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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Colombia Lions Edition

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Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Columbia Lions in our final "tune up" (if it’s fair to call it that, Ivy League schools have given us real trouble before) before taking on major rivals North Carolina, Louisville, and UCLA.

Tweet of the Morning

Heh. WWCD (what will Crean do?)  If he says "Yes," I think we'll be having just a little fun with that, and tweeting some really fun tweets at Dickie V and some others who blamed Calipari for the death of the Indiana series.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Rivals top 100 defensive back has UK in his top three. You think our secondary could use a little help after that Louisville game? I sure do. Also this:

  • Funny. Silly, but funny:

    Heh.

Kentucky basketball
  • Barry Rohrssen gives a preview of the game against the Columbia Lions. Hat tip: John Clay

  • Kentucky is on course to be one of the best defensive teams in college basketball history.

    We’ve already talked about this briefly in other editions of the Quickies, but consider a couple of things, like this quote from EKU coach Jeff Neubauer:

    "Our team, I told them they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball," Neubauer said. "And I’m not exaggerating a little bit when I say that."

    Ken Pomeroy pegs Kentucky’s defensive efficiency at 82.6 points per 100 possessions or 0.82 points/possession. In the Ken Pomeroy era, (since 2002), nobody has ever finished the season at better than 0.85+ points per possession.

    Given the relative weakness of the SEC, particularly the bottom-feeders, it is very possible, and even somewhat likely, that this Kentucky team will smash that record by a significant amount. We could see some really ugly opponent numbers in the SEC portion of the season, and it’s likely that this defense will only get tougher. Despite Pomeroy’s attempts to equalize competition, those efforts mostly hit the middle of the scale, not the extremes. Kentucky is going to be hitting the extremes — a lot.

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  • Interesting. Rajon Rondo is still one of the best point guards in the game, and it does make one wonder if Rondo’s days as a Celtic are numbered. Then again, what he says might be exactly right, and the observers might be making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • ZZZOMMMGG!!!

Other news
  • LeBron James may be a "king" in this country, but he’s got a lot to learn about royal etiquette.

    I think, however, any American might bristle being considered a "commoner." Yet another reason why kicking the Brits out of this country was a good idea, as fond as I am of them.