Good evening, dear KSR readers, and welcome to Tuesday’s News and Views, brought to you by legendary UK head coach Joe B. Hall. Hall, along with UK graduate Jim Host, was one of 10 members of the Class of 2012 inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. He was joined by former coach Dave Robbins of Virginia Union; players Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Phil Ford of North Carolina, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming, Earl Monroe of Winston-Salem State and Willis Reed of Grambling; and contributor Joe Dean.
Before he was teaching the game to John Calipari with Wheelers’ mustard and ketchup bottles, Joe B. Hall had the unenviable task of succeeding Adolph Rupp. Unfazed by the task, Hall guided the Wildcats for 13 seasons, winning 75 percent of 397 games. Within three years, he reached the NCAA championship game and, in 1978, he earned National Coach of the Year honors while coaching Kentucky to its fifth national title with a 30-2 record. His Wildcat teams won eight SEC championships and earned a Final Four berth for the third time in 1984. He was named SEC Coach of the Year four times. (UKAthletics)
But all those accomplishments aside, Joe B. Hall will never be able to fulfill his lifelong dream of having a longer wingspan than Hasheem Thabeet. He sized himself up with Thabeet prior to the induction ceremony on Sunday and fell just short of Thabeet’s record reach. It made for a really great photo, though:
And here’s Joe B. with Patrick Ewing and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe:
Let’s get it…
The big news of the day came from Coach Cal’s weekly radio show when he announced a potential return to practice on Tuesday for Ryan Harrow. Calipari said Harrow was with the team on Monday in the Joe Craft Center and spent some time on the treadmill. They’ll evaluate him Tuesday afternoon and see if he is ready for practice. Cal said he didn’t know if Harrow would be available for the Morehead State game on Wednesday, but he didn’t sound confident that his point guard will be ready for game action. Harrow has lost seven pounds since the “flu-like symptoms” showed up prior to the season opener against Maryland.
Be sure to listen to KSR in the morning when Sean Woods will join us for an interview to discuss his comments about the negative vibe at the BBN Cares telethon and how the game has changed since he played in Lexington. Woods caused a stir Monday morning when he said the Kentucky players had a sense of entitlement at the WKYT broadcast for Hurricane Sandy relief and they didn’t act like Kentucky basketball players. “They don’t know Kentucky,” he said of Calipari’s new group. “When I walked in the door, I know about every player, almost everything history-wise about the University of Kentucky. But these kids don’t, and it’s a shame, but that’s just the way society is.”
Kentucky dropped in the polls this week after taking a loss courtesy of the Duke Blue Devils. The Cats are now No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll. UK is the highest-ranked one loss team in both polls. We’ll take it.
The team at the top of both polls, Indiana, didn’t look all that impressive against Georgia on Monday in the Progressive Legends Classic in the Barclays Center. The Hoosiers trailed Georgia for most of the first half and into halftime, but took the lead and pulled away in the final 10 minutes of the game. Cody Zeller had just six points in 27 minutes against the Georgia team that already has losses to Southern Miss and Youngstown State. It could’ve been an upset of the No. 1 team if not for big games from Victor Oladipo and Jordan Hulls. The two Hoosiers combined for 29 points.
UCLA was another disappointing team on Monday evening. The 11th-ranked Bruins lost to Georgetown, 78-70, in the other semifinal game of the Progressive Legends Classic. Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points off the bench in his college basketball debut, while fellow freshman phenom Kyle Anderson added 0 points and six assists. Georgetown and Indiana will meet Tuesday night at 10:00 ET.
Can someone tell me why Shabazz is playing right now and Peter Jurkin has to sit out Indiana’s first nine games? Shabazz received airfare and lodging for three unofficial visits; Jurkin received financial aid, legally, from someone who gave $185 to Indiana before he was born. I don’t get it. I don’t get it at all.
A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky’s next two home men’s basketball games against Morehead State (Nov. 21) and LIU-Brooklyn (Nov. 23). Tickets are available by visiting the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 1.800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by going online to UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets statewide.
eRUPPtion Zone tickets are also available to the public for Friday’s game against LIU-Brooklyn. Tickets will be $5.00 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis. Additionally, tickets for UK’s games against Lipscomb (Dec. 15), Marshall (Dec. 22) and Eastern Michigan (Jan. 2) go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each, and upper level tickets will be $42 each. Tickets may be purchased through the UK Ticket Office (800.928.2287), Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) and Ticketmaster (800.745.3000). Fans may also obtain tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.
Joker Phillips on beating Tennessee: “It would mean a lot just to finish out for these seniors. There’s a lot of history like that that we’re trying to change, and this would be one of those things that would be a plus, one of the things that this class has changed if we can get it done. There was some history. We never beat (Coach Steve) Spurrier; this class got a chance to do it. Twentyâ€‘some years of not beating Tennessee, this class had the chance to do it. So this would be another thing they have done that nobody here has done before.”
Conference realignment is picking up steam again after Maryland announced on Monday that it’ll leave the ACC and apply for the Big Ten. Rutgers will follow the Terps and join the Big Ten’s “Leaders” division. When asked about realignment, Rick Pitino said Louisville should be the first school the ACC looks to as a replacement for Maryland. But former ACC commissioner David Corrigan said adding Louisville or Connecticut “isn’t the answer at all” for saving the conference.
In NBA news, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in Charlotte’s win over Milwaukee. The Bobcats have a winning-record. #MKGEffect
I’ll leave you with pictures of this young pup that never misses a UK basketball game…
He gets it.