Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Rivalry Weekend Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky and Tennessee face off in football's last game of the season today. UK hoops meets the Louisville Cardinals at 1 PM tomorrow. Providence coach doesn't "give a damn" about Kentucky. More.

Today is the last football game of the season, and Senior Day where we farewell our seniors. Then, the game against the Tennessee Volunteers, which should be nothing if not interesting. By the way, I am back from my trip. It was fun, but now, back to the real world — a place I am really glad to return to.

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Oscar is pounding the podium a bit on this one, and I can understand why. With basketball now in full swing, holiday weekend, and neither Tennessee nor Kentucky any good, today's game could be an attendance disappointment.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Tennessee no longer has any Kentucky players on the roster. That's not really surprising, since UK doesn't produce that much football talent.

  • Avery Williamson may be playing his last game in a Wildcat uniform, and being from Tennessee, this a big game for him. He's going to be sorely missed.

  • Do the Wildcats have a few tricks up their sleeves for the Vols? I had a dream last night that Kentucky lost 14-6, but my dream also included Matt Roark at quarterback, and Matt Roark ain't walkin' through that door.

    Trickeration has been a mixed bag for Kentucky this season with some remarkable successes and spectacular failures.

  • Five big things for the Kentucky-Tennessee game. I did not know that Tennessee had never lost eight games in history.

Kentucky basketball
  • This is a little weird.

  • Calipari is hilarious.

  • Providence coach Ed Cooley is not impressed with Kentucky. I'm not impressed with coaches making this kind of locker-room commentary prior to a game, I think it's pretty classless. But hey, whatever. Game on!

Other Kentucky Sports
College football
  • Florida St. and Florida would normally be a big game today, but with the Iron Bowl being as meaningful as it is, and Florida's sudden death spiral, it seems less meaningful. But it would have HUGE BCS ramifications if Florida St. were to lose this game.

  • There's also a big game in the B1G today, although with all the Iron Bowl attention, you'd never know that Ohio St. and Michigan St. renew their annual rivalry this weekend.

  • Speaking of the Iron Bowl, some are saying that this could be the biggest of the series in many years. I don't quite buy that — I think Auburn has been the beneficiary of a favorable schedule, but at this point, it doesn't matter how you got here.

    There have been a lot of big Iron Bowl games, and this is just another of many.

College basketball
  • Villanova upsets Kansas in the Battle 4 Atlantis. What went wrong? Well, for one thing, the Jayhawks were extremely inefficient at 0.83 points per possession. That's some really smelly offense right there, folks, and Villanova was only a little bit better. But three things really stood out as contributors:

    • 60% free throw shooting. When you get to shoot 25 shots and only make 15, your efficiency is going to suffer.
    • 3-point shooting. 2-11 is not a good number, and combined with a low FT conversion percentage, Kansas looked like the team that couldn't shoot straight.
    • Getting beaten on the offensive glass. You can't shoot like crap from everywhere AND get outrebounded and hope to win.

    What does this tell us about Kansas? Nothing really, except that they had a bad game, as young teams will. Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden were almost invisible, managing 12 points between them. Wiggins, a 6'8" player who can jump over the moon managed 2 whole rebounds in this game and had 4 turnovers.

    This is exactly the kind of game that young teams lose early in the season to more experienced teams. This game is a cautionary tale for Kentucky's game tomorrow night in Brooklyn vs. Providence — young talent against quality experience.

  • I am absolutely fine with Louisville's findings that Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware have been cleared of wrongdoing, and contra my good friend Hank's skepticism, I think the Louisville media is doing just fine, and I don't buy any suggestions of a conspiracy of silence. We'll just have to agree to disagree on that.

    I would like to remark, however, that the stories of misbehavior among the Cardinal players are coming thick and fast. Were I a Louisville fan, and I am not, I think I'd be just a bit concerned.

  • The dustup continues between Andy Enfield and Tim Floyd. I find this kind of thing a bit amusing.

  • San Diego St. upsets Creighton. I think SDSU is underrated by the media, and although this was an upset, it wasn't a huge one.

  • Tennessee upsets Xavier, although it really wasn't much of an upset. The Vols are another team that I think doesn't get enough respect.

  • Duke is handled by Arizona. Duke is small. That is a problem for them, and when they face bigger teams, it is showing up. Rob Dauster says that their size won't stop them from contending, but I think he's wrong about that.

  • Is Bo Pelini on the chopping block at Nebraska? Corn Nation has the debate. Bo himself says, "If they want to fire me, go ahead."

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