Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: 2012 NCAA Tournament First Sunday Edition

North Carolina's Kendall Marshall broke his wrist on this play.

Today, we've had all kinds of things happening. North Carolina had some really bad news when they lost their point guard to injury, Michigan St. Spartans survived the insurgent Saint Louis Billikens, and 11 seed N.C. State Wolfpack is in the Sweet Sixteen.

Now, for the rest of the news:


VIDEO: John Calipari Compares Iowa State's Royce White To Charles Barkley // SBNation.com

Calipari is hilarious.


Marquis Teague, Kentucky display potential in rout, eye revenge against IU // SI.com

For the next seven minutes, the Wildcats roared with a ferocity no current college team can match. Anthony Davis blocked shots and slammed home a lob. Darius Miller and Marquis Teague buried jumpers. Terrence Jones crashed the boards. Everyone smothered Iowa State's offense. Hoiberg even drew a technical foul -- the first of his coaching career -- in an attempt to alter momentum and stop the bleeding. It didn't work. Teague's jumper with 9:36 remaining put Kentucky up 64-46, and it erased any hope Iowa State once possessed.

Me likey.


IU-Kentucky rematch is official // News-Sentinel.com

ESPN keeps showing replays of Watford's big shot. UK coach John Calipari has thanked ESPN for doing that because it angers his players and provides motivation.

Heh. This is how you make lemonade from lemons, right here.


Record for blocks is within Kentucky's reach // The Courier-Journal

The University of Kentucky will likely break the NCAA record for blocked shots against Indiana in the Sweet 16 next week. The Wildcats blocked five shots against Iowa State on Saturday night and now have 312 for the season. The national record, set by Connecticut in 2004 in 39 games, is 315.

What records will still stand for blocks after this season?


Kentucky gets another shot at Indiana // bnd.com

It was Teague, remember, who missed the front end of a bonus situation in the final seconds that allowed Indiana to come down and hit the winning shot. It is Teague who is from Indianapolis.

"That was a rough day for us," Teague said. "We hate to lose any game, but the way we lost that made it that much worse.

I don't think Kentucky will lack for motivation against the Hoosiers.


Kentucky coach John Calipari's philosophy may finally produce a championship. - // FOX Sports on MSN

John Calipari isn’t just trying to direct the most talented team he’s ever had to his first NCAA championship. He’s trying to validate a philosophy and approach to building a champion that is distinctly his own – and that has never been successful.

Actually, no, he's really not. His philosophy is the same as most coach's philosophy -- talent is more important than experience. It would be the same way if there were no one and dones. And given his record, that doesn't need validation -- it's unquestionably true.


Teague has career-high 24 to lift top seed Kentucky over Iowa State 87-71 // The Washington Post

“We’ve got nothing to hang our head about. We got beat by the No. 1 overall seed that played an incredible game,” Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We’re going to walk out of Lexington, I’m sorry, where are we? Louisville, with our head held high.”

Fred can be forgiven for not knowing the difference, given how many Wildcats fans were there.


Twenty quick thoughts on Kentucky’s win over Iowa State // John Clay's Sidelines

14. On the podium, the Kentucky players played down the rematch Friday night with Indiana in a Sweet 16 game. In the locker room, it was apparently a different story. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said, “We’re going to pay them back.”

It should matter, but they should avoid making a public thing of it. Keep it in-house for motivation only. Let the media and bloggers speculate.


College Baseball: Gamecocks get swept, Clemson and CCU win // CarolinaLive.com

For the first time since 2006, the Kentucky Wildcats have swept a college baseball series from the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kentucky broke a 3-all tie in the 6th with a three run outburst. Michael Williams plated two runs with a base hit to put the Wildcats ahead to stay. Kentucky now has a record of 21-0, including a 3-0 start to their SEC schedule.

Is coach Henderson about to prove Mitch Barnhart right and me wrong? I could live with that ...


Kentucky says it's playing 'as good as we can' // USATODAY.com

Saturday night, UK went 10 of 20 from 3-point range. And point guard Marquis Teague scored a season-high 24 points, made 10 of 14 shots from the field and dished out seven assists.

Those kinds of numbers are scary. If there ever was a reliable blueprint for beating this UK team, it has been run through a shredder.

Iowa State had a solid game plan. You might look at the score and think Iowa State played poorly. It did not. It did the things, for the most part, it wanted to do.

ISU played well, they just ran into a much better team.


Kentucky has all the answers vs. Iowa State // ESPN

Seriously, how are you going to beat Kentucky in this NCAA tournament? That's what Iowa State -- and maybe the rest of America -- must be thinking after watching the preposterously gifted Wildcats break out a new weapon and push back the Cyclones' upset bid with extreme force in Saturday's 87-71 third-round NCAA tournament victory.

Nothing new about that weapon. We've pulled that gun out before, people just seem to forget after a bad game or two of perimeter shooting.


Bob Knight called Kentucky 'The team playing from the SEC' // Larry Brown Sports

So yeah, if you don’t think this was intentional from Knight, think again. I have no problem with it; the real problem is a dirty coach like John Calipari cruising through the tournament without anyone pointing out how his best seasons end up vacated because of cheating.

I love that you are not happy, Larry. Schadenfreude at your displeasure is really deserved.

Calipari doesn't cheat, but you and Bob Knight do -- you cheat reason by misrepresenting facts, being deliberately duplicitous and trashing the notions of integrity you purport to embrace.


NCAA women in Ames: Kentucky wears down McNeese State // The Des Moines Register

McNeese State didn’t look like a team that was out of its depths Saturday. Not by a long shot.

But depth itself? That was a problem for the 15th-seeded Cowgirls.

Kentucky had eight players score at least six points and wore down tiny McNeese State 68-62 in a first-round NCAA women’s basketball tournament game at Hilton Coliseum.

Congrats to the Kentucky Lady Wildcats for their fantastic first-round victory.


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