Big Blue Links for Monday:
Kentucky loses 63-62 to Dominican Republic in final game of Big Blue Bahamas Tour, reports Jerry Tipton. “In six games against older and more seasoned players, Kentucky trailed in second halves for only 66 seconds. And then, on each of these two occasions, by only one point. Unfortunately for those addicted to bottom-line, win-or-lose considerations, about 2.5 of those seconds came at the end of Sunday’s windup to UK’s exhausting nine-day, six-game exhibition series in the Bahamas. Jack Michael Martinez’s fadeaway from the middle of the lane with 2.5 seconds left gave the Dominican Republic National Team a 63-62 victory.”
Tight ends get the hardest spot in Kentucky offense, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader. “You gotta learn the passing game; you’ve gotta learn the running game, you’ve gotta learn the protection,” tight ends coach Vince Marrow said. “So there’s a lot of things you’ve gotta learn. A lot of people don’t realize how important tight end is to the offense.”
John Calipari said he couldn’t leave UK, not even for LeBron, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. “They came back because it was good for them and their careers and they knew they needed more developing and coaching,” Calipari said. “That was by me. That’s what they wanted. So that made it a tough deal to say, ‘I’m just going to leave these guys here.’ With who? It may be somebody I don’t know that wouldn’t do the things for them that they needed to do.”
Top UK target Jaylen Brown hints at a spring decision, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. “Top UK basketball recruit Jaylen Brown told D1Circuit.com on Saturday that he was leaning toward waiting until after his senior season to make a college decision. Brown — a 6-foot-7 small forward from Georgia — has told the Herald-Leader and other media outlets over the past few months that he was planning to make a decision sooner rather than later. UK, UCLA, Kansas and Georgia are among the schools at the top of his list.”
More notes from the Bahamas, by Tipton. “Kentucky played back-to-back-to-back games twice here. That’s not what Calipari preferred. ‘What I wanted to do is two games, a day off, two games, a day off, two games and leave,’ the UK coach said. ‘But TV forced it to three and three, which I knew would be difficult. So we just left it and said, ‘OK, we’ll do that.'”
Herald-Leader photo gallery from Sunday’s UK-Dominican Republic game.
Anthony Davis crashes into the crowd to save a loose ball in Team USA’s win over Brazil on Friday night. Davis scored 20 points.