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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Niagara Women's Basketball Team Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky brutalizes Kansas, 72-40. Hoops takes on Morehead St. this morning. Men's soccer to host NCAA game. More.

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The University of Niagara’s women’s basketball team was stranded in a bus as a snowstorm dumped foot after foot on Western New York state. The players were finally able to get off the bus and are en-route to campus.

What a story. What a snowstorm!

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How about 72-40 vs. a top five team? Is that serious enough for you?

Your Quickies:

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  • From Duke Basketball Report’s forum:

    Duke blog

    Heh. It’s flattering to be feared by your foes.

  • Adam Himmelsbach:

    But the scary part is this team certainly can and probably will get better, because it is just November, and the platoon system is still a work in progress. And after seeing the Wildcats systematically dismantle the Jayhawks, the idea of UK continuing to trend upward should be enough to make the rest of college basketball shudder.

    Phear the platoons.

  • looks at the game:

    "We were good today," John Calipari said in the understatement of the early season. "What we did was we defended, and it makes your offense a lot easier when you guard the way we did."

    Yes, it does.

  • Rick Bozich sings UK’s praises:

    You won’t see many stats this amazing. In the game, Kansas went 3 for 23 from point-blank range – layups, tip-ins and dunks.

    That is amazing.

  • From

    No team has run the college basketball table since Bob Knight’s 1976 Indiana team. A streak of 38 years is tough to bet against, but Kentucky is so huge, so filled with skilled interior passers, so unselfish, and did we already mention huge? Yes. Well, it deserves another mention. And another and another and another. It deserves platoons of mentions.

    Warning: 40-0 talk around here will get you banned. Just kidding, but seriously, don’t give in to temptation. If we are undefeated at the end of the regular season, then we can start thinking about it. Remember, we’ve already lost one, even though it didn’t count.

  • More undefeated talk:

    This is a frightening and enthralling collection of talent. And they play smart, selfless basketball, which is a testament to John Calipari’s ability to communicate with young people. I mean, they made Kansas look inept, and Kansas, honestly, is very good. They will win the Big 12 – again. They will go deep in the NCAA Tournament. And yet, Kentucky made Kansas look like North Carolina A&T.

    Yeah. Remember this — you’re never as good, or as bad, as you look in a given game. Still, I have to admit that at their best, there probably isn’t a college basketball team in America that can beat Kentucky. But we all know through long years of experience that "at their best" is not going to describe every game this season, and complacency is a very real problem — just ask the Buffalo Bulls.

    Judge last season’s team by the regular season, did you? How’d that work out for ya?

  • Mike DeCourcy, as usual, gets it right:

    When has there ever been a team with this sort of size, with a starting center who is 7-0 like Willie Cauley-Stein and a power forward who is Towns’ size? I asked Hall of Fame writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss this question, his frame of reference being greater than mine or anyone else alive, and he reached back to the 1970 Jacksonville team that might have featured the original twin towers, 7-2 Artis Gilmore and 7-0 Pembrook Burrows.

    But that was only the starting lineup.

    The Dolphins weren’t bringing in another 7-footer off the bench.

    Perspective, Wildcats fans.

  • Here are a few Twitter geniuses. Enjoy.

    Particularly if you’re on the other team.

    You just hate losing and blame it on Kentucky.

    Hate shortens your life span. Try indifference instead.

    Aww, man, that’s just your butt-hurt in the first degree talking.

    Maybe. But could Helen Keller have recruited them? Thats what you need to ask yourself.

    On second thought, better that you shouldn’t try to think. With so few brain cells, I fear you might kill one, or even both of them off with that much effort. I’d hate to see you go through the rest of your life in a vegetative state. Oh, wait …

    Sanity does exist on Twitter

    Praise from a rival.

    I could do this all day, but no. That’s enough for now.

  • Seth Davis on Kentucky. I appreciate the plaudits, but I don’t need to hear "undefeated" talk. We had enough of that last season.

  • Dana O’Neil tries to pour cold water on the UK win, beclowns herself a bit:

    As Calipari accurately pointed out, some team sometime somewhere will play a zone against them. How will Kentucky, which shot just 6-of-18 from the arc, respond then? What if there’s a team that has more size on the interior? What if Kentucky gets on the road and finds itself down 10, what then? [My emphasis]

    Umm, Dana. There is only one team with more size on the interior in the entire United States, and they play in a little for-profit league called the NBA. It just so happens that the Portland Trailblazers will not be playing college basketball this season. Just sayin’.

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