Just a few stories to prime you before the big game in an hour or so.
Find them after the jump.
Samardo Samuels to enter the 2010 NBA Draft and other UL news. - Kentucky Sports Network
Lots of U of L news here that will bring smirks to the Card haters among us.
- Breakfast with the Pattersons | Vaught's Views
- Calipari’s insights on today’s game | Vaught's Views
- Foes say not to underestimate Bledsoe’s value to UK | Vaught's Views
Stoda Pop " Gators don’t deserve NCAA bid
Well, there's one man's opinion.
- Rush The Court " Blog Archive " Weekly Bracketology: 03.13.10
" Has Kentucky’s defense slipped a little? John Clay’s Sidelines
It has definitely slipped lately.
- Bubble banter: Who's in, out? - Beyond the Arc - msnbc.com
- Kentucky Sports Radio " Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame BEATDOWN Notes
Bledsoe: "If I make 3’s, nobody can touch us" | Vaught's Views
Terrific game by Eric Bledsoe. Just terrific.
Miss State coach Rick Stansbury pleading for fans of schools other than UK and MSU to come out and root for Bulldogs in tomorrow's final.
What's going on with Stansbury? Is he jealous because he didn't get an interview? Dude, get over it!
What happened with Orton-Calipari? | Vaught's Views
I think the officials had a bit of a quick trigger on the techs today. Two words -- Tony Greene.
- VIDEO: Stansbury on the rematch with Kentucky in SEC final
Fresh faces carry UK into final
Nice read from Chris Fisher.
It was rough and nasty. Melvin Goins was tossed from the game after he threw an elbow at Cousins. Cousins received a technical for yelling back at Goins after his cheap shot.
A shot to the boys seemed to help DeMarcus Cousins focus on his free throws -- he didn't miss one after that.
Maybe a shot to the the junk would help him tomorrow with his free throw shooting. Just don't ask me to do it -- unlike Melvin Goins, my daddy taught me not to tug on Superman's cape, let alone punch him in a delicate spot.
I get the feeling SEC coaches have purposefully gone after Cousins to try and get him to snap. That's not to say I think Bruce Pearl directly told Goins, Hey, if you get a chance, throw a fist into DeMarcus' crotch, but I don't think coaches have shied away from telling their team that he's a hot head who will crack if you give him reason to.
This is wrong if it is happening, and not only needs to stop, but needs to be rebuked with prejudice. If any coach has encouraged his players to try to get Cousins to react, he deserves to be fired for cause.
This is not only unsportsmanlike, it borders on the criminal. These are kids, not adults, and this sort of manipulation smacks of John Chaney sending "thugs" in to attack opponents physically. Unethical, unsportsmanlike, unspeakable. To any coaches who may be thinking this is a good idea, for God's sake, get a grip, or go to the NBA where nobody cares about sportsmanship.
Do you find yourself watching Kentucky play and not knowing what to expect?
Heh. Only every single game.
The refs, like the teams, seek to survive and advance. From 96 in the first round to 48 in the second, to 36 at the regionals to nine at the Final Four. Among the topics touched on by Adams were:
■ Calipari was correct that Cousins should expect referees from other parts of the country to bring pre-conceived notions of the UK big man into tournament games.
"Referees are like any fan," Adams said. "They watch games on TV."
Boy, that just gives me all kinds of confidence in the NCAA officiating. Not.
More NBA Minutes Likely for Ex-Cat Jodie Meeks
Great to hear.
Cousins said what really got him going was Tennessee reserve forward Steven Pearl, who went after Cousins physically early in the game and tried to get under his skin.
"I know what his job was to do, but he didn’t do a good job of it," Cousins cracked.
Asked just what that job was, Cousins said. "Foul me and try to get me out of my game."
Grrr. My dislike of Pearl grows with comments like this. But I must try to keep in mind this is only one side of the story.
- Thumbs UP, Thumbs DOWN : UK vs Tennessee - Kentucky Sports Network
Ashley Judd Was Very Giddy Over Kentucky’s Performance | The Big Lead
This is not really fit for consumption, but ... well, just be warned -- Ashley Judd is almost sexually harassed in this blog post -- or at least, this guy says what a lot of UK male fans are probably thinking ...
Calipari admits he was wrong about SEC tourney | Vaught's Views
I totally agree with Larry here. Kudos to Calipari for admitting his mistake.
- Dodson making his impact felt | Vaught's Views
David Climer: Mississippi St. will be exposed to 'blue dust' | tennessean.com | The Tennessean
The Big Blue Nation will be there. Trust me.
The tournament that used to be about basketball and the stars that played it is now about brackets and the millions of folks that fill them out. The vast majority of those who monitor the games are more interested in their pools than in colleges they can't locate on the map or players they can't identify
There are fair-weather fans in every sport, and college basketball is no different. I don't participate in pools anymore, and for me, it's all about the sport. But if some people enjoy it for the bracket challenges, I can't see a thing wrong with that.
"I've been hit before, but I don't think anything was that personal," said Cousins, who got a technical for jawing at Goins after the play. "I don't know what that was about."
Cousins didn't just jaw at Goins, he wanted to put knots on his head. He was truly angry, and I marvel that he was able to restrain himself as much as he did.
While the elbow may have been intentional, it was impossible to tell for sure. And it was certainly less egregious than DeMarcus Cousins' elbow against Louisville.
Y'all agree with this statement? Heh. Didn't think so.
- UK recruit in title game