Nate Sestina Has a Message for the BBN

Kentucky basketball finally got its whole squad back last week for the first time in a month. But, that was short lived.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Nate Sestina broke his left hand/wrist in a layup at the end of practice, and was going to miss approximately four weeks.

The roster was already thin, especially at the four and five spot, but with Sestina out, it gets even thinner.

The good news is that Sestina could be back as soon as the Louisville game, which is December 28.

The Cats will be without him for some big games. Tonight, they play their first game without him against UAB.

Sestina has a message for the BBN:

“I’ll be back soon.”

Kentucky and UAB are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. EST on the SECNetwork.

Could the No. 1 team in the country be playing in Rupp Arena on December 28?

I honestly thought there was no way possible that Stephen F. Austin could pull off the upset we saw last night, but they did it somehow.

Three different teams have been No. 1 in the country and all have been beaten.

Two of those upsets being historic and we are still in November.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

As much as I want to gloat over Duke’s loss, I really can’t knowing that Kentucky just lost to a worse team just a few weeks ago…BUT DUKE GOT BEAT SO AMERICA WINS!!

With that, things get kinda interesting.

Louisville is currently the No. 2 ranked team in the country and with the Blue Devils going down last night, the Cards will be the new No. 1 barring anything unforeseen.

Louisville will have challenges however as they play Michigan and Texas Tech in the span of a week. But, it’s not crazy to think that the Cardinals could walk into Rupp Arena on December 28 as the nations best team.

Can you imagine how crazy that game would be? Talk about a very hard ticket to get.

I am really nervous about the football game this weekend and neither team is ranked. I honestly don’t know if I could handle Louisville coming to Lexington as the best team in the country.

L’s down baby.

NBA Cats are Absolutely Killing it from Three this Season

John Calipari loves his dribble-drive offense, but consistently the biggest knock on his teams is their inability to shoot from the perimeter.

However, there are some former Cats in the NBA dispelling that notion.

  • PJ Washington: 1.4 3PM-3.0 3PA; 46.3% 3P
  • Karl Anthony Towns: 4.9 3PM-9.0 3PA; 44.4% 3P
  • Devin Booker: 2.3 3PM-5.3 3PA; 42.9% 3P
  • Shai Gilegous-Alexander: 1.6 3PM-3.9 3PA; 40.3% 3P
  • Patrick Patterson: 1.3 3PM-3.2 3PA; 39.6% 3P
  • Kevin Knox: 1.4 3PM-3.5 3PA: 38.3% 3P
  • Tyler Herro: 2.0 3PM-5.3 3PA 38.0% 3P

Based on game averages, NBA Stats

Since its inaugural event in the 1986 season, the NBA three-point Contest has featured three former Cats and one winner (Kyle Macy 85′, Antonie Walker 03′, and Devin Booker 16′, 18′ (winner), & 19′).

Could we add a few more to that list this season?

Where Was Kash Daniel in the Second Half?

Saturday night, Kentucky football became bowl eligible for the fourth year in a row under Mark Stoops in a 50-7 thumping of UT Martin.

The starters got their minutes in the first half and we also saw some potential stars in the second half, giving us fans a little glimpse at what is to come in the future.

However, there was one player that did not exit the tunnel for the second half of play. That player being senior linebacker Kash Daniel.

The radio broadcast called it a “non-medical” issue and Stoops did not address it, leaving the fanbase to speculate.

Kash did reveal on a call with Kentucky Sports Radio on Friday that he has suffered two concussions this season.

The Kentucky native did have a controversial play in the Florida game at the beginning of the season where he appeared to intentionally twist quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle. Daniel was suspended for the first half of the Mississippi State game the following Saturday.

This is an odd occurrence, especially with Senior Day coming this week.

Five Takeaways from Kentucky’s 82-62 win over Mt. Saint Mary’s

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?

After three depressing, sloppy, aggravating games, Kentucky finally looked good and got a comfortable win over Mt. Saint Mary’s, 82-62.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Immanuel Quickley and EJ Montgomery played

Two veterans with two mysterious injuries saw the court tonight.

We didn’t see Immanuel Quickley on Monday night due to a chest injury and we hadn’t seen EJ Montgomery since the Garden due to an ankle injury. No one really knew the extent of the injuries, but tonight they saw the court and both had really good games.

Hagans had 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and was an efficient 5/8 from the field. Montgomery had seven points and six rebounds.

Assists

The offense has not looked great, to say the least, this season. Tonight, the Cats played good team ball and recorded 20 total assists. By far the most for the Cats this season.

Kentucky totaled only 17 assists in the last two games.

Nick Richards

Junior Nick Richards had another great games tonight. Richards recorded 19 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.

Could you imagine if EJ joined Nick in producing these stat lines?

Riley Welch’s crossover is nasty

You would’ve had to watch until the very end to see it and it’s not on Twitter, but Riley Welch has a nice crossover. He didn’t finish it, but he definitely got Rupp on its feet…something that has been a rarity this year.

A solid win

It feels like an eternity since the Cats got a comfortable, blowout victory, but we finally got one tonight. They still got a lot of work to do, but tonight was a nice step in the right direction.

With this win, the Cats move to 4-1 overall and have Lamar coming up on Sunday night. That game is scheduled to tip around 6 p.m. EST on the SECNetwork.

Get Ready For a Full Weekend of UK Sports

Is there a such thing as a Kentucky sports overload?

The correct answer is no.

This weekend, we have a full slate of games featuring our University of Kentucky Wildcats.

  • Tonight, the Kentucky men’s basketball team looks to move to 4-1 as they take on Mt. Saint Mary’s in their second game of the BBN Showcase. The game is scheduled to tip around 7 p.m. EST on the SECNetwork.
  • On Saturday, Kentucky football looks to move to 6-5 and become bowl eligible for the fourth straight year against UT Martin. The game is scheduled to kickoff around 3:30 p.m. EST on the SECNetwork,
  • On Sunday, Kentucky men’s basketball takes the floor at Rupp Arena once again to face Lamar in their third game of the BBN Showcase. The game is set to tip around 6 p.m. EST on the SECNetwork.

It’s a great weekend if you’re a Kentucky sports fan, so get out and support our Cats.

John Calipari Tests His Survival Skills

John Calipari is unapologetically himself, and the BBN loves him for that, and that includes his fascination with the TV show, Alaska: The Last Frontier.

In recent years, Cal has talked about his love for the show and given them plenty of free publicity. Including, last March when Cal said he could live off the grid “easily”.

In response to the tweet, the survivalists from the show decided to tests Calipari’s survival skills, with the help of Ellen of course!

You can catch that video here!

Calipari also received a gift almost as big as his personality, a BIG King Salmon.

Gotta love Coach Cal, hopefully, he can put those survival skills to use in March later this year!

Is Auburn Transfer, QB Joey Gatewood, the Missing Piece for UK Football?

This season, Kentucky has lost nearly every real and capable quarterback option they had coming into the season.

With Terry Wilson returning and four-star, Kentucky native, Beau Allen coming in, that’s going to change quickly next season.

That’s not even mentioning a BIG TIME potential transfer, QB Joey Gatewood.

Gatewood was a four-star and No. 49 overall recruit in the 2018 class, holding offers from virtually every major program in the country before committing to Auburn.

Could he be the missing piece to taking UK Football to the next level? Coach Stoops and Company seem to believe so, as Gatewood posted this on his Instagram story.

The 6-5, 230 pound, quarterback was initially compared to Cam Newton due to his size and even draws a resemblance to Newton’s herky-jerky jukes when he runs.

As for his passing game, Gatewood is a pre-snap, read quarterback, which results in a lot of quick two-step dropback tosses, usually on quick hitch routes or slant. However, Gatewood has the arm to exploit mismatches with the deep ball.

Gatewood took a visit to Lexington as they played Tennessee in early November, and despite the brutal loss, sources have said the visit went extremely well.

Gatewood would be a huge get for the program, and if the season has taught us anything, it’s never a bad thing to have too many quarterbacks.

History Shows Losses to Unranked Teams Can Lead to Success

Kentucky is not the only top-ranked team to have suffered an embarrassing loss in the regular season.

With that being said, it does suck when your team is embarrassed early in the year, especially to a team like Evansville

The reaction on social media to the loss hasn’t been surprising. Of course, all of the other fan bases are making fun of us, so if you get into a Twitter fight with a Tennessee fan, just be ready for the “Evansville” reply.

But, inside the BBN, the response on social media has been 50/50.

A fair amount of people are losing their minds and overreacting, while some fans are staying level-headed and know that when March comes around, the Cats will be right in the mix.

If the Calipari era has taught us anything, it’s that the losses in November and early December (embarrassing or not) don’t really matter.

Now, they certainly help if you win, but they don’t hurt nearly as much as they would in January or February.

A loss like last Tuesday will probably come back to haunt Kentucky with seeding come tournament time, but it will definitely help the team.

With that, let’s take a look at embarrassing losses by some top teams and where their season ended.

No. 1 North Carolina/Northern Iowa: November 21, 2015

Kentucky lost to a sub-.500 UCLA team early in 2015-16, but Kentucky’s loss was not nearly as bad as this one.

Justin Jackson dropped 25 points for the Tarheels but their next leading scorer was Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson both with 10.

Northern Iowa’s starting five combined for 69 of their 71 points that night, including 11 three-pointers, which gave them the 71-67 win over the Tarheels.

So close, just as they were to a national title that year.

Season results: NCAA Tournament Runner-Up, Record: 33-7

No.4 North Carolina/Santa Clara: January 19, 2004

Santa Clara’s most prominent alum is former NBA MVP, Steve Nash, but this game happened far after Nash’s time, and the Broncos were now a borderline .500 team.

Santa Clara outright won this game 77-66 as the rebounding battle shows, as the Broncos controlled the glass 40-37 overall, and dominated on the defensive boards 24-16.

Following this game, the Tarheels won 19 of their next 20 including three ranked opponents and went on to win Roy William’s first national title.

Season Results: NCAA Champions, Record: 33-4

No. 8 Michigan State/Wright State: December 30, 1999

Coined the “Upset of the Millenium”, a Wright State team that finished the season 11-17, beat the eventual national champion, Michigan State Spartans, 53-49.

In the words of Tom Izzo, the Spartans, “were totally outplayed from start to finish.” However, the Spartans weren’t outplayed many times following this game, going 23-3 en route to a national title victory over Florida.

Season Results: NCAA Champion, Record: 32-7

Syracuse/Rutgers: January 29, 2003

Carmelo Anthony is considered to be one of the greatest freshmen in college basketball history, but on January 29, 2003, he was not the best player on the floor.

That title belongs to Jerome Coleman who scored 31 points (12-23 FG) and helped an eventual 12-16 Rutgers team to upset the Orange.

Jim Boeheim and Company followed this game with a victory over No. 2 Pittsburgh and won 14 of their last 15 games, including a national title victory.

Season Results: NCAA Champion, Record: 30-5

No. 23 Butler/Evansville: November 27, 2010

Evansville may have just won their first game against a No. 1 AP team, but they are no stranger to upsets, beating an eventual NCAA Runner-Up Butler team 71-68 in overtime back in 2010.

The game was close but Butler’s 17 turnovers cost them the game. This Butler team turned it around and was a shot away from winning a title over Duke.

Season Results: NCAA Runner-Up, Record: 28-10

What did we learn?

In all of this, these losses don’t mean much. Like I said, really all they do is embarrass you, humble you, and make you better (Dang, I should be a head coach).

Kentucky will be just fine.

Five Positives from Kentucky’s Sloppy 82-74 win over Utah Valley

It wasn’t pretty and a lot closer at times than we wanted it to be, but the Kentucky Wildcats bounced back from their embarrassing loss to Evansville and beat Utah Valley, 82-74.

The Cats, who fell to No. 9 in the polls earlier today, now improve to 3-1 with Mt. Saint Mary’s coming to town on Friday night.

Here are five things that went right in the game.

Nick Richards Abdul-Jabbar

After having a great game against EKU, Nick Richards struggled mightily last Tuesday against Evansville. Tonight, he showed us what we like to see.

Richards had 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked a shot.

A.W. Hamilton, the coach of EKU, said that if Nick Richards plays like this consistently, Kentucky will win the national championship. Don’t know if that still stands, but the Cats definitely will need Richards to average a double-double if they want to win.

Ashton Hagans balled

After struggling in the first three games of the season, Ashton Hagans didn’t hit snooze and balled.

Hagans set a season high of 26 points, which will be hard for him to top. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists.

Before the season, Hagans claimed that he had worked really hard on his three-point shooting. He was 0-2 tonight, but if he can start hitting those, lookout.

Rebounding

One of the big keys to this season will be rebounding and after losing the rebounding battle to Evansville, 38-35, the Cats dominated the glass today, winning the battle 46-27.

Nate Sestina led the way with 12 rebounds and Nick Richards was close behind with 10. Whitney, Maxey, and Hagans each had five rebounds.

Free Throws

The Cats shot 34 free-throws and hit 31 of them. If they keep that up, they will be hard to beat.

Kentucky only shot 12 threes and hit one of them. One way to negate that? Hit your free-throws.

It’s a win

This sounds dumb and obvious, but after the dreadful loss we all witnessed last Tuesday night, we needed some positivity. A win is a win.

Kentucky was up 16 at one point and the Wolverines came all the way back to cut it to one, but the Cats battled and got a much needed win. I don’t care, just win the game.