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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Jadeveon Clowney Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky hoops gets huge win at Texas A&M. A.J. Reed has another multiple home run game. Jadeveon Clowney runs extraordinary 40-yard dash in the NFL Combine. More.

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Jadeveon Clowney ran an unofficial 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. That is wide receiver or running back speed, and he's a defensive end.

Twitter has exploded in awe.

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Athletic freak? No doubt.

Your Quickies:

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College football
  • Has Georgia recruiting "failed?" Senator Blutarsky doubts the AJC's assertion in the affirmative

  • How's this for athleticism:

    This is a defensive end we're talking about here, not a wide receiver. Wow. And:

College basketball
  • Matt Norlander argues the 3-point line should be moved back to the NBA distance. I don't think it's a big deal either way. Moving it back did not open up the game, as many proponents averred. I'm fine leaving it where it is, but I wouldn't object to moving it back — just don't expect much practical effect. Zone defenses will be able to pack it in even more as consistent shooting from the arc becomes more of a specialty and less of an all-around skill.

    Generally speaking, I am somewhat opposed to anything that produces specialization. I like my basketball players to be as well-rounded as possible.

  • NIT Bracketology. Anyone but me get a snicker out of seeing Indiana there, and a 4 seed to boot? How's that mocking of last year's Kentucky team working out for ya, Hoosiers? #Karma.

  • Rush The Court: Morning Five

  • Tennessee bracket math. Consider:

    The relative strength of the SEC can be countered with Tennessee's strength of schedule, currently 17th best in the nation. We've been saying this all year: the Vols have the kind of resume the selection committee wants to reward if at all possible. But now the Vols have truly entered that special place of scoreboard watching and needing help in conference tournaments, including our own.

    The loss to Texas A&M really hurts. The last four games of their season are unbelievably important to their NCAA hopes. If they can get past a dangerous Vanderbilt team at home and Auburn on the road, I like their chances if they win a couple of games in the tournament.

    Historically, teams ranked in Ken Pomeroy's top 30 have an excellent chance of getting an at large bid. In fact, in the last ten years, only nine teams in the KenPom top 30 have missed the tournament by my quick count. Those are pretty fair odds, but teams above 25 have a much higher chance of being left out — I think there has only been one team in the last ten years in the KenPom top 25 that didn't make the tournament — Dayton in 2010.

  • John Clay makes some fair points about Syracuse. To be honest, though, this was a game that Syracuse could afford to lose. Perhaps that went into Boeheim's calculus? Nah. He just lost his mind.

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