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Saturday Morning Links

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.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

25 Comments for Saturday Morning Links

  1. Dustin
    10:05 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I can not believe that it has been 6 days since the Joker firing and we still have no true clues as to who Mitch has talked to or even will talk to.

  2. 13th. Grade
    10:08 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go WBA!

  3. El Cormanyo
    10:16 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – I know! I can’t believe the AD hasn’t kept you personally informed of each and every contact he’s made. It’s almost like he wants to show discretion during this multi-million dollar decision making process. Tossing around every name that popped into his head so that the fans’ childish curiosity could be satisfied would definitely result in a better hire. So unfair of him to do his job without including a bunch of people whose legacies and livelihoods aren’t affected by the choices he makes.

  4. Donny Berger
    10:21 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dickie V was “Pimpin” BP last night, hint, hint, Mitch

  5. Han
    10:21 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Seems to be they should maybe expect moisture on an aircraft carrier’s deck and have taken steps to alleviate that concern before playing.

  6. UK Snuggie
    10:25 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly, every Kentucky boy who grew up pretending he could be on the UK team was able live vicariously through Jarred Polson last night. He deserves all the credit he’s getting and just created stories that he’ll be able to tell kids and grand-kids for the rest of his life. The entire state should be proud of him!

  7. Blur
    10:29 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is the man now. And did anyone notice we had new jerseys on? How did that news not leak? Hahah

  8. catfan38
    10:30 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #6 I am proud of him. He sure brought a smile to my face! No Polson, no win…..

  9. UK Homer
    10:32 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they can still find a good way to honor troops without giving up due to condensation problems. Seems like a lot of bad planning. Anyhow, I’m glad the Cats got to experience…mortality last night. You never want these early season ooc games going too easy unless they’re cupcake city. I hope NN, WCS, AP and others realized just how much more they’re going to have to scrap to get rebounds especially given what’s coming on Tuesday. That said, if we had lost, then not sure I’d be so understanding. Haha

  10. TheProfessor
    10:33 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think this team has a long way to go…but will get there. I was impressed with Goodwin (few bone head plays, but seems to be our most talented player). Kudos to Polson…he was absolutely awesome. I see an even bigger role for him as the season progresses. Nerlens has a ton of work to do (especially offensively), but will be an absolute beast in the paint. I’m pretty excited about Cauley-Stein. I think he showed quite a bit of things to come on the offensive end. I absolutely loved him getting on the floor after a loose ball in the first half. Wiltjer was Wiltjer! He was a little limited on the defensive end of the court, but was pretty dynamic when the cats had the ball. He seemed to be our go to guy. I was also impressed with Julius Mays. I think he will be huge for us as the season moves forward. His shooting and leadership will be key (Darius Miller, anyone?) Poythress has to be stronger with the ball! He had his shot blocked several times, and had the ball stripped away several times. Overall, I thought he and Harrow struggled the most, but its early. I fully expect both of these guys to bounce back.

  11. Big Whoop
    10:33 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    # 5 – This happens every night. Any sailor could’ve told them that. Those carrier games should be during the day or they should buy a really big tarp to play under (beyond the realm of possiblity.

    I hope we see more and more of Polson. The kid knows how to play the Point better than anyone on this team even though a couple are more athletically gifted. They just aren’t as good at running the team as Jarrod. New mantra: Hey Cawood,er Tom, is Jarrod gonna play?

  12. Big Diesel
    10:34 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Proud of this team. First real game. They just beat a very good tourney bound ACC team that will make noise in their conference. Clean up rebounds and we are a definite contender.

  13. Poythress's Problem
    10:34 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Every time he drives, he doesn’t release the shot until he’s almost back down on the court. This may be from going against 7 footers in practice every day, but the mid-air pump fake is killing him.

  14. Mike
    10:36 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Free John Hood……Cal needs to give the man some additional PT, especially with the up and down play of all the newbies. Hood needs to get a bone for his loyalty to the program.

  15. UK2Kandbeyond
    10:43 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    21) After so many year of ignoring them, it gets old when therey continue to increase. But since you are one of them, I guess you know that already. azzhole

  16. Bubba Earl
    10:45 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    In total agreement Snuggie, Polson is living the dream of many young men in this state. Amazing the power of KENTUCKY etched on a uniform!

  17. Dustin
    10:48 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is who that was meant for obviously. Almost every school looking for a coach they have a list released that everyone knows about, especially after 6 days. Easy to talk trash behind a computer douche

  18. Harley
    10:52 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t play a game on a carrier as long as its stationed on the east coast. Play in San Diego.

  19. Cpacat
    11:02 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #3). Very Nice!

  20. Ouch
    11:14 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    what happened to our country? we used to be a civilized country. now folks are just mean to each other.

  21. Dustin
    11:18 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Laughing at myself right now, #1 was myself. Meant for #3 who thinks he is so special

  22. dgtuk
    11:19 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Stuart:

    Pretty sure that phrase is ice “water” in his veins…not ice in his veins…that would be a little uncomfortable!

  23. Paul
    11:19 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    re: Muhammed Collective sigh of relief.

  24. hoopster
    12:25 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Great game Jarrod, maybe you earned some more playing time, Great game Kyle, very good shooting last night. Cats need some rebounding practice this weekend, Archie Goodwin needs to practice his pull-up 6-8 foot shots instead of just throwing it up toward the basket in traffic. He was out of control in my opinion. Good win Cats, I know you’re young and will get better. GoBigBlue!!

  25. Kevin
    1:40 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dustin, we are all laughing at you too, D-bag.