KSR Today: Kentucky/Gonzaga, Louisville Week, and More (sponsored by Jeff Ruby’s Gift Cards) – KSR

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Now, things from last night’s embarrassment in Spokane plus what’s ahead for the day and week ahead. We have Louisville and Thanksgiving to prepare for. And don’t forget to pick up some of those gift cards.

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Kentucky Basketball failed miserably at Gonzaga

Last night, when we should’ve been watching Yellowstone or Sunday Night Football instead, Kentucky Basketball lost its new rivalry game against No. 2-ranked Gonzaga, 88-72, with a disappointing effort in Spokane. Kentucky’s offense was completely ineffective in the first half as the ‘Cats fell behind by 16 at halftime; and on the off-chance someone did get open in the repetitive dribble-drive, the shot wouldn’t fall during a cold shooting performance against the ‘Zags in which Kentucky shot 39 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3.

Afterward, John Calipari blamed Oscar Tshiebwe‘s absence from practice and Tshiebwe’s inability to run plays for the offensive problems in the first half.

“I couldn’t get Oscar (Tshiebwe) to run the plays right,” Calipari said. “You know why? He hasn’t been practicing with us. So I said, ‘Go to the baseline. We’re going to play dribble drive around you.’ And that’s what we did the whole second half. I ran two plays. That were pass, pass, make a play. Couldn’t run a play. Told them, ‘Man, you know, we got to practice and get together as a team and get better.’

“Offensively in the first half, it was so embarrassing that we couldn’t even run a play. Couldn’t run a play. Not one. And it wasn’t just Oscar. It was our guards too.”

Oscar Tshiebwe, John Calipari try to explain Kentucky’s offensive issues

In addition to the inability to run plays and the ability to make excuses, CJ Fredrick (1-6), Antonio Reeves (2-7), and Sahvir Wheeler (1-4) missed 13 of their combined 17 shots from beyond the arc. Defensively, Kentucky created turnovers but not enough to cover for all of the easy baskets allowed at the rim, where Gonzaga outscored Kentucky in the paint, 44-24, for the game. Gonzaga also out-rebounded Kentucky, 39-29, and had three players with 20+ points.

John Calipari’s postgame press conference

To hear John Calipari’s explanation of what went wrong, hit play below for his comments in the postgame press conference.

Oscar Tshiebwe and Jacob Toppin spoke first before Calipari.

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KSR’s Rapid Reaction to the loss

If you care about what KSR thought of the loss, we gave our instant takeaways in a new Rapid Reaction video shortly after the buzzer sounded on the letdown game.

Moving on…

Mark Stoops previews the final week of Kentucky Football’s season

Back in Lexington, your other favorite University of Kentucky sport begins the last week of its regular season. Also known as rivalry week for Kentucky Football, the ‘Cats host Louisville on Senior Day in Kroger Field this upcoming Saturday, and today at noon Mark Stoops will address the game and the week ahead for his team.

The last ‘Monday with Mark’ of the 2022 regular season, Stoops will hold one last Monday press conference to share some of what he saw during the film review from the loss to Georgia and what Kentucky is doing to get ready for a nasty rivalry game against the ‘Cards.

See the entire conversation with Stoops here on KSR around 12:45 today.

Kentucky played the No. 1 team in the country without veteran offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey, who was a late scratch before Saturday’s game after suffering an injury prior to kickoff. Mark Stoops said he found out Horsey was unavailable 20 minutes before the game began and that he would address Horsey’s status today once he had more to disclose.

Shortly before Stoops holds his press conference today, a new depth chart will be released to the public and it will likely reveal Horsey’s status heading into Louisville week. We’re looking for Tayvion Robinson and the potential return of DeAndre Square, too.

Kentucky is the betting favorite in the Governor’s Cup

Out in Las Vegas or in many U.S. states that aren’t Kentucky, the line on the Kentucky-Louisville game opened at three points, Kentucky the favorite.

The total on the game is 43 points, fewer than Kentucky scored by itself in each of the last two Governor’s Cups.

Barion Brown on Freshman of the Week Watch

Just a guess, I expect Barion Brown to be named SEC Freshman of the Week for his 10-catch, 145-yard, one-touchdown performance against the best defense in the SEC. If he does, it will be Brown’s third Freshman of the Week award this season (9/26, 10/3) in addition to his one Special Teams Player of the Week award (9/5) for a grand total of four SEC weekly awards for the standout freshman.

UK Men’s Soccer advanced to the Sweet 16

Playing at home in Lexington, No. 1 seed Kentucky beat South Florida, 4-0, in the Wildcats’ first game of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. Kentucky received a first-round bye and then had four different goal-scorers in the shutout of South Florida to advance from the Round of 32 to the Sweet 16.

Up next, Kentucky plays Pittsburgh next weekend in Lexington to advance another round.

In international soccer news, the United States Men’s National Team begins its World Cup journey today at 2 PM and you’re invited to join us at KSBar and Grille for a watch party. America’s first group stage opponent is Wales and a win will be an ideal start to securing a spot in the knockout stage of World Cup competition.

So come on out to support the Americans from afar. Take the afternoon off if you can. It’s Thanksgiving week anyway. Who cares. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

It’s a full house for a short week of KSR

On today’s show, I join Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond at KSBar and Grille in Lexington for the first of three straight shows before we unplug on Thursday and Friday for the holiday. Shannon The Dude will keep the program running from Louisville each day.

For all of the Yellowstone fans…

… if you did watch last night’s new episode, our friends at Outsider have a recap of Season 5, Episode 3 for Yellowstone viewers.

Go Cats

The Monday Huddle and more are on the way.