MKG 19pts and 9rbds
AD 12pts and 14rbds
TJ 15pts and 11rbds
*** Syracuse goes down to Cincy. KU gets hit by the Bears.
Understand, we don’t recruit a young player saying that there is no question he’s a one-and-one player. We don’t know! Are you telling me that we knew Eric Bledsoe had a chance out of high school to go in the first round after one year? If they tell you that, they’re lying. Those same people also said our three freshman starters from last season would leave after one year. Two came back because they wanted to win a national championship and the other one that left had a 4.0 grade-point average and 60 credit hours.
I tell every player that we recruit that I don’t have a magic wand. At the end of the year, we’ll see where everything is, we’ll give you the information, and you and your family make a choice to stay or come back. I would love to coach all of these guys for four years and have them earn a college degree in four years, but if they have an opportunity to reach their dreams, I will not be the person to hold them back, nor will I let anybody at this university or in my program do it.
~ John Calipari
I don’t see Cal pushing players out the door. I see him evaluating their development and their potential earnings and advising them according to the possibilities inherent therein.
Would Knight have gone higher in the draft after one year. Would Cuz have gone higher with one more year. Doubtful.
Knight maintained a high GPA throughout High School. If memory serves, his mother was a teacher. I doubt he’d have gotten away with slouching off on his studies with such being the case.
The One and Done System is self perpetuating. In order to get the most talent players, Cal or any coach must exhibit the ability to get these kids to the next level in the most expeditious manner. Holding them back or being unable to develop their games would be disadvantageous to Kentucky and Calipari.
Cal misspoke only slightly when he made the statement that the Wall/Cuz/Bledsoe/Orton/PPat Draft Night was the greatest night in Kentucky History. That night will and has lead to an ongoing influx of talent to Kentucky Basketball that should result in a National Title. At least one National Title.
Cal does not have to pay players to come to UK. The most talented, the more diligent and the more intelligent players will come to UK because they know that it is *THE* path to the next level and that hard work will pay off with a greater pay day than any booster could possibly offer them for a one or two year stay at some other school.
With that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Muhammad and Noel here next year.
The kids that want to play with the best and win are the kids that are going to come to Kentucky. We’ve seen that in this last class. These kids came together because they want to win.
Some of these kids will actually stay so as to increase their long term potential. That is what the intelligent kids will take into consideration. The selfish, impatient kids should go elsewhere and probably will be encouraged to do so. Such has been the pattern that I’ve noticed since Calipari has joined the Kentucky family.
Calipari wants to win. As Wooden and other Coaching Greats have made quite plain in book after book, talent wins. Well prepared talent wins more. Experience is good if a coach can get it, but, talent bests experience. This team is proving that right now.
Cal’s challenge is to ensure that these kids are prepared for the games and prepared for their futures. If he does that, UK will win and the kids will win which will bring in more and more talent which will bring more and more wins.
GO BIG BLUE!!!
Anthony Davis ~ The Prodigee
The kid is being compared to Kevin Garnett. Some say that he might be a better prospect. He has all of the swagger but none of the arrogance of KG. The Dude is all business. This time next year, he’ll be a Millionaire.
When he’s on the court, his presence must be respected. His 13 points a game are nothing compared to his denial of offense to the opponent. How many shots are altered? How many opponents intimidated by his presence? They tried to go around him, go over him, go through him. None of it works. The kid improvises. The kid adapts. The kid overcomes. Gunny Highway would be proud. There is no one else like him in College Ball. I don’t think there is anyone since the early days of Shaq that has had the presence that Davis has on the court. Hell, the kid can even play a little point from time to time and has been green lighted to shoot the Trey. Unbelievable!
There really is nothing else that can be said about him. He’s lifted Kentucky Basketball to the pinnacle during this season. Kentucky fans (myself included) are hoping that he’ll get the trifecta ~ Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Three or four days after that, we’re hoping that he gets MOP of the Final Four and hoists that Championship Trophy.
Davis goes down into history as one of the most talented and accomplished players in Kentucky Basketball. All of that is possible after one year! ONE FREAKIN’ YEAR!
If he decides that he loves it and comes back for one more, they’ll name a city after him. I’m sure that there are babies being born all over the State of Kentucky right now being name Anthony. Kentucky fans are just that crazy.
I’ve got friends in Thailand, Afghanistan, Scotland and Romania who are now following Davis and Kentucky Basketball. Much of that because of the excitement surrounding the Sultan of Swat wearing blue and a BIG UNIBROW down in Lexington.
Nerlens Noel is probably giving Kentucky and Calipari more consideration because of Davis. I’d love to see the kid come back and play beside Noel. Then see them go one, two in the NBA Draft that year. One can dream.
Thing is, all of this is nothing compared to the scouts evaluation of him. In a loaded class with Harrison Barnes, all eleven hundred of the Kentucky kids, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, and Thomas Robinson, Davis is still miles ahead of the rest in terms of ability and projected ceiling. It’s not just the production, that stuff can come from physical dominance at the college level. But it’s that his defensive instincts and determination are so high. He’s a smart, coachable player that doesn’t block just the first shot. He blocks the second shot. He blocks the third shot. To say he may be the best defensive prospect since Kevin Garnett is not an exaggeration.
I had these made out of an Afghan National Army Combat Uniform. I don’t know why. Sometimes, ya just do what ya do.
If I thought he’d get it, I’d send one to MKG.
Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball. Whether it’s a tip in on the offensive glass or a taking a charge in the paint, everything Kidd-Gilchrist does affects one thing — winning. In the Wildcats 69-62 win over the Cardinals on Saturday, the freshman wing tallied 24 points and 19 rebounds while shining brighter than any other player in a game that was loaded with star power. It’s amazing to think that John Calipari welcomed back three starters from last year’s team that reached the Final Four last season in Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller and Kentucky’s two best players are two freshmen — Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis comes through big for Marquis Teague and the Kentucky Wildcats. With Kentucky up one point, Teague missed the front end of a one and one giving Carolina the ball with twenty seconds on the clock.
Carolina moves the ball down court. Tyler Zeller misses the shot and pushes the rebound out to Henson. Henson goes up for a twelve footer for the win. Davis comes out of nowhere, blocks Hensons shot, jumps up a second time and grabs the ball out of the air.
UNC goes into shock. They had 5 seconds left on the clock. Plenty of time to foul. Ice the shooter and attempt to win the game off of the next possession. But they didn’t react. They froze for a precious 2 seconds.
Davis passed it off to Teague who runs the ball to half court as time runs off the clock.
Game over. Win to Kentucky!
UK 73 ~ UNC 72
GO BIG BLUE!!!
Terrence Jones. Out with friends in the wee hours of the morning the night before the first game of the season. Alleged to have had a drink or two (even though he was underage). The night before the first game of the season. I was told by a gal who “knows” TJ that he was calling her at 3AM the night before the UCONN Final Four Game. This behavior goes hand in had with that nonsense.
TJ is not JUST an average College Student. He’s an Elite Athlete on an Elite College Basketball Team. A team whose goal is to win a National Championship. That’s a lot of responsibility. Carrying that load this year has the potential for a huge pay off if Jones carries it well. If this kind of irresponsible behavior continues, those goals will not be met.
This is one of my few complaints about Cal at UK. His teams lack discipline. They lack focus at times. At key times, during key games.
If he truly wants that National Championship, he needs to rectify this. Immediately.
Sources say Jones was found at a location along Alexandria Drive and was “slightly under the influence with alcohol.” Jones indicated he left the scene, “hoping that Coach Calipari would not find out.”
University officials said they have no comment on whether Jones, who is underage, was drinking.
I don’t care if Jones was drinking or not. He’s supposed to be the leader on this team. He’s supposed to be an elite athlete focused on achieving a goal. Being out at 230AM the night before the first game of the season is a complete lack of focus. That action is a total disregard for the rest of the team. This is not the example that Jones should be setting for the Frosh on the team. Period. Jones needs to get his act together. Jones is not just a college student out partying. I don’t want to hear that excuse. If Jones didn’t think that he was doing anything wrong, he would not have fled the scene of the accident in the hopes that Coach Cal would not find out. Obviously, TJ knew that he was in the wrong.
Get yer shit together Jones. You too, Cal. WTF!
As an afterthought, Wall and Cousins were supposedly seen out late the night before the West Virginia game. That team had an off shooting night against West Virginia. Anyone see a pattern here?
Coincidence that both teams had off shooting nights during those games. Fatigue, maybe? Ya think!
I don’t care who you are. That’s funny.
Does Ricky P still love his team? HAHAHAHA
Kentucky escapes with a 59-57 victory over the Tigers of Princeton. I’m watching the score on the internet during the game. I’m in Hanoi. Can’t see the game. Can’t get it on the internet. All I can get is Yahoo Sports Game In Progress. I was going insane.
Had to leave for the Airport with Ten Minutes to go. Had no idea if they won until I got to the Business Class Lounge and hooked up to the Net. Elated. Freakin’ elated that they won. Almost happy I didn’t get to watch this one. lol It would have been a a ball buster to have to sit through this one. I might have destroyed my TV.
GO CATS! Survive and Advance. Two points up is better than 2 points down.
GO BIG BLUE!!!
I still can’t believe that the Tards lost to Morehead. I’m still laughing my ass off.
When I was 18, I was in the Army. I turned 18 about 1 month after basic training. Yes, my Drill Sergeants cursed at me. One of them called me a dumb em effer and kicked me damn near across the room. It was more like a pushing kick than a kick. But his foot hit my back and I went sprawling.
I was recently in Afghanistan.
I met a few 18 year old soldiers over there.
I’m not sure about this. But I don’t think IEDs or bullets or rockets or mortars or any other type of munitions have an age checker on them.
Lots of cursing going on in Afghanistan as well.
I know I cursed every time a rocket exploded near enough that I could feel the ground rock. Usually I was cursing because I had to get my lazy butt out of bed and head to a bunker. I heard a lot of cursing in those bunkers too.
Terrence Jones is 18 or 19. I don’t know. I’ve heard both. I think he’s 19. By that age, there are many who have been in combat and are about to head back to combat.
The average age of the Combat soldier in Vietnam was 19. Nu Nu Nu Nu Nineteen. lol
My older brother joined the Marines when he was 17.
I knew a lot of 18 year olds amongst my fellow recruits.
Some of these were heading to the Korean DMZ.
Some of these guys were heading for Fulda.
Some of them were heading to Panama and would be embroiled in an invasion soon.
Lots of 18 and 19 year old Marines in Beirut in 1982-3.
Terrence Jones had a couple of profane words beginning in “F” directed at him on National TV.
Why am I supposed to be concerned about that?
He could be just another talentless schmuck heading for his second tour in Iraq.
Josh Harrellson puts in 23 points and grabs 14 rebounds in the win over the hated Louisville Cardinals and Quick Rick. Brandon Knights led all scorers with 25 points. Deandre Liggins did his thing and shut down every hot hand that attempted to score. Swatting one Siva ball into the stands. Liggins and Harrellson are exactly what this team needs for a good run in the tournament. Senior Leadership.
Cal has done wonders with these kids.
In four years, Cal will have a good mix of Seniors, Juniors and One Year Wonders. It’s gonna get nasty. You almost feel for the Cards as they’re so far behind the power curve that they can’t catch up. But, don’t…they deserve their Pitino and everything else that happens to that program.
And Dr Dunkenstein ain’t walkin’ through that door Little Ricky.
|Percentages:||.509||.375||.875||Team Rebounds: 1|
The Cats play the Cards tonight.
Here’s to VICTORY!
My gal painted this for me. Not quite finished, though.
I asked Unny to paint this sign for me on a whim. Now that it’s done, I don’t know what to do with it. Well, when she completes it. Maybe we’ll sell it on ebay. lol Hell, maybe I should Fed Ex it to Coach Cal so he can take it with him to the NCAA Appeals Board. haha
Why should one go to college?
The reason that folks go to college or any school is to get training or a degree or some type of higher learning to prepare them for some kind of profession.
Basketball is a profession. Sure, it’s a short lived profession.
Nevertheless, it is a profession.
The NCAA should start treating it as such.
Students of the game should be allowed to maximize their instruction time. They should be allowed to learn their chosen profession.
Instead, the NCAA limits instruction in their chosen profession.
It would be like MIT telling mathematics or comp science/programming students that they can only dedicate certain periods/times to the study of mathematics or quantum physics or programming.
It’s all asinine.
If a kid, regardless of his financial situation, can go straight to the NBA out of HS, then they should be allowed to do so.
Kids can go straight to work for Humana or Google or Microsoft out of HS and make a 6 figure salary.
What’s the difference….????
Some kids need a couple more years.
That is where the NBA and the NCAA sit down and make some common sense rules.
A kid makes himself available for the draft. If he is drafted, his pay is deferred until he is evaluated. If he passes muster in the summer league, he stays. If not or if he goes undrafted, he goes back to college. Patrick Patterson could have benefitted from such an eval period. Orton would have. Meeks would have. Many players each year would benefit.
The Summer League and the Draft Process should be treated as an internship.
Legal Students do it. Damn near every other type of student does it.
The only reason that Collegiate Athletes in the Major Sports are given short shrift on this is so that the NCAA can call itself “amateur” and get a tax break. It’s all about the money. It has nothing to do with protecting the game, the sanctity of college sports or the fabled student athlete.
A program of instruction should be developed around each sport. Sports Management type academic program.
It’s not coddling the kids, it’s being realistic.
The way it is now, it’s a colossal waste of time for everyone involved.
While the owners want to do away with the soft salary cap and guaranteed contracts, the players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school.
“We want to go back to the way it was,” a source from the National Basketball Players Association said. “The players have always been philosophically opposed to it. The vast majority of players feel a player should have the right to make a living. If he has the talent and wants to make money to help his family, he should have that right. It’s just a matter of principle.”
If you read this, let me know what you think?
The Incredible Shrinking Miller
What is wrong with this kid?
Cal needs to utilize the bench or find some way to both motivate and build his confidence. The kid is an enigma. He’s got talent. Seems too intimidated to see it forward.
No one is a given starter. He’s gotta get that shit goin’ and stop letting his game go all Jim Thompson.
The Cats can use that Offense and some board crashing. Disappearious has as much offense as the French at Dien Bien Phu. He’s as wasted on Defense as the Maginot Line.
We need an Attila or a Genghis out there and all he gives us is Howe in New York Harbor.
The CATS need Darius. I don’t see why he can’t see that and do something about it.
I’m starting to think that he should be red-shirted next year and taken to the DOD SERE School so that they can install a set of balls and some testosterone. At this rate, the NBA is out of the question.
A Medical Redshirt may be in order as somehow, somewhere and at some time Billy Gillispie removed his balls.
I gotta question. Does he ever leave the locker room during a game? He’s played well about twice this year. Both games UK Lost. That’s a problem. He’s not flowing in the system. He should be leading.
If he doesn’t contribute something this year, he should be invited to transfer next year.
What do you think? Is Darius hopeless? Can he contribute? Will be contribute?
It’s about time.
I tire of Lebron. Dude acts like he deserves accolades and deserves to be respected and loved.
WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP LEBRON!
Then you can have your commercial and say that you’ve “been here before.”
Until then, you’re just a wannabe.
Some argue that Lebron is better than Kobe. I’d argue that Kobe has 5 rings. I’m not the biggest Kobe fan on the planet. He has, however, earned his status with action. He doesn’t just run his mouth.
I love that you show my Cats the love. That said, do something besides whining.
“He’ll never be Jordan,” Barkley told 790 The Ticket in Miami earlier in the week. “This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.
“There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as ‘The Man’ … LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team.”
Is Darius Miller the new Saul Smith/Bobby Perry?
Anytime those two guys had good to great games, UK lost.
I hope not. I like the kid. That would be a helluva thing.
Date Opponent / Event Location Time
11/12/10 vs. ETSU Lexington, Ky. W 88-65
11/19/10 at Portland Portland, Ore. 10:30 p.m. ET
EA Sports Maui Invitational
11/22/10 vs. Oklahoma Maui, Hawaii 5:30 p.m. ET
11/23/10 UVa/Wash Maui, Hawaii 4:30/9:30 ET
11/24/10 TBD TV Maui, Hawaii TBA
11/30/10 vs. Boston University Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/04/10 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. 12:30 p.m. ET
SEC/Big East Invitational
12/08/10 vs. Notre Dame Louisville, Ky. 9:30 p.m. ET
12/11/10 vs. Indiana Lexington, Ky. 5:15 p.m. ET
12/18/10 vs. Miss Valley St Lexington, Ky. 8:00 p.m. ET
12/22/10 vs. Winthrop Lexington, Ky. 1:00 p.m. ET
12/28/10 vs. Coppin State Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/31/10 at Louisville Louisville, Ky. 12:00 p.m. ET
01/03/11 vs. Penn Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/08/11 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/11/11 vs. Auburn * Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/15/11 vs. LSU * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/18/11 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, Ala. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/22/11 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. 6:00 p.m. ET
01/29/11 vs. Georgia * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/01/11 at Ole Miss * Oxford, Miss. 7:00 p.m. ET
ESPN College GameDay
02/05/11 at Florida Gainesville, Fla. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/08/11 vs. Tennessee * Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/12/11 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. 1:00 p.m. ET
02/15/11 vs. Mississippi State * Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/19/11 vs. South Carolina * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/23/11 at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/26/11 vs. Florida * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
03/01/11 vs. Vanderbilt * Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
03/06/11 at Tennessee * Knoxville, Tenn. 12:00 p.m. ET
03/10/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/11/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/12/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/13/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
First game of the regular season. The Cats come out guns a blazing. Terrence Jones slams down 25 Points and 12 Rebounds for his first Double Double of his UK Career. Brandon Knight (17 pts/5 ast) and Doron Lamb (20 pts) bring it with Double Digit scoring. Young Doron also pulled in 5 rebounds.
And in what is most likely a surprise for many a UK fan who had left him for dead, Deandre Liggins throws down for 14 points, dishes out 6 assists and nabs 3 rbds.
It’s going to be a group board effort this year without Kanter. Unless Vargas and Jorts step up big time. Jorts is a big fella. he should be snatching balls left and right. We’ll see.
Jorts had a respectable 7 rebounds (4 Offensive). He’ll be sorely needed this year with Kanter being ruled ineligible. A shame that. The NCAA made a piss poor decision on that call. 13,000 dollars makes one a “Professional.” Who’d a thunk it. I thought Pro Ballers were cashing million dollar checks. Yet, the NCAA rules that a measly 13,ooo bucks and 20,000 bucks in school expenses makes one a “Professional.” The NCAA is still a joke.
Anyway. Great Game and Great Opener on the Season. Many is the fan was worried about this game. The baby Cats proved up to the challenge of the Great Bucs of ETSU. Imagine!
The one down side is free throw shooting. An abysmal .391. Can’t give up the freebies like that and expect to make any kind of run in the NCAA Tournament.
Last word. Darius Miller. The kid seems to have talent. He doesn’t seem able to bring it except on occasion. I think he can ball as well as the Frosh. Why he continues to be satisfied with second string is unfathomable.
Jones become the first Kentucky freshman to debut with a double-double since Jules Camara in 1998, stuffing the stat sheet with 25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in Kentucky’s 88-64 win over Eastern Tennessee State.
|S. Poole Jr.||1||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Percentages:||.485||.500||.391||Team Rebounds: 3|
|Technical Fouls: None
Officials: Doug Shows, Lee Cassell, Chuck Jones
We just happened to be in Istanbul this week as the Pete Thamel/NCAA created Hullaballoo over our Big Blue Turkish Bro goes into overdrive. With that in mind, we headed out to Aya Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque in the Sultanahmet District to grab a couple of photos with our “FREE ENES” sign.
Turkey has been the friendliest country on this years Big Trip through the Middle East. I’ve been here a couple of days now and have been out walking in the city and sightseeing with Unny and Becca. Everyone has been friendly. No scary, angry or freaked out faces staring at us over our clothes or our shoes or our scarves or whatever. People here seem to be Euro oriented and the religious overtones that were so heavy in Jerusalem and Cairo are non-existent here. So far, it’s been a nice stay.
Off to Ephesus and Pammalukke tomorrow. We’ll see the Temple of Artemis which will be awesome as it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Enjoy and hope you have a laugh at our pics.