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Mar 30

Big Blue Morning Review

Posted by: Ryan at 7:01 am | Leave a Comment (47)
Category: Morning Links

– The team is off this morning to Houston. I’m not, which makes me very uneasy, it could just be the McDonald’s snausage and egg biscuit that’s unsettling.

– Keeping it all things McDonald’s, a little game that features 4 future Cats is tonight on ESPN.

– Coach Cal admits that he’s finally figured this team out and that is why they are playing their best basketball at the right time.

– For that very reason he’s requesting the fans back off a bit until its the right time to celebrate. I couldn’t agree more, let them focus on the task at hand. We will have an entire summer to relish it.

– The Cats are the early favorite to win it all in Vegas, coming in at a 7/5 odss, here are the rest of the bets you can make if you have any clue what your doing. Personally I don’t bet on the Cats.

– Brandon Knight was on the Dan Patrick show, and said he wasn’t thinking about the NBA. I wouldn’t be thinking about millions of dollars either.

– Coach Cal told Jim Rome that he almost kicked Harrellson off the team early in the year. In other news my car is dirty.

– Check out Coach Cal’s newest installment on “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” on, he answers all questions related to UConn and some details on the team’s trip to Houston.

– Karen Sypher is scheduled to report to jail this Friday to begin her 7 year prison sentence. Do to the court mandated n0n-conjugal visitation rules, Richardson is on his way to Louisville as we speak.

– For those of you lucky enough to be taking off of work and heading to Houston for the weekend the Cats will hold an open practice on Friday at Reliant Stadium 1 P.M. CT.

– President Obama congratulated Kentucky the final four run and asked Diane Sawyer how much the Cats will win by.

Feb 23

Wednesday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

Gary Parrish says the Cats are way better than their record.

Cats face Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

UK Athletics:  Cal, Miller and Lamb preview Arkansas.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  Know your enemy – Arkansas.

Mr. SEC:  Arkansas’ Powell ‘can’t comment’ on relationship with Pelphrey.

Chris Bahn:  More than a fractured foot slowing Razorback forward Marshawn Powell.

Jerry Tipton:  Kentucky basketball’s rivalry with Arkansas needs a jolt.

Eric Lindsey:  Cal defends all-star decisions of signees.

Brett Dawson:  Calipari:  No influence on Kentucky recruits in all-star options.

Rick Bozich:  Derby Festival basketball classic lacks Kentucky recruits.

Joe Lunardi has the Cats at a 5 seed in his latest bracketology.

Yahoo:  John Calipari is a recruiting machine and great head coach.

John Clay:  Kentucky basketball has opportunity to reap big rewards.

ESPN:  Calipari-led squads usually thrive on D.

KSR:  Are the Cats the most underrated team in the country?

John Clay:  Some quick shots from the UK basketball media opp.

Eric Lindsey:  Final 4-game stretch will determine first-round bye.

Thomas Adams:  View from the Catbird seat.

Dawson:  Calipari keeping Kentucky basketball in the fight frame of mind.

Gary Parrish:  Pearl will be charged with unethical conduct.

Keith Taylor:  Jones says defense giving Cats a lift.

UK Nation:  Anthony Davis has goosebumps over Rupp visit.

Jim Calhoun to be cited by infractions committee.

Feb 22

Tuesday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

AP Photo

Everything Kentucky:  Coach John Calipari very close to reaching a career Milestone.

Alan Cutler:  Cats get ready for John Pelphrey.

Anthony Vicars:  South Carolina:  Did you know stats.

Ken Howlett:  Calipari turns off the scoreboard.

KSR:  Darrin Horn is the reason UK’s bench didn’t play.

SEC tourney scenarios, and why re-seeding may not solve things.

Eric Lindsey:  UK sports report – February 21.

Lindsey:  Its was only a matter of time…

Calipari on what areas UK must improve on before NCAA.

Rick Bozich:  Challenge for Kentucky basketball is to be sweet on road.

Wildcat Blue Nation:  Second seed in SEC East still Wildcat’s destiny.

Mr. SEC:  For UK, a road win would be nice, but it’s not a necessity.

Terrence Jones named SEC freshman of the week.

Michael Grant:  In reserve role, Kentucky basketball’s Liggins plays to his strengths.

Larry Vaught:  Cats should be favorite in SEC tournament.

Vaught:  Cats must start playing like its tournament time now.

Eric Crawford:  Conference battles are heating up.

Wildcat World:  On this date in 2010, Calipari put ESPN reporter in hot seat.

WBN:  Time to turn up heat.

Jerry Tipton:  Cal:  Work on UK’s ‘psyche’ supercedes subs’ playing time.

Kentucky Hoops is reporting that UK recruit Braeden Anderson “loves Kentucky”.

UK Nation:  Trevor Lacey is impressed by Cat fans.

CBS:  Billy Clyde Gillispie to Wyoming?

Patrick Patterson:  Chuck Hayes is heart and soul of team.

Strait Pinkie:  All-Star weekend winners and losers.

The Sacramento Bee:  Jim Gray earns another timeout, maybe DeMarcus Cousins can give him some behavior advice.

Where does John Wall’s pass to Blake Griffin rank?

The Bleacher Report breaks down the 25 hottest Sports Illustrated WAGs of all time.

Feb 18

Friday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

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

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 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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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

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 4

Friday Morning Links

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Category: Morning Links

Richard Skinner:  Calipari frosh out of alternatives.

Recognize just how special the freshman are.

Jerry Tipton:  Coach Calipari will take part in the GameDay show.

Tipton:  UK, Florida, GameDay a bad mix.

Tipton:  Florida’s Donovan insists experience is overrated.

Aaron Smith:  UK-Florida:  Things to watch.

Smith:  UK reluctant to rely on freshman.

Chris Walker to attend Kentucky vs. Florida on Saturday.

LEX 18:  Can veterans step up on the road?

Coach Calipari releases a new Lexy message.

Chip Miller:  Is Brandon Knight the key?

Vaught’s Views:  Brandon Knight focused on this year, not future.

Cats brace for grueling stretch on SEC road.

Glenn Logan:  Unfamiliar Territory.

KSR:  Lexington mayor Jim Gray on a new Rupp Arena.

Larry Vaught:  Did you know, Calipari never liked the dark.

Keith Taylor:  Cats, Gators, and Vols even.

All KY Hoops:  Did you know Orlando Antigua is a movie star?

UK hoops rolls Auburn, claims seventh straight win.

Chicago Lawyer:  A Chicago based firm is representing Enes Kanter in a lawsuit against the NCAA.

Wildcat Blue Nation takes a look into the recruitment of linebacker C.J. Johnson.

John Clay:  Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury banned his players from using Twitter.