Tonight at Ole Miss, Kentucky looks to remove some of the doubt currently surrounding them with respect to the NCAA Tournament. Standing in their way is a very good Mississippi Rebels team with one of the hottest players in the nation, Marshall Henderson.
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This seems to be moving along quickly.
Get mad," he [Coach Cal] explained. "Get angry. Be mad to be great."
But if Henderson, who is known for his in-game antics, starts jawing?
"Talk back to him," Calipari said. "I mean, just be mad. Compete, fight, battle, (have) toughness, swagger. It’s hard to have a swagger when you’re ducking and you’re running. You gotta dig your heels in."
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There’s a line that Henderson has approached but not crossed. As long as he walks the line there’s the danger of crossing it.It will be particularly dangerous tonight.
Kentucky, at 4-2 in the SEC, isn't used to looking up at other teams in conference play, but that is exactly where they have found themselves for much of the season.Here's hoping that changes tonight.
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Now, after staggering to losing football seasons in four of the last five years and seeing attendance drop to levels last seen in the 1970s, the Vols find themselves mired in more than $200 million of debt, the most in the SEC, with reserves of just $1.95 million, the least in the conference.Let that roll around in your head a little.
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Louisville's guards have gone off the rails, and they have forgotten how to rebound. Geogui Dieng was the only player who was really effective last night for Louisville.
2. This is the biggest week of Andy Kennedy's career at Ole Miss. If the Rebels sweep Kentucky and Florida then they become the SEC favorite and a top 10 team. A split is fine, too, and should put the Rebels on track to being an NCAA tournament team. But get swept and suddenly the reservations about the Rebels are enhanced. Kennedy has had a hard time with luck during his time at Ole Miss. He finally has the team to be a real challenger. The question will be can the Rebels finally embrace the moment and excel?Let's hope not, at least tonight.
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Sometimes, you wonder whether all this is in any way relevant.