See Rotnei Clarke celebrate. See the Butler fans staying put. Will Hoosier fans notice? - USA TODAY Sports
Today's brunch is full of tasty offerings from around the Big Blue Internet, including: IU falls to Butler, Tom Crean misdiagnoses why. Calipari displeased with progress of Wildcats, but acknowledges that some is being made. Neal Brown impresses UK commit. Plenty more where that came from.
The Butler Bulldogs beat the Indiana Hoosiers in Indianapolis yesterday. Despite beating the #1 team in the country, the Bulldogs fans did not rush the floor like IU did against UK last year. Instead, they acted like they have beaten highly-ranked teams before, which they have. First class effort by the Bulldogs, but do you think the Hoosier fans will figure out how to act? Feel free to provide your answers below.
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Stoops said he was going to recruit Ohio. Looks like he wasn't kidding.
Neal Brown impresses UK QB commit Reese Phillips as well as his parents and coach // vaughtsviews
The good football news keeps on coming.
Mark Stoops as the Y in Rupp Arena // Nation of Blue
Getting the full treatment early in his coaching career.
Kentucky football names special teams coach // The Courier-Journal
I noted this yesterday during the game thread, and Wild Weasel also linked it in the postmortem, I believe, but in case you missed it ...
Kentucky football boosts pay for new coordinators // Kentucky.com
Will significantly increasing the coach's compensation make a difference? We shall see.
"Still, again, I believe that Julius Mays outrebounded him for the game. You can take that however you want to take it. But those numbers don’t lie."This. Poythress still lacks the kind of intensity required of him. I hope he discovers it sooner rather than later.
As the 300 students from Walnut Hills began taunting the nation’s top-rated player with "overrated" and "U-S-A", the Canadian elevated his game and finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead Huntington Prep to a 61-54 win over the Cincinnati school in front of 3,000 fans during the first day’s final game at Boyd County Middle School.Anyone who has read "Ender's Game" knows that messing with a Wiggin (or in this case, Wiggins) is ... unwise.
Calipari’s bench becomes a classroom // The Kentucky Kernel
I just wonder if any actual learning is happening.
John Calipari on the Team Learning to "Talk" // Everything Kentucky Online
"I don't care that he made shots, he got rebounds." -- Calipari on Kyle Wiltjer's game.
This video encapsulates my feelings perfectly. Yes, the team has improved -- a small amount. They have to make a significant leap, particularly in consistency, in the next two weeks to be competitive with Louisville in the Yum! Center.
Can they? I don't know.
- John Clay: UK basketball must change now or struggle later // Kentucky.com
Other UK sports
- Cats Travel to California for Two-game Road Swing // UKAthletics.com
After a program-record fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the University of Kentucky softball team led by sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson has announced a challenging 2013 schedule, which features matchups against six Women's College World Series teams from a season ago, including both teams that played in the national championship series.
"The bottom line for us: We didn’t rebound the ball today," Crean said. "We missed some shots, we missed some free throws, but for me the big theme for where we’ve got to improve is in our rebounding.It's pretty bad when a coach doesn't realize why he lost a game. The reason IU lost is because of their defense, not their rebounding. When he looks at the stats, I'd like to hope Crean will recognize his error.
Butler won this game because they outshot the Hoosiers significantly from the field. The Hoosiers also, despite getting to the line a ridiculous number of times (fouls were 27-18 in favor of IU), did not shoot well from the line. In a close game, that matters a lot.
Alex Barlow helps Butler upset No. 1 Indiana at the Crossroads Classic // ESPN
Butler didn't even storm the court. That's a team that thinks it has been here before. The IU students and fans should take note of how that works.
'Catholic 7' officially announce separation from Big East // CBSSports.com
"I never saw this coming," said nobody, ever.
No. 5 Florida’s failure to close halves proves costly in Tucson // CollegeBasketballTalk
Ouch. This one doesn't help our cause.
Late Night Snacks: Gators beat Gators in our Game of the Night // CollegeBasketballTalk
"Gators beat Gators?" Yikes.
- Butler president plays coy about realignment // CollegeBasketballTalk
Other sports news
The results were not favorable, as tests showed Patterson has a bone bruise in his right foot.Damn. He has been having a great season, too.
Dying Kentucky Boy's Wish: A New Guinness Christmas Card Record // ABC News
Worth every minute you spend reading it.