The news is kind of sparse around the Big Blue Nation today. Most people are still sweating Calipari to the Bulls, or whether or not we can find some random player to fill the power forward spot for next year's edition of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.
But there are some interesting stories out there. To wit:
Yet counter-intuitive as this sounds, recent history suggests that — as long as the one-and-done rule remains — your best chance for winning NCAA championships may not come from signing the very best players.
I think the history here is really too short to suggest anything. I take Story's argument, but at this point, I'm not buying it. Wild Weasel has a bit of a rebuttal, as well.
Cousins has displayed a surly court demeanor, even punching a Louisville player in a scramble. Some NBA scouts believe he would have benefited from another year at Kentucky, but Greig said he is a typical 19-year-old.
What the hell is wrong with the Boston media these days? Do they have some kind of pathological aversion to getting their facts right?
Do you remember Cousins throwing a punch against Louisville? I surely don't. What a crock.
More after the jump.
13. Tyler Hansbrough, Pacers --Spare Parts Rookie of the Year. If Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Foster, Troy Murphy, or Josh McRoberts needs to replace an arm or kidney, Tyler's there and available. Or maybe they just planned to carve him up and send all his organs overseas. That's a good way to recoup your losses on a blown lottery pick. (BS)
Athlete at bottom of NCAA priorities | KentuckySports.com
Great piece by John Clay. I could not agree more, with all of it.
Brandon Knight is Kentucky's New #11 - Top Ranked PG - OneEntertainmentHoops on blip.tv
New mix tape featuring Brandon Knight.
Is Kentucky's Recruiting Too Good to Win Titles? - Andy Hutchins - The Sporting Blog - Sporting News
Nice work and a good counter-argument to Story.
Calipari wants JV team revived - FOX41.com Louisville News Kentucky Indiana News Weather Sports
Why not, I guess. But don't we need more players?
Tony Barbee makes an instant recruiting splash at Auburn | The Center of Sports
Pretty impressive work getting Cothron. I think his rhetoric is a little over the top, though.
I have been informed this afternoon that former Kentucky Wildcat Tony Delk has entered his name as a candidate for the newly opened assistant position at Western Kentucky.
Delk has reportedly reached out to WKU administration and is highly interested in becoming a member of the coaching staff and the Hilltopper family.
Great for Tony.
Kentucky won't wow anyone with its passing attack, but Randall Cobb remains a dangerous weapon for the Wildcats when he has the ball in his hands.
Some additional comments about SEC and other football squads for next year.
Starkville Daily News - Stricklin named MSU Athletic Director
Good for Scott Stricklin. We seem to be sending lots of people to Mississippi State these days.
Outlook: The Wildcats have enough players, especially on offense, to continue their recent run of success and play a role in the Eastern Division race.
I think that's right.
- Vilarino leaving Gonzaga - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - May 7, 2010
- Scout.com: Tyus Makes Right Decision, Sorry Dad
Broker sues Louisville assistant basketball coach over Kentucky Derby 2010 tickets | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
Old news. This could be interesting, though.
Cooper, Little Pitch UK to Series-Evening Win over No. 4 South Carolina - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Kentucky takes the series against the #4 Gamecocks over the weekend.
"We have enough good players,'' Calipari said. "I'll spend the next few months trying to figure it out. I'd like to have four perimeter guys who are 6-3 or taller and one big guy defensively, who can set ball-screens, trail and run to the post and elbow and play. Hopefully if we face a 1-3-1, we'll make more 3s."
We should have the team to do that next year. In fact, I suspect we'll see a team a lot more like some of Pitino's squads that shoot threes all the time and play more presses on defense.
Next year's team can really benefit from an even higher tempo than we played last year, because the wings will be smaller and quicker.
I will say that Kentucky was playing for its life. The Wildcats are on the SEC tourney bubble (as well as the NCAAs) so it’s not surprising they played really hard at home with just two conference weekends left.
The Bat Cats need more of this, too.
There's the race for eighth place, which is just as interesting because of what's at stake. Tennessee (11-13) holds a one-game lead over Alabama and a two-game lead over Kentucky in the battle for the final spot in the SEC Tournament, to be held May 26-30 at Regions Park in Hoover. The top eight teams qualify.
The 'Cats are going to have to win some games between now and then, and the Vols probably need to stumble.