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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: John Wall Injured Again Edition

John Wall had a career high in assists last night before limping off near game's end.

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Good morning, Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

John Wall just can’t catch a break. Last night, Wall was absolutely dominating the game with 19 assists before hobbling off with 38.5 seconds left due to an injured rib.

Hopefully, this will be a short-lived setback. Wall’s having a good year so far that will keep getting better if he’s able to take the court.

Tweet of the Morning

Heh. Weird, he really does!

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Mark Story talks up Louisville’s Damien Lee and Trey Lewis. It almost seems like he wants Louisville to win this weekend. I hope we can "disappoint" him, and I expect we will.

    Related: Tim Sullivan picks the Cardinals, but then, he writes for the Courier-Journal and can hardly be considered objective.

  • Kentucky-bound Bam Adebayo, ladies and gentlemen, at the City of Palms Classic:

    I know you’re thinking it — BAM!

  • More "Skal’s draft stock continues to fall." Not surprising, but there is a lot of season left to rehabilitate it.

  • Mike DeCourcy, Seth Greenberg, and Gary Parrish do the "Reason for hope/Cause for concern" thing. Does anyone think they have seen this particular movie before:

    Cause for Concern: "Against zone defense, they have not shown a high level of understanding of how to defeat it. The UCLA thing was really something of an aberration, because UCLA’s zone basically said, ‘If you can find a way to comfortably make 3-point shots, we’re going to lose by 50,’ but UK never even came close to that. Ohio State played it a little bit more conventionally, and Kentucky still didn’t look comfortable playing against it. So they have to improve at zone offense, and I’m not placing great blame; it takes time, especially when you’re a young team.

    What is it about Calipari teams and the zone defense?

Other Kentucky sports
College football
College basketball
  • In case you missed it, Kentucky isn’t the only team being visited routinely by the injury bug. Denzel Valentine, Michigan St. star and among the Wooden Award favorites, has gone down with a comparatively minor knee injury that did require surgery, but could have him out as little as two weeks.

  • Notre Dame coach Mike Brey’s father has died. Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Brey and his family, and I really can relate to this:

    "My dad was in bad shape, and it’s really a blessing," said Brey, whose mother died in March just hours before Notre Dame punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

    This same statement applied to my father two and one half years hence. Learning to let our loved ones go when it is time is one of life’s hardest, and most important, lessons. Those of us who get to learn it later in life are truly more blessed than we know.

  • John Clay makes five observations about the new AP poll. Good to see South Carolina finally climb in, I always liked Frank Martin and he really needs a good season.

Other sports news
  • Surfer Kelly Slater creates the best man-made wave in the world. I have to admit, those are some tasty waves. I’d love to give that a shot.

    Kelly's Wave from Kelly Slater Wave Company on Vimeo.

  • Kevin Durant giveth…

    …and he taketh away:

  • Michael McCann, legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, says that the NFL seems to be trying to bait Tom Brady into suing them for defamation:

    The NFL’s reply brief also paints Brady in a very negative light. The brief describes Brady as engaging in "unique and aggregate misconduct" that "posed a threat to the integrity of and public confidence in the game." While Brady will likely not pursue a defamation case against the NFL (for reasons I explain in an earlier article), the NFL almost seems to be tempting him to do so. As Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor John Leonard observed during our "MIT Special Seminar: The Law and Science of Deflategate," while Brady wouldn’t need any monetary damages that are potentially obtainable through a defamation case, he could always pledge to donate any winnings to charity.

    Interesting stuff. I think it might be advisable for Brady to accept their invitation; regardless of what one thinks of his guilt or innocence (assuming there is anyone still undecided), a defamation suit could help rehabilitate his image somewhat, assuming that the ensuing discovery didn’t wind up doing it even more harm.

    Decisions, decisions.

  • Not only does Anthony Davis wear Michael Jordan’s number, but he also comes back into the game after leaving with illness to lead his team to victory, a la Mike.

Other news
  • Doug Gottlieb knows little enough about basketball, despite his position with CBS. He demonstrably knows even less about the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing wrong with ignorance, really… it’s showing it off in public that should be mortifying.

    Abe Lincoln (Note: I realize this attribution is somewhat controversial, but it works for me) had it right, and I frequently remind everyone, including myself: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." Even though I think Gottlieb’s a fool generally, I now have no doubt he’s a fool when it comes to the subject of the Second Amendment.

  • At first, I thought this was something from The Onion. But sadly, it’s not, although it was done to illustrate the absurdity of the current college trend toward policing speech.

    One of these days, we’ll look back on this and laugh. I hope.

  • Harlan native and The Voice winner Jordan Smith is drawing crowds:

    This "blind audition" is just one of the many reasons why, garnering over 22 million views on YouTube.