The Bengals are officially the worst

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 9:33 AM


            Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) calls a play in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) calls a play in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Cincinnati Bengals offense has plummeted to the bottom of the NFL after Sunday’s 23-7 loss at Jacksonville.

The Bengals are ranked 32nd in total offense at 269.8 yards per game and 32nd in rushing offense (72.3). And they are barrelling toward a trifecta of terrible with the pass offense ranked 28th (197.5).

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They also are tied for 28th in scoring offense at 16.1 points per game.

The last time the Bengals finished last in total offense was 2008, when they averaged 245.4 yards per game en route to a 4-11-1 record.

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The only time the Bengals finished last in pass offense was 2000 (121.6).

The Bengals have never finished last in rushing offense, with the worst ranking being 29th in 2008 (95.0).

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FINAL: Kentucky 81, Alabama 71: Recap, analysis, box score

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

Kentucky basketball plays Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 17, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.

Kentucky-Alabama score, live updates, stats

FINAL: Kentucky 81, Alabama 71

Five Wildcats scored in double figures: Washington (16), Knox (13), Green (12), Vanderbilt (11) and Richards (10). Kentucky won 44-27 on the glass. And John Calipari avoided his first five-game losing streak since his Massachusetts days in the early 1990s. This was a BIG one for Kentucky and its NCAA Tournament prospects. Full box score:

Kentucky 80, Alabama 69, 43.8 seconds 2H: SGA with a throw-ahead to Vanderbilt for a bucket, Vanderbilt a tip-in off an SGA miss, SGA two free throws and a third straight SGA steal. Kentucky has put this thing on ice. Vanderbilt is up to 11 points and 9 rebounds, while SGA has 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Kentucky 72, Alabama 67, 2:11 2H: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has put his 7-foot wingspan to good use with consecutive gimme-that steals. The Cats have a cushion and the ball out of this timeout. SGAhas 4 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. High-impact for a guy shooting 2 for 9.

Kentucky 71, Alabama 67, 3:03 2H: Quade Green has been terrific today. Bullet bounce pass to Vanderbilt for a shot he can’t miss: a dunk. Green ha 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 0 turnovers. He’s 5 of 6 shooting. And the Cats are in position to end this losing streak. Can they hang on?

Kentucky 67, Alabama 65, 5:12 2H: PJ Washington with a huge and-one with 7:34 to go for the 63-59 lead, then a Quade Green 3-pointer (and Devin Booker-style reload motion) to give UK a 67-61 lead with 6:30 remaining and bring Rupp Arena to a boil. Green is 5 of 6 shooting, 2 of 2 from deep, with 12 points and 3 assists off the bench. But the Tide have scored four unanswered and John Calipari would like a timeout to talk about not collapsing again. Here’s the latest box score:

Kentucky 60, Alabama 59, 7:45 2H: Kevin Knox with a driving bank shot and a critical putback to make it 11 points in barely 5 minutes for him. This one looks like it is headed to a photo finish, but the Cats’ best player is fully engaged all of a sudden.

Kentucky 52, Alabama 52, 10:50 2H: Kevin Knox saved his first points of the game for a big moment, swishing a 3-pointer with 13:22 to go after five straight Alabama points. Then Knox hit a floater to break a 50-all tie. And after corralling his own miss twice in a row, he’s headed to the free-throw line to give the Cats the lead again. Welcome to the party, Kevin. Here’s your updated box score:

Alabama 48, Kentucky 47, 13:58 2H: UK led by four and Bama missed a pair of free throws — but the Tide snared the offensive rebound, John Petty swished a 3-pointer, PJ Washington committed a charge and Petty threw a lob to Donta Hall for a monster jam and the lead. This is about the time when the Wildcats have wilted during their four-game losing streak.

Kentucky 47, Alabama 43, 15:11 2H: Bam Adebayo was the celebrity Y during the timeout. He’s spent his NBA All-Star break back in Lexington. Oh, and Jarred Vanderbilt sank a pretty-looking shot (big news).

Kentucky 45, Alabama 41, 16:10 2H: Richards opened the second half with two more free throws — he’s 3-3 FG, 4-4 FT with 10 points and 3 rebounds now — briefly giving the Cats a game-high, 7-point lead, but Alabama answered with five straight points. The Tide had a chance to tie, but Richards delivered a block leading to a Diallo bucket. PJ Washington then forced a turnover and nailed a jump-hook on the other end after Wenyen Gabriel’s third foul sent him to the bench. So far, the Cats are holding steady.

HALFTIME: Kentucky 39, Alabama 34

This Rupp Arena crowd seems encouraged — as it should be — by that first-half performance from the Wildcats, especially considering Kevin Knox recorded no stats (only two fouls) before intermission. And Hamidou Diallo didn’t make a shot until the final minute.

Quade Green (9 points, 1 steal, 1 assist, 0 turnovers), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers) and Nick Richards (8 points on 3-3 FG, 2-2 FT and 3 rebounds) carried Kentucky. Alabama only got 6 points from star Collin Sexton (who did miss some time with a busted-up chin).

Another 20 minutes like that and the Cats can consider their ship steadied. The full box score so far:

Kentucky 29, Alabama 27, 3:50 1H: Quade Green continues to do work off the bench: 4 of 5 shots, 9 points in 10 minutes. Jarred Vanderbilt continues to misfire at close range, but he’s battling — as did Hamidou Diallo, who corralled two of his own misses, drew a foul and sank a pair of free throws to match the largest lead of the day (4 points, with 5:06 to go in the half). Alabama star Collin Sexton, who had an absurd up-and-under bucket, delivered a sweet spin move to draw a foul but hit his mouth on the floor and ran off with a towel on his face. The box score so far:

Kentucky 20, Alabama 19, 7:58 1H: Kentucky went with a jumbo lineup — SGA (6-foot-6), Knox (6-9), Gabriel (6-9), Vanderbilt (6-9) and Richards (7 feet) — in that last sequence. Vanderbilt is still struggling mightily to score (he’s 0 for 2 from point-blank range). Green is balling. He answered a John Petty 3-pointer with one of his own and is up to 7 points off the bench.

Alabama 16, Kentucky 15, 11:09 1H: Gabriel nailed a 3-pointer — he’d missed 15 of his last 17 from deep — and he’s up to 5 points, 3 boards early. Then it was Quade Green’s turn off the bench: floater, steal, layup to briefly give the Cats a 4-point lead. But Kentucky continues to give up open drives to the bucket and Alabama, which is just 2 for 8 from outside, is taking advantage in the paint. The box score so far:

Alabama 7, Kentucky 6, 16:11 1H: Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a pair of terrific dishes to Nick Richards for dunks to open the scoring for Kentucky, then a nifty driving bank shot by Wenyen Gabriel. But then a  brutal pair of fouls on Kevin Knox at the 16:17 mark, likely meaning his first half is done before it even really started. The Tide is just 2 of 7 shooting but has a pair of key offensive rebounds.

WATCH: Rupp Arena crowd sings the national anthem, and it is awesome.


STARTING FIVE: Wenyen Gabriel is starting over PJ Washington for the second straight game. Along with SGA, Diallo, Knox and Richards.

Kentucky-Alabama game time, details

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
  • Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
  • Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2

What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama  online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the  CBS Sports Network site.

How can I listen to Kentucky-Alabama  on the radio? 

Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and  can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.

Kentucky-Alabama preview

  • In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit  eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
  • Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
  • Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility  for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates  should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
  • Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday.  Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?

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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners’ plummet continues with home loss to Texas

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

NORMAN, Okla. — The rapid decline of Oklahoma’s season accelerated on Saturday. If you thought things couldn’t get any worse than dropping four straight games, the 77-66 loss to Texas showed the Sooners aren’t done falling yet.

The Oklahoma team that soared as high as No. 4 in mid-January just dropped its fifth straight game and has lost seven of its last nine.

The scoreboard wasn’t needed to see where the Sooners’ mindset set has gone. The slumped shoulders and muttering after each missed shot exposed Oklahoma’s woes.

“Lot of it is related to confidence and getting some shots to go down and feeling good about it,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.

The 23rd-ranked Sooners (16-10, 6-8 Big 12) need a confidence injection. Nothing about the performance on Saturday will instill it.

Texas (16-11, 6-8) arrived at Lloyd Noble Center with a three-game losing streak. It hadn’t won since topping the Sooners, 79-74, on Feb. 3. The Longhorns played free and loose.
Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points and the Longhorns shot 54.5 percent from the field. Freshman center Mo Bamba finished with 10 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Trae Young’s went 3 for 10 from 3-point range. Over the last three games — losses at Iowa State, at Texas Tech and at home to Texas — the freshman is 4 for 27 from beyond the arc. At one point midway through the Texas game, Young  missed 18 of his last 19 threes.

Young  scored a game-high 26 points on Saturday, but the toast of college basketball is going stale. It’s not the limelight that turned him. It’s the brutal nature of the Big 12 Conference. Every team has a detailed game plan to slow him down. The frustration becomes more apparent with each game.

“I’m getting guarded like nobody else in the country is being guarded. Scouted on like no one else in the country is,” Young said. “It’s a mystery coming out each and every game, trying to figure out how a team is going to guard me and how I’m going to dictate how my team wins.”

How far will Oklahoma fall?

The Sooners identified their ceiling in December and January. But where’s it’s floor? The performance on Saturday was bad. Oklahoma never led. Ever.

Taking some things off Young’s plate isn’t an option. He had 7 of Oklahoma’s 10 assists on Saturday. The freshman connected on 7 of 21 shots and went 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. The rest of the team went 13 for 44.

The Sooners have been one of college basketball’s highest scoring teams all season, but they also sometimes yield points at a similar rate. When the shots aren’t falling, it gets ugly.

The offensive performance was grotesque by any standard. The Sooners shot 30.8 percent (20 for 65) from the field — at home.

“When shots aren’t falling, I wouldn’t say it’s draining, but you’re like, another one?” said guard Christian James, who scored 11 points.

When Oklahoma scores at least 85 points in a game, it’s 14-0 this season. The 66-point effort was the Sooners’ lowest of the season.

Even Baker Mayfield’s energy was wasted

The Sooners honored Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield during a timeout in the first half. At that point, the Sooners were down by 5 points. The Sooners cut Texas’ lead to 1 point five more times, but never tied it up.

”The crowd was fantastic. We didn’t give them enough reason to really jump on board,” Kruger said. “There in the first half we had a couple of brief spurts where we just couldn’t quite get the next shot to go down.

“I think the crowd was ready to get into it but we didn’t give them enough reason. Same in the second half, we just couldn’t quite get the lead — down three, down one — we just couldn’t quite give them that reason to get it going a little more. The crowd certainly tried to do their part.”

It doesn’t get any easier for Oklahoma

After the Sooners’ sullen effort on Saturday, they get a trip to Allen Fieldhouse to face No. 13 Kansas at 9 p.m. ET on Monday. It isn’t a place Oklahoma’s experienced a lot of success. It’s last win there came in 1993. Billy Tubbs was the Sooners’ coach.

Since then, the Sooners have  lost 16 consecutive games at Kansas.

“We have the opportunity to play those type of games in the league frequently and certainly Kansas is one of them,” Kruger said. “Allen Fieldhouse, great crowd, great enthusiasm, great atmosphere. It’s an opportunity game just like you get a lot in this league. We have four more of those.”

There are four Big 12 Conference games left on Oklahoma’s schedule. But the Sooners showed they’re susceptible to everyone in the league.

And there’s no guarantee that Oklahoma has hit rock bottom.

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LSU survives wild last-second finish for 64-63 win over Missouri

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. — Missouri came into Saturday afternoon’s game at LSU as the hottest team in the SEC with five straight wins. Thanks to LSU guards Tremont Waters and Daryl Edwards, that streak is over.

Waters scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 9 seconds remaining, lifting LSU to a thrilling 64-63 win over the visiting Tigers.

Edwards made what appeared to be the game-clinching play on defense, subtly making sure he was outside of the no-charge semicircle underneath the basket before planting his feet and drawing the foul on an out-of-control drive by Missouri guard Kassius Robertson with 5 seconds left.

But like any streaking team, Mizzou wasn’t done until the final buzzer. Mizzou intercepted Edwards’ inbound pass to Waters, allowing Robertson to get off a good look for the win with 1 second remaining. But the off-balance attempt did not go down, allowing LSU to breathe a sigh of relief and pick up its fourth-straight home win.

The back-and-forth game featured 19 lead changes and 12 ties.

What’s next for LSU basketball?

The Tigers will look to avenge their road loss at Vanderbilt when the Commodores visit the PMAC at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday night. Vandy beat LSU 77-71 in Nashville on Jan. 20.

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Iowa shows off junior days visitors at Indiana basketball game

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football hosted 13 recruits for a junior day on Saturday and the festivities included taking in the men’s basketball game against Indiana.

This was the first of multiple junior days for members of the 2019-21 classes. The biggest names in attendance were in-state prospects Jack Campbell and Mosai Newsome. Each is a key target for Iowa in the Class of 2019.

Campbell is a 3-star prospect from Cedar Falls, Iowa and is expected to choose between Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota during the spring or summer.

Newsome is a 3-star prospect from Waverly-Shell Rock High School (Iowa). He is an athletic 6-foot-3, 252-pound defensive end and also holds an offer from Minnesota.

The Hawkeyes’ top rated 2019 commit, 4-star offensive lineman Ezra Miller, is also taking in the junior day and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he does a little recruiting to try to help Iowa with the uncommitted visitors from the 2019 class. Besides Campbell and Newsome, here are the other seven Class of 2019 uncommitted recruits at junior day.

Name Position State Ranking
Cameron Baker RB/LB Iowa 3-star
Da’Shaun Brown Ath Wis. 3-star
Jack Campbell LB Iowa 3-star
Breece Hall RB Kan. 3-star
Desmond Hutson WR Mo. 3-star
Samuel Johnson III QB Mich. 3-star
Nathaniel Peat RB Mo. 3-star

Johnson III picked up an offer on his visit.

Three prospects are from 2020 or 2021. None hold star ratings in the 247 composite rankings.

Name Position State Class
Jonathan Mann WR Minn. 2020
Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen WR Mich. 2020
JC Latham DE Wisc. 2021

It appears that Yaseen picked up an offer while attending junior day

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Iowa holds three commitments in 2019. In-state offensive lineman Tyler Endres and Miller are 4-star 247Sports composite prospects. Illinois tight end Logan Lee holds a 3-star composite ranking and is considered a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings.

A new member of the class is possible this weekend, but isn’t necessarily expected. Based on social media postings, the visitors are enjoying their trip.

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