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A few notes on a rainy Tampa day (because I know you were wondering what the weather was like here)….

 – During his time on this morning’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Coach Cal talked about all of the things asked of him and quite a bit about things that were not.  One of those subjects was Kentucky’s roster this season, which Calipari said should finally have some depth.  He said last season they were forced to go with only six players in nearly every game (I’m sure you know that) and he’s hoping that this season he finally has the right mix of returning and incoming players to have more dependable bodies on the floor.  Right now, that deep roster is “forming good bonds” and he’s very happy with who they are and what they can be.  Understatement?

 – In talking about that depth, Calipari listed Jon Hood, Stacey Poole and Eloy Vargas as guys who can find their way into the rotation this season.  Poole was essentially duct taped to the bench last season, but Hood and Vargas got some shots at making an impact and sticking in the rotation.  Vargas played well at times, but Hood never really found a way to get things clicking.  For them, it has to be refreshing to hear that despite a loaded roster and guys who essentially appear to pass them on the depth chart simply by showing up, there’s still a chance.  We sometimes forget that all were four-star prospects and Hood was a five-star prospect before breaking his wrist his senior season.  Now is the time to make a push for those minutes.

 – Not surprisingly, the hot topic was the conference schedule and what the coaches would prefer.  Calipari said his goal was to raise the profile of the entire conference and that is done through non-conference scheduling too.  He said that if you win 12-13 game against teams that have about a 63% winning percentage, you’ll be #1 in strengthof scheduling, you’ll be the best in the country.  If you win 12-13 games against teams with a 53% winning percentage, you fall to 40-50 in that category.  That seems to follow his theory of scheduling the best small and mid-major schools that he can find.  Those little details are the difference in being a top seed in March and a #2 or #3.

 – In news that surprised me, Terrence Jones measured in with a 7’2″ wingspan at the Kevin Durant camp.  I can’t be the only one that is shocked by that, right?  Too often, Jones was cited as a player that didn’t seem to play bigger than he was last season and despite some good numbers in terms of blocks, didn’t appear to be an imposing force around the rim.  Maybe his arms grew or maybe Cal was onto something last season when he challenged Jones to be more of a presence inside.  I think we can assume the second part is true.

 – Finally, if you want to watch Enes Kanter’s press conference with the Jazz, it will be streamed here at 5pm Eastern time.  Don’t miss it.

If you missed Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, Matt was joined by Mark Krebs and they talked about Cal’s contract, football projections and Alex Legion’s sandal fetish.  Give the podcast a listen below.  (Side note:  They’re working to fix the iTunes problem as we speak)

Article written by Thomas Beisner

28 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Afternoon Notes

  1. Matt Jones
    2:17 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    One of my favorite pictures yet

  2. KSR Spy
    2:27 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – Minutes they need to improve? You improve in practice and it shows in games. Muscle memory my friend. Muscle memory. Don’t think…react.

  3. Marcus L. Owens
    2:34 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    “I can’t be the only one that is shocked by that, right? Too often, Jones was cited as a player that didn’t seem to play bigger than he was”– He blocked two shots a game and was often referred to as long, what were you watching?

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    2:35 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    These girls would laugh at my bank account.

  5. Go Cats
    2:36 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    At the end of the last season, we had a rpi of 9, won the SEC tourney, and were a top 10 ten team in every ranking. Yet, we got a #4 seed last tourney. Explain that to me?

  6. Roy
    2:38 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink


  7. Thomas Beisner
    2:40 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    3, he was the master of the perimeter block….it seemed like he never stood toe-to-toe with a big guy and altered shots.

  8. echo 1
    2:43 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    4 – These girls would even laugh at my credit limit on my Discover card.

  9. Marcus L. Owens
    2:46 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    7. “it seemed like he never..” key word being “seemed.” He averaged 2.0 blocks per game. He wasnt listed as a shot blocker coming out of HS but was a quality help side defender blocking shots. Sorry for the back and forth but him having a 7’2 wingspan is not surprising to me.

  10. bluetooth
    2:47 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    those chicks look they just blew out of gone with the wind

  11. Leetle
    2:55 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    4) maybe that’s not the only thing they would laugh at.

  12. J.R.
    3:00 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody forgets that Jones had never really played the post before and was learning all of that last year. Kid was a point forward all through high school and I’m sure defended some posts but none were as big as the guys he had to guard last year. When they played Josh Smith’s team his senior year he didn’t guard him, someone that was shorter did thus he wasn’t expected to be a post defender/shot blocker in high school.

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    3:00 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink


    11- hahah, well played

  14. Cris Collinsworth
    3:01 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

  15. DTD
    3:32 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink


  16. bill
    3:32 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    5) Before anyone explains that, I personally would like to know how after stomping on UF in the SEC Championship game, they were still able to get a 2 seed in the tourney?

  17. Marcus L. Owens
    3:47 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    16. A number two seed in the weakest region where they lost to a mid major.

  18. Mammakin
    3:51 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    neither….not worth all the blablablablabla after

  19. Marcus L. Owens
    3:59 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    #8 coming soon.

  20. UKGoBigBlue
    4:13 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    The ladies in that picture are cuties !!

  21. Women Everywhere
    4:19 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty, without being slutty. Thank you

  22. Bruce Pearl/Jesus
    4:24 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    There is no explanation for Kentucky’s seeding. But it was probably the worst bracket job I have seen done in a long time. A lot of teams were put places or ranked something that made no sense. I think the biggest problem in the last bracket was that the committee bought into the Big East crap and therefore it screwed up the whole thing.

  23. EPADude
    4:24 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    As to the comment that Jones wasn’t an imposing force around the rim; he led the SEC in rebounding last year. I don’t understand how a player can do that, especially given that his teammate, Jorts, was no. 2 in the league, and be so often denigrated as to his rebounding.

  24. kdsmith
    4:53 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Damn, these girls are hot. #1, I would have to agree. These are 2 of the hottest girls ever posted on KSR. Oh yeah, Terrance Jones was a blocking machine, how could you not know he had that type of wing span.

  25. Men Everywhere
    4:53 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder what they look like in slutty clothes…

  26. KyKid
    6:21 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the cat lady? I want the cat lady. I wonder if these chicks like cats too?

  27. FaninNWLex
    8:58 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    If these chicks worked the “time of day” hotline, my call would be redirected immediately.

  28. Brandon
    11:19 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    23. I thought that Jones’ presence down low what really the biggest thing he contributed, especially later in the year when he went into an offensive slump. Jones played big all year, blocked lots of shots and got lots of boards. that was what he was best at.
    Fans were frustrated because they wanted to see him take over offensively like he did at the beginning of the year.