Whatever that was last night, it was fun. The game was probably a little closer than it needed to be, but a win is a win. Jarrod Polson stole the show with a downright clutch performance, coming up with a huge put-back basket late in the game, then — with ice in his veins — drained a pair of free throws to seal the deal with just a few ticks left.
Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Polson were all trending nationally on Twitter, but none deserved it more than the man from Nicholasville. Calipari said that if Harrow wasn’t getting the job done, he wouldn’t hesitate to use Polson for extended time. He wasn’t joking. Polson checked into the game just six minutes in, and his play was crucial to the Cats victory in Brooklyn. This Saturday Morning Links post is for you, Jarrod. Great game.
— Shabazz Muhammad was declared ineligible by the NCAA yesterday before tipoff of UCLA’s season opener against Indiana State. It is unclear how long he will remain ineligible, or if he will ever play for the Bruins. We wait for more news from the NCAA.
— With Kentucky so heavily reliant on success from the youngsters, it was quite a shock to see a pair of non-freshmen in Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer steal the show.
— Last season Michigan State and North Carolina kicked off college basketball on an aircraft carrier, as part of the “Carrier Classic.” The Classic continued this season; perhaps they will reconsider extending it further. The Ohio State-Marquette game, slated to play on the deck of the USS Yorktown in South Carolina, was cancelled due to excess condensation on the makeshift court. The game will not be rescheduled.
— That’s not the only game that was cancelled last night either. Florida and Georgetown were able to play a half of basketball before officials called the game, again due to excess condensation on the court. This was part of the “Navy-Marine Corps Classic,” being played on the deck of the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Florida. The Gators led the Hoyas 27-23 at halftime, but the game won’t count and will not be made up.
— Believe it or not, there was a third game schedule to be played on a ship yesterday. And this one was also a no-go. San Diego State and Syracuse were supposed to play around 5 o’clock on the desk of the USS Midway in San Diego as part of the “Battle on the Midway.” But because of dire weather forecasts, the game was postponed until Monday.
— Kentucky women’s soccer notched its first-ever NCAA Tournament win last night, in a 1-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin. The lone goal came off the foot of freshman Kelli Hubly in the 93rd minute. The Cats will face the winner of UCLA and Wisconsin next Friday.