Good morning, Big Blue Nation. I don’t know how much fun your Sunday is going to be, but at least we get to wake up this morning after a win rather than a loss. Maybe it wasn’t pretty. Maybe it should have been a 15-20 point win. Maybe we got a little fortunate thanks to John Robic. Maybe we should just enjoy the ride, as Coach Cal often says. Either way, Sunday is upon us and I’m here to set you up with some links to get your day started. Take a moment to really soak in the above GIF before you get into the first link…
– What men’s college basketball lacks in quality this year, it more than makes up for in entertainment value. Last night Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson taunted the Auburn crowd after hitting the game winning free throws. The result was a joint agreement among fans across the league that Henderson is the easiest player to hate this year in the SEC, but also a great GIF dissection by Jeff Borzello in his “Night Court” re-cap. Borzello lists the “MVPs” of the GIF, and to be quite honest…some of them are hilarious. – To be honest, as great as that GIF was, it might not have even been the best one in college basketball. Did we mention that college basketball is entertaining this year? In yesterday’s Providence game, a player was attacked by a bat. That is not a typo. – Yesterday’s slate of games also showed two very different decisions on display with a team up 3 in the final seconds. Jim Boeheim elected not to foul in that situation, John Calipari DID foul. The debate seems to be whether or not the odds are in your favor to take a chance that a team hits a game-tying 3-pointer, or take your chances at only allowing them the opportunity to get 2 points at the line. Mike DeCourcy of the AOL Sporting News took a look at how the “no-foul” strategy often backfires, yet so many coaches use it. – In case you haven’t yet tired of hearing about Alex Poythress finally smiling yesterday, CoachCal.com calls his performance last night a “breakthrough.” – At times yesterday, the Rupp Arena crowd was as loud as ever–seemingly trying to pull the Kentucky team along with them. One person in the crowd yesterday was an 80-year old woman who was surprised with a trip to Rupp Arena for the game. Wanda Collins is an avid UK fan who can tell you each player’s stat line and hometown, but she hadn’t been to a game in Rupp for a long time. She had only been one other time with her late husband, and they had seats at the very top. Last night she had seats right behind the E-Rupption-Zone and the surprise was a good one for Wanda. – If you’ve ever felt down about Kentucky’s offensive production (i.e. the first 12 minute against Auburn), at least we scored more than 4 points in a half. Northern Illinois did not.
*Or you could use Rick Pitino’s ABSURD end of game strategy from yesterday when he held for a last second shot while DOWN 1 point.
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