clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Wildcat Quickies: Basketball-apalooza Edition

The Blue-White game, former 'Cats open the NBA, I chat with the Sports Huddle, and more quickies

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky basketball season, as well as the NBA regular season, started last night. The nation got its first look at the #1 Kentucky Wildcats last night during the blue-white scrimmage that was carried on the SEC network with John Saunders calling play-by-play.

There is not much you can learn about the future of the team from such a scrimmage, but you can get glimpses of player ability and roles.  So what did we learn last night, here is what I saw.

  • Isaiah Briscoe is good, very good... I actually had concerns about him being a volume shooter and possibly needing to be reeled in by Cal.  Briscoe looks like a very good teammate who can finish at will.  I even think he tried forcing a few passes when he should have shot.  He seems to be a natural as a cast member for the movie 'White Men Can't Jump' too.
  • Jamal Murray is going to dominate a lot of games and will be sensational in the NBA.  He seems to just have that NBA swagger about him, the swagger that he has no problem pulling from anywhere on the court with anyone in his face.
  • Skal is smooth, but he will grow into his dominance, a lot like Karl Anthony-Towns did last year.
  • Alex Poythress is more confident this season, at least in his shot.  He will gain more and more confidence in his knee and become more beastly, but how about him stroking threes confidently.
  • Josh Harrelson... err Isaac Humphries has some talent away from the basket.  He is the second coming of Jorts.  The good thing is I think he is as good now as Josh was his senior year.
  • Ulis is Ulis, gonna lead us with the same poise and efficiency as last year, but with about 38 minutes played per game, in my opinion.  He did not shoot it great, but that is absolutely zero concern, just look at his 10 assists and 1 turnover at halftime, that is going to be a common occurrence.
  • This team is going to be FLAT OUT FUN this season.  They will not be as good as last year, but then again few teams in history were.  We are going to lose some games, but we are going to absolutely throttle some teams with our offense.  Cal loves saying enjoy the ride, this is going to be a perfect season to do just that.


  • Jodie Meeks had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 11 minutes for the Pistons last night
  • Anthony Davis had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 2 assists in 35 minutes for the Pelicans Last night.
  • Tyler Ulis chats about his 15 assists in the blue-white game

  • Patrick Towles said the 'Cats were 'Super Sharp' today in practice

  • The Kentucky Baseball team took a big hit in its coaching staff when Auburn hired Brad Bohannon away from Lexington.  Bohannon was the National Assistant Coach of the year in 2015.
  • Women's Volleyball players Kaz Brown and Brooke Morgan took home SEC honors.  Brown was named player of the week and defensive player of the week.  Morgan was named freshman of the week.
  • SEC Nation will be live in Lexington this Saturday starting at 10 AM to discuss the slate of games featuring our 'Cats vs. UT.


  • The Texans have cut Ryan Mallett after missing a team flight and being late habitually.  They have signed T.J. Yates as their backup
  • The Royals and the Mets kicked off the Worlds Series at Kaufmann Stadium last night.  During his drive to the stadium, the game 1 starter Edinson Volquez learned of his father's death from heart disease complication.  Volquez pitched a solid six innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out three
  • Regarding that World Series game, Alex Gordon went deeeeeep yard in the bottom of the 9th to send game one to extra innings.  The Royals ended up taking game 1 in 14 innings 5-4.


  • Alabama Running Back commit Najee Harris had an amazingly impressive run recently.  He broke six tackles and somehow managed to not stumble in fall before breaking it for a TD.

  • Derek Jeter is officially off the market as he is reportedly engaged to current girlfriend Hannah Davis.  If you are wondering, she is the woman on the DirecTV commercials with her horse.
  • Apple, Inc is good at making money, they make so much money they may not be able to ever spend it all.  They are sitting with 203 BILLION in cash and CEO Tim Cook has announced that they have made 234 BILLION in 2015, their best year ever.