Anthony Davis, Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. I hear he's renting space at Ft. Knox for his trophy case ... - Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports
News and commentary from around the Big Blue Nation. Anthony Davis is Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, and also is in the BBVA Rising Stars challenge. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also Rising Star. Lane Kiffin still an idiot. More.
Congratulations to Anthony Davis for being selected by Kentucky sportswriters as Sportsman of the Year. John Calipari finished second.
Tweet of the Morning:
Phil Mickelson was thisclose to shooting a 59 yesterday -> bit.ly/WFt4Zt— ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2013
"The cruelest 60 you will ever see." I have to say, despite the implausible incongruence of the phrase "cruelest 60" when applied to a golf score, it seems to fit this.
National Signing Day: Florida's "Big Three" football programs struggling to secure prospects from Broward and Palm Beach counties as National Signing Day approaches // OrlandoSentinel.com
Via Mr. Hanky. This is good news for teams like us. Even if this changes back the way it was to some degree, the leavings and scrapings from the big Florida schools are always worth having. Not only that, if just a few of the high-profile guys are willing to look elsewhere, that's good news for Kentucky.
It is 6:19 AM and I am going out on a limb (rolling eyes) // A Sea Of Blue
Read this if you haven't. It's been reported elsewhere, but Mr. Hanky was one of the first to pick it up.
Conference Power Rankings: SEC // ESPN
So UK defeats Ole Miss, yet is still behind them in this "power poll?" Okay, whatever.
Sportsman: Davis, Calipari best U of L trio // Kentucky.com
Well, that's no surprise.
If you look at the schedules of teams like Duke and Miami. Kentucky played six (6!) teams outside the top 200 in the non-con. How many did Duke play of that low quality? One. Miami? Three. Kansas had 4, but they had a bunch of top 50, way more than KentuckyThe RPI is really no mystery, it's just math that looks at your opponents and your opponent's opponents. When the teams you lose to actually help your RPI more than many of the teams you've beaten, you don't get to ask this question.
Look, let's be honest: We are a "sneering blueblood," and I don't apologize for it one bit. Because teams that aren't sneering bluebloods rarely win national titles, and honestly, if others want to settle for the occasional Final Four or conference championship, who am I to harsh their mellow?I've lost count of the number of pretenders and wanna-be's that have come on to the blog with the explicit purpose of poking the monster. If that's what fans from the "nice" schools do, I'm happy to be a fan of Snidely Whiplash.
Other UK sports
- Baseball season previews: Shepherd carries prep success into SEC // Cat Scratches
Cousino Named Baseball America Preseason All-America // UKAthletics.com
Baseball season is getting close.
Gymnastics Hosts No. 6 LSU // UKAthletics.com
Another opportunity for the Gym Cats to excel.
- Tom Leach // Friday Links
- John Clay's Big Blue Links // John Clay's Sidelines
- The Morning Mix // Troy Machir, CollegeBasketballTalk
Lane Kiffin takes blame for USC Trojans 2012 season // ESPN
Great. Now he can take the blame for wrecking Tennessee's program, because he was certainly responsible for a lot of it.
No special treatment for Jadeveon Clowney // NBC Sports
That's only because he doesn't have to suit up against him and deal with this. LSUFreek improved it a little.
Basketball means more in Indiana // ESPN
More than what? Common sense? Actual intelligence? I'd buy that for a dollar.
Other sports news
Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist selected to BBVA Rising Stars Challenge // Rufus on Fire
That's 2 Wildcats so far this year. And a Wildcat-beater.
Changes released Thursday across SB Nation // Blog Huddle
Some changes to the site which you may or may not have noticed by now.