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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Cincinnati Reds Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. John Calipari talks about this year's team in a Q&A format. Cally McCumber of cross country continues her success. UK volleyball wins at Alabama. More.

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Today is a one-game playoff between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates for the right to be the National League's wild-card entry in the playoffs.

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The wages of hiring a defensive coordinator as head coach.

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  • John Calipari breaks down his formula for returning the Wildcats to prominence:

    Calipari then explained how he corrected last season's unfixable problems. After heightening the drama by asking reporters if they were ready to hear the secret, the UK coach lowered his voice to a conspiratorial whisper and said, "Better players. More of them."

    Pretty good idea, I'd say.

  • This is an interesting Q&A with John Calipari, and one of the things to come out is that Alex Poythress is currently suffering from a hamstring injury:

    Has Alex Poythress made the strides you hoped for? He’s way better, but the guys around him are way better. But he’s made strides. I’m happy too. This summer going against Julius (Randle) every day…You know, that’s a handful, that’s going against like a 6-9 Michael Kidd-(Gilchrist) every day, where he’s not slowing down, he’s trying to dunk every ball one you. You don’t feel like playing today, or ‘I don’t feel like embarrassing anybody,’ well, the choice is you embarrass him or he’s embarrassing you. It ain’t about not embarrassing anybody. You embarrass him or he’s embarrassing you. So now all of the sudden you start changing, you’re like ‘Whoa, how do I do this? What do I do?’ He’s done fine. He’s got a hamstring right now, so he hasn’t played since we’ve been back, but he’ll be fine. [my emphasis]

  • Tickets for UK-Michigan St. and SEC tournament are on sale now.

  • Pretty funny:

    Calipari: "[Harrison twins] DNA the same. They can look at each other and they know what the hell they are talking about. I asked those two (Puerto Rican players) to come in, and I had two Dominican kids on my team who spoke Spanish, so I had them come in and I asked them, ‘How do you say ‘FU’ in Spanish?’ and I made them all say it. How do you say your are an a–hole? I went through all this. I said if I ever hear that stuff pointed to me, you are out of here. I just want you to know."

  • Nice write-up about James Young in the Kentucky Kernel. I think Young is really going to surprise people with his versatility, and his defense.

  • Aaron Harrison likes the "toughness" of Rajon Rondo, and hopes to meet him. Well, you're in the right place, kid.

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