Officiating leads Big Blue Links for Friday

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Big Blue Links for Friday:

NCAA national coordinator of officials John Adams says officials are doing a good job with the new emphasis on certain rules, reports Matt Norlander of CBS Sports. “I’m pretty honest about stuff like this,” Adams told CBSSports.com. “Given everything that was thrown at officials this year … I think they’ve done a very, very good job of adapting quickly and officiating games according to the standards of the NCAA and their conferences. I don’t think there’s any question that anecdotally these rule changes have worked. Scoring through Jan. 5 was up six and half points through this time last year. There were only four more fouls per game. Turnovers are down almost two per game and with exception of [Kentucky-Arkansas], the games that we’re able to time are coming, the vast majority, under two hours.”

Looks like former UK guard Rajon Rondo could make his return from knee surgery tonight for the Boston Celtics, reports the Boston Globe. The Celtics play the Lakers. “He’ll probably be playing five minutes a quarter, approximately,” Boston GM Danny Ainge said. “Knowing Rondo, he’ll probably complain about that.”

A Sea of Blue writes about Kentucky’s poor free throw shooting. JLeverenez writes, “A trip to the line is usually considered to be a universally good thing, but I always wonder if the team would have been better off if they could have gotten a shot instead. That wonder tends to increase when a free throw gets missed. To put it another way, if you had the option of declining free throws and getting the ball with a new shot clock instead, would it be advantageous to do so or is it always better to go to the line (aside from obvious situations like being down 3 with only a few seconds remaining)?”

Tennessee’s bruising duo faces a tough task against Kentucky, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “Tennessee’s muscle is Jarnell Stokes (once called Wes Unseld Jr. by an admiring Trent Johnson, the former LSU coach) and Jeronne Maymon, who sat out last season as he recovered from major surgery to his left knee. UT lists each at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds. Each is counted upon to score and, perhaps more importantly, rebound around the basket. Each provides a physical presence.”

Former UK backup quarterback Mark Perry is the new football coach Lexington Catholic, reports Mike Fields of the Herald-Leader. The 35-year-old Perry has been the head coach at Central Hardin the last three years.

The Harrison twins are sliding down Chad Ford’s NBA Draft board.

Kentucky faces another high-scoring guard in Jordan McRae when Tennessee comes to Rupp Arena on Saturday, reports Nick Gray of the Kernel. “McRae, sixth in the SEC in scoring, joins a long line of high-scoring guards who the Cats have faced this season. In 13 of UK’s 16 games, the opponent’s leading game scorer has been a guard. Those 13 games include all four of the Cats’ losses.”

UK men’s basketball next five games

  • 01/18/14 vs. Tennessee 12:00 p.m. CBS
  • 01/21/14 vs. Texas A&M 9:00 p.m. ESPN
  • 01/25/14 vs. Georgia 1:30 p.m. SEC
  • 01/28/14 at LSU 9:00 p.m. ESPN
  • 02/01/14 at Missouri 1:00 p.m. CBS

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