Posted October 21, 2013, 9:07 am
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Posted October 18, 2013, 11:07 pm
As always, Big Blue Madness was quite a show. Here's a recap in case you missed it.
The special effects were very good and the crowd was able to participate by downloading an app that made their phones light up to the beat of the music, which was pretty cool.
Suffering through the UK Hoops portion of Madness is not as painful as it was years ago, and Mathew Mitchell has been entertaining the past few years. However, his performance tonight was borderline awful combining a James Brown routine with a Britney Spears routine.
After waiting more than an hour it was finally time for the men's portion of the show. Coach Cal tried to match his "Kentucky Effect" State of the Union speech from a couple years ago. He fumbled through some of his speech but for the most part he delivered an awesome speech and fired everybody up. His best line was "We don't just play college basketball; we ARE college basketball." He made a point to drill home his "players first" philosophy and preech directly to all the recruits out there, slipping in a mention of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins' max contracts as well as shoutouts to Anthony Davis and Darius Miller who were in attendance.
The player introductions were good with Polson Ice leading the way, coming up out of the ground. The Harrison Twins came up at the same time on opposite ends of the stage which was an awesome touch. I'm not a big fan of basketball players dancing in intros but Sam Malone has some nice moves.
As with any Big Blue Madness scrimmage there wasn't any defense being played but you could tell this team was really potent offensively. They're fast and athletic with great size across the board. Marcus Lee stood out to me the most, possibly because of his mohawk. Listening to Kyle Macy during the scrimmage was brutal. At one point he kept talking about how last year's players took extra shots instead of passing the ball because they wanted to pad their stats because they were afraid of the next year's incoming freshmen class. If the remote wasn't ten feet away I would have muted him.
My favorite part of any Madness is usually the highlight reels and tonight was no exception. I love the highlight reels to the beat of Bittersweet Symphony speeded up. I don't think they should ever change that.
I'm sure Madness was way more awesome in person. The TV coverage was weak at best and they kept showing the crowd watching the giant TVs rather than showing the viewers what was on those screens. All in all I will still give it a solid A-. Nobody got injured and everybody seemed to have a great time.
Here is Coach Cal's Big Blue Madness speech in its entirety:
How about this?
This is an incredible night to celebrate the things that make our program great ... that make the Commonwealth of Kentucky's basketball program the best in the country.
You are part of that program, the Big Blue Nation ... The sixth man of Kentucky basketball.
You lined up early ... before there WAS a line ... for a limited number of tickets to a practice ... A PRACTICE ...
Have I told you that you people are crazy?
24,000 strong tonight behind our players, but the Big Blue Nation extends far beyond the hallowed halls of college basketball's greatest arena.
It's a nation that stretches across 120 counties in Kentucky, all 50 states and to every country in the world.
We are borderless. We are everywhere. No corner is left untouched by the blue mist.
Four years ago when we started on this journey together, I shared with you a vision for this program: The gold standard of college athletics.
Two years ago, we talked about the Kentucky Effect, as we re-defined college basketball and more importantly the lives of the players in this program.
Tonight, we build on that legacy ... that tradition.
As I've told our players many times, our program isn't for everybody.
Take a look around. This is it. Every night we play, 24,000 pack the house that Rupp built. You can feel the sound in your soul.
To play here, they have to want this.
This is the preeminent stage for college basketball. This is the place where nothing is given to you and everything is earned.
You have to be tough, not just physically, but mentally. You have to wake up ready to beat your best time, to practice your hardest each and every day.
Our biggest opponent? Ourselves. At Kentucky, we are competing against ourselves every day. We can't let the strain and spotlight of this program affect you.
We are the place to help you achieve your dreams. We don't just play college basketball, we ARE college basketball. As you know, we are everyone's Super Bowl.
They need to be prepared not just to play against great players, but to play alongside great players. Look at this group we have here today.
You are your brother's keeper. If you want to succeed at Kentucky, you will succeed as a team. You play more for your teammates than yourself. If you want 30 shots a game, this isn't the place for you.
The first two draft picks in the 2012 NBA draft - Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - were the fourth and fifth-leading shot takers on their team. They played for their team, their family, and not for themselves. That sacrifice became success ...(PAUSE) our eighth national championship.
Our players learn as a family, practice as a family and play as a family so they can win as a family. We are a players-first program. If you want to be developed as an NBA player, if you want to be developed as a person of character, you come here.
I'm proud of what we've accomplished on the court, two Final Fours, a national championship, 17 NBA Draft picks over the last four years, including 13 first-round picks, but I'm just as proud of the guys who have earned degrees.
I'm proud that we have graduated 10 of our last 10 players who have been here at least three years. I'm proud that some of our players have gone to the NBA AND earned a degree, like Darius Miller, who is in the crowd with us tonight. I'm proud that we've had a 3.0 grade-point average the last three years, including a 3.4 GPA last spring. I'm proud that John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins each donated 1 million dollars to charity the second they signed their max deals. Think about that.
We teach more than just basketball here. We teach character on the court and off. This is a place where our players prepare not just for a career, but for the rest of their lives.
This program teaches players about life ... about the next step. We are teaching them to be men of integrity and honor. Men of character on and off the court.
We call it the Success Rate ... and I'm proud of that. Let me make this very clear: A player's success here is not optional.
But you have to want it. You have to want your education. You must have a love of learning. You must put service before self to truly succeed here.
Last year, we learned some very important lessons.
We were humbled. I was humbled.
Tonight, we put into action what we learned as we strengthen our program and take the first step on a new journey.
The competition will be fierce, the road will be difficult. Every team we play will be more experienced than us. But if we become one unit, play with one heartbeat and a love for each another, we will be unbreakable ...
My role, and that of my staff, is to serve the players. Inspire them to reach higher than they thought possible ... To mentor them ... To build exceptional men and respected sons of the Commonwealth ...
... And, most of all, to help them reach their dreams as they help us reach ours.
With these players, these fans, and this coaching staff, we will build on the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball.
Thank you, Big Blue Nation, for the privilege of representing you to the world and for helping us be the standard bearer in college basketball.
We Are UK.
Coach Cal delivering his Big Blue Madness speech
Posted October 18, 2013, 6:15 pm
If you're reading this, then there is a good chance you decided against paying $100 on eBay for a free ticket and decided to kick back and enjoy Big Blue Madness from the comfort of your living room.
In case you are wondering about the TV coverage for BBM tonight, here you go:
Bowling Green, KY WBKO-FOX 9:00 p.m. (delayed)
Evansville, Ind. WTVW-TV 12:30 a.m. (delayed)
Hazard, Ky. WYMT-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Huntington, W.Va. WSAZ-DT My Z 7:00 p.m. (live)
Lexington, Ky. WKYT-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Louisville, Ky. WMYO-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Paducah, Ky./Cape Girardeau, Mo. WDKA-TV 6:00 p.m. (live)
Madness will also be available on Fox Sports South on delay at 11:00 p.m ET to the full FS South fooprint of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Noth Carolina (partial), South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Posted October 18, 2013, 11:24 am
When Big Blue Madness runs wild on Rupp Arena tonight we will finally be able to put last season's debacle behind us and usher in the new season as we steamroll toward title #9. Madness is obviously a lot of fun for the fans and players but it also is a huge recruiting tool. Let's hope Stanley Johnson is blown away and decides to become a Cat.
Here's a list of the recruits that will be at Madness tonight:
Class of 2014
James Blackmon Jr.
Tyler Ulis (committed)
Karl Towns (committed)
Class of 2015
Eric Davis (not the one that played for the Reds)
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Rajon Rondo jumps over Ramel Bradley at Big Blue Madness
Posted October 16, 2013, 11:28 am
Thursday, October 17
#10 Miami Fla at North Carolina 7:30 PM ESPN Miami –8.5
Prediction: Miami 35-31. Bet North Carolina +8.5
Saturday, October 19
#16 Texas Tech at West Virginia 12:00 PM FXS Texas Tech -6.5
Prediction: Texas Tech 41-30. Bet Texas Tech –6.5
#11 South Carolina at Tennessee 12:00 PM ESPN South Carolina -7.5
Prediction: South Carolina 30-20. Bet South Carolina –7.5
#22 Florida at #14 Missouri 12:20 PM Florida -3.5
Prediction: Missouri 24-23. Bet Missouri +3.5
#24 Auburn at #7 Texas A&M 3:30 PM CBS Texas A&M -13.5
Prediction: Texas A&M 45-33. Bet Auburn +13.5
#9 UCLA at #13 Stanford 3:30 PM ABC Stanford -4.5
Prediction: Stanford 28-27. Bet UCLA +4.5
Iowa at #4 Ohio St. 3:30 PM ABC Ohio St. -17.5
Prediction: Ohio St. 34-14. Bet Ohio St. –17.5
#6 LSU at Mississippi 7:00 PM ESPN2 LSU -7.5
Prediction: LSU 40-26. Bet LSU –7.5
USC at Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC Notre Dame -2.5
Prediction: Notre Dame 31-17. Bet Notre Dame –2.5
#5 Florida St. at #3 Clemson 8:00 PM ABC FSU -2.5
Prediction: Clemson 35-34. Bet Clemson +2.5
Leemo’s Five Star Lock of the Weekend: Notre Dame –2.5, UCLA +4.5 and FSU/Clemson over
2013-2014 College Football Season
Year to date (Straight up picks): 42-10
Year to date (Against the spread): 26-24
Year to date (5 star Locks): 6-4
Posted October 15, 2013, 6:23 pm
Dude I played the game!
So yesterday was kinda interesting. Our favorite college hoops analyst Doug Gottlieb, who now works for CBS Sports, was involved in their 7 team panel to rank the teams 1-25. Six of them ranked UK Preseason #1. One ranked UK #7. Of course it was The Douger. The guy who always likes to rank teams weirdly, make crazy predictions (Gonzaga will win it all!) and have opinions for the sole purpose of either drawing attention or trolling fanbases, thinks UK is the 7th best team in the nation.
If he were to rank UK 2nd or 3rd then I could maybe shrug it off. But 7th? Who did The Douger think was better than UK heading into the season. Let's count:
1.) Michigan State - OK I can understand that.
2.) Louseyville - No comment.
3.) Duke - What?
4.) Arizona - OK this is getting out of hand.
5.) North Carolina - Put the pipe down Doug.
6.) Oklahoma State - ALMA MATER ALERT!!!
The Douger reasoned that "most coaches all agree that the Harrison's are a pain to play with," "they only have one ball to go around," and "they finished last season in the NIT." Awesome logic! Because where they finished last season has every bearing on this seasons team, considering it's a mostly new roster. Give me a break!
He went on to say that LeBryan Nash was as every bit as good as Julius Randle, Markel Brown was a better wing player than any guy on UK's team (talking to you James Young), and that winning with freshmen is impossible to do (does this guy not remember 2012....and he calls himself an analyst).
I fully believe he did this simply to troll UK fans on twitter. Look at his Twitter timeline (if you must) and check out his insults to #BBN and how we are inbred idiots. He also said that the reason the other 6 analysts picked UK #1 preseason and he picked them 7th was "because they didn't coach or play basketball and he did." He also was known to thug a few credit cards here and there.
Keep on Trolling Douger! And somebody show his comments to the team.......and pray they end up facing Oklahoma State somewhere down the road. Travis Ford is about to be caught in the Crossfire!
Posted October 14, 2013, 3:56 pm
After the pounding we received from Alabama over the weekend it is finally time to officially jump into basketball season. Big Blue Madness is this Friday night, followed by an NBA matchup of John Wall vs Anthony Davis on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
Tickets are still available for the Blue - White Game on October 29th for only five bucks, so if you can't catch Madness or the NBA game the Blue - White Game is the next best thing.
In other news affecting Big Blue Nation, it was announced today that Nashville will host nine of the next twelve SEC Tournaments. That's bad news for ticket prices and availability but fantastic news for driving distance.
Posted October 10, 2013, 9:21 am
Thursday, October 10
Rutgers at #8 Louisville 7:30 PM ESPN Louisville -17.5
Prediction: Louisville 35-24. Bet Rutgers +17.5
Saturday, October 12
#12 Oklahoma vs Texas (3-2) Dallas 12:00 PM ABC Oklahoma -13.5
Prediction: Oklahoma 37-24. Bet Texas +13.5
#25 Missouri at #7 Georgia 12:00 PM ESPN Georgia -8.5
Prediction: Georgia 33-28. Bet Missouri +8.5
#14 South Carolina at Arkansas 12:20 PM South Carolina -5.5
Prediction: South Carolina 28-21. Bet South Carolina –5.5
#17 Florida at #10 LSU 3:30 PM FOX LSU -7.5
Prediction: LSU 24-17. Bet Florida +7.5
#19 Northwestern at Wisconsin 3:30 PM ABC Wisconsin -10.5
Prediction: Wisconsin 34-31. Bet Northwestern +10.5
#2 Oregon at #16 Washington 4:00 PM FXS Oregon -14.5
Prediction: Oregon 44-37. Bet Washington +14.5
#18 Michigan at Penn St. 5:00 PM ESPN Michigan -2.5
Prediction: Michigan 28-27. Bet Penn St. +2.5
#1 Alabama at Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPN2 Alabama -27.5
Prediction: Alabama 34-13. Bet Kentucky +27.5
#9 Texas A&M at Mississippi 8:30 PM ESPN Texas A&M -6.5
Prediction: Texas A&M 41-30. Bet Texas A&M +6.5
Leemo’s Five Star Lock of the Weekend: Northwestern +10.5 and Washington +14.5
2013-2014 College Football Season
Year to date (Straight up picks): 35-7
Year to date (Against the spread): 20-20
Year to date (5 star Locks): 4-4