Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Drew Barker Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Nation. Drew Barker to choose between Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and a few others today. NCAA tweaks college basketball rules. UK Tennis ready for NCAA Tournament. More.

Today is Drew Barker day. If Barker commits to the Wildcats, it will be … well, not galactically enormous, but pretty darn big. If Kentucky loses him, it will be disappointing, but that’s about all.

Let’s be honest, though – that loss is on Joker and his staff, if it happens, and I don’t mind saying so because Barker has effectively said so himself. Mark Stoops and Neal Brown have done everything they rationally could have to get this guy. Kudos to them, however it turns out.

Tweet of the Morning:

That would be something, wouldn’t it?

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • The big question: What will Drew do? We’ll know sometime today.

  • Interesting. Stoops should be able to accomplish this with ease. "Pretty low bar," in this case, is a significant understatement when the bar is 2-10 (via Hank).

  • Finding talent in small places. We’ve not looked there, but others have (Hank).

  • Ky Cat Stats talks about the impact of Drew Barker’s decision. They consider him a must-get more for reasons of perception than reasons of actual need. That’s probably right, but I don’t quite put him in the "must-get" category due to the failure of the previous staff. To me, he’d be a very nice get.

  • Former Wildcat says Barker is a lock for UK. HOPE!

Kentucky basketball
  • This was linked yesterday by Wild Weasel Hoboat, but it deserves a spot on the front page. It’s about the Committee of 101, who support Kentucky basketball in many ways. This is definitely a group of Kentucky supporters that deserve your love, so next time you are in Rupp and see that blue blazer, thank them for what they do.

  • Yes, DeMarcus Cousins is a polarizing and mercurial figure, both while he was at Kentucky and now. But he’s still one of my favorites.

  • Coach Cal invites former president Bill Clinton to his basketball camp. Why not?

  • Maryland’s Alex Len a better prospect than Nerlens Noel? Jonathan Tjarks of SB Nation thinks so:

    Noel is an intriguing prospect, but in my opinion, he’s not even the best center, much less the best player, available in this year’s draft. Maryland sophomore Alex Len is bigger and more skilled than Noel.

    My response is, "Well, duh." But being bigger and more skilled than Nerlens Noel, at this point, could be used to describe almost every legitimate center in college basketball.

    Let’s be honest – Noel is not a very good basketball player, but he is an extraordinary, other-worldly athlete. That’s why teams will rush to take chances on him, and Len will languish somewhere mid-pack. NBA teams have seen what happens when below average basketball players possessing extraordinary athleticism grow up, and the examples are many – Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Russel Westbrook, Gerald Wallace, etc.

    None of these guys were good basketball players coming out of college, but all of them developed games, and their freakish athleticism gave them far more punch when they did.

    Len is skilled, but he is not particularly athletic. He is definitely a guy you’d want to draft, but when Noel develops an offensive game, he will be a the kind of player who can change games for you on both ends.

    I appreciate Tjarks’ effort, I do. However, I don’t think the NBA GM’s will listen.

Other UK sports
College football
  • What are the best defenses for 2013?

    The two participants in the BCS Championship Game were Alabama and Notre Dame, who were No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring defense, respectively.

    Notre Dame’s was exposed by Alabama in too many ways to count (Hank).

  • Saban dismisses unfortunate Stoops comment….Bob, not Mark (Hank).

College basketball
  • The NCAA tweaks college basketball rules rather than taking a scalpel to them:

    The three rules "changes" recommended this week involve slight changes to the high elbow rule (good, but whatever), increased monitor reviews in the final two minutes of a game (more on that below), and a tweak to the block-charge rule that the NCAA seems to think will be enough to change the game entirely.

    The block/charge change is the way the rule was always supposed to be. This isn’t a change, this is finally recognizing the correct way to call the play.

    The video replay expansion, well, we’ll just have to wait and see about that.

    The ten second women’s backcourt rule is probably overdue, just for the sake of making the men’s and women’s game consistent.

    I’m not sure that the "change" in the elbow rule is really significant. I agree that it was designed to eliminate the "rip" move, but are they saying that non-rip elbow contact is now incidental, or…

    Here is the original release from the NCAA.

  • NCAA video games based on real life, according to former EA Sports employee.

  • Rick Pitino to be featured on Maker’s Mark bottle. I think they should just feature his tattoo.

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