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The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Sunday PM Edition

I don't have a lot more to say about the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels than has already been said by others.

So for this version of the BBDM, I'm just going to let the links speak for themselves.

The news follows the jump.

The two sides of the Tar Heels |
When asked if they hoped to see Kentucky again down the road in the NCAA Tournament, Thompson and fellow senior Marcus Ginyard had quick responses.

"Most definitely," Thompson said. "We want another shot at them."

Anytime, anywhere, guys.

UK-UNC notes: Calipari praises Bledsoe's drive |
"The game changed in the first half because of Daniel Orton's intensity," Calipari said.

Yes, it did. He didn't score or get a ton of rebounds, but he changed the game in Kentucky's favor with his domination of the post on the defensive end, and his energy and intensity.

Alabama vs. Texas: Tide never has beaten the Longhorns | Tide Source -
I guess everybody has streaks like this.

" SEC links: The Crimson Tide takes the title John Clay’s Sidelines
Lots of accolades for the Tide, who crushed the Gators in Atlanta yesterday. I suppose that vindicates my having the Tide on top for the last six weeks or so.

Woods tells Arkansas to support Pelphrey — Jerry Tipton on UK basketball

Bob Ryan: Cal will win national title someday — Jerry Tipton on UK basketball

How the BCS Selection Process Works with Predictions - Team Speed Kills
For those of you wondering how the BCS will shake out, here is your explanation.

UK-Clemson matchup looks probable | Vaught's Views
If so, it will be a rematch of three years ago.

Kentucky's 28-2 first-half run was remarkable for the way the Wildcats got good looks and stymied Carolina defensively. But it was most stunning for the way Kentucky completely out-Carolina'd Carolina. Six of the Wildcat field goals in that game-turning stretch were scored within six seconds of taking possession. John Wall will get the credit orchestrating the fast-break blitzkrieg, but what was most impressive was that he had teammates running with him.

The defense was what was most impressive in that run, but when the 'Cats are hitting on all cylinders, there are few teams who can hang with them offensively. Win over UNC sends message: Cats are for real
To fans of North Carolina the resounding message was, whatever slim hope you held of hitting 2000 overall victories prior to Kentucky reaching the mark, just went down the drain.

Heh. Indeed.

Wall, UK wins; mancrush building - Searching for Billy Edelin
Really, from what I have seen so far from this kid exceeds what I envisioned back in the summer.

Surgery sidelines Maxwell for bowl game |
Kentucky senior linebacker Sam Maxwell will undergo surgery later this month to repair a torn labrum and will miss the Wildcats' upcoming game in the Music City Bowl.

Man, bummer. He will be missed. What a lousy way to end your senior campaign.

Rick Bozich | Injuries aren't all that ails Louisville basketball team | | The Courier-Journal
It was not only the worst home loss of Pitino's UofL career, it also was the most embarrassing. I can't claim that line. I'm borrowing it from Pitino.


What we learned: Wall's athleticism rivals that of Dr. J - Mike DeCourcy - College Basketball - Sporting News
In 25 years, if you are a fan of college basketball, you will be seeing highlights of the time Wall drove on a fast break, got himself too deep under the backboard, and solved that problem by gliding to the opposite side and scooping in a layup past Carolina's Marcus Ginyard. This will be a little different because Julius Erving's swoop past Mark Landsberger was in the NBA Finals, but Wall's play stirred echoes of Dr. J's brilliance.

Wow. Just wow. Via John Clay.

" BBL: Is John Wall greatest athlete at point guard ever? John Clay’s Sidelines
John Clay's Big Blue Links.

Eric Crawford | Calipari's Kentucky basketball team is better than he says | | The Courier-Journal
It was a breathtaking burst. UK looked dominant in every phase and appeared to have a gear that its opponent simply didn't have. And this opponent, mind you, was No. 10-ranked North Carolina, not North Carolina-Asheville.

"They ran us out of the gym," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of the first half. "I don't know if I've ever coached a team where at halftime they had 12 fast-break points and we had zero."

We may not be there just yet, but that run has tongues wagging all over America today.

Wall meets expectations in front of the nation |
Carolina prides itself on beating teams down the floor. Wall beat the Heels down the floor. One trip, he zipped past a slower North Carolina defender for a ferocious dunk. Another trip, Wall zig-zagged his way through taller, thicker Heels for an outrageous up-and-under move that spun off the glass and through the net.

I can't stop thinking about that awesome stretch of basketball. It was otherworldly, and for a while there, we made the Tar Heels look like Gardener-Webb.

Cats have to be able to play without Wall | Vaught's Views
Yes. We do.

Eric Bledsoe shows he's one of Kentucky basketball's cool kids | | The Courier-Journal
In the end, Bledsoe stood as a prime example of grace under pressure — and the power of self-promotion.

I don't think we have given Eric Bledsoe enough credit. His coolness under fire was the difference in this game.

Andy Katz: John Wall shines in first big test - ESPN
"He's so good in the open court," Drew II said. "He can do just about anything he wants in the open court. Our game plan was to build a wall around him once he got the ball, but he got out in the open court and got a lot of fast-break points going one-on-one. He's hard to stop when it's you and him in the open court."