The last time I wrote the morning post, it was after the loss at Missouri. That was the start of one of the lowest points in the Calipari era. Yesterday will have to go down as an underrated high point. On paper, this game had the makings of a trap. Kentucky had the distraction of Kevin Knox and his situation and there was the possibility that prized Missouri recruit Michael Porter Jr. could play. The distractions proved to not have an impact as the Cats rolled over the Tigers 88-66.
Kevin Knox Responds to the Accusations
After the game, Kevin Knox spoke to the media for the first time since the report came out Friday that he had dinner with an agent prior to getting to Kentucky. Knox said, “I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about the win” For more about what Knox said, go read Maggie’s post from last night by clicking here.
Did Hami finally break out of his slump?
It is no secret that Hamidou Diallo has been a major disappointment since the start of conference play. Prior to last night, Diallo had scored in double figures in just 5 of the previous 15 games. During that stretch, he was visibly frustrated with himself. As much as some fans dislike Diallo, there is no question that this team cannot be successful in the NCAA Tournament without Diallo.
When he is at his best, this team becomes a lot better. His athleticism and length are something that not many teams can match up with. With that being said, when Diallo is not at his best, he shouldn’t even be on the floor. He becomes a true liability.
Jarred Vanderbilt will be the best player on this team
There, I said it. If it isn’t by the end of this season, for sure next, Jarred Vanderbilt will be the best player on the team. The Kentucky Freshman is one of the most dominating rebounders that Calipari has had. He is starting to find his own when it comes to the offensive end. The one thing that Vanderbilt has, that cannot be taught; is energy. He plays hard every moment he is on the floor. Fans should love that, especially when there have been a lot of players under Calipari, who would continuously take plays off during games.
How about the Hilltoppers?
Our friends in Bowling Green are ROLLING. After an offseason that saw all sorts of turmoil, Rick Stansbury has the Hilltoppers on a roll. Last night, WKU beat the 2nd place team in Conference USA, Old Dominion, 88-66. The Tops now improve to 22-7 (14-2 C-USA) on the season before a massive showdown this week against their biggest rival.
On Thursday, WKU will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on #24 MTSU. The Blue Raiders defeated the Hilltoppers 66-62 in Bowling Green last month. If you’ve never watched either one of these teams play, I’d highly recommend tuning in to CBS Sports Network on Thursday night at 8pm.
Shareef O’Neal Decommits from Arizona
Shareef O’Neal has decommitted from Arizona following the reports of the FBI’s investigation into Sean Miller. O’Neal is the son of NBA legend Shaq. At one point, he was thought to have been a Kentucky lean, but things between the parties never seemed to make things happen. Now that he has reopened his recruitment, things could get interesting.
O’Neal is the #33 player in the Class of 2018 and the #9 PF. Shaq has been open in the past about his respect for Coach Cal. I really do think that this could be a great match for both Shareef and the Cats. For more, click here.
Top 25 College Basketball Today
- Tulsa at Cincinnati- 12pm (CBS Sports Network)
- Michigan State at Wisconsin- 1pm (CBS)
- East Carolina at Houston- 3pm (ESPN3)
- Minnesota at Purdue- 4pm (FS1)
- Colorado State at Nevada- 4pm (CBS Sports Network)
- Florida State at NC State- 6pm (ESPNU)
- Rick Flair- 69
- George Harrison
- Rashida Jones- 42
- Carrot Top- 53
- Joakim Noah- 33
- Oliver and James Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)- 32