Big Blue Links for Friday:
Really good story from the H-L’s Jerry Tipton about Caliparanoia. The UK basketball coach needs villains and enemies to fuel his drive. Thus his “overanalyzation” remarks after Tuesday’s win over Ole Miss. Calipari claimed that this UK basketball team is the most overanalyzed team in the history of sports. As one commentator put it, Kentucky wasn’t the most overanalyzed team in the past week. That would be the Denver Broncos.
Mark Story asks whether UK’s recruiting success is flipping the balance of football power in the state between Kentucky and Louisville. The latter has had the upper hand, but the departure of Charlie Strong appears to have hurt the Cards’ recruiting efforts this year.
I was surprised by the way Georgia handled LSU 91-78 last night in Athens. “As we build our team, our program, you have to have belief in yourself. You have to have belief through adversity,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We had a tough 10 days where we didn’t play very well, and we stuck it out, hung together, kept getting better, went back to work this week, and we beat a terrific basketball team.” And what to make of LSU, which seemed to be on a roll?
Cincinnati stretched its winning streak to 15 straight with a 63-58 win over visiting Connecticut. The good news for Mick Cronin was that 12,432 fans showed up at the Fifth Third Arena, the largest crowd of the season. Sean Kilpatrick had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Bearcats, who are for real.
Ole Miss released a football signee who just happened to sign with two other schools.
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News weighs in on Calipari’s “is it their opinion or is it their hope?” comment. Kentucky’s drop from 11th to 18th in the polls — Duke moved up from 18th to 11th after going 1-1, as well — got Calipari’s blood pressure boiling. And Calipari is in the process of building up his team’s confidence.
New NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to raise the league’s age limit to 20. I’m not confident that will happen, however.