John Calipari to visit five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler

Good afternoon, Big Blue Nation.

We are now a whole day removed from the miserable game we watched on Saturday. For my sake and yours, I will not talk about it.

Here’s some good news: Today, John Calipari is meeting with five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler.

Chandler is in the class of 2021 and currently attends Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Chandler has offers from Tennessee, Kansas, Memphis, Arizona, and a host of other schools.

The five-star guard currently doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky, so don’t be surprised if the end result of this visit is an offer.

He is currently the 19th ranked prospect in the class of 2021 and the second-ranked PG, according to 24/7 Sports.

Here are some highlights of the Memphis Star:

South Carolina defeats Kentucky 24-7

I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to say, and I am truly at a loss for words.

We all saw it. Kentucky got ran over by South Carolina tonight, 24-7.

Sawyer Smith

After hearing that Sawyer Smith was a “little banged up” and they were going to do the “best they could” with the situation I was scared. Then, he threw another interception and off they went.

Smith was an atrocious 11/32 for 90 yards and an INT.

Yeah, Smith was banged up, which makes him the easy scapegoat. Stoops did say after the game that they should’ve gone to Lynn Bowden sooner. I concur.

“Rough day offensively. Sawyer is giving everything he can. He’s banged up. He’s banged up. We don’t need to make excuses – there are no excuses. Maybe should have went to Lynn (Bowden) maybe earlier. Everyone is going to ask that.”

Smith injured his wrist and shoulder against Florida.

There were a lot of inaccurate throws, which I think were caused by his injury, and lots of miscommunication on throws.

What happened to the running game?

Earlier in the week, Stoops made it sound like they threw the ball 40x just to shut the fans up. This made me think we would see A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke in the run game more. That wasn’t the case at all.

Five Kentucky rushers totaled for 115 yards. Rose saw the most carries, with ten for 33 yards. Chris Rodriguez, who we hadn’t seen since his fumble against Toldeo, had six carries for 65 yards and the lone touchdown for Kentucky.

Kavosiey Smoke sat out the second half with an illness.

In all of this, I wonder why Stoops and Gran didn’t run the ball more. Helen Keller could’ve told you the passing game wasn’t working.

Did the defense show up?

Tackling, missed assignments, tackling, blown coverages, tackling, no effort, tackling. Did I say tackling?

The defense allowed 387 total yards of offense tonight.

TACKLING!

Should we let Lynn Bowden try QB?

If we’re talking about somehow salvaging the season, I think you try this. Yeah, I know Sawyer Smith will get healthy, but trying both wouldn’t hurt.

He’s a threat back there. Get a little crazy, and make losses like these more exciting. Please!

Did Benny, Josh, and Terry really cover all of this up?

We have seen the bad play calling, disorganization, lack of effort, etc. from Stoops’ teams in the past. But, we didn’t see it last year a lot.

That all leads me to believe that Josh Allen, Benny Snell, and Terry Wilson covered up all of the problems that are once again rearing their ugly heads. No, I do not think Stoops needs to go, but we cannot act like he doesn’t have problems of his own. The issues we have seen this season are nothing new. It’s his sixth year and these things haven’t been fixed.

Max Duffy is one hell of a punter

The most entertaining part of the game tonight, other than the touchdown, was Max Duffy’s excellent punting.

The Aussie had nine punts for 460 yards. That’s over 4.5 football fields.

Punting nine times, though? No thanks.

I wish I had an Australian accent.

Where do we go from here?

A 24-7 loss to a 1-3 team is just flat out terrible. South Carolina isn’t good at all and Kentucky looked like they didn’t even belong on the same field as the Gamecocks.

Well, the Cats are now 2-3. Not good. But, they have a bye-week coming up, which means a chance to get healthy and fix things.

Will Sawyer heal up before Arkansas?

“I hope so. I hope so. I don’t know. He definitely will not throw for a solid week. But I’m no doctor, so I shouldn’t pretend to be. I do what they tell me to do.”

So, if Sawyer is that banged up, then why didn’t you go to Walker Wood or Lynn Bowden sooner?

Stoops said they still have confidence in Walker, but he’s gone through a lot of injuries himself.

But, tonight was the make-or-break game. If you won tonight, 8-9 wins was a real possibility. But that’s pretty much out the window now.

What’s realistic you ask? Just make a damn bowl.

The Cats will return to Kroger Field on October 12th to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Big Blue Madness is right around the corner folks!

Goodnight and go Cats.

The Last Time South Carolina Beat Kentucky in Football…

In his first season as head coach, Mark Stoops and Company lost their first game against South Carolina in Columbia back in 2013, and they haven’t looked back since.

Following that loss, Kentucky has practically owned the Gamecocks and are riding a five-game win streak in the series.

The Wildcats and Gamecocks are both “limping” into Saturday’s game and each team needs a win to revamp their season.

Before kickoff, lets take a look at how different the world was the last time that the Cats lost to South Carolina.

  • Barrack Obama was still president
  • The iPhone 5s had just released
  • South Carolina had beaten Clemson for the fifth straight season
  • The College Football Playoff did not exist
  • Orlando Antigua was still an assistant coach at UK
  • Super Bowl 47 “Blackout”
  • Miley Cyrus “twerked” and N’Sync reunited during the MTV Video Music Awards
  • Louisville still had three national titles in basketball
  • LeBron James was on the Miami Heat
  • Bruce Jenner was still a man

To say the least, the world was a much different place. Let’s hope that streak grows on Saturday night!

ESPN Reporter Defends Calipari and Kentucky amid College Basketball Scandal

Since Calipari arrived at Kentucky in 2009, Kentucky has more wins, tournament wins, and final four appearances than any other program in the country.

Success will always draw opposers and in that same span, opposing fanbases and several national media members have tried to tear down the success and claim that Kentucky and Cal are cheating.

During the corruption that has rocked college basketball the last year and a half, Kentucky has not received one notice of allegations, while North Carolina (academic), Kansas, Louisville, and Arizona among others have undoubtable evidence against them.

Today, ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Myron Medcalf, stood up for the Big Blue Nation.

It is nice to see someone in the national media stand up for Calipari and Kentucky, rather than some like *cough* Pat Forde *cough*.

Former UK Football Star Plays “Possum” and Makes THE Play on Monday Night Football

Nearly a decade ago, linebacker, Danny Trevathan was in Kentucky blue and led the SEC with 144 tackles in route to a First-Team SEC selection.

Trevethan went onto the NFL and has been considered one of the most solid linebackers in the league, in addition to winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos in his eight seasons.

On Monday Night Football, Trevethan showed his skills with a new pass rush “technique” and forced the fumble to seal the game.

Trevethan finished the game with 8 tackles, an assist, and a sack.

All I can say is thank God I was not a Redskins quarterback on Monday night.

Can This REALLY Be Cal’s Best Shooting Team?

Really? Really?

Over the last few seasons, it has been said repetitively by Calipari that, “this is the best shooting team I have had here”. With that being said, it hasn’t quite translated to anywhere besides the Joe Craft Center.

Cal’s two best shooting teams and only teams to rank in the top 50 nationally were the 2010-11 team that featured Brandon Knight (39.7% 3P) and the 2011-2012 title team (37.8%).

In addition to great shooting, what do these teams have in common? Winning, as each went to a Final Four including one national title.

In the years since those teams, shooting has become more and more valuable and practically being a required skill to anyone other than freak athletes.

Fear no more, this team has the potential to be a 36-37% long-range shooting team and this is in large part to the lack of frontcourt depth, which will cause Calipari to adjust and play in a more modern way than we have been accustomed to.

In a press conference on Monday, Calipari went through player by player to discuss their shooting capabilities.

I like the fact that Immanuel (Quickley) is shooting it way better. Tyrese (Maxey) can really shoot the ball. Johnny (Juzang) can really shoot the ball.

The other wings we have, Keion (Brooks Jr.) and Kahlil (Whitney) can shoot it. Not as good as those guys (Quickley, Maxey and Juzang), but they shoot it.

When asked about the comparison of Tyrese Maxey to former UK star De’Aaron Fox, Caliari went on to say that Fox was faster, but Maxey shoots better.

Calipari also noted Ashton Hagans’ improved shooting. “Now it becomes, is he spending enough time in the gym that he’s comfortable shooting the ball?” the UK coach said.

With shooting being such a required skill in today’s style of play, and even if still needs to be seen to be believed, it is promising to hear Cal compliment this year’s squad on their shooting.

One thing to keep in mind, the college three-point line was extended from 20 feet, 9 inches to 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

Even With Terry Wilson Out, Positivity is Surrounding Lexington

This weekend the Kentucky football team will take on the No. 9 Florida Gators at Kroger Field.

After last year’s victory over Florida in Gainesville and a 10-win season, Coach Stoops and company confirmed this is no longer the Kentucky Football of the past, and the Cats are ready to compete with Florida and Georgia in the SEC East.

Now without Terry Wilson, beating Florida and starting a streak of our own seems a little more daunting but it can be done and there is a buzz in Lexington and some big news

Xavier Peters Has Been CLEARED To Play

The NCAA has a heart and has made the right decision as they cleared linebacker, Xavier Peters.

Peters, a former high school All-American, transferred from Florida State in the Spring in an effort to be closer to his family and his one-year-old son in Cincinnati.

With so much depth at the linebacker position, Peters is unlikely to start until he is able to get his game feet under him. With that being said, Peters definitely has the talent and potential to make an impact this season.

Two More UK Basketball Commitments this Week?

The fall recruiting period just began on Monday and the Cats are poised to get two more commitments to add to next year’s class, which could be one of Cal’s best at UK.

Lance Ware, a four-star recruit, is described as a “finesse forward”. After being visited on Tuesday, Ware is set to make a decision this Thursday. All signs are pointing towards the Cats.

Terrence Clark, a top-five recruit in the 2021 class, is widely expected to reclassify to the 2020 class barring any academic hurdles. At 6-7, Clark is an elite athlete with elite scoring ability.

Clark is set to announce his college decision on Thursday, and his Crystal Ball is currently 100% Kentucky. If Clark does commit to Kentucky, he will the highest-ranked commit since Skal Labissiere in 2016.

As Lynn Bowden says, lets have a fun weekend and “come see about it”.

John Calipari, the Next UK Quarterback?

Football returned to the bluegrass and it is as good as time as any to bring back this video of Swaggy Cal, and to remind Coach Stoops and Company that they have another quarterback on campus.

With that accuracy, Cal could give Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawerence a run for the Heisman.

In all reality, Coach Cal was a solid athlete once upon a time and played D-1 basketball at UNC Willmington, but it looks like being a college basketball coach has more than worked out for him.

#CAL4HEISMAN