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Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Killing Time Before St. John's @ Kentucky

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Just in case you run out of things to read from around the Interwebs before the St. John's Red Storm @ Kentucky Wildcats basketball game tonight, here are a few things to occupy your mind before the pre-game excitement drives you to the brink of Big Blue madness:

The College Football Alphabetical: The Endgame, Or How To Love The Bowl Season -

A is for Aphasia. As good an analogy for the BCS voters' current conundrum as the 2011 season winds up to its shambolic finish. The voters can be mocked at this point--that's always fair game, and in Craig James' case more than justified--but if you are not happy with a matchup between Alabama and LSU, the voters have little choice in the current system, and lack the words to make other arguments. They're simply not there, since the season has removed them, and Alabama really does seem to be the only team capable competing with LSU.

Mike Leach, Washington State, And An Identity To Rally Around - CougCenter

Syracuse vs. Florida: The Southerlandening - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
This will be an interesting game for all sorts of reasons.

Charlie Strong Named As Candidate For Penn State Job - Card Chronicle
Heh. Well, I wouldn't worry too much, Card fans.

Kentucky Sports Radio -- Tennessee Better Not Call

If they do, I'd say we're out of luck.

John Calipari not letting his top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats believe the hype as they prep for St. John’s - NY Daily News

“On a scale from one to 10, I’d say we’re about a four,” said 6-7 freshman swingman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Partick. “We are just a young group that is still learning. I expect us to get a lot better. We can be a 10. I expect everyone to get better.”

Larry Vaught says Coach Cal is right to favor renovation over rebuilding.

Both Calipari and UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart, who is part of the 47-person committee studying what to do with Rupp Arena, have been outspoken in their desire to have UK basketball as the “gold standard” for everyone else. Calipari says recent renovations at New York’s Madison Square Garden — where UK played last month and beat Kansas — shows renovation can work. And that would leave money for other things.

I completely agree, for what it's worth.

Mack Brown To Retire Saturday, Per Non-Credible Rumor From Nowhere - Burnt Orange Nation

3 things to watch: UK vs St. John’s -- The Kentucky Kernel

Remembering Roger Bird

More on Patrick Towles winning Gatorade Kentucky football player of the year award - High School Sports Blog

Towles, who is verbally committed to the University of Kentucky, has thrown for 3,637 yards, 41 touchdowns and just one interception this season. He is 169 of 261 passing (64.7 percent).

This kid is going to be good, I'm telling you.

Wiedmer: Is SEC hoops like football?

Yet win or lose against the Big East, the SEC has the look of a league that could send all five of its ranked teams to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 and beyond come March.

The Kentucky Kernel looks at up and coming replacements for departing football seniors

Earlier this season defensive coordinator Rick Minter referred to the seniors as the heartbeat of the team. With the turnover moving into next season, the Cats will need to have that heartbeat revived by someone that I’m not sure can measure up to the all around quality of player that is Danny Trevathan.

John Calipari talks. And talks. And talks. -- Kyle Tucker – UK Beat

ON STILL PLAYING LIKE AN UNDERDOG: “You’ve got a lot of people saying last night’s game decided No. 1 for next week. I mean, the greatest thing: I don’t even have to say stuff. The world we live in right now, anybody says anything, it’s out there in cyber space. So they read it all. I don’t even have to (use it to motivate them).

Why An Alabama-LSU Rematch? Because Every Game Matters -

It isn't the BCS' fault that it must select more than one team for the BCS title game this year, and it isn't the BCS' fault that the second-best team is from the same conference. Alabama and LSU have been by far the two best teams in the country in 2011, and they deserve to play for the national title whether we like it or not.

Absolutely agreed.

College Football BlogPoll, Week 14: LSU Unanimous No. 1, But 'Bama Has Competition For No. 2 -

All 65 of our College Football BlogPoll ballots have LSU ranked No. 1, but not everyone sees Alabama as the second best team in the nation.