Tonight, both the Kentucky women's and men's basketball team take on Baylor in a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas (near Dallas).
Tweet of the Morning:
Mark Stoops says UL Asst Coach Clint Hurtt is "too easy of a target" and he won't respond to coach's FB trash talk http://t.co/9r079f1IsK— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 5, 2013
Heh. And that's how you handle that. And:
- Derrick Kelly, who recently reopened his recruitment, got an offer from LSU. I don't really like our chances at keeping this guy.
Smack talk from Baylor! Shots fired! Let's see if they can back up that confidence.
"Coming out of high school, everyone wants to go with the hype," he said. "Kentucky was the hype. … I made the best decision for me coming here. Coach [Scott] Drew is just as great a coach as coach [John] Calipari. We have just as great as faculty and staff. … Kentucky is not better than us in any way, shape or form."
Never mind the eight NCAA Tournament championships. These aren't the trophies you're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.
Matthew Mitchell is appreciative of John Calipari:
"He’s been so supportive of our program from the very first day he got here," Mitchell added. "The first day he was here, he came into our office and was positive that day and has been positive ever since. Personally, he’s been very supportive of me as a young coach, and shared a lot of wisdom with me over the years."
This is a head-scratcher from a normally competent Dana O'Neil:
First up is Baylor. The Bears, like always, are offense first, defense sometimes but the offense this year is especially good. Baylor is shooting 50 percent from the floor, averaging nearly 80 points per game. They’ll be more than happy to push tempo against Kentucky and with a roster that goes nine deep, Scott Drew has the bodies to push that tempo, more bodies especially than Kentucky.
Okay, did I just sniff glue, or is she implying that Kentucky doesn't have a deep bench? Both Scott Drew and John Calipari play around 9 players per game, and we have more McDonalds All-Americans on our bench than Baylor has on their whole team. Get it right, Dana.
SB Nation's Our Daily Bears studies film of Kentucky. The only quibble I have with this is that Kentucky "relies a little to heavily on Julius Randle." James Young is our leading scorer, and although we do run our offense through Randle (any team would)
, he doesn't get the most shot or score the most points.
Storylines from the Baylor perspective.
Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com talks about the awesomeness of AT&T Stadium, where all the basketball happens tonight. This is impressive:
Among the many staples of the venue, AT&T stadium features the world’s fourth-largest high definition video screen. It hangs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line above the football field.
Other Kentucky sports
- Hard to believe that UK is favored over Baylor after all the Brittney Griner years.
College and Magnolia looks at the Missouri offense. I know one thing - small defensive backs are going to have trouble against them.
College football coaching carousel. Keep track here.
Jameis Winston is unlikely to be indicted. Very unlikely, barring some kind of... you know, evidence of guilt.
- Luke Winn's Power Rankings. I still don't get OSU being #3 in this, it really baffles me. I'm fine with Arizona due to some big recent wins. I get Syracuse and MSU. OSU, not so much.