It’s a day early, but Happy Birthday to Coach O!
— South Carolina has lost its last four games and six of its last seven. Kentucky should coast to an easy victory. Enjoy.
— Today’s game will feature the dynamic duo of Carter Blackburn and Mark Gottfried on the microphones. It’s days like today that make us appreciate the work of Eugene Polley, inventor of the mute button on the wireless remote.
— In an interview at the Rookie Challenge, Eric Bledsoe admitted he would have stayed in college for his sophomore season if he had really understood the toughness of the NBA. Demarcus Cousins, who was sitting next to Bledsoe, looked surprised by his buddy’s answer. And then he dunked again.
— I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears last night when I was watching the MVP trophy presentation from the Rookie Challenge. TNT’s Craig Sager took a shot at Demarcus Cousins while presenting Wall with the trophy. Sager said , “It’s been well documented he’s not always happy when his teammates don’t give him the ball.” The comment was totally uncalled for. Watch your mouth, Sager.
— DanceBlue is still going strong. The dancers have been on their feet for over 16 hours now and still have 8 more hours to go. I was at DanceBlue last night -sitting in a chair – and I got tired after about two hours. The dedication and energy the participants have for the fundraiser is unbelievable. I encourage anyone in Lexington to stop by Memorial and check it out. And if you do, take deodorant and 5 Hour Energy shots for the dancers. Better yet, make a donation to the cause. #FTK
— Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Cheddar’s Casual CafÃ© joined us on our podcast last night. He broke down next year’s incoming players and how they’ll fit into the system. Evan said he thinks Teague will run the point regardless of what Knight does, and Wiltjer will be the best three-point shooter on the team if Lamb jumps to the league. Evan also talked 2012 and told us not to worry about the lack of an early commitment in the class.
— I’ve been told Todd McShay had “Randall Cobbs” as the fourth-best running back on his big board this morning on SportsCenter. SMH.
— John Wall’s bounce pass to Blake Griffin might be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.
— Matt and Oscar are on the air. Listen in on the Big Blue Radio Network.