Lots of news today as the conference tournaments get underway and the SEC hands out superlatives. Also, there is lots of speculation about Kentucky's place in the tournament as we draw closer to Selection Sunday.
Now, for the news.
Basketball Prospectus | Articles | Tuesday Truths
I'd feel a lot better if Kentucky's efficiency margin were higher. What would make it higher is better 3-point shooting, primarily.
- UF on Knight's short list | Gainesville.com
The end result of all this? Kentucky just so happens to be one of the best teams in the country, despite being one of the youngest. To use another lame cliché, look up "embarrassment of riches" in the dictionary. If Rupp Arena's picture isn't there, it should be.
Heh. I like that.
- Wall and Cousins: Fab freshmen - Beyond the Arc - msnbc.com
Of course, there's no off switch for Kentucky fans. But bracketologists Jerry Palm and Joe Lunardi say UK's game against Florida on Sunday and this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament hold no bearing on NCAA Tournament seeding.
This is right, of course. If the Committee found someone else more worthy than Kentucky, it would be one of the biggest shocks in recent college basketball history. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen, of course, but I'm confident UK has done all they need to do to be a #1 seed.
Just in time for March Madness, Lexington auto dealership Paul Miller Ford has unveiled the car for the ultimate University of Kentucky basketball fan.
The dealership announced Tuesday that it will sell five customized 2010 Mustangs called the "Coach Cal Edition."
Kentucky Blog - University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site
Several videos on here worth watching. I thought Patrick Patterson's comments were particularly revealing.
- Josh Selby to announce at Jordan Classic.
Had the SEC coaches voted Tennessee's Bruce Pearl as coach of the year instead of Calipari, they could have justified it somewhat by pointing to the adversity the Vols have overcome this season to return to the NCAA tournament.
But Stallings? C'mon. Hatred has never been this transparent.
Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger pulls no punches like Rick Bozich did. He calls a spade a spade. I still think Pearl should have won, but not Stallings. Full disclosure -- I like Stallings much better than Pearl.
More Enes Kanter chatter
Jodie missed a nice lede here by passing up on, "More Kanter banter". Maybe I'm just a sucker for the obvious.
- More insights from John Calipari | Vaught's Views
Husky Men's Basketball Blog | Report: UW recruit Terrence Jones to sign with Kentucky | Seattle Times Newspaper
Oh, hell yeah. Courtesy of Wild Weasel -- great eye, man.
Carrying a sky high scoring average and GPA, Knight, a true scholar-athlete, will find out on March 10 if he was named the Morgan Wooten High School Player of the Year. Sometime before then, he’ll play his last varsity high school game in Florida. And, while deciding between the likes of Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and UConn, in a great look for SLAM regulars, during the next few weeks leading up to the McDonald’s game, Brandon Knight will be keeping a journal documenting his last days as a high school hooper for us.
This kid is one I'd really like to have. It is great to get good student-athletes. It gives lie to some of the knocks against top players that are so often unfair. Via True Blue Kentucky.
Kentucky Sports Radio " Blog Archive " Is Tubby Leaving Minnesota?
Hmm. Could Smith flee the frozen North? I kind of doubt it, but then again ...
Point blank, the Cats are filthy.
Fully armed, and filthy. Great piece that's worth your time.
- Odds in Kentucky's Favor - UK is a Betting Favorite
- UK Basketball: Full speed ahead for Cats: WinchesterSun.com