Today is Rivalry Game eve, so naturally, it's what's on everybody's mind ... including yours truly.
Tweet of the Morning:
Two elite programs led by men who hate each other, and one of those men used to coach the other team. Yes, UK-UL > UNC-Duke, at the moment.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) December 28, 2012
Parish gets one right, except for one thing -- "at the moment." Always has been, always will be.
“Usually when coaches come to the school you see the coaches and you do not see the Kentucky coaches much at all. I really can’t tell you why,” Quick said. “At first, it surprised me that the Kentucky coaches weren’t at school. After a while, though, you just got used to it and knew they were probably not going to come. I think that’s going to be different now.”I sure as heck hope so.
Which new SEC head coach has the best chance to win next season? // Saturday Down South
So SDS thinks UK will win only 4 games next year. Do you agree?
"Like Kentucky, we have a lot of upside," he said. "Gorgui (Dieng) is nowhere near his potential. WB will get better. The only guy who really needs to focus in and get better is Chane Behanan. He's still not near where I had expected him to be. I'm hoping he'll really improve in the next 2-3 weeks."Just so long as he doesn't do it tomorrow ...
Simply put it's the Battle of the Bluegrass week across our Commonwealth and the fans regardless of the two coaches opinion will make it special this year just like in the past.That's true. The coaches of UK and UofL simply don't get this game, and I don't believe they ever will.
Will Kentucky fans invade Yum Center again? // John Clay's Sidelines
Tom Jurich is a blowhard. There, I feel better.
Conference Power Rankings: SEC // ESPN
Once again, we see a bit too much being made of Harrow. Yes, he's important, but there are other things on this team that are more important.
Calipari will always expect more from Alex Poythress and Cats will need more to win SEC // vaughtsviews
It seems strange to refer to a freshman who is #15 in eFG% and #19 in true shooting % as a "disappointment," but so far, that's how UK fans see Poythress. And rightly so, because he is by no means playing to anywhere near his potential.
On the offensive end, Louisville has weapons and depth, but the Cardinals are not a great shooting team. If you can limit Louisville in two areas -- turnovers and offensive rebounds -- you have a shot to win. The Cards generate a lot of offense off opponents' miscues and second shots.Jay Bilas echoing yours truly.
Kentucky Sports Radio // Demarcus Cousins Obviously Frustrated in Interview
Not sure if this is how Cousins looks when he's frustrated or remorseful.
Kentucky Sports Radio // Fantastic Fibber: Rick Pitino’s 4 Greatest Lies
Heh. Only a fool would take anything Pitino says at face value when it comes to basketball.
- Big Blue Links // John Clay's Sidelines
- Tom Leach // Friday Links
- The Morning Mix // Troy Machir, CollegeBasketballTalk
Breaking: Texas Longhorn Players Questioned in Sexual Assault Investigation // Burnt Orange Nation
Ugh. Bad news for the Longhorns.
- Friday college football bowls: Independence, Russell Athletic, Texas up next // SBNation.com
3-point shot: UCLA looking up // ESPN
UCLA has serious talent. They could become a threat if they figure it out.
Pitino can finally stand toe-to-toe with Calipari this Saturday afternoon. In fact, the Cardinals are a prohibitive favorite heading into the contest. Pitino still doesn't possess the high-end talent of Calipari, who has a trio of likely lottery picks in Noel, Poythress and Goodwin, but what he does have is enough quality players, experience and the return of big man Gorgui Dieng.For once, Goodman is right.
Other sports news
Bomani & Jones says goodbye to 2012 // SBNation.com
Very funny, and most probably right.
The future is already here: How the Pistol Offense is changing the NFL // SBNation.com
Outstanding read. Football fans will enjoy this.
One in four Americans now owns a tablet, according to Pew Research // The Verge
News you can use. I'm one of the 3 who don't right now. Too much touch typing required.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Commander in Gulf War, Dies at 78 // NYTimes.com
May God grant his family peace, and heal their hurts from this loss. He will always be remembered fondly by most Americans.