BBL: Roundup from Kentucky’s pre-Christmas win

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Big Blue Links for Sunday:

Jerry Tipton: “Apparently, the UK players feared that another performance that failed to please John Calipari might cause the UK coach to activate his inner Ebenezer Scrooge.”

John Clay: “Ryan Harrow continued his upward trend. The sophomore turned in his best game of the season on Saturday as Kentucky mashed Marshall 82-54 at Rupp Arena.”

Darrell Bird: “Praise had been rare from Calipari in recent weeks. Three early losses sent Kentucky in the semester break – aka Camp Cal – with much work to do. But despite no 20-hour rule limiting practice, the Cats had been slow to make strides. That changed Saturday with a strong win over the Thundering Herd.”

Brett Dawson: “UK closed the first half on a 15-4 run that broke open a tight game, and after Marshall scored the first seven points of the second half, prompting a Calipari timeout, the Cats ripped off a 17-3 run.”

Keith Taylor: “Poythress just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds in an 82-54 rout of Marshall. The freshman forward also had a block and an assist in 21 minutes against the Thundering Herd.”

Larry Vaught: “(Harrow) doesn’t have to be Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Brandon Knight or Marquis Teague — Calipari’s past five point guards and all first-round NBA draft picks after one season of college basketball. He just has to be the player running this team, making smart decisions and showing toughness.”

Eric Lindsey: “After weeks of struggles, early morning runs and exhausting two-a-day practices, the smiles were back. As Nerlens Noel slapped Poythress on the chest and Kyle Wiltjer high-fived him, Poythress beamed back.”

Steve Jones: “UK had a 48-43 rebounding edge over Marshall, a team with long, strong players who bump under the basket and “like to try to lay the wood on people” as Thundering Herd coach Tom Herrion put it.”

Tim Sullivan: “Kentucky’s John Calipari likes a certain coarseness in his point guards, the toughness for high-traffic areas, the ability to get bumped and bruised without losing balance. These are the qualities he sometimes sees in Harrow, but not always.”

David Schuh: “UK responded with a 25-6 run of their own and blew the game open. The Cats began to finally hit some shots, including two threes from sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer. They never stopped from there, and kept the lead over 20 for the rest of the game.”

Jon Hale: “For Harrow, the key to his improvement has been overcoming his natural tendency to play with a laid-back persona on the court, which he acknowledges often leads him to shy away from contact.”

Guy Ramsey: “Harrow’s not going to have to stay in Lexington over the holiday, as he rushed to catch a flight home to Raleigh, N.C., as soon as he finished his media responsibilities, like many of his teammates. He suggested – in a mostly joking manner – that the team’s improvement had something to do with a desire to get home.”

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