Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Dominicans on the Cusp Edition

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Yesterday, John Calipari's Dominican Republic team lost to the highly-ranked Russian team. That puts them on the cusp of elimination, but they still have a chance to make the Olympics. The Dominicans play Macedonia tomorrow, and the loser goes home.

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Yes, I have a man-crush on Archie. So sue me.

Your links follow the jump.

Tom Leach // Thursday Links

Kentucky Sports Radio // Karen Sypher Conviction Affirmed

No surprise here.

Transy, UK exhibition game announced

Well, the Battle for Broadway is renewed.

Kentucky Sports Radio // Anthony Davis worked out today

Good to hear. I'm glad to see he is not as badly hurt as originally feared.

Doug Collins finally got a gold medal | CollegeBasketballTalk

The 1972 US Olympic basketball team was cost a gold medal when the Soviet Union was given three chances to inbound the ball and score with just seconds left on the clock and the score 50-49. Doug Collins, who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, had hit two free throws to give the Americans the lead, but the Soviet Union eventually scored on a layup from Aleksandr Belov for a 51-50 win.

Unforgettable, but horrible.

Teague is Ready to Work

Starting five: Northwestern on NCAA cusp, Rodney Hood will star at Duke, John Calipari masters draft night - NCAA Basketball // Sporting News

When Calipari says draft night is the most important night for Kentucky, what he means is each of those processions leads to future success for the Wildcats. Prospects see their predecessors getting drafted in record numbers and figure it can happen for them.


Four prominent AAU teams banned from July events due to ties to an agent // The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports

The NCAA made the decision based on an email from agent Andy Miller to four directors, T.J. Gassnola (New England Playaz), Matt Ramker (Florida Rams), Desmond Eastmond (Worldwide Renegades) and Tony Edwards (SEBL Elite All-Stars). In the language of a seventh-grader sending a text message, Miller chides those four men for not recruiting enough future NBA draft picks for him in return for his financial support for their teams.

Blatant cheating that even the NCAA can find.

Top Player For 2015 Already Playing For Calipari // | Lexington, Kentucky

Towns has it together both on and off the court. He's also tops in his class with a 4.3 GPA. Plus, the advice he gets from his family is to work hard and stay humble.

Great player. Great student. Would make a great Wildcat.

New on Next Cats: Who are the 2014 Kentucky basketball prospects? // Recruiting -

Canadian superstar Andrew Wiggins leads an impressive group of potential UK recruits that includes several five-star players, two in-state standouts and two others who have previously played high school basketball in Kentucky.

Could 2014 be better than 2013?

Man describes tornado as it almost hits him.

Man, this is just messed up.

Maysville July 4th Parade Will Honor Darius Miller // ABC36 News WTVQ Lexington Kentucky


Blogs - - Ryan Harrow talks about how he has adjusted since leaving N.C. State for Kentucky

on being a part of last season's championship team ... "It was a good experience just to be playing with those types of guys, working out with them, seeing the process they went through to win the national championship. It was hard for me not being able to play and contribute on the court during the games, but I think I contributed in other ways by going hard in practice and being there for the guys."

Definitely worth a read. I think Harrow is going to be a lot better than most think. // Former N.C. State guard Ryan Harrow ready to play for Kentucky

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