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— The hot gossip of the night was the news that both John Calipari and Rick Pitino were at Bullitt East to watch 2013 PF Derek Willis play. Reports are that the two mostly avoided each other despite sitting mere feet apart; however, it was Cal who chose to break the ice and greet Pitino and his assistants. WHAS’ Adam Lefkoe tweeted that Cal “patted Rick’s knee” and the pair spoke for about a minute, before Cal realized just exactly where that knee had been, shook his head, and slowly backed away. Don’t believe me? There’s video!
— Speaking of Slick Rick, the big news nationally on Tuesday were reports that the “Big East” will add Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, UCF and Houston in attempts to rebuild itself. Boise State and San Diego State will join in football only. It’s okay Rick, I’m sure they have Italian restaurants in Dallas, Orlando, and Houston. I bet if you paid them enough, they’d let you lock up.
— On Tuesday, word spread round the interwebs that Wide Receivers/Passing Coordinator Coach Tee Martin will remain on the UK staff. After Tennessee’s WR coach Charlie Baggett “retired,” there were rumors that the Volunteers were interested in bring Martin back to his alma mater, but it’s not clear if an offer was made or if any talks actually took place. Tennessee decided to shuffle personnel internally to cover the position, and with that, we all breathe one big sigh of relief. Although the wide receiving corps was the subject of heavy criticism this season, Martin is one of the bright spots on the coaching staff. He is an asset in recruiting, which you will hear from nearly every player on the team. In addition to coaching, Tee has helped bring UK football into the 21st century in terms of marketing and atmosphere, which is something not to belittle. The program is fortunate to have him on staff, and hopefully he will stick around for a long time.
— Some football kudos to dole out. First, congrats to Danny Trevathan, Winston Guy, and Larry Warford, who were all named to the coaches’ All-SEC Second Team. The fact that Guy received honors almost makes up for the Associated Press only giving him “Honorable Mention” in their All-SEC awards yesterday, (Trevathan made the AP first team, Warford the second team). However, nothing will make leaving Tydlacka off both lists acceptable. Also receiving accolades on Tuesday was former Cat Corey Peters, whom the Falcons selected as their nominee for the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Player of the Year award, which honors a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. I was lucky enough to attend a Falcons/Titans game last month in the Georgia Dome, and I can assure you, Corey is very much loved there. They featured him in one of their “get to know your Falcons” segments, and after I did the obligatory “OMG GO FORMER CAT” cheer, the Falcons fans around me were much nicer to me and my friends, despite our Titans apparel.
— One last bit about the North Carolina game, I swear. The fine folks over at Grantland (would it be a stretch to call them colleagues? Yes it would.) posted a piece about the game from the NBA scouting perspective. The wealth of NBA talent in Rupp on Saturday was matched only by the number of NBA scouts and general managers in attendance. Jonathan Givony penned the piece, which pits players from each team against each other in an NBA scouting matchup. Here are the matchups, and Givony’s picks as to who will fare better in the NBA draft and beyond based on their performance Saturday:
Point Guard: Marquis Teague vs. Kendall Marshall Givony’s pick: Marshall
Shooting Guard: Doron Lamb vs. Dexter Strickland Givony’s pick: Lamb
Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Harrison Barnes Givony’s pick: Kidd-Gilchrist
Power Forward: Terrence Jones vs. John Henson Givony’s pick: Henson
Center: Anthony Davis vs. Tyler Zeller Givony’s pick: Davis
Agree? Disagree? Go read the piece in full to see Givony’s reasoning. Givony agrees with most in saying that Kidd-Gilchrist’s performance was incredibly impressive, and likely improved his stock more so than any player on the floor:
If any player was able to elevate his NBA draft stock through this one game (an unlikely proposition), it was Kidd-Gilchrist, who needed a big outing after some early offensive struggles. NBA scouts got a great feel for the many ways he can impact a game with his sheer toughness and desire. His tenacity attacking the rim and locking down on the defensive end were huge difference-makers in this game.
— As we continue to endure a work week devoid of basketball action, it’s time to fully focus our sights on Indiana. On Tuesday, Hoosier fans attempted to start “Camp Crean” outside of Assembly Hall, but the police made camping out pretty difficult by outlawing tents and chairs. As of late Tuesday night, a few stubborn students still remain, although odds are they’re just Kentucky fans in disguise. #BlueGetsIn
See, they even have a blue tent!
That’s all, folks. As always, Matt and the crew will take the air at 10 a.m. armed and ready with IULOLs. Maybe the Truth will call, fresh from a night at Camp Crean? Please?
Until then, enjoy this little piece of heaven: