw it last night. “We gotta play to their strengths so we better play fast.”
BBNBA by the Numbers
Calipari had to take the time to humblebrag while in front of the cameras. Here are a few numbers he dropped to Marcus Spears who’s still trying to get a scholarship because Cal “makes millionaires.”
- 75% of the players on scholarship get drafted.
- 75% of those players get a second contract.
- 3 players graduated in 3 years.
- 3.0 average GPA
Calipari the Quarterback
Marcus Spears couldn’t handle Coach Cal in this passing competition. Tebow was too scared to even try.
Calipari the QB pic.twitter.com/WnUROquIBz
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) October 22, 2016
By Sam Gormley on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 11:30am
|Week Eight Television Schedule|
|(All Times EST)|
|12:00||NC State at Louisville||ABC|
|12:00||Wisconsin at Iowa||ESPN|
|12:00||Massachusetts at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|3:30||Texas A&M at Alabama||CBS|
|3:30||TCU at West Virginia||ESPN2|
|3:30||Illinois at Michigan||BTN|
|4:00||Utah at UCLA||FOX|
|4:00||MTSU at Missouri||SEC Network|
|6:00||Arkansas at Auburn||ESPN|
|7:30||Mississippi State at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|7:30||Tennessee State at Vanderbilt||ESPNU|
|8:00||Ohio State at Penn State||ABC|
|8:00||Oklahoma at Texas Tech||FOX|
|9:00||Ole Miss at LSU||ESPN|
|10:00||Washington State at Arizona State||Pac12 Network|
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 11:00am
Before starting his gameday ritual, Mark Stoops stopped by the SEC Nation set near the William T. Young library to talk about his Cats for a segment.
The SEC Network analysts asked the same question that we’ve been asking over the last month: how has Stoops turned things around after a tough less to start the season?
“The players didn’t flinch. They put their head down and went to work,” Stoops said.
“I knew very quickly that some things were easy fixes,” but Stoops wanted to see how his team responded to adversity. He asked his players: “Are you gonna cave or are you gonna go back to work?”
So far, it’s worked. Tonight will tell how well it’s worked when the Cats take on the Dogs under the lights.
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 10:00am
Mark Stoops has coached in quite a few big games. After falling short in prime-time matchups against Florida, Auburn and Tennessee, Stoops could put the Cats on a fast-track to postseason play with a win under the lights against Mississippi State, but he needs your help. With a high of 59-degrees, it’s perfect football weather, giving you no excuses to miss this important game. Here’s how the day will go down:
1) SEC Nation at Willy T.
Right at this moment, SEC Nation’s LIVE broadcast is beginning from outside the William T. Young library. On a beautiful, brisk morning, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t already be on campus. Maria Taylor, Paul Finebaum, Tim Tebow and The Big Swagu will be on-air from 10-Noon. If you see Jack Pilgrim in the audience, say Hi and you might end up on KSR.
2) Today’s Itinerary
Things are just getting started on a busy day in Lexington. Here’s a taste of what’s happening and when:
- 11:30-6:40 — $1 Shuttle service from Commonwealth to Keeneland at University and Cooper
- 1:05 — First Post at Keeneland
- 3:30 — The KSR Pregame Show begins at the Bluegrass RV Lot
- 5:15 — The Cat Walk
- 5:30 — The Bobby Perry Band takes the Gate 12 Plaza Stage
- 5:30 — Countdown to Kickoff goes LIVE with Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas
- 7:30 — Kickoff on the SEC Network with Mark Jones and Rod Gilmore
Wear your gray; UK will keep the Commonwealth’s lights on with these
coal anthracite uniforms tonight.
3) Snapping the Streak vs. Dan Mullen
Dating back to Dan Mullen’s time as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida, Mullen has defeated UK in 11 consecutive games. His streak against Kentucky is starting to creep into the Spurrier range. Until Dak Prescott arrived, the games were always close, but the only victory was the 08 team’s revenge for the devastating 2007 loss at Commonwealth Stadium. If there was ever a time to snap the streak, it’s against this 2-4 team that just came off a double overtime loss in the mountains of Utah.
4) Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Peach Bowl Champs
At halftime UK will honor the last football team to win an SEC Championship: Fran Curci’s 1976 Peach Bowl Champions. After struggling early in the season against three Top 20 opponents, they defeated Penn State and Florida at Commonwealth Stadium before ending their season with a win over Tennessee in Knoxville, something only one team has done since. Their 21-0 win over North Carolina was an impressive, monumental victory, one that I will closely examine later today.
5) They aren’t the only Former Cats being Honored
Commonwealth Stadium will also host the 2006 SEC baseball champion Kentucky Wildcats and the track and field athletes that represented UK in Rio. The list of athletes is larger than you’d think: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico), Leah Nugent (Jamaica), Rondel Sorrillo (Trinidad & Tobago), Mikel Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago) and Luis Orta (Venezuela), will be recognized during the game.
6) A Successful Blue-White Game
The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats showed off their skills in front of a record Blue/White game crowd. For those that missed it, allow this 5:30 highlight to fill you in on transition buckets, a pleasantly surprising performance from Sacha Killeya-Jones and an absurd Malik Monk dunk.
7) Malik Monk Dunks
I could not limit myself to sharing just one impressive Malik Monk highlight.
Kentucky freshman Malik Monk 🔋 pic.twitter.com/Ck3gI1BVmq
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) October 22, 2016
8) High School Scores
This week’s high school football schedule wasn’t the best. The penultimate week of the regular season might as well be called “best teams in the district pound away at the worse teams.” Next week will be better when Eli Mitchell heads to the mountains for Belfry/Johnson Central, but we still managed to find a few highlights from last night.
- LCA 42, Danville 40
- Male 21, Manual 14
- Russell County 42, Clay County 38
- Central Hardin 40, North Hardin 14
- Madison Southern 28, Anderson County 21
- Trinity 55, Ballard 0
- Johnson Central 43, Ashland Blazer 6
- Lafayette 50, Tates Creek 28
- Newport Central Catholic 56, Newport 14
9) UK Volleyball Extends Its Winning Streak
The Kentucky volleyball team extended their win streak to 13 last night at Memorial Coliseum with a win in three sets over South Carolina. Craig Skinner’s club hasn’t lost since falling to Marquette on September 9. They’ll face Missouri Sunday in a matchup between the last two SEC teams without a loss in conference play.
By no means am I a baseball guy. That’s just not our cup of tea at KSR. However, there’s big things popping in the baseball world near and far.
The Kentucky Board of Trustees approved nearly $50 million for a new stadium off Alumni Drive and it looks glorious. It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
In even crazier news, I’m typing a sentence I never thought I would type: the Cubs are one win away from the World Series. Clayton Curseshaw is on the mound for the Dodgers tonight, but with a 3-2 lead and home field advantage, if the Cubs can’t make their first Series since 1945 then the curse is a very real thing.
11) Watch Matt on the Paul Finebaum Show
Hearing Paul and Matt throw jabs at Pitino will make your day.
12) Today’s College Football Schedule and Scoreboard
By Nick Roush on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 9:44am
KSR heard good things about Danny Clark’s status earlier this week. Vince Marrow let out a little tease this morning, but the 18th-ranked QB in the class of 2017 couldn’t wait much longer.
Got a good feelin today BBN. Gonna be rollin some dice.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) October 22, 2016
— 6 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 22, 2016
The left-handed pocket passer from Columbus, Oh. wasted little time after removing his Ohio State pledge. He decommitted on September 27, he visited UK on October 8 and today he committed to UK in Lexington.
You’ll like what you see when you watch his highlights.
By Sam Gormley on ©October 22nd, 2016 @ 8:30am
UMass at South Carolina
Why UMass will win: UMass will be playing its’ third game against an SEC opponent this year. Earlier this season, they were beaten by Florida and Mississippi State. The Minutemen have struggled at times this season on offense. The struggle starts with them committing 14 turnovers, 9 of them being interceptions. This will not be able to happen, especially against a good South Carolina defense. UMass will need to hand the ball off to running back Marquis Young and try and slow the game down.
Why South Carolina will win: Although the South Carolina offense is not great, the UMass defense may make them look great. Perry Orth should have a big game for the Gamecocks against that UMass defense. Orth will need to find a way to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers: Hayden Hurst and AJ Turner. The Gamecocks are also relieved to have receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards back from injury.
Gorm’s Guess: South Carolina 31 UMass 13: The Gamecock offense has yet to truly prove anything this season and that will keep this game closer than it needs to be.
Texas A&M at Alabama
Why Texas A&M will win: The key to the Texas A&M offense is Alabama’s strength on defense. Running the football is going to play a huge factor in who wins the game. The Aggies’ tandem of quarterback Trevor Knight and running back Rawleigh Williams have combined for 1206 yards and the ground and 14 touchdowns. Knight is going to have to have a big game through the air. Alabama is going to find ways to stop the Texas A&M rushing attack, but if Knight can make plays through the air, the Aggies could steal this in Tuscaloosa.
Why Alabama will win: The first 7 weeks of the season have proven to be all Alabama. The Crimson Tide have only been truly tested in one game this season and have dominated every other one. Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts is playing his name into some Heisman talks. The Texas native, Hurts, grew up about 100 miles away from Texas A&M. He has passed for 1385 yards and 9 touchdowns, while also adding 428 more yards on the ground. Defensively, Alabama has been excellent in stopping the run and they will have to do that to win. If they can slow down the A&M rushing attack, this could turn in to a repeat of last week for the Crimson Tide.
Gorm’s Guess: Alabama 37 Texas A&M 24: This is going to be a great football game. I truly do expect Alabama to win, but wouldn’t be surprised if they won by 1 or 21.
Middle Tennessee at Missouri
Why MTSU will win: MTSU lost a heartbreaker last weekend to WKU in 2OT. The offense runs through quarterback Brent Stockstill, running back I’Tavius Mathers and wide receiver Richie James. Stockstill finds creative ways to get the ball into both of their hands. Mathers, an Ole Miss transfer, is third in C-USA with 725 rushing yards and first with 10 touchdowns. James is seventh in the nation with 776 receiving yards. Defensively, the Blue Raiders are not very good, they have given up 30 points 3 times this season, including giving up 47 points to Vanderbilt.
Why Missouri will win: Missouri has taken MASSIVE steps back in the past few weeks. If they do not have a better game, they will lose this week. MTSU is no walk in the park. The Missouri offense has disappeared and their talented defense from a year ago is nowhere to be found. Drew Lock must have a big game. The defense has to find ways to stop Mathers and James. If they don’t, they will lose and what looked to be a possible bowl game will get A LOT harder.
Gorm’s Guess: Missouri 31 MTSU 24: This game will make or break the season for Missouri. Their defense has to come to play if they want to win.
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt
Why Tennessee State will win: Tennessee State is playing their first FBS team of the year as they bring their 5-1 record to Vanderbilt. The two campuses are less than 3 miles apart in what will be Tennessee State’s biggest game of the year. The Tigers have a balanced offense. Quarterback Ronald Butler has passed for 825 yards and added 158 on the ground. His favorite targets are Patrick Smith and Steven Newbold who have combined for 940 yards and 9 touchdowns. These two will test a good Vanderbilt defense.
Why Vanderbilt will win: Vanderbilt is coming off their biggest win in the Derek Mason era, a 17-16 win in Athens. The Commodore defense stepped up in a BIG way shutting down the Georgia rushing attack. The secondary has had some question marks, but Tennessee State has only two receivers with over 100 yards. The Tigers struggled to stop EKU last week, especially on the ground. Ralph Webb should have a MASSIVE game this week.
Gorm’s Guess: Vanderbilt 35 Tennessee State 10: This is an interesting game. Tennessee State seems to be a decent FCS opponent, but the ‘Dores are just too good on defense for there to be an upset chance here.
Ole Miss at LSU
Why Ole Miss will win: The Rebels have lost their 3 games by a combined 20 points to 3 ranked opponents. Chad Kelly highlights this team. He has passed for 1849 yards and 14 touchdowns, while adding 213 more on the ground. He will get the ball into the hands of Evan Engram, who is his leading target with 590 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Defense is the big question heading into this game for Ole Miss. The Rebels rank 106th in the nation in total defense and are facing an LSU team that appears to be finding their stride.
Why LSU will win: The Tigers offense has EXPLODED in the two games under Ed Orgeron. The Ole Miss defense ranks last in the SEC and has looked terrible this season. Leonard Fournette will start after missing his third game of the season last week. Not having Fournette did not seem to have any effect on the Tigers as Derrius Guice stepped in and has rushed for 564 yards this season. Danny Etling has taken over the starting quarterback job and played extremely well. He has 925 passing yards and 6 touchdowns.
Gorm’s Guess: LSU 34 Ole Miss 27: The Ole Miss defense will struggle against the LSU rushing attack. That and the fact the game is in Baton Rouge will play to a big win for LSU.
Arkansas at Auburn
Why Arkansas will win: Austin Allen leads the SEC with 1861 passing yards and Rawleigh Williams leads the SEC in rushing with 785 yards on the ground. The Razorbacks offense is tough and playing really well right now. Their matchup with Auburn is interesting. The Tigers have a good defense, but are rather one-dimensional on offense. The Razorbacks will need to keep the Allen-Williams train rolling to win a big road win.
Why Auburn will win: Auburn is going to run the ball right at you. Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway are two of the better running backs in the SEC. Johnson has 538 yards and Pettway has 505 yards with the two combining for 10 touchdowns. When they aren’t running the ball, quarterback Sean White can get the ball into the air and make plays happen. This seems to be a decent matchup for Auburn. Arkansas’ defense isn’t great and Auburn’s is.
Gorm’s Guess: Auburn 24 Arkansas 23: This is an intriguing matchup. Both teams have a lot to prove with a win, but if Auburn wins, they could play their name into SEC Championship talk.
Other Games of Note
NC State at Louisville
Why NC State will win: Kyle Bambard missed three field goals and NC State fell to Clemson in overtime. If Bambard made one of his three, NC State would have had one of the bigger upsets of the year. Ryan Finley leads the way for the Wolfpack with 1272 yards and 9 touchdowns. Matthew Dayes also adds to the Wolfpack’s offensive attack with 669 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns. Defensively will definitely be a challenge for the second week in a row, but as Duke showed last week, Lamar Jackson can be at least slowed down.
Why Louisville will win: Lamar Jackson continues to lead the Heisman conversation. His stats are impressive. Jackson has 1806 yards through the air and 832 yards on the ground for 30 combined touchdowns. Jackson’s 30 touchdown is more than half of the rest of the NCAA. When Jackson doesn’t have the ball in his hands, Brandon Radcliffe has added 534 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Gorm’s Guess: Louisville 45 NC State 24: I think NC State’s upset magic was used up last week against Clemson. Louisville will be ready for the Wolfpack.
TCU at West Virginia
Why TCU will win: Kenny Hill is 5th in the nation with 2142 passing yards. Hill and the TCU offense are extremely powerful and will find ways to score. Hill has one of the better running backs in the BIG 12 in Kyle Hicks and a talented wide receiver in Taj Williams. Defense has been the question all year for TCU as they can score a lot of points, but can’t stop anyone. They will have a massive challenge trying to stop a very well balanced West Virginia offense.
Why West Virginia will win: The Mountaineers have quietly been one of the NCAA’s better teams. Styler Howard has 1590 yards through the air and 8 touchdowns. He get to hand the ball off to a good tandem of running backs in Justin Crawford and Rushel Shell. The two have combined for 721 yards on the ground and 8 touchdowns. Defensively, the Mountaineers will have a challenge in slowing down Kenny Hill, but definitely have the team to do it.
Gorm’s Guess: West Virginia 31 TCU 21: I expect West Virginia to shut down the TCU offense. The Mountaineers are a really good football team and will finally get their chance to prove it to everybody on the national stage.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 21st, 2016 @ 11:00pm
Well, that was fun. Tonight, the Blue team beat the White team by a score of 110-94, but I think we can agree that we’re all winners after that spectacular showing of basketball at Rupp Arena. Under Rupp’s new bright lights, the Cats shined, with Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk scoring a combined 96 points. Folks, we are good.
Let’s break it down before we move on to football tomorrow.
1. These were the starting lineups
|De’Aaron Fox||Isaiah Briscoe|
|Malik Monk||Mychal Mulder|
|Dominique Hawkins||Brad Calipari|
|Wenyen Gabriel||Derek Willis|
|Bam Adebayo||Sacha Killeya-Jones|
The teams changed throughout the game, especially after Bam and Sacha had to go to the locker room with minor face injuries. Neither Isaac Humprhies nor Tai Wynayrd played due to injury.
2. Malik Monk is a highlight reel
We all knew Monk was good, but tonight, he gave the crowd a glimpse of his genius, throwing down several dunks, most notably this stunner in the second half:
One more time from the Rupp Arena scoreboard:
Shew. Please, Malik, don’t hurt ’em.
3. De’Aaron Fox is FAST
Fox finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and sure looked good running the Blue team. Monk’s dunks may have stolen the show, but Fox showed off his trademark speed on this play towards the end of the first half:
De’Aaron. Fox. Yowza. pic.twitter.com/9BdqkQ4Wxr
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 21, 2016
We don’t make those John Wall comparisons for no reason, guys.
4. Isaiah Briscoe was the leading scorer
Who would have predicted that? Briscoe finished with 39 points off 14-30 shooting and 10 assists. In ways, he was the Briscoe of old, bullying to the basket and catching opponents off guard, but he also displayed a new maturity, coaching his teammates on both sides of the ball. We all know how good Calipari’s teams can be with talented freshmen, but we know how great they can be with veterans to lead. It’s hard to tell from an intramural scrimmage, but Briscoe looked like a leader tonight. The improved shooting didn’t hurt, either.
5. Bam had to leave the first half with an eye injury
Bam disappeared in the first half after taking a shot to the face and reappeared in the second half with a large bandage under his eye. Even a blow to the face didn’t stop the big man from doing his thing. He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes, and on a few of those plays, looked like he was trying to bring down the rim in Rupp.
6. Dominique Hawkins finished in double figures as well
Dom had 22 points off 7-9 shooting, and looks like he’s ready to pick up where he left off before getting injured last season. Fellow senior Derek Willis did okay, finishing with 13 points off 4-9 from the floor, including 2-5 from behind the arc. Those might not be glamorous numbers, but those two will be crucial for this team to succeed.
7. Sacha Killeya-Jones had approximately 400 fouls
I had to laugh when, at one point in the first half, Sacha Killeya-Jones had 8 points AND 8 fouls. The scorekeepers at Rupp eventually adjusted SKJ’s foul total in his favor, but I’m pretty sure he finished in double digits in fouls to go along with his 15 points, and that’s taking into account the fact that he didn’t play most of the second half after taking a hit to the face. Coming in, we knew Sacha be a project, but I was pleased with how he cleaned up around the rim.
8. Mychal Mulder has hops
Before the game, I asked Drew Franklin for one bold prediction, and he said that Mychal Mulder, would steal the show. At the time, I wrote that off as Drew being loyal to his cousin, Mulder’s former JuCo coach, but man, Mulder looked good tonight. He finished with 18 points, off both jumpers AND drives to the basket. He’ll be behind Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins on the bench, but it was good to see Mulder’s confidence tonight.
“You see a more confident player this year,” Calipari said of Mulder afterwards.
9. The new scoreboard is awesome, but…
All eyes were on the magnificent new scoreboard at Rupp Arena tonight, and while it was great to have a huge display for the many highlights we saw, I think we can add a little variety to the show. I love the Smile Cam, but can we throw in a Kiss Cam or a Simba Cam or a Oblivious Cam (where they focus on people paying no attention to the scoreboard)? The new board is pretty, but let’s shake it up, Rupp.
10. Tonight was the quietest Calipari has been during a Blue/White game
Usually, Calipari is barking at his team throughout the scrimmage, but tonight, he was happy just roving the sidelines and spectating. This is as quiet as I’ve seen him during a Blue/White game in several years, but I have a feeling when he gets home, he’ll do this in the living room:
As will I.