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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Bob Simon Edition

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Veteran CBS news correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash last night after more than 40 years as a journalist. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends. He will be missed.

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Your Quickies:

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  • Coach Cal: You don’t change the "special sauce" on a Big Mac, so why mess around with UK’s winning formula? Indeed.

  • From the comments: Why the Sixers should take Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor.

    For me, it’s a no-brainer. Okafor is a poor defender and shows virtually zero interest in anything but offense. He’s a great offensive player, to be sure, but you have to defend your position in the NBA, and Okafor cannot. Not only that, I have doubts he will ever be able to due to lack of athleticism and footspeed.

    Hat tip: mrmondaynite

  • Jon Rothstein argues that but for being on Kentucky where sacrifices are expected and willingly given, Karl-Anthony Towns would be in the Player of the Year discussion as well as Okafor.

    He should be anyway. Unfortunately, it’s not the way of the sports media to utilize proper analysis, but rather to (speaking generally) "baa" softly and follow the flock.

  • The Baton Rouge Advocat’s Scott Rabalais explains why a sellout crowd and heroic effort by LSU came up short against Kentucky:

    The Tigers had their chances to alter their fate. After their mega run to go up six, the game teetered for the next four minutes. Kentucky broke LSU’s icy grip on momentum with 6:51 left when Towns — who got a fist-pumping, finger-pointing earful from UK coach John Calipari after his technical — sank a top-of-the-key jumper with :01 left on the shot clock after LSU played 34 seconds of adhesive-like defense.

    That’s what the great teams do. They make the clutch shots. They also play defense. After the Tigers went back up 69-66 with 3:52 left on a basket by Mickey, LSU didn’t score again. The Tigers managed just two field-goal attempts in that span, including Hornsby’s try for the winner.

    This is right. Great teams make big shots and get big stops in close games on the road. It’s important to remember that.

  • John Calipari and Les Miles share mutual appreciation. Two fine coaches with championship pedigrees.

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