Happy Good Friday to everyone, especially to those off work or off school.
What a game between the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Arizona Wildcats last night. The last-second shot by LaQuinton Ross was perhaps the play of the tournament so far, and was almost a mirror image of Christian Watford's shot against UK last year. A little deeper, perhaps.
Tweet of the Morning:
By the way, as of yesterday at 6 p.m., Calipari had not had the "NBA talk" with Goodwin, Poythress or Cauley-Stein.— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) March 29, 2013
You know, it's like the "sex talk."
Though UK hasn’t released a depth chart, Dupree and junior college transfer Za’Darius Smith are the favorites to start at defensive end in the Cats’ new 4-3 scheme.
Interesting move by Eliot.
Steve Spurrier wants Barker to be his next QB, but so does Kentucky, to the tune of 115 letters. (Hank)
This is pretty cool if you haven’t seen it. (Via Hank)
Barker said UK, with its mail overload, had convinced him that he’s atop the Cats’ player wish list.
"If they hadn’t before, they definitely have now," he said.
Well, that’s done. At least he’s feeling the love from Stoops he wasn’t from Joker Phillips & Co. (Via Hank)
According to Rowlands at Cat’s Illustrated, this kid has some interest in UK. So, why haven’t we offered? (Hank)
Just wondering if we have a shot at this kid. (Hank)
I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t agree with this.
The coach stopped by St. Augustine on Wednesday to pay a visit to Purple Knights junior forward Craig Victor, a 6-foot-8 prospect ranked among the top 60 players in the country for the Class of 2014 by ESPN.
It’s funny. Kentucky doesn’t extend offers until they know the guy is worth one, but other schools, even bluebloods, rarely wait.
"Cal just reiterated that he wants Andrew at Kentucky and to see if he had questions or concerns about anything," Huntington coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv. "Andrew did not have any."
Can you imagine? Wiggins with this group? Via Aaron’s blog.
This is pretty cool if you haven’t seen it.
Other UK sports
- Softball welcomes No. 5 Tennessee to UK Friday // The Kentucky Kernel
Congratulations to Insell.
- John Clay's SEC Links // John Clay's Sidelines
- John Clay's Big Blue Links // John Clay's Sidelines
- Tom Leach // Friday Links
- The Morning Mix // Troy Machir, CollegeBasketballTalk
This is the kind of stuff you write about football in the middle of March Madness.
Okay, I admit it – I did a happy dance.
All I heard this year was, "Miami this, Miami that."
First Gillispie, now Tubby Smith?
I hope you saw this game. If not … well, you missed a good one.
If the Twitter reax was any indication, May came out on the very short end of this dispute. Gotleib’s comment was awkward, no doubt, and greeted with crickets from the rest of the analysts there, but I think this is the result of hypersensitivity to race that has suddenly become the vogue in recent years.
Okay, so for all you fooz out there that thought Hoiberg was going somewhere, I.E. leaving his alma mater for the money, put this in your pipe and smoke it. Silly wabbits.
Seriously, can you name even one coach who left his non-mid-major alma mater to coach elsewhere? It has probably happened, but it is a very rare circumstance.
Other sports news
I’ll be glad when the flop-aversion finally makes it over to college basketball. Enough is enough, already.
If Kanter is sidelined for more than a game or two, which seems likely, the Jazz will miss him. He averages 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in only 15.6 minutes this season.
Bummer. Get well soon, Enes. Via Aaron’s blog.