Wildcats fans will be out in force for the first basketball exhibition of the season. - John Sommers II
News and comment from around the Big Blue Internet. Patrick Patterson hurt again. Anthony Davis has a big opening night. Kentucky plays Northwood. More.
Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats host the NAIA
champion runner-up Northwood University Seahawks in their first exhibition game of the season.
Tweet of the Morning:
Anthony Davis should be a SO in college. Instead, opened NBA career vs Tim Duncan. Scored 21.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) November 1, 2012
Davis is too good at basketball to be a sophomore in college. He is right where he should be -- earning millions in the NBA.
Those of you wanting a comment from Mitch Barnhart...
Here you go. You won't like it, though.
- Phillips only third in the SEC in seat heat // STLToday.com
Trick or Treat: RTC Hands Out Its Halloween Goodies // Rush The Court
I missed this one yesterday, and it's too bad, too. Consider:
Calipari is not going away, so the basketball machine he oversees in Lexington will keep reeling in five-star talent and keep competing at the highest levels of the sport. Rather than waste your time criticizing his model, learn to accept it and realize that Calipari, just like every other coach, operates on a level competitive playing field – the difference is that Calipari has learned how to maximize it. Any criticism against his ability to take top high school players, leverage their NBA talents into high-win outfits and repeat the process year after year is derived more in jealousy than actual spite.
"We're just awful right now. We don't stay in front of anybody." -- John Calipari
Time to get them better, coach.
Kentucky, Duke, Carolina Place Most Alums on NBA Rosters // ZagsBlog.com
In two more years, Kentucky will blow everyone else away.
Calipari the 25th best coach?
Well, that makes sense -- not!
"Kyle Wiltjer has gotten way better. Ryan Harrow’s way better. The young kids are coming along and doing good. Jon Hood is way better. Jarrod Polson, way better. They’re just, they’re better,"
- Kentucky vs. Northwood History // Ky Cat Stats
No. 8: 2009-10 ‘Draft Cats’ set precedent in Calipari era // The Kentucky Kernel
The Kernel did 3 of these yesterday, so I'm linking them all.
No. 7: ’92 squad lifted program out of probation shadow // The Kentucky Kernel
This one has a special place in my heart.
No. 6: Tubby brings home title in first season // The Kentucky Kernel
Think about this -- Smith went from coaching the greatest program in history to an NCAA Tournament title his first year on the job to leaving Kentucky for... Minnesota. Without getting fired. I'm not being critical, it's just an amazing thing when you think about it.
Calipari not sure if he will play two centers together tonight or not // vaughtsviews
Actually, I thought he was pretty clear that he would be. See his press conference below.
Calipari says Cats starting from scratch defensively // Kentucky.com
Well, that's putting lipstick, lip liner, and lip gloss on a pig. What Calipari meant was, "We suck defensively right now."
Kentucky Sports Radio // Aaron Gordon Will Visit Next Weekend
Yesterday's news, in case you haven't seen it. If Gordon becomes a Wildcat, Julius Randle will probably wind up a Longhorn.
- Cats welcome NAIA #1 for exhibition on Thursday // Ky Cat Stats
- Calipari's comments on Northwood:
Other UK sports
UK women fall in SEC Soccer Tournament // Kentucky.com
Ugh. Men and women.
Volleyball returns home to welcome Ole Miss on Friday // UKAthletics.com
If you haven't voted for volleyball's Ashley Frazier yet for the Senior CLASS award, get thee over there now. Vote early. Vote often.
Senior guard A'dia Mathies has been selected as one of 30 national candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball, it was announced Wednesday. Mathies was chosen for excelling on and off the court. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
- Skinner has team playing the Kentucky 'way' // Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats have an impressive resume to show to the committee, registering wins over No. 9 Florida and No. 39 Louisville as well as a draw with No. 14 Texas A&M. UK entered the night ranked 26th in the NCAA RPI, putting them in position to host a first-round game for the second-straight year.
Arkansas is going to be good this year, I think.
Mike Anderson is recruiting well, and it's going to show up sooner rather than later.
Dai-Jon Parker Suspended Indefinitely from Vanderbilt Basketball Team // Anchor Of Gold
That's bad news for the Commodores. He's one of their best players.
- Is Georgia ready to make a move up the SEC landscape? // Rush The Court
SEC: 5 burning questions for Week 10 // CBSSports.com
Add to list: "Can Kentucky beat anyone without Maxwell Smith?"
The nation's top small forward
Deshaun Thomas is definitely a good one. I'm not sure, though, that Alex Poythress is what you would call a "small forward" in college.
Best of the best: Top 10 3-point shooters // ESPN
There's a name missing...
Other sports news
- Drat. Hatte to hear this about Patrick Patterson.
Dunlap will go with Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson in the backcourt, Kidd-Gilchrist and Byron Mullens at forward and Brendan Haywood at center. The first-year coach picked those five because "they get after it defensively."
- Graham Spanier likely next to be charged in Jerry Sandusky scandal // SBNation.com
Judge To Newspaper - Reveal Name of Commenter // Slashdot
Interesting. Likely to raise First Amendment issues.