HI EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO THE SUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS!!!! If you can’t tell from the yelling tonight’s news as well as views are in honor of the great Sam Jackson who turns a cool 65 today. Jackson’s career has been one of the most prolific and varied in all of Hollywood as he has played some of the following roles: hitman, plane snake eradicator, Jedi knight, Nick Fury, shark slayer, dinosuar park butt warner, as well as too many others to name. Sam is showing no signs of letting up with great performances on commercials and movies alike. Happy Birthday you foul mouthed movie star. Keep playing some of most hardcore leading men on celluloid and we’ll keep paying.
On to the news and views:
The Cats Beat On Belmont
The Bruins came into Rupp with a hot hand and an upset on their mind before the Cats rallied to send them back to Nashville. Julius Randle bounced back to score a career-high 29 points and grab 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season. Randle powered through double and triple teams to finish through fouls and anything else Belmont tried to throw at him. The game was another dominating performance for the big man and a good sign ahead of the Louisville game. Julius wasn’t the only one ready to perform as Aaron Harrison finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Harrison has been a force over the last few weeks and will be a tentpole for the team as they head into SEC play.
Bench Comes Through
From Ally’s Recap
Cal has preached all year that his bench is his best teaching tool. He finally put the bench to use today, putting in Jarrod Polson and Dominique Hawkins in the latter part of the first half, which gave the Cats some much-needed spark on both sides of the court. Hawkins is the best on-the-ball defender the Cats have, scrapping and fighting for every possession, which Calipari recognized after the game, telling reporters Dominique “gets everything he can out of his body. It’s incredible.”
While everyone can learn from Dominique’s hustle, the most important lesson may be the one Andrew Harrison learns from Jarrod Polson. Polson came in when Andrew got two fouls in the first half and immediately steadied the team. In fact, Polson did so well that Cal made Andrew sit next to him on the bench and talked him through everything Polson did. “[Andrew] can do everything Jarrod did, but at a higher level,” Cal said. Andrew had plenty of time to watch and learn; Jarrod played a season-high 21 minutes today.
“We had to go to Jarrod and Dominique to get the energy we needed to in the game. You know and I know it,” Cal said, adding that he wants to use the bench to energize, not punish. “What I want is a high-energy game. And you stick those guys in and they raise it even more and they sustain it until we can get guys back in.”
RUPP got LOUD
I was one of the lucky many to be in Lexington for the game today and the crowd absolutely brought it. Big props to whoever is responsible for the revamped approach to timeouts because that was possibly the rowdiest I’ve seen Rupp for a mid-major game. The Dance Team performed during timeouts, they shot t-shirts, they blasted music that was hip and fun and turned a pre-Louisville game that is usually a snoozer into a rocking good time. The crowd was a major factor early in the first half as loud cheers and everyone on their feet looked to visibly shake the Bruins. All that just means that next week against the Cards is going to be even more wild. I can’t wait.
Christmas comes early
After the game the team was off to the airport to fly back home to spend Christmas with their families. Coach Robic told Tom Leech they would be back on Christmas day to launch right into practice for the Cards. With school out and no limitations on practice that means Camp Cal can be held and they can finally put in that zone he keeps talking about. That should come in handy against the athletic Cards.
Updated Championship Odds
So now the two teams favored to win it all will meet in just one week. Michigan State and Louisville top the chart, each with 11/2 odds. Kentucky’s chances are set at 13/2 along with Kansas and Oklahoma State. The Cats should move back to that top spot with a big win over the defending champs. Do you think those odds are spot on or a little high?
James Young With The Early Dunk Of The Year
Get Well Brad
Finally we want to wish young Brad Calipari a get well wish as he suffered a torn ACL last night in his game for LCA. The potential future walk on needs to get well soon so we can get him on the court in the blue and white when he graduates.
That’s all for now. Stay safe BBN out there dealing with storms and what not. I’ll be back in the morning for more news in the most ridiculous manner possible.