What’s your favorite color, baby?! Blue!… And!.. Is that grey?!
Whether you love them or hate them, Kentucky will be wearing the new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms on Tuesday night when Tennessee comes to town for a rematch. The new special edition look from Nike will only be worn one time (that we know of) and then the Cats will return to the traditional blue and white look on Saturday.
According to the press release from Nike, the Hyper Elite Platinum line was designed specifically for superior performance and lower environmental impact. The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. Both the shorts and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. At UK’s practice on Monday, Ryan Harrow said he felt like he had “a few more muscles” when modeling the new threads for the media. Terrence Jones also likes the one-game change in appearance.
While the players all seem to approve, the fans of Big Blue Nation are divided over the new look. Many believe it’s a crime to step out of the box by wearing grey instead of white in a home game at Rupp. It’s OK for fans to dislike the change, but it’s also important for fans to remember it is just one game. What the Cats wear Tuesday night has no real impact on anything. Just let the boys have fun and be proud Kentucky is one of the elite programs included in Nike’s campaign.
It’s recycled polyester time in the Bluegrass.
And it’s News and Views time on KSR.
Monday! It’s the day of the week when Coach Cal does a whole lot of talking to the media. He kicked the chatter off early this week with the shortest teleconference in the history of modern teleconferencing. Cal, who is rarely short of things to say, poked his head in the SEC teleconference for no more than two minutes to answer one question from Larry Vaught about Ryan Harrow. When asked about Harrow’s progression, he called the NC State transfer a mix between Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague, saying his shot is better than Teague’s but he’s not quite as physical.
I blame Larry Vaught’s Droid for such a brief discussion.
Reporters got a second chance to nab quotes from Calipari at his pre-Tennessee press conference before Monday’s practice. He called the Volunteers a better team from top to bottom since the last time the two teams met on January 14th.
“They’re better,” he said. “All of them, they’re all better. Stokes is getting more comfortable, but they’re all better. Maymon is physical. He’s good. He scores. Guard play is good. McBee is really playing as well as he’s played since I’ve seen him. Their other guards are playing good. They’re a good team.”
He said Vanderbilt is the only team that has really gotten to Tennessee, referring to the Vols’ 18-point loss last Saturday in Nashville.
“Every other game they could have won. Vanderbilt made shots. If they make shots against us they’ll beat us the same way they beat them. So Vanderbilt is really good.”
Cal also had some good things to say about his own players, most notably Terrence Jones. After hearing LSU head coach Trent Johnson say “you can go ahead and crown Kentucky” if Terrence Jones plays like he did against the Tigers, Cal said “he didn’t know if it’s that much” but the visiting locker room was a happy locker room in Baton Rouge.
“The team was ecstatic,” he said. “It wasn’t scoring. He was tough. He came up with balls. He posted physically strong even though the guy battled him. He battled back. The four jumps for a ball, we haven’t seen that all year. Well that’s now what we’re all looking for. Everybody will be saying that if he’s capable of doing that then let’s do it every game. Now, it’s hard because they’re not machines. They’re not computers. But, it’s what you strive for. It’s what you prepare for.”
Jones had a season-high 27 points against LSU and was one rebound shy of his first double-double of the season. He told reporters he would’ve asked Calipari if he could stay in the game for 30 more seconds had he known he had nine rebounds. Double-doubles aren’t easy to come by on this team, ya know.
Jones said, “I mean it’s hard to rebound with all these dudes on my team. There are three dudes trying to get ten each game. I don’t even keep track during the game so I just play it by what they say at the end of the game.”
The CBS Sports Network ran a special with John Calipari on Monday night. Enjoy this clip and let me know if anything he said sounds familiar:
The 30-minute One2One: John Calipari special will re-air Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.
Kentucky opened up as a 16.5 point favorite over Tennessee. If you’re still gambling on Kentucky basketball games, please call 1-800-522-4700 for a 24-hour addiction hotline. It’s completely confidential.
Don’t give up on Amile Jefferson yet! The 6-foot-7 Philadelphia forward is still considering the Cats, despite reports that he is down to a 60/40 split between Duke and NC State. According to his father, Amile Jefferson is still considering Kentucky and he will wait until after his high school season ends before announcing his decision. The season could end as soon as next Tuesday. His father said John Calipari still stays in contact with his son.
Don’t forget to vote for Darius Miller in the 2012 Dunks of the Year contest. Each week, six dunks will face off with the top two vote-getters nabbing a spot in the finals. The winner will be revealed during a one-hour Dunks of the Year special on ESPN, March 26.
Check out Josh Hopkins’s Super Bowl prediction on the red carpet (3:00 mark):
Hopkins accompanied his good friend Octavia Spencer to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help.
That’ll do it for now.
Beat the Vols.