John Calipari is a Recruiting God!

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With Terrence Jones joining the roster for 2010, Cal brings in his 2nd Number One Class in a row.  2nd Number One Class in two years at the helm of UK.  2 Years, 2 Number One Classes.  More than likely, next year will see the Number One Class as well.

Now, he needs to build continuity for the decade and I need to secure some Final Four tickets for the Next Few Years.

GO CATS!!!

And then there is John Wall

Jimmy

#1 Draft Pick of the 2010 Draft

“I think there’s no question John is by far the most dynamic player in the draft,” Saunders said. “He’s probably one of the most dynamic guards to come out in a while, when you combine his athleticism, his ability to defend and the speed that he has. A lot of times when players come into our league, you’re trying to develop a guy into a point guard.

“Sometimes you’re trying to change him from maybe a guy that was a scorer and more of a shooting guard in college to a point guard who tries to run a team. Whereas John is definitely a guy that is definitely a point guard. He averaged a lot of assists at Kentucky and pretty much dominated games with his ability to make plays for other players.”

2010 SEC Tournament Champions ~ Kentucky Wildcats

Killer Game!

That Big Cuz tip in was incredible.

AWESOME!

Great times in Nashville!

GAME FACE!!!

Attended the game today.

UK and UF.

UK  Smoked ’em.  I dig it.  Loads of fun…

Vandy Unable to Surmount the Great Wall!

Vandy guard Jenkins proves unable to shoot over the defensive presence that is John Wall.

In the closing seconds of the game, Jenkins attempts a 3 point shot.  John Wall gets a piece of it and the shot is off the mark.  More last second heroics by Wall who had made the winning shots for Kentucky only seconds earlier.

This Kentucky Team refuses to lose.  The swagger is definitely back at Kentucky.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

Cheating Kansas ~ Recorded for Posterity

1.  This blog is not abandoned.

2.  Everything on this post is ripped from some form of media.  I didn’t write it.  I’m sharing it and placing it somewhere in which I know it will not disappear.

3.  I posted this and others like it (on UCLA) not to say that Kansas or UCLA is bad or a cheater.  I don’t post it to defend Kentucky or to say that any other school is worse than Kentucky or that Kentucky is any better than Kansas or UCLA or whichever school one wishes to name.

This is primarily up here because the fans of so many other schools such as Kansas and UCLA are so annoying in their self-righteous blathering.  They go on and on about Calipari cheating or Kentucky being the “cheatin’est skool n da ho wide wurld” and other nonsensical inanities that I decided to research the skeletons in other closets.

What did I learn?

There aren’t any boneless closets.  Every school has skeletons.

Wilt Chamberlain being threatened to stay away from those purty Kansas lily white virgins on the plains.

Things like that are just as bad as anything that has been perpetrated at UK where Rex Chapman was widely criticized by the genteel White Folk of Lexington for dating Black co-eds.  He was supposedly sent death threats.

There isn’t a school out there that hasn’t cheated.  Many of them simply haven’t been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

If a school is suddenly successful in recruiting and, therefore, in a certain Big Time  College Sport like Football or Basketball, I can almost guarantee that some rule breaking or “boostering” is going on.  It may never come to light.  It’s still there.

So, please, fans of other programs, PLEASE stop being so annoying.  Realize that even Coach K has a closet full of skeletons.  If Wooden had them, Coach K has them.  Tom Izzo has them.  Bobby Knight has them.

John Calipari has them.  I’m not talking about Camby or Rose.  That wasn’t really on Calipari.  There’s no way that Calipari could have been watching Camby when that deal went down.  There’s no way that Calipari drove/flew up to Chicago to arrange for someone else to take Rose’s SAT.  It just doesn’t happen that way.

Know this.  The NCAA is ridiculous.  They punish kids in 2013 for the actions of kids in 2008 or 2011.  It’s an idiotic institution.  As long as it is THE regulating body, we have to abide by their inane rulings.  And they do hand down some inane rulings.  Period.  I don’t know how anyone can defend the NCAA.   Compare the cases of Camby and Maggette.  Compare the cases of Cam Newton and Enes Kanter.  Then look at the rulings.  If you can still defend the NCAA after that, you’re blind, stupid or your livelihood depends on the NCAA.

I’ll leave it with that and give you the following:  A history of Kansas’ run ins with the NCAA.  Kansas should have had their 2008 NCAA Title stripped right along with Memphis’ Final Four.  The charges are similar and the parties involved have as much as admitted to the transgressions.

I don’t care.  Awareness is my endgame.  You read it.  You judge.  Again, I didn’t write these articles.  I simply compiled them.  Follow the links…

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Brandon Rush commits to Kansas basketball program. Rush narrowed his college choices to Illinois and Oklahoma. Rumors are that he couldn’t qualify at Illinois or Oklahoma. He decided he would have to enter the draft straight from high school as he couldn’t qualify at a D1 university, except it looked as though he wouldn’t be a first round selection, something his brother already had happen to him. His brothers talked him out of it. Two weeks after school started he got into KU and even though he at times carried a 0.0 GPA in high school managed to get a 3.6 at KU while missing the first two weeks of classes. This strangely coincided with the same time frame which their compliance department was noted to be severely understaffed and inadequate by the NCAA and academic fraud was occurring.

Sherron Collins commits to Kansas amidst various media reports that he was steered by his coach Anthony Longstreet, (More on Longstreet in a future post), considered by Chicago Public League coaches as the new Landon “Sonny” Cox for his ability to recruit players to Crane. Scheduled visits promised to various other schools are abruptly canceled. Afterward, Longstreet, without being prompted or even accused of taking money, bizarrely challenged local sportswriters to “get the proof, produce the canceled check.” Thereafter, Longstreet refused to ever speak again on the subject. He explained, “Right now, I’ve been told to be quiet because
this stuff is getting too ugly.”

Darnell Jackson is ruled ineligible by NCAA Eligibility Committee for nine games for receipt of $5,000 in benefits from a Kansas booster over a three year period while being recruited by Kansas.

A cbssportsline.com article suggests that J.R. Giddens is also ultimately wrapped up in the Darnell Jackson scandal, questioning: “Did Don Davis also have a “relationship” with Jackson’s best friend and former AAU teammate, J.R. Giddens, the McDonald’s All-American who signed with Kansas in 2003? Because if the answer is yes, Kansas has a big, big, big problem.”

2005-2006 Season
Kansas loses to Nevada at home, 72-70, falling to a record of 2-3 for the first time in over 30 years. After the game, ESPN TV cameras captured an exchange between Kansas University assistant coach Joe Dooley and 19 year old Nevada player Nick Fazekas. When Fazekas
held out his hand to shake Dooley’s in an apparent show of sportsmanship, Dooley instead screamed “F*** YOU!!!!” directly at Fazekas. Afterward, Coach Bill Self reprimanded Dooley stating: “Obviously, in a hotly contested game like this one, emotions were high after the game. Coach Joe Dooley responded in an inappropriate manner to an exchange with a Nevada player.” Coach Dooley added: “I have great respect for the Nevada team. They played well tonight. I
responded in a negative manner to something that was said to me following the game. I certainly apologize to the Nevada program and this is not the manner in which Kansas basketball should be represented.”

Reports surface regarding an NCAA investigation into potential violations involving Kansas freshman Brandon Rush. The potential violations centered around Rush’s involvement with an agent and possible payment of travel expenses by NBA teams the previous summer during Rush’s workouts with the teams.

The NCAA suspends Brandon Rush after the NCAA determined that he had improperly received benefits from an agent after applying for the 2005 NBA draft. An appeal by Kansas is granted within one day and Rush is re-instated without missing any games.

Kansas loses to in-state rival Kansas State at home, 59-55.

Micah Downs announces he is transferring from the Kansas basketball program.

Following up the once in the last 20 year accomplishment of losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Self manages to again accomplish this feat by losing to Bradley, 77-73. Considerable pressure mounts as “win at all costs” goes into full effect when the fan base begins to call for his firing.

2006 Off-season
Christian Moody becomes the first Jayhawk player since the 1980s to not be eligible for his graduation checks from alumni, as the pending investigation causes KU to cease such open forms of paying their players. Later, his agent writes a note requesting video of him missing free throws to lose a game to Missouri be taken down from youtube.com as he feels it is hindering his client from finding gainful employment.

The NCAA responds that KU failed to demonstrate Institutional control and that the minor violations self reported in basketball in KU’s report do not seem to be all-inclusive.

KU is placed on probation for major violations across multiple sports and for Lack of Institutional Control. The committee seems impressed with KU’sKU didn’t detect or report
violations in a timely manner, which resulted in them being able to claim a statue of limitations on many violations and go unpunished), however they are still charged with:
•Illegal payments given to potential recruits
•Illegal payments given to current players with the approval of coaching staff
•Illegal payments given to players after eligibility is exhausted
•Providing illegal transportation to recruits Providing illegal clothing and other benefits to recruits
•Providing illegal transportation to family members of recruits
•Making special arrangements to facilitate a vehicle for family members of recruits.
•Academic Fraud
•Failure to report violations
•Failure to employ a compliance auditor
•Negligence to provide adequate oversight
•Lack of Institutional Control

KU is placed on three years probation including reduction in the total of grants-in-aid award in the men’s basketball program to no more than 12 during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Also reduced the total of official paid visits by a total of eight from the maximum number allowed during the 2006-07 and 2007-8 academic years, dissociation of a representative of the university’s athletics interest for a period of four years, and annual compliance reporting required. innovative strategy of eliminating the middleman (by electing to not maintain a compliance department, Summation: probation and a reduction in 2 scholarships to be taken in the years KU chooses for the above violations.

CJ Giles is suspended indefinitely.

Giles re-instated to team, then 5 days later kicked off team for misdemeanor battery to his girlfriend.

2006-2007 Season
Despite what most consider Self’s best coaching job to date, he is under enormous pressure as the NCAA tournament get underway as most feel a repeat of the last two years will cost him his job. Self’s Jayhawks do advance before being knocked out by UCLA, 68-55.

2007-2008 Season
Brandon Rush arrested for failing to appear in court. The hearing is ultimately delayed until after the basketball season.

Self begins to be courted by Oklahoma State to take over their head coaching vacancy. KU beings to make a strong push to retain Self despite the distraction it is causing.

The beneficiaries of a historic collapse by Memphis, who led by nine points with two minutes to play and could have done about five different things to ensure KU had no chance of getting back in the game, KU wins its second national title of the modern era. They are the first team ever to win a championship while on probation for cheating, and every player on KU’s roster who played more than 21 minutes in the championship game had a shady story surrounding them.
2008 offseason
Self claims he wants to stay at Kansas, but won’t rule out talking to OSU. He elects to stay at KU.
Reports surface that Darell Arthur, KU’s leading scorer in the championship game, did not actually pass high school and passed through the NCAA clearinghouse by submitting fraudulent transcripts. If ruled ineligible, per NCAA rules KU would be required to forfeit all games in which Arthur was a participant, which would result in KU being the first ever 40 loss team in a single season, the worst season in the history of the NCAA.

Listing of NCAA rules he was in clear violation of:

10.1 UNETHICAL CONDUCT
Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member (e.g., coach, professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning the individual’s involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible
violation of an NCAA regulation;

(g) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA or institution’s admissions office regarding an individual’s academic record (e.g., schools attended, completion of coursework, grades and test scores)

10.4 DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible for further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the Committee on
Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of eligibility. (See Bylaw 10.3.2 for sanctions of student-athletes involved in violations of 10.3.) Institutional staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in Bylaw 19.5.2.2 of the NCAA enforcement procedures, whether such violations occurred at the
certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment at another member institution.

14.01.3.3 Unethical Conduct.
A prospective or enrolled student-athlete who is found to have engaged in unethical conduct (see Bylaw 10.1) shall be ineligible for intercollegiate competition in all sports.

14.11.1 Obligation of Member Institution to Withhold Student-Athlete from Competition.
If a student-athlete is ineligible under the provisions of the constitution, bylaws or other regulations of the Association, the institution shall be obligated to apply immediately
the applicable rule and to withhold the student-athlete from all intercollegiate competition. The institution may appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of the student-athlete’s eligibility as provided in Bylaw 14.12 if it concludes that the circumstances warrant restoration.

June, 2008. A judge rules in favor of the woman Sherron Collins sexually assaulted in an elevator in May of 2007, granting damages in excess of $75,000. She accused him of exposing himself and rubbing against her on May 18, 2007, in an elevator at a University of Kansas apartment complex. Collins does not show up to court.

Ronnie Chalmers, no longer the son of a KU player after Mario declares early for the NBA draft, vacates the Director of Basketball Operations position.

While living in university paid for housing prior to being eligible for scholarship benefits, 18 year old Markieff Morris drunkenly shoots a lady with a BB gun from his dorm room window. No action is taken.

Two weeks after school starts (shades of Brandon Rush before them), the Morris twins are cleared to play basketball for KU. “While it may have taken a bit longer than we had hoped, the important thing is that the process worked,” Self said regarding having them take classes in
Lawrence.

Dallas School District re-opens case regarding Arthur not really being a college eligible player. Ashmore, Arthur’s Math teacher said when Arthur was failing Algebra I as a freshman in the fall of 2002, his coach asked for leniency. Ashmore said when he refused, Arthur was
abruptly moved to another class. A closer examination of Arthur’s grades reveal that his English III grades of 75, 60, 70 and 65 don’t actually add up to a 70 as is reflected on his transcript. In fact, the average should be 67.5, meaning he should have failed the course that is needed to graduate. “Like I said, he [Arthur] just kind of checked out that third six weeks,” Yourse, his English teacher said. Melanie Kidd was Arthur’s theater arts teacher in the fall of 2004.
She said she remembers Arthur failed the course during the final six weeks. Arthur made a grade of 50, she said. According to his transcripts, Arthur’s grades for the last six weeks of theater arts are also missing. A block of grades from Arthur’s Algebra II were also
missing on the transcript from the fall semester of 2005. All that is present is a final grade, which was changed from “failing” to a passing grade of 70 nine months later in September the following year. NCAA officials have confirmed that if Arthur never officially graduated, his eligibility at Kansas is something that may have to be investigated. My question is: are they investigating it?

2008-09 Season
During a ‘no contact period’ as defined by NCAA rules, Self pays a visit to John Wall, the #1 unsigned recruit in the nation. To demonstrate his respect for NCAA rules states in front of a witnesses:
Self: “I’m not supposed to be talking to you, and you know that, but I just wanted to tell you that was a great win.”

Confirmation comes in the Darell Arthur case that his grades were artificially changed and that his ‘graduation’ from high school wasn’t legit.

This is all on record.  Yet, KU is still a National Champion for one of these years.

And Memphis has had their wins vacated.

The NCAA up to their usual shenanigans.

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DeMarcus Cousins for President!

Big Cuz slams on Long Beach State

DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t answer questions after games so much as he holds court.

The gregarious freshman center is as refreshingly unfiltered as head coach John Calipari is polished. Blunt and direct, Cousins is unapologetically honest whether the topic is his sometimes eccentric postgame attire or his ability to attract controversy wherever he goes.

Yes, Cousins thinks he may be the best center in the Southeastern Conference. Yes, he believes the referees swallow their whistles sometimes when the ball is in his hands. Yes, he may have pushed a South Carolina student out of the way while trying to get off the court last week, but he didn’t punch him as at least one reporter claimed.

Hey, it’s all a part of the game when you’re “Big Cuz,” one of the handful of monikers Cousins goes by.

“I’m just doing my part,” Cousins said from behind his nonprescription black-rimmed glasses, part of what he calls his “Peter Parker” swag.

And he’s playing his part as well as any player in the country.

Cousins is a GREAT College Player.   Period.  Only a fool would deny this.  Yes!  He has a bit of an edge.  It’s an edge that Kentucky has been sorely missing throughout the Tubby “Never to High, Never too Low” Smith Era.  Not since Jamaal Magloire was recruited by Pitino has a Kentucky Baller had the attitude that’s needed to reign supreme.  Not only in Rupp Arena, but, in the SEC.

The past few years of BCG and Tubby saw Florida and Vandy come in with their chumps.  These “chumps” punked Kentucky to the tune of 5 wins AT RUPP ARENA.  Unheard of when Pitino was here.  Rupp was rolling over in his grave and screaming lamentations of disbelief.

That was then.  This is now.

The era of Big Cuz and the Great Wall.  Eric Bledsoe.  Patrick Patterson.

Finally!  Warriors on the Court.  Take no prisoners athletes who will their way to a win if the fickle Gods of Basketball aren’t favoring them.

DeMarcus Cousins is exactly what Kentucky Basketball has been missing.  He’s a character.  He’s a record breaking Beast.  He’s the King of the Bluegrass.

I love the Kid and I hope I get to shake his hand at the SEC Tournament.

GO BIG BLUE!

KENTUCKY TAKES OUT THE ‘DORES!

BIG CUZ got T’d up!  AND his 12th Double Double!

Patterson hit 3 of 4 from three.

Liggins was scrambling and Bledsoe was rockin’.

Even Stevenson showed fire out there.

Wall was back!  Back in excellent form.

Dodson brought his three back with him.

Great game for the Cats.

Way to come back and take a win in Rupp.

Keep that Rupp record intact and undefeated.

Ready for a run and Rupp to be invincible again.

Great Job Coach Cal!

GO BIG BLUE!!!


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins posted his 12th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky bounced back from an upset loss to South Carolina with a 85-72 win over No. 23 Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Darnell Dodson added 16 points in a rare start for the Wildcats (20-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), who played like the nation’s top-ranked team for long stretches in front of special guest LeBron James.

Kentucky built an early 19-point lead then made it hold up while the NBA superstar, a friend of coach John Calipari, watched from courtside.

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Sports Quotes

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“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.”
-Shaquille O’Neal

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
-Vince Lombardi

“I can’t play being mad. I go out there and have fun. It’s a game, and that’s how I am going to treat it.”
-Ken Griffey, Jr.

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
-Ara Parashegian

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
-Jesse Owens

“Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.”
-African-American proverb

“The impossible is often untried.”
-Unknown

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.”
-Unknown

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.”
-Unknown
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
-Michael Jordan
“I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.”
-Wilma Rudolph
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
-Paul “Bear” Bryant
“It’s not how hard you’ve pushed along the way. It’s having something in you to finish.”
-Michael Jordan
“The purpose of any athletic endeavor is to challenge human limits both on and off the playing field.”
-Unknown
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
-Steve Prefontaine
“You win some, you lose some, but you always try again.”
-Unknown
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
-Mike Singletary
“The man who can drive himself farther once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
-Sir Roger Bannister
“The higher the goal, the harder the climb, but taken each day, one step at a time. The goal is accomplished, the dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained.”
-American Greeting Cards
“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”
-Mia Hamm
“Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.”
-Marvin Ashton
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
-Mark Twain
“The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time.”
-Tom Hanks
“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.”
-James Van Praagh
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“The most important decision I ever made in my career was to live my life in sports as honestly and ethically as possible. Never having compromised my values allows me to look back on my life with no regrets and feel satisfaction in what I was able to accomplish.”
-Greg LeMond

“1 goal, 10 assists.”
-Adidas commercial on USA Women’s World Cup Soccer Team

“The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.”
-Tim Duncan

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
-Michael Jordan

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
-Wayne Gretzky

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
-Matt Biondi

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
-Muhammad Ali

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers

“The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity – sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!”
-Dan O’Brien

“The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it’s really tough to shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it’s even harder to do it with a smile. If you can learn to do this and push through that pain, you will remember what that moment is like the next time you win and have a better sense of how those competitors around you feel. This experience will teach you a lot on and off the field!”
-Amy Van Dyken

“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”
-Bart Starr

“Doing your best is more important than being the best.”
-Shannon Miller

“I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”
-Gordie Howe

“Sports creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.”
-Bob Cousy

“The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what’s right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail.”
-Lou Holtz

“Confidence is a very fragile things.”
-Joe Montana

“Ask yourself is it right or wrong and act accordingly.”
-Otto Graham, Jr.

“Follow your dreams as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always do things your way and Have Fun!”
-Picabo Street

“Never look to the ground for your next step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon.”
-Bud Greenspan

“To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart.”
-Jennifer McCombs

“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.”
-Bobby Jones

“Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.”
-Brad Burden

“Victory is in the quality of competition, not the final score.”
-Mike Marshall

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”
-Robert Collier

“I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.”
-Arthur Ashe

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”
-Unknown

“An open mind opens doors.”
-Unknown

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
-Robert F. Kennedy

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”
-Jimmy Johnson

“Each of us is affected by what happens to the other. Just as our movement interact on the field, so our lives interact to a certain degree. This is what is so great about being a member of a team.”
-Eric Lund

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
-Japanese Proverb

“A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team.”
-Unknown

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”
-Doug Williams

“I play to win. Even when common sense should tell me I no longer have a chance. Even when I have been playing at my worst and all the breaks have been going against me. I approach each new day, and each new game as a glorious opportunity to get going again.”
-Unknown

“Winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.”
-Manuel Diotte

“Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things.”
-M.D. Boyer

“You win the race only after you cross the finish line, regardless of what place.”
-Unknown

“Perseverance is a great element of success.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best…these are the trademarks of a champion.”
-Unknown

“If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose.”
-Unknown

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.”
-Ray Knight

President Obama to “Thank” Cats on “Hoops for Haiti”

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Kentucky is getting all the great press lately.

Unanimous #1 College Basketball Team in the Nation.

Cousins, Patterson and Wall ~ One of them is either Player or Frosh of the Week almost every week of this season.

Wall and Patterson are front runners for National Player of the Year.

Wall is frontrunner for SEC Player of the Year.

Cal puts together “Hoops for Haiti” on a moments notice.  He and the Cats raise over 1,000,000 USD in less than a week.

Now, the President of the United States of America wants to thank them for their efforts.  Put aside politics for a moment and hear those words.  THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS GOING TO THANK THE CATS! This is an honor of the highest order.  It matters not whether you voted for the man or not.  He’s the President.  He is the human embodiment of the Nation.  He wants to either meet with the Cats or in some manner convey his and the nations appreciation for their efforts.

Aside from the honor associated with receiving this magnanimous gesture, it’s publicity of the highest order.  This is a publicity bonanza.

Coach Cal is a master.  I’m not saying that he did this for the press that it’s garnered.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is that the University of Kentucky is getting a public lift that is amazing in scale.  It’s unbelievable what Coach Cal has done.

I have to admire the man.

He’s amazing.

UK has not seen this kind of public adulation since…well, not in my memory.

Congratulations Coach Cal and to the Cats are in order.  This is incredible.  I love it.

It’s awesome to be a Cat fan right now and to be associated with this incredible team and its Coach.

GO BIG BLUE!

Kentucky ~ IS THE SEC!

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With the Gators and Wildcats being down for the last several years, the SEC has struggled to gain its footing nationally. Tennessee and Bruce Pearl make a nice story, sure, but they are nothing compared to the vaunted Wildcats.

This is the cold, hard truth that the rest of the SEC doesn’t want to acknowledge.

When it comes to basketball, UK is the SEC.  The SEC needs a dominant Kentucky in order to be relevant.  Much like the ACC needs FSU in order to remain relevant in the BCS of Football.  It’s the natural order.

Get used to it.

Kentucky is back.  Coach Cal will keep UK at the top. More than likely, Cal will stay 8 to 10 years which means that Mitch Barnhart should should be keeping an eye out for a successor.  It’s too early to bring in an assistant.  Two or three years down the line, Cal should start looking for someone to whom he can hand the reins.  Recruit this young and talented  coach to the bench at UK and start his training to take over.  Unlike Tubby Smith, Cal selects young and enthusiastic talent for his bench.  No re-treads on the bench under Coach Cal.  Keep that bench full of young hungry assistant and associate coaches.  Hopefully, Cal finds a few ex-players from UK teams to carry the torch after he leaves.

2018 or so, Cal can hand the reins over to a pre-selected individual.  No coaching searches.  No guessing.  Simply a seamless turn over.  This is how it should be done.

UK reloads and keeps rocking the SEC and the NCAA.

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Kentucky is 18-0

UK has gone from NIT loser to potentially the Number 1 Team in the Nation in less than a year.  Coach Cal has accomplished an amazing turn around at Kentucky.  Simply amazing.

GO CATS!

Beat the Hogs!

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In other news, both UL and UNC are on three game skids.  Pitino must be pulling at those plugs and you just know Roy is crying into an ice cold Coca Cola right now.

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Nahida, Jalil and Wazir Ali Say “Go Big Blue!!!”

GO BIG BLUE!!!

I purchased a couple of UK sweatshirts to give to my little friends over at the RHQ.  I wanted to give the sweat shirts to the kids before I left for leave as a Christmas gift.  I didn’t have the time, though.  So I put them away until after my R&R.

Wahid, Shoaib and I took the  sweatshirts and a few other items (puzzles and candy) to the kids today.   It was fun playing with the kids and explaining them the meaning of the puzzles.   I explained to them who Donald and Daisy  Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie are as well as the 101 Dalmatians and the Cookie Monster.  As I was doing it, Shoaib reminded me that I used to call Wahid the cookie monster.  When I first met Wahid, he scammed one of my cookies off of me.  I got mad and told him that I’d kick his ass if he ever touched my stuff again.  lol  Then I started messing with him and nicknamed him cookie monster.  It ran on for a year and finally I just let it tail off.  He was pretty embarrassed by it.   Of course, that just made me rub it in all the more.

We gave them the sweatshirts and the candy.  Baba brought over his baby girls as well.  They were cute little girls.  One of them was scared to death of me and the other just looked at me as if I was a curiosity.  I laughed and laughed.  Kept tell ing her; “so you’re the brave one of the family” and laughing.  She let me hold her and talked to me and generally was a fearless little gal.  I loved it.  Too cool.

After the boys put on their sweatshirts, I got them to pose with the flags and yell “Go Big Blue!”  It was too funny and too cute.  I wish I had my vidcam, but, I left it in Thailand with Unny.  I had to coax Nahida over to get into the picture.  She gets shy when the camera comes out.

I sometimes wonder what these kids think of all of this.  I’m some strange American man and I bring them things for no reason.  Shoaib teased Nahida today and told her that I wanted to take her back to the States to marry my son.  She didn’t take to the idea.  I told her that he was joking and I don’t have a son.  No need to worry about that.  Even so, she seemed nervous the whole time.  As if she thought we might take her away.

I kept re-assuring her that it was in no way going to happen.  Although, I’d love to adopt her and take her home with me.  Get her away from the fate that most likely awaits her as an adult Afghan woman.  Send her to school and lead her to a happier life.

I gave Shoaib the camera and he snapped away as I played and acted like a kid myself.  I think they enjoyed it.  Little Jalil called me Dear Uncle today.  I can’t remember the Dari word for Uncle  or I’d type it here.  Then Jalil and Ali started calling me Dawood Khan.  lol  That’s what was on my name tag on my uniform when I first met them.  I laughed and laughed.  I got them to yell “Kentucky!” and “GO BIG BLUE!”, “Patrick Patterson” and “John Wall.”  I was trying to get them to say “The Great Wall of Kentucky!”  But I think it was too long.  lol

Then I got them to yell “UK is Number One” and “Go Big Blue!” again.

It was a fun time.  Always nice seeing my little friends.  Peace!

Tonight I get to watch my first live UK Game of the Cal Era

I almost missed it.  For some reason, thought the game was tomorrow night.

But I get to watch it.   I’ve got to stay up damn near all night to do so.  It’s worth every second of lost sleep, though.

Can’t wait to see Wall and Patterson in action…with the outcome unknown.  Although, I am pretty certain that UGa is a gimme this year.   Mark Fox and Company are outmatched from top to bottom and there’s no Coach Gillispie to choke the drive and will to win out of the talented kids who take the floor for UK this year.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

I wish Meeks was here to experience this year with the Cats.  Without Meeks, this UK team is incredible.  With Meeks, they’d be a juggernaut.  Unstoppable!

The Great Wall of China

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Just finished it.  Climbed the Great Wall at Jinahanling and Simitai.

We awakened at O’dark thirty (0500).  I know that’s difficult for some to believe.  Our driver arrived at about 0620 to pick us up from our Hostel–City Walls.  We met up with another group and switched buses.  Then we were off.  It’s about a 3 hour drive out to Jinshanling.  We arrived a bit before 10 AM.  When we got off the bus, it was C O L D!  The wind was blowing hard.  I thought to myself; “Dave, was this a mistake.  You are cold already and you’re only ten seconds off the bus. ”  Time to suck it up.  Poor little Unny was vibrating.  She was shivering so hard.

We walked up to the entrance and gave them our tickets.  Then we started our climb.  Immediately, it’s a grueling climb.  Stairs and pathways and causeways that are half ruin.  Climbing straight up at almost 90 degree angles at some points.  We took the first rise and were met by an amazing site.  The wall stretching off into the horizon.  On one side is inner Mongolia, the other side is China proper.  China now claims inner Mongolia as her own.  Only outer Mongolia is part of the nation.

It was hell and exhilarating.   It was cold and windy.   The temp was around 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit.  Even so, by the time we were finished I had sweated through two layers of shirts and made all of my electronics (iPhone and iPod) soaking wet.

I decided to make this my birthday present.  To climb that portion of the great wall.  It’s about a 10 kilometer hike up and down some serious mountains and hills.  At one point, I thought that maybe I should just lay down and let them bury me with the peasants who had been buried under the wall as it was being built, but, Unny kept going.  So I followed her lead.

She’s a tough little gal.  It was her first experience in the cold.  She toughed it out.  Impressive.

There are several sections of the Great Wall.  The most famous being Badaling.  Badaling is where all of the tourists go to see the wall.  If you want to see it in various states or disrepair or a more authentic part of the Great Wall, you have to get out of Beijing and hit Mutianyu or Simitai or Jinshanling.  I’d done the Badaling thing back in ’06.  This time, I wanted to see the “real” Great Wall.

I froze up there and I think my legs are going to fall off in the morning but it was well worth it.

I tried to call my Momma but no service out there in the wilds.

It was a great birthday present and as is my habit, I took hundreds of pictures.

What a cool day. I loved it.  I am happy as can be with this day.

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Coach BOOBY Knight

1976 — Upset over two turnovers in a Big Ten game, Knight grabs sophomore Jim Wisman by the jersey and jerks him into his seat.

1979 — Knight is charged and later convicted in absentia for hitting a policeman before practice at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.

1980 — Playfully fires a blank shot at a reporter. A week later, Knight and his wife take turns chiding an Assembly Hall crowd for not cheering enough during a game.

1981 — Uses his weekly program to show films of a “sucker punch” involving Isiah Thomas and Purdue’s Roosevelt Barnes, which he said proved Thomas’ innocence. Brought a donkey wearing a Purdue cap onto his TV show. In Philadelphia for the Final Four, Knight gets into a shoving match with an LSU fan, who says the coach stuffed him into a garbage can.

1983 — Knight criticizes Big Ten officiating by standing at midcourt and cursing at Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke, who is in the press box. Two days later, Knight assails the referees for the “worst officiating I have seen in 12 years.”

1985 — Tosses a chair across the court during a game against Purdue, prompting his ejection and a one-game suspension.

1986 — Receives technical foul for shouting at the officials during a game against Illinois, then kicks a megaphone and admonishes Indiana cheerleaders for disrupting a free-throw attempt by Steve Alford.

1987 — Bangs fist on the scorer’s table after being assessed a technical foul during a game against LSU. NCAA fines university $10,000, and Knight receives a reprimand. Refuses to let his team finish an exhibition game against the Soviet Union after he was ejected for arguing with a referee. He’s later reprimanded by the university.

1988 — In an NBC interview with Connie Chung, who asked how he handles stress, Knight says: “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” He explains he was talking about something beyond one’s control, not the act of rape.

1991 — Asks not to be renominated to the Basketball Hall of Fame, calling the voters’ rejection of him in 1987 a “slap in the face.” Nevertheless, he was elected and inducted into the Hall. Publicly feuds with Illinois coach Lou Henson, who called him a “classic bully” who thrived on intimidation. Bars a female Associated Press reporter from the locker room, saying it was inappropriate for her to be there and also against university policy. All reporters subsequently were barred from the locker room.

1992 — Gives a mock whipping to Calbert Cheaney, a black player, during practice for the NCAA West Regional, offending several black leaders. Knight denies any racial connotations and notes the bullwhip was given to him by the players.

1993 — Is suspended for one game after a sideline tirade in a 101-82 victory over Notre Dame in which he screams at his player son, Pat, and kicks at him. When fans behind the Indiana bench boo, Knight turns and responds with an obscenity.

1994 — Head-butts Sherron Wilkerson while screaming at him on the bench but says it was unintentional. After the next game, the Hoosiers’ home finale against Wisconsin, Knight takes the public address microphone and recites a profane verse directed at his critics.

1995 — Is reprimanded and fined $30,000 by the NCAA for an outburst at a news conference at NCAA tournament. Upset that an NCAA media liaison erroneously says he would not attend the news conference, Knight lashes out at him.

1998 — Is fined $10,000 by the Big Ten for berating referee Ted Valentine, whose officiating Knight calls “the greatest travesty” he had seen in his coaching career. Knight receives three technical fouls and is ejected by Valentine during the second half of a loss to Illinois.

1999 — Is investigated for possible battery after allegedly choking a man at a restaurant. The man reportedly confronted Knight as he was leaving, contending he heard Knight make a racist remark. Prosecutor refuses to file charges. Assistant Ron Felling is fired after Knight allegedly throws him out of a chair after hearing him criticize the program.

2000 — Is investigated in March by university after former player Neil Reed says Knight choked him at a practice in 1997. In May, Knight’s suspended for three games, ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and barred from having physical contact with a player or university employee by IU President Myles Brand after an investigation found a pattern of inappropriate behavior. Is accused on Sept. 7 of grabbing a student by the arm, cursing and lecturing him about manners after the coach was addressed “Hey, Knight, what’s up?” Three days later, Knight’s fired for violating “zero-tolerance” policy and for what university President Myles Brand calls a “pattern of unacceptable behavior.”

2001 — General manager at the Compaq Center in Houston says Knight, now coach at Texas Tech, offered to fight him over remarks the coach made about the arena’s locker room — it “would have been very, very cramped with four midgets.”

2003 — Launches into a profanity-filled tirade after an ESPN reporter asks about his relationship with former player Steve Alford, who also was participating in the interview. Alford’s Iowa team was playing Texas Tech in Dallas. Knight later apologized.

2004 — Gets into a loud verbal spat with Texas Tech’s chancellor at an upscale Lubbock grocery store. Is reprimanded — but not suspended — by the university.

2006 — Approaches Michael Prince, using his hand to push his chin, apparently in an effort to get him to look up while talking to Knight during a timeout.

Mister Integrity!  I wish the old bastard would try to choke me.  I knock his old ass into next week.

This is the chump who wants to talk about integrity.  Please tell me he was talking about himself.

Hey Knight!  YOU ARE A LOSER!

1962: Trips guidance counselor in hallway while coaching Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) High School. County school board declines action; Knight praises “good no-call.”

1974: Pulls gun on Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall with 6:28 left in game. Hall, initially outraged, apologizes afterward when Knight shows him gun had only one bullet in chamber.

1974: Meets with 17-year-old Larry Bird on Indiana campus at 4:16 p.m. CT. Bird sprints off-campus and arrives at Indiana State on foot at 4:19 p.m. CT.

1975: Breaks top scorer Scott May’s right arm at halftime vs. Purdue, then convinces him to play second half to display “toughness.” May is largely ineffective but Indiana wins 72-69.

1978: Attacks and knocks out Indiana’s sports information director during an otherwise non-physical disagreement over sports information.

1979: Arrested for assaulting police officer at Pan American Games in Puerto Rico. “If hitting a cop in a third-rate island nation is an issue,” Knight famously says, “then I’m visiting the wrong country.”

1981: Stuffs LSU fan into garbage can at hotel. Knight says he would’ve thrown him into parking lot but did not want to violate stringent municipal anti-littering laws.

1982: Yells maniacally at ESPN’s Dick Vitale, but, as luck would have it, at that very moment Vitale is also yelling maniacally and does not hear a word that Knight says.

1985: Kicks megaphone during Illinois game. Megaphone is removed from arena immediately.

1985: Tosses chair across court during Purdue game because he’s tired of sitting in it. Suspended one game.

1993: Kicks at his son Pat during victory over Notre Dame and responds to booing fans with a Redd Foxx impersonation. Suspended one game.

1993: Disgusted by team’s 22 turnovers in road loss to Illinois, robs a string of convenience marts in tri-state area. Suspended one game.

1994: Bangs fist on scorer’s table vs. Ohio State after rereading Chapter 17 of “A Season on the Brink.”

1994: While viewing “Hoosiers” in Bloomington, Ind., theater, stomps on patron two rows behind him who is talking during crucial town hall meeting to decide coach Dale’s fate.

1994: Accidentally head-butts Sherron Wilkerson while screaming at him on bench; says he only meant to scratch his eyes out.

1997: Accidentally chokes Neil Reed in practice while demonstrating proper defensive footwork.

1999: Accidentally throws assistant Ron Felling out of a chair, then — after allowing Felling back onto the chair — fires him.

1999: Throws a vase at a university secretary; says he was aiming for the university president.

1999: Allegedly chokes man at restaurant who beats Knight to the kitchen’s last order of cheddar ‘n’ chives potato skins.

2000: Accidentally grabs, curses and lectures student who had addressed the coach, “Hey, what’s up Knight?”

2000: Heaves ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap into Hudson River after Schaap asks about alleged 1947 dodge-ball incident.

2004: Has loud spat with Texas Tech chancellor David Smith at Lubbock grocery store, near the frozen-food aisle. Smith leaves with no groceries.

2005: During “Knight School” taping, cold cocks ESPN makeup artist who tries to apply blush to his left cheek. He then knees ESPN audio engineer who asks for a second take of profanity-laced tirade.

2005: Cracks open the head of a mannequin with a baseball bat while shopping at Sports Authority. Charges dismissed after he explains he mistook the mannequin for a former Big Ten referee.

2006: Improves Michael Prince’s chin posture.

HEY KNIGHT, BEEN CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING LATELY!?!?!

Call From Beijing ~ Go Big Blue!

Go Cats and Bob Knight shut the hell up.  lol

Patrick Patterson, you’re doing fine dude.  21 and 9.  Keep the fire.  I love it when you guys are emphatic.  Keep winning.  Keep smiling and keep having fun.

If you aren’t havin’ fun, why do it.

Peace and love to all my Big Blue Brethren out there.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

Coach Choke Hold Speaks

Knight: college hoops lacks integrity

(AP) – 4 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS — Bob Knight said integrity is lacking in college basketball and cited Kentucky coach John Calipari as an example.

During a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Knight said he doesn’t understand why Calipari is still coaching.

“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching,” he said. “You see we’ve got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”

Massachusetts and Memphis were both sanctioned by the NCAA for violations committed during Calipari’s tenure.

Knight, who won a record 902 games as coach of Army, Indiana and Texas Tech, did not elaborate or take questions from reporters.

This from the guy who made a career out of throwing temper tantrums on the court and choking students among other forms of abuse involving him and students and student Athletes.

HEY COACH!  Choked anybody lately?

RMK is off the reservation again.  Maybe he needs his meds.

John Calipari on Playing at Kentucky

Calipari said he’s trying to do much more with this team. “It’s about more than just winning,” Calipari said. “It’s about are you getting your team better. are they coming together? That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Calipari also said that he’s seeing a huge difference in his competition. The Wildcats are a big target every night. “We’re everybody’s Super Bowl,” Calipari said. “It’s almost stupid watching tape. They’re not going to play the way they’re playing on that tape.”

Daniel Orton getting high praise:

Also very good at basketball: Daniel Orton

by John Gasaway

I tried six ways to Sunday to make the following fit in the John Wall feature I just posted, but it was like putting a taco on a birthday cake so I had to leave it out. Nevertheless I want this to be on the record:

The sequence in Saturday’s North CarolinaKentucky game where Daniel Orton rejected John Henson at the rim, sprinted down the floor, received a fast-break pass from Eric Bledsoe, and dished an exquisite bounce-pass to Patrick Patterson for the dunk may have been the most impressive possession I have seen from a player this decade. Defense, athleticism, hustle, selflessness, and point-guard-level skill, all on one play. Seven-second wonder Daniel Orton, I salute you!

How Good is John Wall?

The Cats Hang On in a Tough One! UNC goes down! UK 68 ~ UNC 66

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Andy Lyons

No.5 Kentucky edges No.10 North Carolina

Big Cuz talked a big game but didn’t put up much to show for it.  He’ll have plenty of chances to redeem himself, though.

It was a hell of a game. I looked and the Cats were up by 19.

Half time came and went and suddenly the Cats were no longer taking it to them.  Wall, apparently, had cramps.  #54 held it down, but, no one else stepped up while Blue Jesus was out.

Finally, though, Eric Bledsoe took advantage of opportunity and iced his free throws and Wall came back in time to to help putt he game away.  EB and JW put the final touches on a nice win by hitting 5 of 6 in the final 30 seconds as the Cats held off the Tar Heels.

A nice halt to a 5 game skid that began back in the days of TLT and continued through the lunacy that was Billy Gillispie.

Excellent Game Guys.  Wish I could have watched it.  AFN doesn’t think that College Basketball is very popular overseas, so I’ll have to catch it tomorrow on tape delay.  Better late than never though.

Thanksfully, the guys at Wildcatnation.net kept me up to date throughout the game.  If the game was half as frantic as the chat room, tape delay probably saved me a heart attack.

GO BIG BLUE!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – John Calipari’s rebuilding project at Kentucky is ahead of schedule.

Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-0), which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (7-2) and inched closer to becoming the first program to reach 2,000 victories. The Wildcats have 1,996, while North Carolina has 1,991.

Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points and Will Graves added 13, but the Tar Heels‘ second-half rally stalled in the final minutes.

Wall and fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe made sure of it, making 5 of 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds after North Carolina had trimmed a 19-point deficit to two.

Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the fifth-ranked Wildcats held off No. 10 North Carolina 68-66 on Saturday.

Kentucky Wildcats
Player Game
FGM-A FTM-A 3PM-A Off
Reb
Def
Reb
Tot
Reb
Ast PF Pts
E Bledsoe 2-7 5-6 0-2 0 1 1 1 4 9
P Patterson 8-12 2-2 1-1 2 5 7 0 1 19
D Miller 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 2 3 1 0 8
D Cousins 2-7 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 5
J Wall 5-10 5-7 1-2 0 5 5 7 2 16
P Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0
D Orton 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0
D Dodson 3-7 1-2 2-6 2 3 5 0 1 9
R Harris 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 2
Totals 24-54
(.444)
14-22
(.636)
6-16
(.375)
8 25 33 13 17 68

Team Rebounds: 11

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

‘You guys are going to say I’m crazy, but I’m happy with the way it played out,” said coach John Calipari. ”We let the other team come at us. We gave up way too many (3s) but I’m proud of my guys. We did what we needed to do. We had just enough.”

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

For a team whose motto is ”envy our past, fear our future,” the first signature win of Calipari’s tenure proved his rebuilding job is well ahead of schedule.

”I hope it just gives people some respect for us that we’re a pretty good team,” Wall said. ”We did what we were supposed to, come out with a win against a great team.”

Consider North Carolina coach Roy Williams convinced, particularly after the Wildcats took control with an explosive 28-2 run in the first half.

”You’ve got to give them congratulations, they really kicked our butts,” Williams said. ”They just ran us out of the gym.”

Annual UK-UNC game shouldn’t go away