A few notes for your amusement…
– The Good Doctor Jerry Tipton had an notable nugget in one of his articles this morning or last night or something, pointing out that Brandon Knight has 18 assists and 23 turnovers in SEC road games this season, compared to 31 and 14 at home. We all know how important Kentucky’s nightly success depends on their freshmen point guard and tonight should be no different in Fayetteville. The good news, though, is that Arkansas’ lack of defensive pressure should allow him to play a bit more comfortably on offense and he should easily find lanes to attack off the dribble and push the ball up court. If he plays like he has the last two games from an assist-to-turnover perspective (over 3:1), the Cats win easily.
– You’ve probably heard this about 300 times already, but John Pelphrey is on the hotseat. His record hasn’t been spectacular (67-57), but the off-court issues are what might be his undoing. The lates involves an apparently strained relationship between Pelphrey and Marshawn Powell, who said he wouldn’t comment on his relationship with his coach and mentioned earlier that he wasn’t too focused on being a leader. If and when the Hogs go searching for a new coach, the annual attitude issues with the guys he’s trying to count on will probably be a huge reason why.
– The letter of allegations came today and Tennessee appears to be as committed as ever to Bruce Pearl. They have a way out if the want to fire him as he continues to work without a contract, but they seem to be ready to ride this thing out with him. There are countless reasons why the Vols should not be considered an elite program. Hanging on to a guy who has lied to investigators and was just sited for a lack of ethical conduct because they probably can’t do better might be at the top of that mountain.
– If you missed it last night, Vandy’s mascot bloodied the nose of a student after punching/mascot slapping him. Obviously, we don’t condone violence at Kentucky Sports Radio, but this type of dork-on-dork crime is not frowned upon. Video here.
– This might qualify as a “space filler” note, but the St. Pete Times had a little profile of Reggie Hanson’s daughter, who is averaging 25 points per game as a high school sophomore. Here is the article.
– If she keeps working really hard, she might get the chance to play for former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who is coaching what should be called “40 Minutes of Nagging Pressure”. Do not feed the monster.
If you missed the show this morning, Big EZ put on the random college hoodie and hold down the fort for Matt Jones. EZ and Drew the Intern talked about tonight’s game, NCAA sanctions and the fury over the high school All-American games. Check out the podcast below.