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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. The 49ers and the Ravens face off in New Orleans today. UK men's basketball beats Texas A&M. Hoops hosts #13 Georgia. UK rifle beats #1 West Virginia. More.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. No matter what kind of sports you like, it's un-American not to watch the Super Bowl if you can. So says I, anyway. Petra and I will be watching, munching chicken wings and snack food and feeling very American -- and fortunate.
Tweet of the Morning:
With a win today, Coach Matthew MItchell would move into a tie for second place on the UK coaching all-time wins list.— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) February 3, 2013
Mitchell is making a lot of noise.
- 2013 Preferred Walk-Ons // Ky Cat Stats
So does being at UK make it extra important to be able to assess talent?
"That's a big part of it," he said. "It is and always will be."
- Mays saves the day in UK's overtime win // CoachCal.com
UK basketball notebook: Kentucky molds tough players on court despite cushy treatment off it // Kentucky.com
Sometimes, Tipton writes the strangest articles. This is one of them.
John Clay: Mays' senior leadership shines through // Kentucky.com
Uncle Julius definitely played well yesterday.
The Wildcats (15-6, 6-2) prevailed despite having nearly twice as many turnovers as the Aggies (19 to 10), including 13 in the second half. Nerlens Noel and Julius Mays led Kentucky with 19 points each.I remember a time earlier this year when we took care of the ball. What happened?
"The biggest thing is, when teams make runs at us, we don't have a swagger. We have none. As a matter of fact, we almost look defeated."Sadly, this is true. It's particularly true of our point guard, and it's contagious.
I think this is a very good summation of Alex Poythress:
There are some major concerns though from an NBA perspective. He doesn’t have a great feel for the game. He is athletic and can make some plays, but he just isn’t a smart player. It’s almost like he doesn’t realize that this isn’t high school and he isn’t going to outrun and outjump everyone, and he hasn’t adjusted. The tools are there, he just needs to figure it out – which can be tough, because he simultaneously has to be improving.
I think this is exactly right. But despite that, he goes on to evaluate Poythress' draft prospects, which may surprise you.
Other UK sports
The Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 1 West Virginia on Saturday 4704 - 4695 to cap off a perfect 6-0 conference season and take the Great American Rifle Conference Regular Season Championship, Kentucky's sixth GARC regular season title in program history and third in as many years.
- UK Hoops Vs. Georgia Lady Bulldogs Preview and Game Thread // A Sea Of Blue
Nebraska Recruiting: How to Become a Recruitnik Part One // Corn Nation
For those of you wondering how to follow recruiting, here's some good advice. Via Mr. Hankly
Florida football recruiting: Florida won't let Quinton Powell commit on NSD, according to reports // Alligator Army
Via Mr. Hanky. This is one of the things making Kentucky more successful in Florida. While it's easy to condemn teams for doing this, all it does is provide hungrier teams with an opportunity.
Florida passes its toughest test of season // ESPN
Conversely, Ole Miss had a very bad week.
Other sports news
- Gabriel's Take: Davis deserved Athlete of Year but others deserved mention
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Took a Knee to the Head, Spent the Night in the Hospital, Fortunately, He Only Has a Concussion // The Big Lead
It looked scary but the good news is, MKG is okay.