Today’s fan of the day was in Stegeman Coliseum last night to see her favorite player, and she left with nothing but a heaping pile of heartbreak and disappointment. Not everyone wants to see Anthony Davis dunk, Doron Lamb shoot, or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist do everything. Some people just want to see Eloy.
Let’s get her some notes and a podcast to put a smile on that face.
— Don’t get comfortable with next season’s 18-game SEC schedule just yet. Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph believes a 19-game conference schedule is “a serious possibility.” According to Emerson, he has had several conversations with people around the league and they’re working on a way to keep the same East/West scheduling. Teams would play the six teams from the division twice, and each team from the other side once. The only issue wold be some teams having eight home conference games and others having seven. Regardless of an 18-game or 19-game schedule, the SEC plans to do away with the divisions. East and West would only be used for scheduling, not standings.
— After his team’s trip to Morgantown for the Mountaineer Shootout, Nerlens Noel said he has added West Virginia to his list of schools. “After talking to (assistant coach Larry) Harrison, I got a better feel for the program,” Noel said. “I’ll be looking forward to building a better relationship with their coaching staff.” (via The Daily Athenaeum)
— Ok, the stars might be a little much:
The back reminds me of Tyler Bray’s tattoo.
— Ken Pomeroy (on ESPN now?) says less Terrence Jones is more:
Jones has been the target of some criticism this season for a wavering attitude and a lack of aggressiveness, especially after his lackluster play in a December loss to Indiana. Jones used 27.9 percent of Kentucky’s possessions while he was on the court as a freshman, a figure that has dropped to 22.3 percent this season. He’s an interesting case because it’s not as if Kentucky is full of ball hogs this season. No player uses as many possessions as Brandon Knight did last season, and the Wildcats have one of the most balanced offenses in the country — seven of the eight players in John Calipari’s rotation have a usage rate between 18 percent and 23 percent.
The good news for UK fans is that Kentucky’s offense is about as effective as it was last season, if not slightly better.
The Wildcats have scored 1.15 points per possession during conference play, leading the SEC. (They finished third in conference play each of the past two seasons.) It’s helped that Doron Lamb and Anthony Davis have been extremely efficient, but despite the criticism, Jones has posted better shooting percentages from both 2-point range and 3-point range. Given what his teammates have produced, Jones’ involvement in the offense is possibly right where it needs to be.
KenPom believes Jones’s shrinking role on this year’s team has actually helped the Wildcats. What KenPom doesn’t realize is we’re not concerned with the size of Terrence’s role, we just want him to hustle and use that frame God gave him.
— I have a one game lead over the 92-year-old grandma in the BeyondTheBets.com showdown. After an ugly night on Monday from both sides, we each went 2-1 last night to bring the records to 3-3 and 2-4. Time for me to pull away; any suggestions?
— Check out KSRCollege.com’s Jonathan Schuette and his analysis of the Importance of Effective Scoring. Lot of good stuff in there.
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