Today, quickies has an update on Amile Jefferson, news about the Kentucky baseball and tennis teams, an NCAA rule change that seems likely, an analysis of different defensive philosophies regarding 3-point shooting, and much more.
Your quickies begin after the jump.
Emery, Quigley, Rossi Honored with ITA Regional Awards // Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site
Three members of the sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men’s tennis team, including senior Eric Quigley, junior Anthony Rossi and head coach Dennis Emery, received Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional awards, the ITA announced Monday.
Congrats to all. The Net Cats are rolling right right along and face the 11-seed, the Stanford Cardinal, on Friday in Athens, Georgia. Full NCAA bracket here.
Update on the Julius Mays coach tweet from earlier today // John Clay's Sidelines
Turns out the tweet heard 'round the basketball world was likely faked, probably by some Hoosier fan. Imagine that.
Sam Mahar Named SEC Freshman of the Week // Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site
After notching his first two career saves during three appearances last week, southpaw Sam Mahar has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
Congratulations, Sam. Well earned.
Son of former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson found dead // CollegeBasketballTalk
Very sad news for coach Richardson and his family. Our prayers go out to them.
All-Freshman team boasts a lot of firepower // Yahoo! Sports
Two Wildcats on his selections.
Krzyzewski not likely to return for 2016 Olympics // Yahoo! Sports
ACC/Big Ten Challenge 2012: North Carolina-Indiana matchup will be highlight // Sporting News
Should be a good one, but I doubt very much if it will surpass last year's UNC/Kentucky game for drama.
A study of percentages and philosophies // SI.com
This is a very interesting piece by Luke Winn. I note that Calipari's 3-point defense has historically been very good, and it was #59 last year. The biggest reason is that Calipari tries to limit 3-point attempts and force the dribble drive, something like a hybrid between Bo Ryan's philosophy and the "let 'em shoot challenged threes" philosophy.
Marquis Teague to be Represented by Andy Miller of ASM Sports // Business Insider
It seems as though every few days information is leaked regarding a draft-eligible University of Kentucky player linking up with an agent. First, it was Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. That was followed with word that Terrance Jones will sign with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group. The latest available information is that Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague is going with Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Teague is likely to be a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and could sneak his way into being a lottery pick with some good workouts.
Kentucky leads SEC baseball heading into final week // John Clay's Sidelines
Kentucky has a 1.5 game lead over South Carolina in the East. They now pretty much control their own destiny. Win out, and they will be the SEC regular-season champs and the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament.
Sean Woods glad long journey back home is over now that he is new Morehead coach // vaughtsviews
Woods said he envisioned a "Gonzaga of the South" at the Ohio Valley Conference school during his introductory news conference that at times bordered on a big-tent revival during his 16-minute opening remarks. Several times people in the crowd shouted "Amen" as the 42-year-old laid out his ambitious objectives.
I wish Sean Woods all the best at Morehead St. It's great to have him back here in Kentucky.
Sources: Jefferson Likely to Pick Duke or N.C. State // ZagsBlog.com
Will Coach Cal pull off an upset?
NCAA basketball rules committee recommends no stickers on courts // Sporting News
I'm going to say that this is a good idea.