65 sportswriters and broadcasters across the country make up the voting panel of the AP college basketball poll. This week, 64 of those voters agreed that Kentucky is one of the two best basketball teams in the country. The odd man out? John McNamara of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. McNamara put Ohio State and Syracuse ahead of Kentucky on his AP poll ballot this week. Last week, when the Cats debuted at the top of the poll, McNamara called them the fourth-best team in the country.
I don’t know if there is bad blood between McNamara and Kentucky, but something is keeping him from giving the Cats the respect they deserve. For him to put Kentucky at No. 3 is ludicrous. Anyone with a television or access to a box score knows Kentucky and Ohio State are the top two teams in the country. McNamara is just hatin’. And we just want to know why.
Shame on you, John. Now take your own edition of the News and Views as an olive branch to make things right. I don’t like this tension and hostility between us. It’s not healthy.
— The big news of the day was Kentucky holding down that top spot in the polls, despite McNamara’s efforts to dethrone the Wildcats. UK is ranked No. 1 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls for the second week in a row. Kentucky picked up an extra vote this week in the AP poll but lost three first place votes to Ohio State in the coaches poll. Louisville snuck into the top five for the first time this season. L Yeah!
— Ole Miss’s Jarvis Summers stole the SEC Freshman of the Week award away from Anthony Davis, but Terrence Jones got some love from the conference on Monday. Jones was named SEC Player of the Week for his performances in the wins over St. John’s and North Carolina. Jones averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 3 steals in those two games. His 26 points against St. John’s were his highest total of the season. UK Hoops’ A’dia Mathies was named Co-Player of the Week for the women.
— The SEC also dished out its football honors on Monday and two Wildcats were named All-SEC by the Associated Press. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Danny Trevathan received first team honors at linebacker, while junior offensive lineman Larry Warford was named to the second team. Trevathan led the SEC with 143 tackles on the season. Only one other non-UK SEC defender recorded over 100 tackles. Trevathan was also top three in fumbles forced and top ten in interceptions.
— Kentucky football fans, though happy for Trevathan and Warford, have a reason to be upset with the All-SEC voters. Someone please explain to everyone in Big Blue Nation why Winston Guy was left off both all-conference teams. Guy’s 120 tackles were second-best in the conference behind his fellow dread-headed teammate. He was named defensive honorable mention but we’re not satisfied with that.
— Winston Guy’s snub isn’t the only reason to complain. Ryan Tydlacka was left off both all-SEC teams as well. Tydlacka was the hardest working punter in the conference, racking up the most yards while punting it more than anyone else. That’s a good thing, right?
— Switching back to basketball, a trip to Bloomington, Indiana is on the horizon and the talk is heating up between the two rival schools. Tom Crean fired the first friendly trash talking shot by tweeting, “KEEP THE BLUE OUT OF ASSEMBLY HALL ON SATURDAY!” He added, “We have to keep them out of the paint. You need to keep the fans out of our seats. Dominate this building with cream and crimson.” Coach Cal came back at his good friend and tweeted, “#BBN, don’t lose your vacation money or your kid’s scholarship fund but if you’re buying tix to the IU game, don’t tell them you’re w/ UK.” Followed by, “Show up in red w/ blue underneath & don’t take it off until our intros. U can leave the red shirt in the arena when u leave. #BlueGetsIn” I don’t usually condone going against Coach Cal but I never condone wearing a red shirt over a blue one, no matter what the reason is.
— While Crean and Calipari’s jabs at each other are good natured, I can’t say the same about the trash talking from some in the Indiana fanbase. If you search Coach Cal’s mentions on Twitter (search “ukcoachcalipari”), some of the results are very disturbing. The way these people are talking to Calipari is so inapproriate, I can’t even censor the quotes for you on here. Go look for yourself if you want but you’ve been warned. Keep it classy, IU fans. Keep it classy. #AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp
— Duke head coach Mike Kryzweskszzkiski was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 2011. Coach K just recently broke college basketball’s all-time wins record. He has 907 win in his career. That’s a record. Hey, did you know Coach K broke the record for wins? He did. He did it against Michigan State in the game before Kentucky’s in Madison Square Garden. The win broke Bob Knight’s all-time wins record. Mike Krqyzeski is college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. (Repeat)
— Back in April of last year, the National Enquirer broke a story about Dale Earnhardt Jr. stealing a woman from Kentucky football assistant coach Tommy Cook. That story is back in the news after Earnhardt Jr. showed up with Cook’s former lady, Amy Reimann, at a NASCAR event. Cook and Reimann were childhood sweethearts and had been married for almost two years when Earnhardt Jr. broke the couple up. Supposedly, Reimann and Dale Jr. were hooking up while she was still married to Cook. We should all boycott Amp energy drinks. Here he is with his new lady:
— Ole Miss hired Hugh Freeze to replace Houston Nutt as head football coach in Oxford. I don’t know who that is and I’m too tired to Google him.
I guess that’s my cue to get going. See you back here at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.