The Wildcats got the big win they were needing yesterday, and the Big Blue Nation breathes a sigh of relief. But they still have more work to do.
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Not going to lie, I'm exhausted but those are the types of games you get into this job to write about. Tremendous night of sport at Rupp.— Matt May (@TCPMattMay) February 24, 2013
- Mark Stoops: My offensive coordinator had to have a plan
At the end of the day, Stoops still faces an uphill battle to lead the Wildcats to potential SEC East contention, but one thing has become very clear: Kentucky is no longer content with playing second fiddle to the remainder of the conference.That does indeed seem to be the case.
"The next game on our schedule is the biggest game on our schedule, the next one. Everybody wants to talk the NCAA tournament. I’m going to tell you what I said. It’s a Bell curve, folks. They’re going to take 68 teams. They’re not going to say, This year we’re taking 46. So that means some teams that have F’s are passing. It’s a Bell curve," Calipari said.
"What I’ve been trying to tell them all year," Calipari said. " ‘Guys, if you miss a shot or turn it over or break down defensively, forget about it and just keep battling.’ They did a lot of that today."This is a very good point. There were a lot of breakdowns, but for once, very little hanging of the heads. That's a very promising development.
UK is playing better basketball. Let me specify. UK is playing better on offense. It is finding a few scoring answers. Poythress got the ball on the wing and did something with it. It was as if UK coach John Calipari ordered wings with beast sauce. He backed defenders down. He went by them. He scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Kentucky is indeed playing better offensively. Defensively, it is playing significantly worse. But the combination is still producing wins
Kentucky-Missouri notes: Calipari credits crowd for pushing Cats over the top // Kentucky.com
The crowd was a significant factor. It is one of the loudest games at Rupp I can recall recently, and they really got their money's worth.
Five Biggest Winners: Kentucky: Quite a turnaround from last Saturday, eh? The Wildcats knocked off Missouri in overtime on Gameday, picking up their best win of the season and, thanks to Ole Miss losing to South Carolina, giving them their only top 50 win.
In the end, though, Missouri is just Kentucky's first top-50 RPI win. The Wildcats' admission into the tournament is far from settled.This is absolutely right. But at least Kentucky is, right now, a viable candidate. They have to continue to win, but they will have opportunities.
- John Clay: Kentucky enjoys growth spurt right when it's needed most // Kentucky.com
- Dear Julius // Chris Diggs – UK Fan Blog
- "GameDay" personalities weigh in on UK, Cats fans // Kyle Tucker – UK Beat
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On this night, however, they were exactly the – dare we say it? – team they needed to be. Yes, they were a team. They were not a collection of McDonald’s All-Americans and projected lottery picks.Indeed. We could use a lot more of this.
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In pregame layup lines, Schaftenaar dunked which, as harmless as it may sound, is a technical foul. Cal’s Allen Crabbe was given two free throws and he hit one of two. That made the score 1-0 when the game tipped off moments later.So his technical foul provided the margin of defeat? Ouch.
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"Pretty must just frustration at first, disappointment. I was sad. Those were my initial thoughts and emotions. But as time went on, I cooled off, got level headed. Now I'm good, I'm excited."I don't blame him. He saw himself as a big part of Houston's success.
Still, from McCarthy's perspective, it's difficult to risk putting one of your most dynamic offensive players in harm's way on kickoffs and punts. Few teams are willing to assume such a risk -- the Baltimore Ravens using the league's top returner, wide receiver Jacoby Jones, are one notable exception -- and it would appear the Packers would much rather use a less prominent player for the duty.I had a feeling this was coming. Cobb is becoming too valuable to Green Bay to return kickoffs.