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The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Back in the Saddle Edition

Even though the Kentucky Wildcats can officially enjoy the #1 ranking for only a few more hours, the manner in which the Kentucky Wildcats came back from the loss versus the South Carolina Gamecocks by beating the Vanderbilt Commodores soundly in Rupp Arena has to make all of the Big Blue Nation feel better.

We have, predictably, seen plenty of commentary on the surly nature of DeMarcus Cousins in the game, and his tendency to make dangerous-looking fouls, and yesterday to pick up a technical foul for back-talking the official.  Some are even asking if Cousins is more of a liability than an asset.

With all due respect, I think there is really no question that it's worth the trade off.  I think at some point, we just have to trust Coach Cal to convince Cousins to concentrate on basketball and avoid the silly foul, or mouthing off to whomever in such a way that it draws technical fouls.

I don't think Cousins is trying to become the college version of Rasheed Wallace.  For the most part, I think he is just young and excitable, and we have seen considerable positive development in his demeanor as well as his game.  As he continues to mature, I think we can expect fewer and fewer incidents like yesterday.

But the bottom line is, I am very glad that Big Cuz is on our team, warts and all.  The news follows the jump.