Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Who Dat Edition

Congratulations to UK Hoops -- 30 straight home victories! - Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Hoops beats Florida, wins 30th home game in a row. Reaction to Calipari's tecno-Cats. Memphis can't make up it's mind about Tennessee. Arizona dodges bullet, Colorado looks to have been screwed. More.

Sorry for the absence of the quickies yesterday, but most of my customers do not celebrate Christmas. As a result, pent-up demand for stuff was visited upon me over the holidays, and that had to be dealt with. It happens. It will get better. Moving on.

Belated congratulations to the Louisville Cardinals for winning the Sugar Bowl. They did what Kentucky has not done in 25 years or so and beat the Florida Gators. They played with class, and the Gators acted like juvenile morons. The Cardinals deserve acknowledgement for that. Now they have it. I'm not happy about it, because in the zero-sum game of Kentucky sports, it reflects badly on Kentucky football. Hopefully, Stoops & Co. will undo that soon.

Tweet of the Morning:

Heh. "Won the Internet." Hilarious.

Just in case you missed what he's talking about:

Heh.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky basketball
  • Morning Five: 01.04.13 Edition // Rush The Court

    When John Calipari released a series of posts on Wednesday night mentioning something special on Thursday morning we were expecting something ridiculous like the videos he posted of the housing for Kentucky basketball players several months ago. Instead, he posted a fairly in-depth article about how closely he is monitoring his players. Although this lacks the "wow" factor that we have come to expect from Calipari’s surprises it is an interesting look at the level of detail top programs tend to go through in training there players (we doubt that Calipari is really as far ahead of other coaches as the media would have you believe outside of his social network wizardry).
    I don't know, I was pretty wowed. Maybe i'm just easily wowed. :-)
  • Kentucky, Indiana among teams to buy in annual College Hoops Stock Report // Seth Davis - SI.com

    The Wildcats' floor is clearly rising, but I'm not sure their ceiling is as high as many believe. Their second-half comeback at Louisville would not have happened if the Cardinals didn't get into major foul trouble. Alex Poythress' passive play is befuddling. And their foul shooting is atrocious across the board. Still, UK's stock price has gone sharply south since it was ranked No. 3 to start the season. The players are too talented and the league is too weak for them not to continue their climb.

    Whenever you hear the "but for foul trouble, UK would have lost huge" comment, you should scoff mercilessly at the person making it. It is risible.

    But for their aggressive, physical play, the Cardinals would never have built a huge lead. Whenever you play like that, you are going to make fouls. Russ Smith and Peyton Siva should have fouled out just after the half if not for the leniency of the officials.

    Rare is the team that can play as aggressively as Louisville against a very talented team and not collect a lot of fouls, just as it's rare when you can get away with murder on a busy street in broad daylight.

  • John Calipari using technology to make sure young Kentucky team plays with heart // Yahoo! Sports

    Kentucky isn't breaking new ground here. Other teams have used the technology as a motivator and teaching tool, but it was interesting to read how Calipari sees it helping him as a coach and how he sees it helping his players when he wrote about it today on CoachCal.com.
    I figured UK wasn't the first to get on this idea. Better late than never.
  • Harrow and Calipari both know point guard has to keep improving despite recent success // vaughtsviews
    Harrow has played well lately, but he can play better. 4 turnovers last game is one area.

  • Conference Power Rankings: ACC // ESPN
    Never thought I'd be saying this, but here I go again ... Go Terps!

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  • How is Anthony Davis Progressing as an NBA Rookie? - Yahoo! Sports

    What I find perplexing is that the Hornets never seem to run their offense through Davis. I realize he's an NBA rookie, but he's only going to improve through experience. I thought Greivis Vasquez and Anthony Davis would be the "Crescent City Connection" version 2.0, but Vasquez feeds more alley-oops to Al-Farouq Aminu than Davis.
  • Ultimate Rockets // Patterson makes case for starting gig as Rockets top Hornets

    Patrick Patterson did not hesitate, contrary to the split second he waited before launching the 3-pointer that put away the Rockets’ victory Wednesday night. Asked about continuing to come off the bench, as he has in three games since missing seven with a bruised foot, he immediately said he wanted his starting job back.
    Was that extra year at UK good to Patterson? Oh, yeah. That's when he really learned to shoot the three.
  • Clippers Roll Even as Eric Bledsoe Becomes a Drag // NYTimes.com

    One of the most entertaining stories of the first 20 games of this season was the Clippers backup guard Eric Bledsoe. Not only were his statistics astounding — he held the second highest Player Efficiency Rating among point guards at 24.4 through Dec. 14 (only his teammate Chris Paul had a higher PER) — but he was also a thrill to watch.
  • John Wall returns to practice for Wizards // John Clay's Sidelines
    Well, good. All right, John, go get 'em.

  • 49ers' David Akers leaves Twitter after death threats
    Twitter needs to address this. Death threats are unacceptable, and any person doing them should be referred to the FBI for prosecution. Twitter has a responsibility to stop this activity somehow, or at least try.

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