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Kentucky Wildcats Mid-Week Quickies: John Calipari Face Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky defeats Ole Miss in Oxford. John Calipari's facial expressions make the news. Softball now ranked in the top ten. More.

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John Calipari had a unique night last night. Besides running his team from the bench like some kind of animated human puppeteer, he captivated the interest of the entire media with some pretty unusual motivational facial expressions. Read on for all you'll ever want to know.

Has nobody ever told him if you make a face like that, it'll get stuck?

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The zone has been effective, even very effective at times, and Calipari now seems to have it in the defense for good.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Bill Connelly of SB Nation previews one of Kentucky's 2014 football foes, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

  • Saturday Down South reports on the impending departure of special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto. Will had an article about him last night I hope you saw, and if not, go here.

  • Lindy's has a nice article praising Mark Stoops today. It's anybody's guess what this paragraph means, though:

    For a team that went 4-7 last season, and labors under the burden of Kentucky fans’ love for Wildcats basketball, the success on National Signing Day is just another in a line of good things that have happened recently for the UK football program.

    We could only wish we went 4-7. That would have been cause for a little celebration.

  • Bradley Dale Peveto is now officially with the LSU Tigers.

  • And the Valley Shook's take on Bradley Dale Peveto's hiring.

Kentucky basketball
  • Coach Cal's post-game comments, in case you haven't had a chance to watch them.

  • Andy Hutchins gloats, baits me and Kentucky fans. I'm not taking it, but I'll link it since he's a fellow SB Nation guy and he wants me to.  If you comment, do me a favor and be respectful.

  • John Calipari makes the greatest facial expression of the season. Heh. Just watch, he'll top that any fine day.

  • Calipari was happy with the team performance last night:

    "We defended better. We rebounded better. I thought we had good ball movement. We created good shots for each other. I thought we played good."

    I think this is right. There are still some things to fix, but there always are.

  • Syracuse has already locked up the attendance title for this season. Can't win them all, I guess, especially when the Carrier Dome has close to 10,000 more seats.

  • Andy Kennedy saw the same thing I did:

    When asked why Ole Miss got in position to snatch an improbable victory from UK's grasp, Kennedy quipped, "Kentucky boredom, maybe. Youth."

    Boredom. That's what it was all right. Calipari called it "lose[ing] focus." Distinction without a difference, I say.

  • "Bipolar"?

  • Randle unfazed by big game at Ole Miss:

    Randle attributed his 13 makes, which included 10 of 10 in the final 6:40, to something simple.

    "Just confidence," he said. "The biggest thing going to the foul line is you’ve got to get bad thoughts out of your mind, that you may miss. You’ve got to think you’re goign [sic] up there and knocking it down. We wanted to make free throws because we knew we’d make them."

  • Well, you can't blame the national media for not believing. After all, they don't really want Kentucky to succeed, for the most part.

  • I have to admit, this was, and still is, absolutely hilarious. Hey, anybody who's anybody is talking about it.

  • This right here is why I love Spencer Hall. Even when you are the butt of his jokes, they're funny.

  • Fansided wants to know if Kentucky is a legit national contender. Get back with me in about a month, and I might be able to tell you. Maybe.

  • Gary Parrish is right about this:

    Why should you still believe in UK?

    Because the Wildcats can still physically overwhelm most teams.

    They don't shoot it all that well, they don't bring it all of the time, and they still have a habit of losing focus in ways that keep Calipari literally yelling and stomping on the sideline. He gets so mad. But UK still has more physically overwhelming players than any other team in the country, and that means almost everybody is susceptible to being physically overwhelmed regardless of the ranking beside their name today, tomorrow or next month.

    As an aside, I want to mention that Tennessee also has this quality, but just not to the same extent.

Other Kentucky sports
College football
College basketball
Other sports news
  • Looks like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is finally beginning to find his game as former NBA star Mark Price tries to correct the mechanical flaws in his shooting motion. Consider:

Price adjusted Kidd-Gilchrist’s feet to create more balance at the onset of his motion. He aligned his body square with the rim. So as not to overwhelm Kidd-Gilchrist, Price said he won’t "tackle the elbow issue" — a habit Kidd-Gilchrist developed in order to cock his wrist under the ball — until next offseason.

Though the motion remains awkward, Kidd-Gilchrist "is down to one hitch in his shot from three."

Other news
  • More on "Net neutrailty." I think they are quoting me here:

    The Internet is free and open as it stands today and net neutrality "has always been a solution in search of a problem," Pai said in his statement.

    That doesn't mean it will always be so. If it becomes a problem, then maybe "net neutrality" will be a good idea.