Big Blue Links: January 16

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader writes that despite the loss at Arkansas, Kentucky is finding its fight. “Kentucky also refused to yield. Twice the Cats hit clutch three-point baskets. The first by Harrison was set up by Young’s grace under pressure. Trailing 74-71, the Cats wanted their most prolific three-point shooter to take the shot. But two defenders rushed to Young, whose “smartness” led him to pass to Harrison, Anderson said. With Arkansas ahead 83-80 inside the final 40 seconds of overtime, Young swished a three-pointer from the top of the key to set the stage for Qualls.”

My notes column after the Arkansas game talks about the Aaron Harrison/Arkansas fan post-game exchange. More needs to be done security-wise to make sure some sort of incident doesn’t happen in the future.

Thad Novak of Bleacher Report writes about UK’s shot selection. “Even the perimeter players would benefit from taking more of their shots from closer range, where their advantage in size and reach would pay bigger dividends. Young isn’t remotely as bad a shot as his .388 field-goal percentage, but he takes more than half of his attempts from beyond the arc.Willie Cauley-Stein could corral even more rebounds if so many of his teammates’ misses weren’t heading back to the three-point arc.”

Tyler Spanyer of the Kentucky Kernel writes on the UK women’s drop in scoring. “The Cats have lost three of their last six games, and the scoring average in those six games has gone down by 19 points that UK averaged before its Dec. 22 game against Duke University. The Cats are averaging 14 more points from a year ago. But, they don’t have a player who has scored to the bulk that A’dia Mathies did last season.”

Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that the 76ers shouldn’t hold their breath waiting on Nerlens Noel. “A source close to Dr. James Andrews told ESPN that the physician believes Noel will be ready to play in 4 to 6 weeks following a checkup performed last week. Yippee, right? No, not yippee, at least not to Brown. A player-development guy, Brown has a golden opportunity to teach, mold and correct the impressionable teen from suburban Boston, thanks to Noels’ long rehabilitation from that anterior cruciate ligament tear.”

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