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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Blue/White Scrimmage Reaction Edition

News and opinion from around the Big Blue Internet. Mays, Hood, Goodwin shine in Blue/White scrimmage. Eric Bledsoe has near triple-double. All-Access Kentucky replays. More.

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Last night, the Blue/White scrimmage happened. Willie Cauley-Stein, Jon Hood, Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays all shined. We learned a few things, but not that much. This team will be a lot better in January than it will be in November and December.

Tweet of the Morning:

That's how a Kentucky recruit should think.

Your Quickies:

Here's when you can see replays of "All-Access Kentucky" if you missed it last night //

Calipari is the king of innovation // SLAM online

The author makes some good points, but I think he leaves out almost as many. Still, it's well worth your time to read.

Julius Mays as 2012-13's Darius Miller // Vaughts Views

"He’ll make an open shot," Calipari said. "He’s better with the ball. You’ll see him. He’ll push it really hard. He’s really strong, really heady. It’s just (that) Darius was bigger, but he brings the same kind of stuff."

Based on what we saw last night, I think Mays will be making a contribution similar to Miller last year, or Lamb in the early part of 2010-11.

ESPN Analyst Calls Calipari Modern-day Wooden // ABC36 News WTVQ Lexington Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former Duke Blue Devil and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams referred to John Calipari as a modern-day version of the late, legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.

Coming from an ex-Duke star, that's very high praise, indeed.

Calipari says this is the best Jon Hood has looked // John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader

I agree with him 100%. If Hood continues to play like last night, he will wind up in the lineup more often than not.

Kentucky RBs pushing each other to get better //

If they can do to Mizzou what they did against Georgia, I like our prospects for a victory.

BBL: Bench, Cauley-Stein, Mays, raw materials // John Clay's Sidelines

Ira Combs' Weekly Column

One of the things I love about college sports , especially football , is that you really never know what your going to get every weekend no matter what the match up of teams seem to indicate .

Exactly right. I mentioned this on Larry Glover Live Friday. You never know what you're going to get, just like Forest Gump's box of chocolates.

Nerlens Noel hurt his back in the game //

It was fairly obvious something was wrong after he hit the floor hard. Hope that injury is just a bruise and not something worse.

Hot UK women's soccer closes out regular season vs. Vanderbilt tonight //

For the first time since the 2003 season, the Wildcats have won four-straight regular-season SEC games, charting wins over Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn. The wins over UT, Georgia and South Carolina were all in shutout fashion, as goalkeeper Kaya King went a career-high 322 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal.

UK will be playing in the SEC tournament this year for the third straight season, and could wind up as high as a 3 seed.

Football an afterthought at Kentucky // Stltoday

Perhaps in a parallel universe, legendary coach Bear Bryant didn't leave Kentucky in 1953 for Texas A&M and, ultimately, Alabama.

And perhaps in that realm Bryant would have built on his eight-year Lexington tenure, which featured the school's lone outright Southeastern Conference title in 1950.

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'" -- John Greenleaf Whittier

Kentucky Wildcats Football: It's time for Towles - Wildcat Blue Nation - A University of Kentucky Wildcats Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Is a sub-100% Patrick Towles better than Morgan Newton or Jalen Whitlow?

The answer is an indisputable ‘YES!’

I'm sorry, I can't agree with this.

College Basketball Team Previews: The Royal Blues — Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Duke, and North Carolina // Grantland

The Gist: It would be a big blow for most teams to lose all five starters and the best sixth man in the country, but for John Calipari, it's all part of the plan. His recruiting prowess has become so exceptional that he's able to reach down like some kind of basketball Zeus and pluck a crop of exceptional high school stars every year. They're the kind of players who almost always opt for the NBA after one year, and until 2012, many Kentucky haters comforted themselves with the tenuous theory that the strategy could produce talented teams, but never a national champion. That comfort blanket burned emphatically last April, and now Calipari is back with the no. 3 team in the country, featuring four new freshman phenoms, a sophomore sharpshooter, and a transfer point guard.

Sweet. Worth your time.

Calipari Quotes From Blue-White Game //

Q. Question regarding Archie Goodwin's play and why he was mad in the second half on one of Goodwin's breakaway dunks ...

COACH CALIPARI: No, it wasn't that. He passed up Julius Mays. Julius was out ahead of him, and he drove it by him and shot it, and that's unacceptable here. I wasn't really happy. But that's not my deal. I let him know.

Then after the game I told him he took 22 shots, more than anybody on the team. I said you don't ever pass anyone up if you're going to get shots, you don't ever. And I said after the game, I said the reason is because I'm making people throw it to you when you're ahead. So you better give it to them when they're ahead. He understood.

This is why playing for Calipari is hard. Want to shoot 22 shots? Not at Kentucky.

The Morning Mix // CollegeBasketballTalk

- Did any of you know this, because I certainly didn’t: Rick Pitino almost became the head coach at Michigan instead of Louisville

I've heard this before. I remember thinking he'd wind up there at the time.

Morning Five: 10.25.12 EditionRush The Court // Rush The Court

With big names out, Eric Bledsoe is star of Clippers' 97-91 win over Lakers //

Bledsoe nearly had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and nine steals.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, that right there is a STAT LINE!