Lynn Bowden is entering the 2020 NFL Draft

Lynn Bowden’s final game at Kroger Field was last Saturday against Louisville and his final game in a Kentucky uniform will be in the Belk Bowl on December 31.

The star wide-out turned QB this season, announced this afternoon on social media that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

As a wide receiver, Bowden totaled 114 receptions, 1,303 yards, and six touchdowns in two years and three games.

As a QB, Bowden totaled 151 rushing attempts, 1,235 yards, and 11 touchdowns in seven games.

Hard to believe his time at UK will only last one more game.

Thank you for everything, Lynn.

Former Star Recruit, Joey Gatewood, Transferring to Kentucky

YAHTZEE!!!

Less than a week after Kentucky stomped Louisville to go 7-5 and finish bowl eligible for the fourth straight year, the Cats pick up a massive transfer.

Former Auburn QB, Joey Gatewood, announced this evening that he will be transferring to Kentucky.

Man he looks good in blue and white.

Gatewood, who was recruited as UK’s “missing piece”, was the No. 3 dual-threat QB and ranked 39th overall in the 2018 class.

Gatewood is the highest-rated QB to commit to Kentucky since Tim Couch and is one of the highest-rated players to ever commit to the program.

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.

It’s no doubt that Gatewood has the talent but next season, I expect Stoops to save his eligibility go with Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith as the main options at QB.

However, if there were an to be an injury or neither have fully recovered, Gatewood could file for an eligibility waiver which has been granted to many top QBs in recent years. Not to mention, Beau Allen is on his way.

Stoops continues to recruit the kind of players I never thought we would see wear the blue and white.

The future looks mighty bright!

Lynn Bowden is the Man

We already know this, but I need to harp on it just a little bit more.

With Terry Wilson getting knocked out for the year against Eastern Michigan and Sawyer Smith getting injured against Mississippi State then furthering those injuries against South Carolina, Lynn Bowden was all we had left.

Through five games, Kentucky was 2-3, no QB’s, and the only thing we were saying was “please, just makes a bowl somehow.”

Then, Lynn Bowden showed up.

We all know Lynn should’ve played against South Carolina and I think Kentucky would be 8-4 if he had started at QB a game earlier, but who cares at this point.

With seven games left, the season was in Lynn Bowden’s hands…he did not disappoint.

Bowden was a QB in high school, so there was some hope. But, we’d really have no passing threat. Which proved to be no problem at all.

This season, Bowden had 151 rushing attempts, 1,235 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Playing QB, he has rushed for 1,136 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Bowden has played only seven games at the QB position this year and is top 20 on the rushing list. Where would he be if he had been playing QB all year?

Bowden has the least amount of attempts in the top 20 (151), with the second being 168 by Travis Entienne, who is the RB at Clemson.

In these seven games with Bowden at QB, Kentucky has won by an average of 25 points. The closest margin being four points, which was the 24-20 win against Arkansas, Bowden’s first game at QB.

The top five on the rushing list are Chuba Hubbard, Jonathan Taylor, AJ Dillon, J.K. Dobbins, and Jaret Patterson.

In seven games:

  • Chuba Hubbard: 998 yards
  • Jonathan Taylor: 1,106
  • J.K. Dillon: 1,058
  • Jaret Patterson: 1,100
  • Lynn Bowden: 1,136

The best part of it all? He ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns against Louisville and kicked their ass.

The Cats went 5-2 with Bowden at the helm, beat Louisville, and finished 7-5 to be bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. Pretty freakin good if you ask me.

Lynn Bowden is the man.

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.

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.

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.

James Wiseman Declared Ineligible

The James Wiseman saga continues.

Wiseman was declared ineligible last Friday by the NCAA because Penny Hardaway helped facilitate Wiseman’s move to Memphis in 2017.

Hardaway was deemed as a booster at the time by the NCAA due to a $1 million dollar donation to the school back in 2008.

Even though the ruling was in place, Wiseman was able to play due to a judge putting a hold on the NCAA’s ruling.  A lawsuit was filed by Wiseman’s lawyers following the ruling.

This morning, Wiseman’s lawyers released this statement:

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Memphis has ruled Wiseman ineligible and is applying for reinstatement.

Statement from the University of Memphis:

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The NCAA basically told Memphis and Wiseman’s legal team that they could not reach an agreement while there was a lawsuit pending.

Memphis has backed away from the NCAA.  It will be interesting to see if the NCAA decides to work with Memphis or if they decide to play tough.

Wiseman was the top recruit in the class of 2019 and is expected to be the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

If he had just come to Kentucky, everything would’ve been fine.