Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Post-Vanderbilt Edition

Ah, the praise. Ah, the accolades. Ah, the two media voters who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge Kentucky's superiority. Well, maybe Louisville will beat the Syracuse Orange tonight in the Chicken Ranch.

I'm committing what some might consider heresy and going all in for the Cards tonight. Why? because some Syracuse fans have annoyed me lately, and this is my revenge.

Lay the wood to 'em, Fat Wayne. Now, for the news:


Kentucky Sports Radio // Did Steve Tchiengang punch Teague?

This was arguably a flagrant 1 at least, but I guess the officials missed it.


Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Nerlens Noel Has 'Great' Time At Loud House // SB Nation New York

For what it's worth.


Taking a hard look at Anthony Davis' block party in Lexington // Searching for Billy Edelin

Ridiculous is right.


Is Anthony Davis Truly Deserving of #1? // HOOPSWORLD

It’s not really fair to compare any freshmen to a Hall of Famer, but if there’s anyone worthy of it it’s Davis. Nothing against North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, UConn’s Andre Drummond or even his teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Davis is the number one pick regardless of the winner of the draft lottery.

This is exactly right. Those speculating others may supplant him are either delusional or uninformed.


Gomez Clincher Powers UK to 4-3 Win Over No. 30 Notre Dame // Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site

Kentucky (9-0) is off to its best start in the 30-year tenure of Emery. Including the win on Sunday over No. 30 Notre Dame, UK has taken down six ranked teams, including No. 12 Pepperdine and No. 22 Tulsa. The Wildcats have also taken down No. 29 Indiana, No. 53 Michigan State and No. 57 North Carolina State. UK’s win over Pepperdine was its 21st over a top-25 ranked team since the start of the 2009 season.

Teague 'running the team' to Cal's liking // Kentucky.com

Calipari to Teague: "In this kind of game, those two are huge because the game is too tight."

Teague to Calipari: "I got you. They aren't scoring on me again."

That's the attitude we need, and Teague has really, really improved recently.


Kentucky Could Steal Another Top 2013 Running Back from Georgia

I would love to see that.


Bracketology 2012: Duke Finally Steps Up To The No. 1 Line // SBNation.com

Sorry, Chris. No sale. Duke is not worthy of a #1 seed by virtue of a last-second upset considering their entire body of work. Kansas is more worthy.


UT must contain Mathies // The Leaf Chronicle – Clarksville, Tenn., and Fort Campbell | theleafchronicle.com

Go lady Wildcats, beat Tennessee!


John Wall Outduels Brandon Knight


John Clay: Cats earn impressive win // Kentucky.com

And it had nothing to do with this being ESPN’s GameDay or some UK fans’ misguided attempts to wreck it, or the crabby Digger Phelps, or the benches on the baseline, or any of that off-the-floor stuff.

Here’s what was impressive: Finally, Kentucky had to take a punch in the second half from a good team playing on the good team’s home floor.

Indeed.


What we learned from Saturday night // College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

If Christian Watford's last-second shot doesn't fall in Assembly Hall on Dec. 10 -- back when Kentucky was still figuring things out -- the Cats are undefeated and we're talking less about this sudden surge of brilliance than whether UK could make it to the NCAA tournament with an unbeaten record. This team is one shot -- one 10-second defensive breakdown -- away from legendary comparisons.

I like it. I have nothing to add.


Mark Story: Remembering Jim Dinwiddie // Kentucky.com


Roundball chatter // ESPN

Dickie V. Shares some thoughts.


Not all flash: Kentucky's blue-collar defense sets it apart

These Wildcats play with dirt in their nails and sweat on their brow. They bump you off the block and push you to the edge of frustration with speed and length best used on the defensive end of the floor.

...

It's slow and painful for opponents, and if it wasn't for a 10-second stretch late in Bloomington, these Wildcats would be in discussions for the record books playing a possession-by-possession game that may not match their head coach's persona, but the outcomes meet the "salesman's" expectations perfectly.

Cluelessness like this is a travesty. When have you ever seen a team that does not reflect the personality of their coach?

Pat Morita said it best as Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid: "Teacher say, student do."


Kentucky Sports Radio // An Interview With Archie Goodwin


New UK DB ‘just loves to tackle’ // Jody Demling – Recruiting

You've got to love guys like this.


Wildcats Thunder Blog // UK's Marquis Teague named SEC Freshman of the Week

Well earned.


UK to hold televised scrimmage Wednesday // John Clay's Sidelines


Doron Lamb understands his job is to shoot like he did late to help beat Vanderbilt // vaughtsviews

"The zone was troublesome I would say," Calipari admitted. "Normallly we make more shots and it’s hard for teams to stay in a zone. But I could not get Doron to take a shot. I took him out and said, ‘If you are not going to shoot, you are not going back on the court. Your job is to shoot.’ He and Darius (Miller) have to shoot for us."

Exactly. Shoot the ball, Doron. You're not out there because you are a great defender, that's for sure.


Weekly Bracketology: 02.13.11 // Rush The Court

Much better than Chris Doberteen's


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