Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Garth Brooks and Calipari to Hold Basketball Camp in Lexington



If you're breathing, then you know who Garth Brooks is. He is arguably the most successful country music artist over the last twenty years and is in the top five ALL TIME country music artists without question.

Garth has four concerts in Lexington at Rupp Arena two on Oct. 31 and two Nov. 1, but he's not stopping there. Garth has a charity organization called "Teammates for Kids" and they will be hosting a basketball camp for 100 youths in Lexington on November 1. Of course Garth needed someone to head-up the camp so who did Mr. Brooks call upon? That's right, John Calipari. Cal will be the camp leader and Garth will also visit the campers as well.

To be fair, his charity is doing this in every city that his tour has a stop in, but it's still a pretty cool event. Just another reason to like the guy....

My Quick Q&A With Stephen Zimmerman's Mother



As you know, this past weekend was Kentucky's Big Blue Madness which is always a huge recruiting weekend for John Calipari. This year was no different as there were many top rated high school players in attendance to take in the festivities.

One of those players was the number ten ranked player in the class of 2015, Stephen Zimmerman. I was able to get in contact with Stephen's mother Mrs. Lori Zimmerman via email and ask a few questions concerning her son's recruitment. 



1. What is Stephen looking for in a school?
He's looking for the best fit and who can develop him best for the next level.

2. Will distance from home be a factor?
No, distance isn't a concern.

3. If your family had to name a leader right now, who would it be? If there is a leader at all.
There's no clear leader at this time.

4. I have read that Stephen plans to announce in February, is that still the case?
Yes, he will not announce until after his season is over.

5. What schools is Stephen considering at this time?
Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, UNC, UNLV, Indiana.

6. How have you and your family enjoyed the recruiting process up to this point?
It's been a long, exciting journey.

7. Has anything stood out to you or your family about a particular school or coach during the recruiting process?
Everyone is unique and offers different ways to get players to where they want to be.

8. Does Stephen see himself as a "one-and-done" type player?
Stephen would like to progress to the NBA whenever the best time for him to do that is.

9. What other visits does Stephen have left?
UCLA this weekend, Arizona 11/7 and his last is TBD.

10. What was your and Stephen's impression of Big Blue Madness and his visit overall?
It was a great visit. We enjoyed everything especially the Strength and Conditioning program information we got. 
Madness was like a huge Hollywood production lol. It was awesome to experience. When the recruits walked out to take their seats the standing ovation was the loudest thing I've ever heard! 

Julius Mays Pays Cal and The Team A Visit



Julius Mays stopped the Craft Center today to check out the latest edition of Cal's Cats. Calipari posted the above picture on Twitter with the following message...


UKCoachCalipari
Julius Mays stopped by to watch us practice today. Great young man w/ a tremendous head on his shoulders. #LaFamilia http://t.co/cwnioR5nLV
10/21/14, 6:13 PM


Blue/White Mens Basketball Scrimmage To Air On SEC Netwrok



 Kentucky’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage set for Oct. 27 in Rupp Arena will air live on the SEC Network, it was announced Tuesday.

The scrimmage will also be available on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com. Dave Baker and Jeff Piecoro will be on the call, as well as former Wildcat Mark Krebs providing insight from the sidelines. The game will be produced by UK Sports Video.Game time is slated for a 7 p.m. ET tip.

UK’s Blue-White Scrimmage will mark the first of 11 SEC Network televised contests in 2014-15. In addition to Monday’s scrimmage, both of UK’s exhibition games vs. Pikeville (Nov. 2) and Georgetown College (Nov. 9) will be available on the SEC Network. It will mark the first time in school history that Kentucky’s Blue-White Scrimmage and exhibition games will be available on national television. Check with your cable or satellite provider for availability in your area and channel designations. You can find your network channel at this link: getsecnetwork.com.

Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage are still available. Lower-level (singles only) tickets are available for $10, while upper-level tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800)-745-3000 or in person at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.


I guess the outrage Kentucky fans showed (over 5,000 phone calls to ESPN and MANY MANY negative reactions on Twitter) caused by the SEC Network NOT showing Big Blue Madness paid off...


Monday, October 20, 2014

The SEC Network Will Carry TEN Kentucky Basketball Games This Season





The SEC Network will carry TEN Kentucky Basketball games this season including the Cats' two exhibition games against Pikeville and Georgetown College.

Here's the ENTIRE SEC Network TV schedule for the upcoming basketball season to give you an idea of the programming




Date
Time (ET)
Matchup
Sun, Nov 2
7 p.m.
SEC Basketball Exhibition: Pikeville vs. Kentucky
Sun, Nov 9
7 p.m.
SEC Basketball Exhibition: Georgetown College vs. Kentucky
Fri, Nov 14
6 p.m.
William & Mary at Florida

8 p.m.
Grand Canyon at Kentucky
Sun, Nov 16
6 p.m.
Valparaiso at Missouri
Mon, Nov 17
9 p.m.
Western Carolina at Alabama
Tues, Nov 18
7 p.m.
NIT Season Tip-Off: Regional Round: Stony Brook at Georgia
Wed, Nov 19
9 p.m.
Wake Forest at Arkansas
Thu, Nov 20
9 p.m.
Southern Miss at Alabama
Fri, Nov 21
8 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Florida
Sun, Nov 23
6 p.m.
Montana State at Kentucky
8 p.m.
Northern Arizona at Ole Miss
Tue, Nov 25
7 p.m.
UT Arlington at Kentucky
Wed, Nov 26
8 p.m.
UNC-Asheville at South Carolina
Fri, Nov 28
1 p.m.
New Orleans at Texas A&M
9 p.m.
North Texas at Arkansas
Sun, Nov 30
3:30 p.m.
Iona at Arkansas
Tue, Dec 2
7 p.m.
Massachusetts at LSU

9 p.m.
USF at Alabama
Wed, Dec 3
9 p.m.
SEC/Big 12 Challenge Presented by Sonic: Auburn at Texas Tech
Sat, Dec 6
9 p.m.
Arizona State at Texas A&M
Sun, Dec 7
Noon
Colorado at Georgia

6 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Mon, Dec 8
7 p.m.
Yale at Florida
Thu, Dec 11
7 p.m.
Elon at Missouri
Fri, Dec 12
7 p.m.
Texas Southern at Florida
Sat, Dec 13
4:30 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Ole Miss

7 p.m.
Sam Houston State at LSU

9 p.m.
Purdue at Vanderbilt
Tue, Dec 16
9 p.m.
Western Carolina at Vanderbilt
Wed, Dec 17
7 p.m.
Arkansas State at Mississippi State

9 p.m.
Winthrop at Auburn
Thu, Dec. 18
8 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Ole Miss
Fri, Dec 19
7 p.m.
Clemson at South Carolina
Sat, Dec 20
6 p.m.
Xavier at Auburn

8:30 p.m.
Southeast Missouri State vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Sun, Dec 21
6 p.m.
Appalachian State at Alabama
Mon, Dec 22
7 p.m.
Mercer at Tennessee

9 p.m.
College of Charleston at LSU
Sat, Dec 27
6 p.m.
Mercer at Georgia

8:30 p.m.
Tennessee State at Tennessee
Sun, Dec 28
3:30 p.m.
Northwestern State at Arkansas
Mon, Dec 29
7 p.m.
Southern Miss at LSU

9 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State at Auburn
Tue, Dec 30
8 p.m.
Mercer at Texas A&M
Wed, Dec 31

East Tennessee State at Tennessee
Sat, Jan 3
1 p.m.
North Alabama at Auburn

3 p.m.
Utah Valley State at Arkansas

5 p.m.
Lipscomb at Missouri

7 p.m.
Savannah State at LSU
Tue, Jan 6
7 p.m.
Ole Miss at Kentucky

9 p.m.
Texas A&M at Alabama
Wed, Jan 7
7 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina

9 p.m.
Tennessee at Mississippi State
Sat, Jan 10
2 p.m.
Alabama at Tennessee

4:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Arkansas

7 p.m.
Missouri at Auburn
Tue, Jan 13
7 p.m.
Alabama at South Carolina

9 p.m.
Mississippi State at Texas A&M
Wed, Jan 14
7 p.m.
LSU at Ole Miss
9 p.m.
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Sat, Jan 17
6 p.m.
Tennessee at Missouri

8:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Auburn
Tue, Jan 20
7 p.m.
Ole Miss at Georgia

9 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Wed, Jan 21
7 p.m.
Missouri at Texas A&M

9 p.m.
Mississippi State at Auburn
Sat, Jan 24
6 p.m.
Florida at Ole Miss

8:30 p.m.
Auburn at Alabama
Tue, Jan 27
7 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Georgia

9 p.m.
Texas A&M at Auburn
Wed, Jan 28
7 p.m.
South Carolina at LSU

9 p.m.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Sat, Jan 31
2 p.m.
LSU at Mississippi State

4:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

7 p.m.
Alabama at Kentucky
Tue, Feb 3
7 p.m.
Mississippi State at Tennessee

9 p.m.
South Carolina at Arkansas
Wed, Feb 4
7 p.m .
Texas A&M at Ole Miss

9 p.m.
Missouri at Alabama
Sat, Feb 7
4 p.m.
Mississippi State at Arkansas

6:30 p.m.
Ole Miss at Auburn
Tue, Feb 10
7 p.m.
Missouri at South Carolina

9 p.m.
Alabama at Mississippi State
Wed, Feb 11
7 p.m.
Georgia at Texas A&M

9 p.m.
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Sat, Feb 14
4  p.m.
LSU at Tennessee

6:30 p.m.
Florida at Texas A&M

9 p.m.
Arkansas at Ole Miss
Tue, Feb 17
7 p.m.
South Carolina at Georgia

9 p.m.
LSU at Texas A&M
Wed, Feb 18
7 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Florida

9 p.m.
Missouri at Arkansas
Sat, Feb 21
noon
Texas A&M at South Carolina

2:30 p.m.
Missouri at Vanderbilt
Tue, Feb 24
7 p.m.
South Carolina at Alabama

9 p.m.
Texas A&M at Arkansas
Wed, Feb 25
7 p.m .
Kentucky at Mississippi State

9 p.m.
Georgia at Ole Miss
Sat, Feb 28
6 p.m.
Mississippi State at South Carolina

8:30 p.m.
Auburn at Texas A&M
Tue, Mar 3
7 p.m.
Ole Miss at Alabama

9 p.m.
Auburn at Missouri
Wed, Mar 4
7 p.m.
Tennessee at LSU

9 p.m.
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt
Sat, Mar 7
4 p.m.
Georgia at Auburn

6:30 p.m.
Missouri at Mississippi State

9 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Wed, Mar 11
7 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

9 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 12
1 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

3 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

7 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

9 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament
Fri, Mar 13
1 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

3 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

7 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament

9 p.m.
Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament