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August 17th, 2018

KSR is at the Kentucky State Fair (Friday Show Thread)


Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Tune in to hear the gang discuss the latest in UK sports and beyond.

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Today on KSR: High School Football begins

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:

Reminder: Rupp Arena Surplus Auction is tomorrow

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.

August 16th, 2018

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If Duke is #1 in November…….

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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.

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The cutest.

UK not included in Jalen Lecque’s list of seven

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike, 247Sports

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.

Hey Kentucky! Matt Jones’ thoughts on Gov. Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin has a good economic record so why does he have such a low approval rating? On Hey Kentucky! Matt Jones has a theory- Matt Bevin is his own worst enemy.