Former Kentucky and North Carolina State Basketball Sacha Killeya-Jones has declared for the NBA Draft. This announcement comes just two weeks after he reportedly had left the NC State Basketball Team. He tweeted this letter:
It still unknown why he and two other NC State players left the team, but I could not be more excited for SKJ. All I ever want for any Kentucky player is to see them succeed. I wish him all the best in his pro career and he really should be fine. After all, Kentucky players with three names typically do just fine in the NBA. Examples: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Willie Cayley Stein, Karl Anthony Towns and now, Sacha Killeya-Jones.
After losing a heartbreaker to Tennessee, 73-71, Ole Miss did the most Hotty Toddy thing that Ole Miss could do. There was trash everywhere. And I am not talking about the people of Mississippi, that would be mean. I am talking about how they threw trash on the court like they were Tyga at strip club.
So what made Rebel fans so angry? Well, Ole Miss was down 1 with 10 seconds remaining. They put up a three so heavily contested that it would make J.R. Smith proud. There was clear contact and a charge was called on Ole Miss which led to a technical foul and, ultimately, the Tennessee win.
Now, I am not going to get into whether or not it was a block or charge, that is more Rex Chapman’s thing. I am also not going to say that Ole Miss was right… but I get it. They desperately needed a big time win if they were going to have a shot at the NCAA tournament and if they had different officials, maybe the call would have gone their way. But throwing trash? Come on, guys.
I assume that the Ole Miss fans were all trying to hit the referees while doing their best Eli Manning impressions.
Well, we went 2-2 yesterday again. Duke seems to be a team I can’t figure out, so I may avoid those games for awhile, but we’ll see. That 2-2 yesterday brings us to a 30-17-1 total, so let’s bring it back up and get started. Two more games today, let’s get it.
This needs to be a huge game for Tennessee. They’ve had a rough two weeks and look to bounce back against a good Ole Miss team on the road. Grant Williams has completely lost his identity due to the bullying he suffered against Kentucky and just looks lost. He had issues with his back last season, so let’s hope it is not the same thing. Tennessee needs this game and then they need to beat Kentucky on Saturday to show they still belong in the top 5 discussion. Ole Miss is out to boost their resumé with a huge win tonight. With a 19-8 record, Ole Miss is on the verge of the NCAA Tournament and a win against a top team would get them there. Ideally for Ole Miss, they win tonight and then they win next Tuesday against Kentucky, so a key stretch coming for them. For tonight’s game, Tennessee scores 83.6 points per game while allowing 68. For Ole Miss, they average 76.4 points per game while allowing 70.2. For Tennessee to win, Grant Williams needs to be himself. He needs to get started early and keep his energy level high. For Ole Miss, it’s the opposite: contain Williams. If they can do that and Tyree goes off, they can win this game. I don’t think they win this though, I’ll take Tennessee moneyline and the over 143. Tennessee 83-77.
We have interesting rematch in Philly tonight as the Villanova Wildcats take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. The last time they played, Marquette won by one at Marquette, but this time it will be a little different. The defending National Champions haven’t been looking like themselves recently and this would go a long way for them. They currently have a 20-8 record and are an essential lock for the tournament, but they need this one. They average 74.9 points per game while only giving up 67.4. Their opponent, averages 78.9 while allowing 68.6. In most categories, these teams are even. I think the one advantage Marquette has is their guard play. Markus Howard is a stud. He scores at least 25 a game and has a 91.5% free throw record. I think this game will come down to how Nova can control Howard. If they can lock him up, they win easily and I think they do 71-63. Take Villanova -3 and the under 142.
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In a night of upsets including three top 25 teams going down to lower ranked opponents, Tyler Herro saved Kentucky from being the fourth. From being down by 11 at half to a 4 point win, Herro almost singlehandedly won Big Blue Nation tonight’s game.
First upset was Ohio State obliterating Iowa in a 20 point blowout. Iowa Head Coach, Fran McCaffery, took the loss surprisingly well calling the referees “cheating motherf*****s” after the loss. Not sure how much the refs could have helped in a 20 point beatdown. OSU: 90- Iowa: 70
Next upset of the night came with Duke losing to Virginia Tech and America winning. Losing two of their last three all without Zion Williamson is surely leading to a hospital visit for Coach K. Va Tech: 77- Duke: 72
The night ended Indiana beating Wisconsin. This Indiana win was CONTENTIOUS. Probably 11 missed calls during the first and second overtime. Either way, Wisconsin beat themselves by letting Romeo Langford go right. IU: 75- WISC: 73
Sandwiched between those last two games was Kentucky vs. Arkansas. Of course, Arkansas jumped out to an early lead thanks to circus shots and an absolutely nobody getting hot from 3. Classic. On top of that, Kentucky could not stop turning the ball over. 28 points and 11 turnovers in the first half. Yes, that is also a James Harden statline.
Second half, Tyler Herro went full “wheelchair Paul Pierce”. No, he didn’t actually get in a wheelchair, no one is that dramatic, but he did sprain his right ankle before the end of the first half. The kid could not miss. He is getting all the Rex Chapman comparisons tonight and for very good reason.
On a limp ankle, Herro had one of the best scoring games a Calipari freshman has ever had with 29 points. He shot 9/10 from the field including 5/6 from three. Calipari even had him play 36 of the 40 minutes. Every time it looked like Arkansas was going to run away with it, Herro would hit them with a hezzy-hey or drain a contested three. Just something to show that he wasn’t afraid of them. He even told Arkansas players, “I’m a bucket” while getting buckets right before making the game winning free throws.
This was the game Kentucky needed from Herro in the absence of Reid Travis. Also, big time game from Sophomore Nick Richards (S/o KSR) who looks like he finally figured out that he is 7’0″ tall.
Welcome back for another edition of Morning Juice, where I give you college basketball gambling advice. I currently sit at 28-15-1, after a 3-1 performance yesterday. Getting more official, even have my own graphic 👀
Let’s get going. 28-15-1…take my advice
Let’s start in Cassell Coliseum as Virginia Tech takes on a Duke team without their star. Duke manhandled Syracuse on Saturday, it wasn’t close. It shocked me, I went 4-2 Saturday and lost both bets that included Duke, so I’m due here. For Duke, RJ, Cam, Tre are going to have to kill it again, like Saturday. If they are better than Alexander-Walker, Duke runs away with this easy. Duke averages 85.5 points per game while allowing 66.9. Virginia Tech averages 74.4 while allowing 61.1. This will be a heavy defensive game and I think that advantage goes to Virginia Tech, especially with Zion out. I keep going back and forth on this game. I started thinking Virginia Tech all the way, but I’m leaning towards Duke. I will take Duke 65-59. So, take Duke moneyline and the under 147. I think this will be a very low scoring game.
Kentucky completely dismembered Auburn on Saturday, winning by 28 points. In their first game without Reid, they actually stunned everyone and looked more dominant than ever. PJ was hitting every shot he took, while Richards and Montgomery played some key minutes. Kentucky looked the best they have all season and seem to be getting better every single day. Arkansas, on the other hand, is awful. They are 14-13, 5-9 in the SEC. They average 76 points per game while allowing 73.9. There is no defense, but they do have a weapon in Gafford, who leads the team in rebounding and scoring. This game will come down to PJ and how he handles Gafford and vice versa. If PJ can come out aggressive and bully Gafford from the start, Kentucky wins easily. I think Kentucky wins easily, but the line is set at -15.5. I’d take Kentucky -15.5 and then the under 143. These are locks.
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