It's always fun the day after a big victory over a rival school. This morning I have been sleek and lazy, and satisfied with the trajectory of how this young Kentucky team is maturing. They may not be to the level of Kansas or Texas yet, but yesterday's game was a significant step forward in many meaningful ways.
Later today, I'll be taking a statistical look at how UK did in the IU game, along with some analysis for readers to chew on. Right now, though, we need to take a look at what others are saying about the Wildcat's performance yesterday.
The news follows the jump.
Wildcats' growl grows | TIM ETHRIDGE COLUMN" Evansville Courier & Press
"I want to tell the people of Indiana, we’re not any better than that," said Calipari. "That’s all we have that’s a February effort we put together. They got our best.
"This was a statement game for our guys. We came into a hostile environment, got punched in the mouth early, but we stayed on our feet and came back at them. So this was a great learning step for us."
Indeed. This was by far the best Kentucky has played offensively. But you knew that.
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Young Cats turn in veteran performance | KentuckySports.com
Talk about your Hoosier hostility. The Indiana crowd was into this Kentucky-Indiana thing from the jump, displaying rude signs, howling obscenities and reverting to the "Cal's a Cheater! Cal's a Cheater" chant.
Isn't that cute? Indiana thinks we've never heard anyone accuse Calipari of cheating. I'm glad they've move past Kelvin Sampson to the point they fail to see any irony in that.
Another interesting quote from Clay's article:
(By the way, have you noticed that, so far, we haven't once mentioned John Wall?)
Heh. Yeah. He gets it. Nice.
LeBron James building ties with Kentucky's John Wall: NBA Insider | Cleveland Cavaliers - cleveland.com -
At the mere mention of John Wall's name, LeBron James' eyes soften as he tries to swallow a knowing smile.
"Yeah, I have a relationship with him," James said. "A really good relationship. With not only John, but his family. We talk all the time."
This concerns me a little. Not LeBron himself, but the other guys mentioned. Cal needs to watch his young star closely, we don't want NCAA concerns to intrude on this fine season.
Fifth-ranked Purdue rallies to take a 'great opportunity' from Alabama | The Bama Beat - al.com
Nice to see the Tide is playing better under Anthony Grant.
Vaught's Views: Bledsoe, Cats make statement on the hardwood: AMNews.com
Calipari playfully challenged Bledsoe before the game when other UK players said he was going to guard Maurice Cheek, who had a game-high 31 points.
"He can’t guard him. The kid offensive rebounds," Calipari said he told his team.
Bledsoe asked the coach if he was trying to be funny or not.
Bledsoe was able to guard him for half the game, anyway.
UK Notebook: Cousins keeps his cool: AMNews.com
"I put him in and he played. He grew up today. Can he stay grown up? I have no idea. He was a beast."
Yes. He was truly Good Cuz yesterday. I hope we see a lot more of that.
- Kentucky beats Indiana in men's basketball - washingtonpost.com
Highly touted recruit considering Illinois, Duke, Kentucky - Chicago Breaking Sports
A lot of eyes in the final contest were on Quality Education's Quincy Miller, who had 12 points. Miller, a Chicago native, is wanted by a number of top Division I schools, including Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Illinois. He had 12 points Saturday despite playing with an injured wrist.
It would be cool if we brought another top recruit out of North Carolina. K and Williams don't let many get away.
- Video - Mark Ingram is Alabama's First Heisman Trophy Winner - FanDome
IU's Crean teaches until the bitter end against UK | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN
For 25 minutes IU was No. 4 Kentucky’s equal at sold-out Assembly Hall. In the final 15, natural selection ruled. It was survival of the fittest, the strongest, the swiftest and a one-point Hoosier lead became a 17-point deficit and defeat.
- The C-J's Sunday College Basketball Notebook | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
Strong's hiring sets up recruiting battle - Kentucky Football - Ledger-Enquirer.com
Phillips struck back the next day, securing a commitment from Eastern's do-it-all junior prospect Jon Davis. Smith is already listed as a four-star recruit by Scout.com, and Davis is expected to be a four-star recruit when the rankings are updated next summer.
If we can hold our own against Louisville here in the River City, I'll be happy. But I think Phillips will not back down from Strong.
- Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Indiana - Kentucky Sports Network
UK Football: Nashville glad to have UK: AMNews.com
Great stuff. I am happy to be going to the Music City Bowl. I do regret we couldn't get a more prestigious bowl, but we just didn't earn one, in my opinion.
Celtics trample Bulls for 10th straight win | Reuters
Rajon Rondo provided 16 points and 14 assists and Kevin Garnett also had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Via Walter's Wildcat World.
- Quigley Nets Second Singles Victory, Leads US into Finals at Master'U BNP Paribas - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
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WCU shocks Louisville; UNCC takes easy win
Louisville has now lost three of their last four, and two in a row at home. Ouch.
Opinion: Gerhart, Suh make Heisman vote interesting - Race for the Heisman- nbcsports.msnbc.com
Congrats to Mark Ingram. I was hoping Suh would win, but I doubted that he would, and I was right about that. Pity.
Hilltoppers play sweet tune in Music City | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
Go, Toppers! I want the 'Cats to drub Vandy this year, I still remember 2007.
- DeCourcy Says What Many Thought About Billy Gillispie
UK hoop's early schedule lacked strength | KentuckySports.com
Going into the Indiana game on Saturday, UK had a strength of schedule of 135, according to CollegeRPI.com. The Cats had beaten two opponents in the top 150 of the Ratings Percentage Index: North Carolina (No. 63) and Connecticut (No. 14). Five of UK's victories came against opponents with an RPI of 204 or worse: UNC-Asheville (204), Stanford (208), Sam Houston State (220), Cleveland State (235) and Morehead State (245).
I have a feeling the non-conference schedule will get a lot tougher very quickly under Calipari. Don't look for this cupcake stuff next year.
UK-Indiana notes: Patterson thrives outside | KentuckySports.com
"I love it," Patterson said of playing near the three-point line. "I feel great on the perimeter. I think I'm starting to get to the point I'd rather be out there than on the post. Keep DeMarcus (Cousins) on the post and I'll sit out on the perimeter. It's a lot more fun out there."
This is a part of his game that Patterson always wanted to develop. Now he can. Now he has. And he's loving it.
"Hoosier" daddy? I’m thinking Kentucky =P " A Journey to Find Myself
I'm thinking she likes this UK team -- a lot!
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