Good morning, KSR readers. Drew here, back in the office from a long and exhausting nine-day road trip to watch Kentucky beat Penn in Philadelphia. If you follow KSR’s morning radio program, you know we swung out wide on our route from Lexington, Kentucky, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with overnight stops in places like Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Athens, Ohio. Maybe I will tell you more about that trip later today once I recover.
For now, I’m up early to get back to regular life, beginning with a new Monday morning rundown for the new week. Things are a bit quiet around UK Athletics today, but we still have plenty to discuss over coffee. So join me below, and please forgive me if I still smell like pizza and wet polyester from the now-infamous GMC Traverse.
Here’s what to know and what’s ahead.
New College Basketball Polls
Around lunchtime, the Associated Press will drop a new update to its Top 25. USA Today will do the same with its Coaches Poll. The Kentucky Wildcats are No. 16/17 in those rankings as we sit here now.
Looking ahead to the update, No. 14 BYU, No. 15 Miami, and No. 12/16 Texas will likely slide after suffering losses, opening up a path for Kentucky to move up with its one win (Penn) since last week’s vote.
Undefeated Arizona should retain the top spot in each poll.
Miami, maybe not so good?
The 15th-ranked Hurricanes lost by 27 to Colorado at Barclays Center yesterday. It was a one-point game at halftime until the Buffaloes outscored Miami, 53-27, in the second half.
Miami beat Notre Dame and Long Island by double digits between the loss to Kentucky in Rupp Arena two weeks ago and yesterday’s loss to Colorado. The Cats need the Canes to do better, so that’s a quality win at the end of the year.
Aaron Bradshaw on SEC Freshman of the Week Watch
With 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in Kentucky’s win at Penn, Aaron Bradshaw is the reason we are keeping a close eye on the SEC’s weekly awards later today. The freshman big man should be in the conversation for SEC Freshman of the Week for his stellar performance in his second career game.
Kentucky Women’s Basketball lost to the Cards
The L’s weren’t down when Kentucky Women’s Basketball traveled to Louisville to play the Cards on Sunday. Even though Kentucky returned Maddie Scherr, who scored 22 points, No. 18 Louisville won the rivalry game, 73-61.
Ajae Petty added 18 points to help Scherr do most of Kentucky’s scoring. Still, it wasn’t enough to take down Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center.
Kentucky will host Furman next Sunday at Rupp Arena.
Kentucky Football Roster Tracker
Kentucky Football‘s roster is everchanging during college football’s winter transfer portal window. Here are the latest moves and rumors regarding the future of the Wildcats:
— Team captain and starting safety Zion Childress will stay in Lexington for another season. “I ain’t done yet,” Childress posted on X on Sunday.
Childress will be a super senior in 2023.
— Beau Allen coming home? KSR’s Ryan Lemond believes the Lexington native will transfer back to the University of Kentucky to finish out his college career as a Wildcat.
Allen was Kentucky’s backup QB for two seasons as a member of the 2020 recruiting class before transferring to Tarleton State and then Georgia Southern. He’s on transfer watch today after Lemond’s Sunday scoop. Allen has two years of eligibility remaining.
— In the backfield, Ohio State transfer Chip Trayanum is a name to watch for running back needs. He visited Lexington over the weekend.
— And in case you missed it, Kentucky filled a wide receiver need with the addition of Raymond Cottrell over the weekend. Cottrell, a former Texas A&M Aggie, committed to UK while visiting campus.
Will Levis on Monday Night Football Doubleheader
Tonight, we Titan Up as former UK QB Will Levis leads the Tennessee Titans into Miami for a Monday Night Football game against the Dolphins. However, the Titans and Dolphins will share the Monday night spotlight with the New York Football Giants and the Green Bay Packers in the first Monday Night Football doubleheader with coinciding kickoffs.
At 8:15 p.m., ABC will carry former Wildcats Wan’Dale Robinson (Giants) and Carrington Valentine (Packers) colliding in MetLife Stadium, while Levis and Tennessee kick off against the Dolphins in Miami on ESPN.
Randall Cobb is still scoring touchdowns
Now 33 years young, the Kentucky Wildcat great scored his first TD as a New York Jet yesterday on only his fourth reception of the season.
The touchdown was the 54th of Cobb’s career.
Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are at KSBar and Grille
Kentucky Sports Radio’s morning radio program will broadcast live from KSBar and Grille in Lexington at 10 am. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are there fresh off the KSR Road Trip to recap our travels.