-We’ve seen (and given) a lot of praise for the Cats lately, and I’d say it’s almost all well-deserved. But it’s only fair to acknowledge that we’re only halfway through the SEC, with games against Florida, Vanderbilt, and the better-looking (at least in basketball) Mississippi brother left to play. I still maintain that this team has the potential to steamroll, though I admit that all teams are only human, and we’re likely to drop at least one more game before tournament time in a little over a month. Now’s not the time for the team, or the fans, to fall asleep on the remaining games. A number one seed isn’t quite locked up; we need to see a strong finish before that happens.
-Joker surprised everyone (including apparently Tee Martin, judging from his twitter feed) with a very solid recruiting class on signing day yesterday. Our own Drew Franklin ably kept you abreast of all the breaking news, so I’m surely not going to be able to tell you anything new, but suffice it to say that it’s a tremendous sign for the coaching staff. Coming off of a season rife with serious doubts, Joker and company ended with a bang, and continue to promise a bright future. Great job all around.
– The big news from yesterday, apart from the aforementioned new football Cats, was the reclassification of Nerlens Noel back to the class of 2012. ’12 was his original class, but he held himself back a little after an injury made him worry he wouldn’t be ready to play with the big boys when he was supposed to. Well, like the poor Briton who got turned into a newt, he got better. And by better, of course, I mean terrifying. ESPN.com already has him listed as the new top player in the class, one spot above Shabazz Muhammed. The real question is: which do you want more? Trick question, of course, since the answer is “Yes.” I haven’t wanted a duo so badly since Wall and Cousins. Plus adding Noel would give us two flat tops in the freshman class (provided that Alex Poythress keeps his). And if there’s one thing I learned growing up in the nineties, it’s that you can never have too many flat tops. Thanks, House Party.
-Finally, it wouldn’t be Thursday without a
(Note to self: Don’t use Drake quotes. Point taken.)
Aaron Blankenship: I decided not to go to law school because the LSAT fell on the same day as the UNC game.
CN: Boy am I glad I took mine in June, otherwise I might be right there with you.
Sholler: Good Post. I was curious how long it was going to be before the conversation goes from, “He’s to skinny,” to, “Even though he is skinny, he is still a beast.” Seriously, come on. We are 20+ games into the season, and people are still talking about how his frame may be a downfall. It’s because of his frame that he is such a versatile player. It’s because of his body type, that he is so unique, and so good.
CN: I would agree. I seem him more akin to Kevin Durant than Kevin Garnett, but more aligned to the defensive side of the ball than offense. Either way, what a couple of players to be compared to.
Jarweed: Don’t sell yourself short, Corey. A picture with cheese and grease in your beard could land you the cover of Grizzly Magazine. Who knows?
CN: As the manly, rugged editor of Grizzly Magazine, I can tell you that it would definitely make the cut. Too grizzly for KSR, though.
Somervillain: Because I DID know I couldn’t do that.
theSkinny81: nice Chappelle reference, Corey!! LOL
CN: Love Chappelle. Great work to both of you for picking up that obscure reference.
HoosierWildcat: [posted before the UT game] Cats by 20 tonight, Tenn put up a good fight in the first game. They won’t at Rupp.
CN: Wow… Good call. What’s your take on the USC game coming up?
ZombieLibrarian: Good post, minus the “Knight’s Tale” reference. That would have been good as well, except for the fact that I’m not a 13 year old girl.
CN: And yet you picked up the reference. It’s okay to admit you liked it. We won’t judge you.
RicksAuntWithGoodEyes: There’s 40 minutes in college basketball games, Corey.
CN: I can’t math.
Well, it’ll be hard to top yesterday’s signing day marathon, but stick around anyway and we’ll, uh… well, probably talk about Nerlens Noel some more, to be honest. But that’s what you’re here for anyway! Everybody wins! (Except Indiana away from Assembly Hall. Boom, roasted.)