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Morning Brunch: Georgia on my mind edition


It's time for the Kentucky Wildcats' annual trip down to Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia to take on Dennis Felton's bulldogs.  The Cats are -8 points in this game, and that seems about right to me.

There were some serious shakeups in the college basektball world last night.  You can read about that the UK-related news of the day after the jump.

Kentucky Basketball News

  • This is a great article by Jerry Tipton about Jodie Meeks that clearly shows what a true crapshoot the college recruiting analyst game is.  Money quote:

    Recruiting analysts dismissed Meeks as a prospect. "Some really top guy said Jodie wouldn't even get a high Division I scholarship," Orestes Meeks said. "I told the guy, 'I'm glad you're not giving out scholarships.' "

    Can you imagine somebody actually suggesting Jodie Meeks might not get a D-I scholarship?  I am no talent evaluator, but when I saw Meeks play his first few minutes in college, I knew he was going to be good.  Okay, maybe not 54 points at Tennessee and break Dan Issel's 39-year old scoring record good, but then again, I don't get paid to evaluate talent.
  • Mark Story says Meeks and Patterson have a new nickname, voted on by Kentucky fans.  Pardon me while I roll my eyes a bit -- shouldn't these things be less ... well ... contrived?  OK, I'm an old curmudgeon -- so sue me.
  • "Big Shot Z" awaits the 'Cats in Athens today.  Well, at least that nickname seems kind of original.
  • Daugman takes a pessimistic view of the Georgia-UK game:
    Kentucky should win easily. They have Patrick Patterson and we don't.
    Heh.  Pragmatic.  Succinct.  Directly to the point.

Kentucky Football/Other News

  • UK football among elite company.  Some interesting statistics there.
  • Woodson signed with the New York Giants' official roster.
  • Shag on Sports has a long blog post recapping the UK football season, the college football season and just a ton of other things.
  • Chip Cosby says UK's defense still has a few holes.
  • UK Hoops is on a bit of a roll.
  • I have a new nickname for John Clay -- Mr. Obvious.  He's right, of course, and has some interesting insights into what I have labeled the Gillispie Effect.
  • Hoopsworld adds Meeks to their radar.

NCAA Basketball News

  • Louisville takes down #1 Pitt.  Neither team look like a top five team to me, but there is a lot to be said for winning games when you aren't at your best.
  • Florida defeats Arkansas.  Neither of these teams looks like it can beat UK anywhere but maybe at home.
  • Mississippi State is shaping up to be a real contender, and looks right now like the best in the West after sending the Commodores home with an L yesterday.
  • LSU whips hapless Ole Miss.
  • The tide has turned against the Tide.
  • NCAA Hoops Today calls for the charge-block semi-circle under the basket for college basketball.
  • Cal goes down to Stanford.  Bittersweet return for Mike Montgomery.
  • Wake Forest makes a resounding case for #1 against Clemson.
  • Tennessee rebounds against the Gamecocks.

NCAA Football News

  • Lane Kiffin is wasting no time making news at Tennessee.
  • GarnetandBlackAttack has five points about next year's edition of the Gamecocks.

Other News of Interest

  • Bill Doyle makes the case that Rondo is the engine that drives the Celtics' success.
  • Sports2Debate does an NBA Mock Draft.  Patterson to the Bulls?  Interesting.
  • NCAA president Miles Brand has pancreatic cancer.  My prayers go out to him.