LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball beat Harvard on Saturday and the Wildcats’ football team got invited to the Music City Bowl on Sunday. Host Curtis Burch and beat writer Kyle Tucker break it all down on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily UK podcast presented by SEC Country.
- Was a nine-point win over Harvard — after the Cats led by 20 — more encouraging than discouraging?
- The emergence of 6-10 sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones and 7-foot freshman Nick Richards as a legitimate 1-2 punch at center (or playing side by side at the four and five spots) is a … big development for Kentucky.
- That perimeter defense, though. Harvard hit a dozen 3-pointers and let a guy named Towns (no relation, we are pretty sure) hit 6 of 7 from deep. John Calipari was displeased by this fact.
- Cal sounds a bit frustrated lately. Starting five freshmen — with a freshman and three sophomores representing the whole of his bench — might be getting to him as much as some of the fans who are suffering from one-and-done fatigue.
- Joe Mussatto, our other UK beat writer, was at the Marshall County Hoop Fest all weekend covering basketball recruiting and we update the BBN on 2018 signee Keldon Johnson and some top 2019 targets that the Cats are in great shape to land.
- Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart officially accepted an invitation for the Cats to face Northwestern (a 9-3 Big Ten team that has won seven straight games) in the Music City Bowl. But he had a lot of other things to say during what sounded like a 23-minute State of the Big Blue Nation address. He made it clear he’s behind Mark Stoops while also saying repeatedly that the bad behavior by players against Louisville “was not us” and won’t be going forward. You can hear most of Barnhart’s comments on the podcast.
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