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Kentucky Wildcats Wednesday Quickies: Jerry Tarkanian Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Jerry Tarkanian dead at 84. UK defeats LSU, now 24-0. More.

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Jerry Tarkanian has died at 84. Our condolences to the family, and his extended family at UNLV and Long Beach State. He was a fine coach and a colorful figure. College basketball will miss him.

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  • Willie Cauley-Stein is a finalist for the Wooden Award. Congratulations to him, it’s richly deserved.

  • John Calipari sends tough message, Kentucky still survives. Consider:

    It was an electric night at LSU, which draws packed houses like this … well, basically never. The intensity in the room felt more like a Saturday night at Tiger Stadium – and maybe that was fitting since LSU football coach Les Miles was standing in the center of an amped-up student section along with many of his players.

    But this was nothing new for Kentucky, which by this point is wearing a bull’s eye squarely on its back. It was the Wildcats’ fifth SEC win that came by 10 points or fewer, but the common thread in all 11 conference games thus far is that the Wildcats managed to win all of them.

    Here’s the thing about "wearing a bullseye" — Get over it! Just play. Play like winners. Forget how motivated the opposition is; just respect them, and chin-ups on the rim was disrespectful to LSU and they got motivated by it, as competitors should. Great lesson for Towns and the rest of the young guys who are so used to success they don’t understand the full cost of it.l

  • Thon Maker will decide on reclassification Friday. Hat tip: NextCats

  • There’s a reason John Calipari recruited Charles Matthews.

    Hat tip: NextCats

  • Heh. I’m betting he had a lot of company!

    Willie threw down some filthy ones last night, I’ll tell you that. He invited the entire LSU team to his poster.

  • Kentucky’s remaining schedule on I have highlighted significant items.

    uk remaining kenpom

  • This is a bit late (the LSU game has come and gone) but it’s still very much valid with the exception that the chance is now at least 83% (not 84) and the cumulative odds are now almost 62%. See the image above.

  • Ira Combs’ weekly column. Consider:

    Now I ask you what would have been your train of thought or projected record for this UK team back in August if you had known that Alex Poythress and Trey Lyles had both missed a combined six games at the same time at this point in the season with Poythress having missed eight to ten himself going into mid February .

    Good question. I figured we’d lose a game by now with everybody available. Hasn’t happened, even with as many as 2 players down.

  • Kentucky is the odds-on favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. Consider:

    Kentucky is going off at 11/10 to win the championship at sportsbooks monitored by The Wildcats held off LSU in a 71-69 road win on Tuesday to stay undefeated and to stay in the driver’s seat for the top overall seed in the tournament bracket. With sophomore guard Aaron Harrison leading a batch of super talented freshmen, Kentucky looks to be the team to beat.

  • This is the way to get your coach back when he’s talking bad about you. :-)

    I saw that live, it was so funny!

  • Kentucky is a gift to the SEC, according to Team Speed Kills:

    Having a Goliath in the league matters for perception purposes of course, just like in football. Unlike football though, it makes a direct effect on other teams in the league thanks to the way the RPI works. The RPI may be a terrible way to judge teams—seriously, don’t use it as a power ranking for anything—but the selection committee absolutely uses it every year. The Wildcats racking up win after win, especially in the non-conference, helps everyone who plays them out in the RPI.

  • WTF?

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