Big Blue Linkapalooza: North Carolina Eve Edition

It may have gone mostly unnoticed, but Eloy Vargas had a great game versus St. Johns in limited minutes.

This seems more like Christmas Eve to Kentucky fans than merely the day before a big game. The time for the highly-anticipated UNC-UK game is coming very fast.

But today's links are as much about last night's reviews as tomorrow's contest.

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Kentucky basketball notes: Calipari expects fast-paced Carolina game | University of Kentucky Sports News | Lexington Herald-Leader

"It'll be up and down," Calipari said before adding, "If it's too much up and down, we'll get killed."

Alabama loses to Georgetown on a last-second three.

North Carolina-Kentucky game comes down to the outside shot - BostonHerald.com

Afterward, UK Coach John Calipari praised his team’s defense and lamented its offense. "Inept," was how he described the Cats’ early-game performance.

Our transition defense was deplorable, despite the fact that the Johnnies weren't able to exploit it.

Kentucky Rolls Past St. John’s, 81-59 - NYTimes.com

"It’s like shooting over a tower," Lindsey said of the 6-foot-10 Davis. "I didn’t know he was as long as he is and as athletic as he is. It was tough."

North Carolina's P.J. Hairston to miss Kentucky game - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News

North Carolina freshman sharpshooter P.J. Hairston did not break his wrist in a fall during the win over Wisconsin, but he will miss Saturday afternoon's showdown at No. 1 Kentucky.

Kentucky Rolls Past St. John’s, 81-59 - NYTimes.com

"It’s like shooting over a tower," Lindsey said of the 6-foot-10 Davis. "I didn’t know he was as long as he is and as athletic as he is. It was tough."

North Carolina's P.J. Hairston to miss Kentucky game - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News

North Carolina freshman sharpshooter P.J. Hairston did not break his wrist in a fall during the win over Wisconsin, but he will miss Saturday afternoon's showdown at No. 1 Kentucky.

Eric Crawford | Kentucky freshmen basketball players are fluent on defense in rout of St. John's -- The Courier-Journal

St. John's not only had trouble making shots in this game, it had trouble taking them. When Calipari pulled his starters with two minutes left, UK had more blocked shots (a school-record 18) than St. John's had field goals (17).

Rapid Reaction: Kentucky 81, St. John's 59 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Is the UNC-Kentucky series on its way out? - North Carolina Basketball Blog - ESPN

Officials at both UK and UNC this week said they’re hoping to extend the annual series between two of the top three all-time winningest programs, which will face off for the 12th straight season Saturday at Rupp Arena. The contract -- usually re-upped for two-year, home-and-home intervals -- expires this season.

Will Kentucky And North Carolina Take A One Season Break? | Rick Bozich

But I’ve heard that North Carolina could actually disappear next season and then return.

Why?

To set up a rotation where UK doesn’t play at UNC and U of L during the same season. At Louisville, home with the Tar Heels one year. At UNC and home against the Cardinals the next season.

This actually does make some sense. I could live with that.

Consultant unveils ideas for reinventing Rupp Arena and surrounding area -- Kentucky.com

Stacey Poole hasn’t picked next college | The Kentucky Kernel
Hat Tip: Aaron's blog

Rumor Updates: Chuck Hayes and Rajon Rondo

Anthony Davis: Bring on North Carolina -- ZagsBlog.com

"I’m really looking forward to it," the 6-foot-10 Davis said after notching 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks. "Henson plays just like me. He’s a great shot-blocker and I just can’t wait to go against him Saturday."

Bomani Jones and Matt Ulford join SB Nation.

Please Stop Making The Syracuse Scandal All About Jim Boeheim - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

We know that writers have to write stories about this, and that Jim Boeheim's the most recognizable face in the room, but attacking Boeheim for not being somber/angry enough just seems like it's missing the point. Nothing's been proven yet, and after defending his friend at first and ultimately backtracking, it's pretty rational for Boeheim to be reluctant to make any bold gestures until the investigation's concluded.

Besides, this story really isn't about Jim Boeheim. So far as we know, this isn't a Joe Paterno situation--Boeheim had no idea what was happening with Bernie Fine.

I agree with Andrew. The media is like a pack of ravening hounds, heedless of fact, seeking only to rend the most famous person they can find.

It needs to stop.

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