Today we celebrate the birth of one Rajon Pierre Rondo, former point guard of your University of Kentucky Wildcats.
Rondo turns 30 today and Sacramento has the day off so he has plenty of free time to party. Tomorrow he will take his league-leading 11.9 assists per game to Denver for a friendly game of basketball against the Nuggets in a rematch of last Friday’s game. Rondo had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in that one, coming up one dime shy of his sixth triple-double of the season.
If you’re in the Sacramento area and happen to see Rondo, be sure to tell him Happy Birthday from KSR. Everyone else can leave him a comment below, although he’ll probably never see it.
You can expect an update on Derek Willis’ injured ankle before your lunch break.
John Calipari will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference at approximately 11:30 am, so be on the lookout for news regarding Willis’ ankle sprain around that time. Calipari will likely address that and many other concerns from the game and the status of his team moving forward, including the health of Alex Poythress.
If you saw the photo of Willis’ ankle yesterday, you know the news won’t be good.
Will Alex Poythress play tomorrow?
Last I heard, Poythress planned to return to action this week in the Alabama game. I haven’t heard an update since last week, but that was the estimated return date as of a week ago.
His return is HUGE.
Calipari will hold his pre-Alabama press conference later this afternoon.
As per usual on day-before-game days, Cal will meet with the media outside UK’s practice in the Joe Craft Center. He will look ahead to Alabama and re-answer the questions he answered on the teleconference.
We will have a live stream with notes and quotes to follow.
Alabama was playing so well, then the weekend happened.
Avery Johnson’s Tide had won five consecutive games prior to Saturday’s home defeat against Mississippi State. ‘Bama entered that one coming off road wins at Florida and LSU, but couldn’t get the job done on its own floor against one of the worst teams in the conference.
It will be interesting to see which Alabama team Kentucky hosts tomorrow night: the one that won five straight or the one that trailed Mississippi State for 30 minutes in a home loss.
CBSSports.com ranks Kentucky No. 21 in its Top 25 (and one).
Gary Parrish dropped the Cats from No. 19 to No. 21 this week in his college basketball rankings. He writes, “Five of Kentucky’s seven losses are to schools ranked outside of the top 75 of the RPI, including Tennessee and Auburn. Regardless, the Wildcats remain alone atop the SEC standings.”
The Cats will likely drop when the AP and USA Today polls are released later this afternoon.
Those polls should hit the internet around 2ish.
Anthony Davis had 59 and 20 last night.
The former Wildcat is the talk of the NBA after scoring a franchise-record 59 points with 20 rebounds in last night’s game against the Pistons.
One more point and he would’ve joined Wilt and Shaq as the only two players in NBA history with 60 and 20 in a game.