Big Blue Links for Friday:
– With Kentucky traveling to Vanderbilt on Saturday, the Tennessean’s David Climer writes that if it were not for bad luck the Commodores would have no luck at all. The latest blow to Kevin Stallings’ team is the loss of leading scorer Eric McClellan, suspended for the season because of academics.
At his press conference on Thursday, John Calipari was asked about Vandy having seven scholarship players and the UK coach put up his hand to stop the question. “I don’t want to hear it,” said Calipari, saying that his team had seven scholarship players last season. (That’s not quite right, by the way. If you don’t count Jarrod Polson, a former walk-on, the Cats had eight.)
– Kentucky’s women took a tumble for the second straight game, losing 68-59 at No. 10 South Carolina. Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader was in Columbia and reports at the Gamecocks blocked 14 UK shots. UK came into the game averaging 92.4 points per game. It left now 1-2 in the SEC.
– Matt King of Bleacher Reports worries about the Kentucky men’s inconsistent offense. In Wednesday night’s win over Mississippi State, part of the problem had to do with the struggles of Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
– The one player who knows his role on this Kentucky team is Dominique Hawkins. Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com writes on the former Madison Central star, who has passed up open shots because he believes his job is to get the ball to his teammates.
– Former UK point guard Ryan Harrow scored 11 points, all in the second half, as Georgia State handed Western Kentucky its worst home loss since 2010. The Panthers rolled 77-54 in part because the visitors made all 22 of their free throws, reports Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News.