Big Blue Links for Saturday:
– Vanderbilt’s Rod Odom has thrived since changing his shot. Writes Mike Organ of the Tennessean: “As the Commodores (8-5, 0-1 SEC) brace for a visit today from No. 14 Kentucky (11-3, 1-0) the 6-foot-9 senior has made nine of his plast 11 3-point attempts. He is ranked second in the SEC in 3-pointers made (37) and 3-point field goal percentage (46.3). Last season, Odom shot 35.3 percent on 3-pointers.”
– John Calipari is pushing his Cats to rev up the fast break. Writes Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader: “To understand what UK Coach John Calipari has in mind, think the second half against Mississippi State on Wednesday. Not the first half. UK had only two transition points in falling behind 40-37 at halftime. The second half saw several crowd-pleasing — and coach-pleasing — dunks that punctuated fast breaks. Those plays helped Kentucky discourage and then defeat Mississippi State 85-63.”
– Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal writes on Dominique Hawkins and the fact his teammates would like the freshman to shoot more. “He averaged nearly as many points per game (20.4) last year, when he led Madison Central to the state championship and earned himself Mr. Basketball honors, as he has total points (23) so far this season at Kentucky. He has only attempted 26 shots.”
– Guy Ramsey of Cat Scratches reports that the UK gymnastics team has plenty to build on after “Excite Night” win. “With vault behind them, the No. 21 Cats went on to take down No. 15 Penn State (193.975), West Virginia (193.700) and Ball State (190.875) in Memorial Coliseum. The 5,839 fans in attendance loved every moment, from pre-meet festivities to the final routine on floor.”
– Ben Roberts of the H-L reports that Carlton Bragg is trying hard to get a UK offer. The Cats have offered seven players for 2015, but not Bragg. Not yet.