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Kentucky’s rival Duke gets better with Bagley pickup, but will he qualify?

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

Today’s big news is not related to Kentucky, unfortunately. It is the incipient reclassification of Marvin Bagley, now considered the #1 player in the class to 2017, and his matriculation to one of our most hated rivals, the Duke Blue Devils.

Duke is helped significantly by Bagley joining them, and CBS has elevated them to the #1 spot in their pre-season rankings, although Sports Illustrated is not jumping on that bandwagon yet. The irony of this is not lost on many Kentucky fans, who remember when “one and done” was considered to be the reason John Calipari was so evil, and the lack of it why Mike Krzyzewski was so good. Now that Coach K has caught up with Coach Cal in that department, Calipari is still evil and Krzyzewski is still good. Go figure.

Perhaps Bagley’s most useful asset is his activity level. Unlike most Duke recruits of recent vintage, Bagley will actually defend the opposition with more than token effort. He is also a skilled interior player and an outstanding rebounder.

Not all is sweetness and light for Duke yet, though. CBS also reports that the NCAA has not signed off on the final transcript paperwork for Bagley, and that there are also reports that he has coursework to complete before he can submit the transcript to the NCAA clearinghouse. So the Demon Murphy (or just insufficient high school credit) may still put in an appearance and rain on the Blue Devil’s parade.

In any event, Kentucky has a fine class of capable players, plus the benefit of the returning Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard plus a stellar freshman class widely considered to be the best in the nation. I like our team just fine, but Duke did get a significant bump.

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