Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - 2013 NBA Draft Combine Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. John Calipari calls out NCAA, NBA on one and done rule. Nerlens Noel thinks he'll be better than ever after rehab. NBA Combine in progress. Bat Cats lose series opener to Mizzou. More.

The NBA Draft Combine is now in full swing, from Wednesday the 15th until Monday the 19th. You can watch it on the Worldwide Leader, of course.

Tweet of the Morning:

Jay Bilas never fails to amuse.

Your Quickies:

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  • Calipari boldly goes in the face of the NCAA. Well, he's never been shy about this particular issue. This was particularly blunt:

    "Look, they've embarrassed me. I've done nothing, so they're not going to come and show retribution to me and do stuff. I don't really care."

    Now tell 'em what you really think, Cal. Hat tip: Greg Edwards

  • Rob Dauster doesn't think that UK will go undefeated next year, and I agree with him that it is unlikely. But I did like this:

    The doubters will cite the disappointing performance that last year’s Kentucky team had, dropping to the NIT and losing to Robert Morris in the first round. But it’s important to remember that: a) Kentucky didn’t have a point guard that was good enough to lead them; b) the Wildcats lost their best player to an ACL injury in the middle of SEC play; and c) Kentucky didn’t have a leader last year.

    All quite right.

  • Mike Rutherford weighs in on Calipari's comments over at the Mothership. I think a lot of people, including Mike, miss Calipari's point about the NCAA. Cal wants the NCAA to provide things like insurance, a stipend, and a few other rule changes to make it easier for players to stay more than one year. He perfectly well understands that the NBA is responsible for the age limit (one and done) rule.

  • The Prediction Machine does simulations between the 2012 Kentucky national champs and the 2013 Louisville Cardinals national champs. Guess who wins? Odds are, if you're reading this, you got it right, but the margins are surprising.

  • I don't think there is really much doubt that Archie Goodwin will be a developmental project next season.

  • Nerlens Noel thinks he'll be better than ever after rehab:

    Speaking to reporters at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Noel said of his rehab, "It’s been good from week one. I’m 100 percent confident, not just getting back to what I was, but stronger. Going through this time not playing basketball, I’ll just be working on things I need to polish. It will improve me in the long run."

    I know he's going to do well. His attitude is perfect.

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  • Nick Saban has had enough of people referring to him in Satanic terms. On behalf of John Calipari and the Big Blue Nation, we feel you, dawg.
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