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Feb 18

Friday Morning Links

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I remember this like it was yesterday.

A Sea of Blue:  Defensive score sheet:  UK vs. Mississippi State.

Alan Cutler:  Did the team meeting help the Cats?

Brandon Knight on speed, shooting, team status, and State defense.

Ryan Clark:  Defense a problem, but a win is a win, right?

Richard Cheeks:  What has happened to UK’s defense?

Richard Skinner:  Minutes adding up for Wildcats players.

Kentucky’s most feared opponent this March:  Minutes?

Guy Ramsey:  Kentucky basketball by the numbers.

Keith Taylor:  Calipari is becoming comfortable ‘dangerous’.

The race for second in the SEC East.

Jamie Vaught:  ‘Cal’s Kittens’ could still earn a 3 seed for NCAA tourney.

Nation of Blue:  The Bench.

NOB:  Are you ready?  UK vs. SC.

Aaron Smith:  Gamecocks bring conference losing streak to Rupp.

Kentucky – South Carolina – A preview of round 2.

Strait Pinkie:  South Carolina at Kentucky preview.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  WWARD??? (What would Adolph Rupp do?)

WBN:  SEC officiating; bad for the whole league.

Herald-Leader:  Three Kentucky signees among five finalists for Naismith award.

UK signees named Naismith finalists.

John Clay:  Georgia’s collapse does Kentucky no favors.

KSR:  Friday’s news and views.

Tyler Thompson:  March Madness is one month away – Where are the Cats?

David Paschall:  Not all delay talk of NCAA.

Lost Lettermen:  1996 means Kentucky, Converse, and those denim unis.

ESPN:  Here are your Jordan Brand Classic rosters.

Steve Giles:  Life without the one-and-done rule in college basketball.

Vaught:  Harrellson says the Cats need to come out on fire.

If I was a betting man I’d say we have our “Y” for Saturday.

UK Sports Info says the Cats will play in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff.

Larry Vaught:  Liggins going into “Society of Character”

UK hoops falls to Georgia.

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA.

Rashad Mobley:  John Wall versus Kwame Brown.

John Wall in, Rajon Rondo out of NBA skills competition.

Fox Sports:  Rose, Wall voted into Skills Challenge.

Slam Online:  Give DeMarcus Cousins a chance, please

Trib:  Gillispie:  Wyoming seems like a great job.

Feb 17

Thursday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

AP Photo

Chip Cosby:  Randall Cobb’s NFL draft stock on the rise.

The #19 ranked lady Cats begin two-game road swing at Georgia.

Dime Magazine:  LJ Rose drops North Carolina, adds UCLA and is planning a visit to Lexington.

Matthew Stevens:  Does Rick Stansbury operate with a Kentucky paranoia? Or is it complete reality?

Mary Jo Perino:  Liggins’ off night.

Matt Schosser:  The blue and the gray “despite win, Calipari’s frustration starting to show.

Larry Vaught:  Harrellson’s play impresses Stansbury.

Where are Kentucky’s points coming from?  A look at the numbers.

Rob Pedigo:  The Big Blue Aftertaste – Mississippi State.

Brian Rickerd:  Rupp is the cure for what ails Kentucky.

John Clay takes a look at the Cats last 5 regular season games.

Clay:  Mitch Barnhart tells ESPN to take down that SkyCam.

Matt Jones:  ESPN innovation attempts die a slow death in SEC.

Jerry Tipton:  Calipari:  Cats can’t keep going to late-game extremes.

KSR:  Thursday’s news and views.

Doron Lamb “Dead Eye” shooter.

Richard Skinner:  Minutes adding up for Wildcats players.

Glenn Logan:  Searching for the pure joy of basketball.

Aaron Smith:  UK susceptible to opponents’ three-point shooting.

New arena:  Will fans have a say?

Mack Perkins:  Calipari, Cats all in for 2011-2012 season.

Feb 16

Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins Becomes “Legend”

Posted by: Ryan Richardson at 8:56 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

Hitting a last-second three-pointer to send a game into overtime is impressive. Then hitting a 35-footer to win the game in OT is legendary. That’s exactly what Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins did last night in leading the Pride to an 81-78 win over William & Mary.

Feb 16

Wednesday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

UK Basketball: Miss. State 2011 – Images by Kentucky Kernel

Clarion Ledger:  Sidney’s phone number spreading across Big Blue Nation.

Lexington Herald:  UK trustees say Todd should have consulted them before extending Barnhart’s contract.

Larry Vaught:  Four UK signees picked for Jordan Brand Classic.

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State 85-79.

Kentucky – Mississippi State postgame quotes and notes.

Kentucky – Mississippi State postmortem.

Eric Lindsey:  Stansbury’s technical sparks Cats’ comeback.

Vaught:  Calipari needed quick timeout, praises overall SEC strength.

Injured Miller comes up big for UK in 85-79 win.

Nation of Blue:  Courtside interview with Coach Cal.

ESPN’s experimental camera fails during UK game.

Herald-Leader:  ESPN rafters-cam panned on the web.

Jerry Tipton: Left open, Darius Miller rains on Dogs.

Tipton:  Cats get much-needed win over Mississippi State, 85-79.

Michael Grant:  Kentucky continues home streak, beats Mississippi St. 85-79.

Eric Crawford:  Kentucky’s lesson of the night:  Enjoy selves.

LEX 18:  Cal’s decision to press sparked the team.

TGR:  Cats regroup, beat Mississippi State 85-79.

Strait Pinkie:  Cats beat Dogs, 85-79, without going to OT.

NOB:  Home sweet home; Cats beat Bulldogs 85-79.

Kentucky closes one out, beat Mississippi State.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  Kentucky outlasts Bulldogs 85-79.

Matt May:  Cats survive State.

Nick Craddock:  UK mimics Mississippi State dysfunction early.

Aaron Smith:  Wacky end to half sparks UK.

John Clay:  Stansbury’s missteps send UK on the way to victory.

Vaught:  Reader wonders about Poole’s status.

Feb 15

Tuesday Morning Links

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Category: Random Notes

Mississippi had two tough losses last year to Kentucky, but nothing hurt more than this one. Kentucky takes down the Bulldogs and their chances on making the NCAA. You would think that Mississippi State would be ready to play, but Vegas doesn’t think so; Kentucky an early 20 point favorite.

Wildcats return home for two straight.

Coach Cal is calm, Big Blue Nation should be too.

Aaron Smith:  Cats hold players meeting, talk end of game.

Larry Vaught:  Will players-only meeting help Cats?

Eric Lindsey:  Team airs out issues in hopes of turning around late-season funk.

John Clay:  John Calipari arrives late, leaves early.

Clay:  Doron Lamb tells the team he will change.

KSR:  Cats looking at another player for the 2011 class.

USA Today:  Dickie V says the one-and-done rule hurts more than it helps.

Aaron Smith:  Bulldogs visit Rupp, where Cats shine.  Kentucky hoping home is where the confidence is.

Mary Jo Perino:  Are UK’s losses on the road a good thing for March?

Wildcat Blue Nation:  Calipari can’t help these Cats anymore, they have to help themselves.

CBS:  Mississippi State vs Kentucky preview.

Michael Grant:  Losses call for Kentucky basketball’s airing of grievances.

Alan Cutler:  Terrence Jones says it’s the nervous Cats.

Will Graves:  Road-weary Wildcats looking to get swagger back following another tough loss.

Jerry Tipton:  Cats caught some breaks against Bulldogs last year.

Clarion Ledger:  Red-faced Dogs face steep climb.

Tipton:  Cal unsure of Miller’s status.

Jeff Goodman:  Scouting Michael Gilchrist.

Seth Davis:  NBA scouts offer opinions on Jones, Sullinger, Irving and 53 others.

Tipton:  UK hit wall, now must bust through.

Feb 14

Monday Morning Links

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Henderson’s last second bucket leads UK past LSU.

Kentucky falls at Vanderbilt.

Kentucky-Vanderbilt post-game quotes and notes.

Eric Lindsey:  Cal, players on Vanderbilt road loss.

Lindsey:  Devastating loss or encouraging strides?  UK faces critical turning point.

Eric Single:  Jenkins shines as Vandy downs Kentucky, 81-77.

Jeff Drummond:  Vandy sends Cats to another road loss.

Matt Jones:  Same old script for Kentucky.

Aaron Smith:  UK unable to make the plays in close loss to Vanderbilt.

A Sea of Blue:  Kentucky vs Vanderbilt – Postmortem.

Brett Dawson:  Kentucky loses another tight road game to Vanderbilt.

Nation Of Blue:  Vandy shoots down Cats 81-77.

Larry Vaught:  Cats wilt late, lose another close SEC road game.

Nick Craddock:  Logic proves Vandy unstoppable with Jenkins’ career-best 32 points.

Ken Howlett:  John Jenkins weaves his own Memorial magic.

Vaught:  Jones forced Vandy to go to zone defense.

Jerry Tipton:  Cal wants Cats to match Liggins’ effort.

Ryan Fertig:  Jones, Knight break Chapman’s record in same game.

Vaught’s Views:  What impact did Miller’s injury have?

John Clay has a chart of all SEC games decided by 5 points.

KSR:  Doron Lamb in funk, largely forgotten in criticism.

Larry Vaught:  This time Liggins’ decision-making hurt Kentucky.

Glenn Logan:  The road to perdition.

Nation of Blue:  Stacey Poole sitting and waiting.

Jim Souhan:  Uh, Kentucky, y’all were right about Tubby.

Feb 11

Friday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

UK signees named McDonald’s All-Americans.

For first time, four future Cats selected McDonald’s All-Americans.

Jody Demling:  9 with Kentucky, Indiana ties named McDonald’s All-Americans.

ESPN:  2011 McDonald’s All-Americans.

Inside Vandy:  Commodores prepare to enact revenge against Kentucky.

Eric Lindsey:  ‘Memorial Magic’ could magnify road woes.

Richard Skinner:  Can UK solve road woes?

Vaught View’s:  Calipari says Vandy has a “good group”.

Jerry Tipton:  Cal dismisses edge Vandy gains playing 2nd game in 3 days.

Aaron Smith:  Baseline benches, elevated court make for a unique road game.

Anthony Wireman:  John Calipari’s pre-Vanderbilt comments.

All KY Hoops:  Can Calipari’s kids handle Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium?

Kentucky Wildcats:  Bring the swagger on the road.

Jerry Tipton:  Tennessee game a resurgence for Harrellson.

Strait Pinkie:  Josh Harrellson is surprising everyone but himself.

Dick Vitale:  Kentucky still a dangerous team.

KSR:  Friday news and views.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  John Calipari and Dale Brown, two sides of the same coin.

Larry Vaught:  Physical play won’t disrupt Knight.

Vaught:  Knight could be poster boy for the NBA.

Mark Story:  Barnhart’s contract, Rupp renovations.

Brett Dawson:  Terrence Jones commits to go after more rebounds.

Chandler Howard:  For Rupp athlete George Vulich dies at 85.

Feb 9

Did John Wall Get UK’s Swagger Back?

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Category: Random Notes

photo courtesy of Kentucky Kernel

Maybe Joe Craft should send the jet for John Wall to come to every game.  Kentucky looked like a completely different team from the previous two games.  Maybe it was because the #1 pick in last year’s draft was sitting court side in his Louis Vuitton.  Several times in the second half I noticed the players taking looks Walls way, and I believe John Wall has given the Cats their swagger back.

I read Aaron Smith’s article on Wall and the team this morning where he had Calipari quoted as saying he wouldn’t mind if Wall came to every game.  Cal also noted that Wall watches every UK game and keeps in contact with several players on the team.

Reporters caught up with Wall in the locker room after the game.  He was sitting in Enes Kanter’s empty locker, which is adjacent to Brandon Knight’s locker:

Feb 9

Wednesday Morning Links

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UK Basketball: Tennessee 2011 – Images by Kentucky Kernel

Liggins career night leads Cats past Tennessee.

Post-game quotes and notes.

John Wall returns to Lexington to be the Y.

Mike Mozingo:  Vols suffer a Bluegrass beatdown.

Vols Xtra:  Addition of Pearl, Hopson can’t save Vols, 73-61.

John Adams:  Kentucky winning the Calipari way.

Eric Lindsey:  Liggins emerges for much-needed win.

Lindsey:  UK stops 2-game skid with win over UT.

Rush the Court takes a look at the Cats when playing at home and on the road.

John Clay has videos of Coach Cal and Bruce Pearl.

Clay:  Twenty things to take from UK’s win over Tennessee.

Chuck Jones:  UK gets much-needed win over Tennessee.

Tennessee Journalist:  No. 18 Kentucky fends of UT comeback, 73-61.

Brett Dawson:  Kentucky uses Tennessee as punching bags, wins 73-61.

Raphielle Johnson:  Wildcats outwork Tennessee.

NBC Sports:  Regardless of coach, Tennessee is a flawed basketball team.

Matt May:  Orange Squeezed.

Jerry Tipton:  Kentucky cruises past Tennessee, 73-61.

A Sea of Blue:  Kentucky vs. Tennessee – Postmortem.

Nation of Blue:  Cats smack Vols 73-61.

Larry Vaught:  Liggins’ ‘best’ game helps Cats beat Tennessee.

ESPN:  Rapid reaction; Kentucky 73, Tennessee 61.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  Wildcats roll over the Tennessee Volunteers 73-61 at Rupp arena.

KSR:  Cats welcome Bruce and their veteran players back, beat Vols 73-61.

No. 18 Kentucky routs Tennessee, 73-61.

John Clay:  The veterans came through for Kentucky.

Eric Crawford:  DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky basketball regains some swagger.

Bleacher Report:  Kentucky beats Tennessee.

Kentucky 73, Tennessee 61 – Soft as a baby’s bottom.

Aaron Smith:  Cats scale Rocky Top.

Aaron Smith has a good read and a video interview with John Wall in the locker room after the game.

Michael King:  The Kentucky Wildcats shell Pearl’s Vols.

Mark Wiedmer:  Pearl doesn’t save Vols in return at Kentucky.

Former Kentucky player Ramon Harris is heard to Venezuela.

Feb 8

Tuesday Morning Links

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I’d love to see another one of these nights tonight.

UK Hoops’ comeback falls short against Tennessee.

Click here for a live stream to tonight’s game against Tennessee.

Cats return home to host Volunteers.

Seth Davis says when the NCAA tourney starts, Kentucky will be the best in the SEC.

Mr. SEC:  With panic button in sight, UK prepares to host UT.

Aaron Smith:  UK’s time for change is now.

Smith:  Bruce Pearl returns to sideline at Rupp.

Beth Rucker:  Bruce Pearl:  I’m just glad to be back.

Vaught’s Views:  Calipari:  UK needs more from Lamb, Liggins.

Keith Taylor:  Lamb, Cats not happy.

Larry Vaught talks with editor of Blue Ribbon college basketball yearbook about the Cats.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Cats sitting as a #5 seed.

Eric Lindsey:  Bracketology update.

UK Athletics:  Cal, players trying to get out of ‘rut’ before Tennessee game.

Larry Vaught:  Did officiating impact UK’s last-shot strategy at Florida?

Jerry Tipton:  Flight home from Florida wasn’t much fun for Cats.

UK Sports Info:  Vols would like UK to replace Rupp.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  What I hate about you:  Tennessee Volunteers.

KSR:  Tuesday news and views.

Chattanooga Times:  Vols still wary of Cats.

Go Vols Xtra:  Bruce Pearl back, Scotty Hopson could be for Kentucky.

Brett Dawson:  Kentucky basketball’s two-game losing streak a ‘crisis’ to John Calipari.

Rick Bozich:  Bruce Peal jam shouldn’t merit encore as UT coach returns.

Jeff Goodman:  Kentucky sorely lacking leadership.

Guy Ramsey:  SEC coaches’ teleconference notes.

KSR has a post on a UK fan trying to walk-on at UT.

Glenn Logan:  ESPN magazine rates recruiters across all sports; how does John Calipari compare?

Eric Lindsey:  Crisis brings about change.

Thomas Beisner:  Two familiar faces to call the UK-UT game.