BBL: Kentucky’s big men battle to improve

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Big Blue Links for Friday:

Kentucky’s bigs are getting busy, reports Tipton. Skal Labissiere and Isaac Humphries are going at it in practice to get better. “The new rules, which are supposed to interpret physical contact as fouls, provide added incentive for big men like Labissiere to be low-post scorers, Calipari said.”

Georgia football beset by bizarre, rumor-filled Thursday, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. “Mark Richt, on the Thursday before this weekend’s SEC game against Kentucky, needed to type out a message with 140 characters or fewer to calm a fan base glued to its laptops and smart phones for the better part of a morning. The reason: From the crack of dawn until 12:07 p.m., message boards and social media lit up with the rumor that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was going to be fired from his position by the end of the afternoon.”

Kentucky football looking for better pass protection, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “So on the bright side: UK’s coaches have been pleased with the Cats’ ability to block the run in recent games, with Kentucky gaining 160-plus yards on the ground last week after not managing that in any of its four previous games.”

Sean Woods is optimistic about Morehead State’s future, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “We’re talented,” the Morehead State men’s basketball coach says of the 2015-16 Eagles. “We’re athletic, we’ve got kids who can play multiple positions. They’re professionals (in their approach). And I don’t have any knuckleheads. It is a group I am really enjoying coaching.”

Labissiere growing more aggressive daily, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. The freshman center is learning how to fight for position under the basket. Calipari said Thursday he likes what Skal can do when he gets the ball on the block.

Kentucky’s bigs are getting busy, reports Tipton. Skal Labissiere and Isaac Humphries are going at it in practice to get better. “The new rules, which are supposed to interpret physical contact as fouls, provide added incentive for big men like Labissiere to be low-post scorers, Calipari said.”

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Georgia AD denies that he wanted to fire Richt last year, reports Seth Emerson of the AJC. Greg McGarity said there is no truth to a USA Today report that he wanted to replace the Georgia football coach at the end of last season. “There isn’t one ounce of truth to that. That is not right,” McGarity said.

John Calipari calls Isaiah Briscoe “a pleasant surprise,” reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “I knew he’d be good,” Calipari said Thursday. “I didn’t know he’d be this good.” Kentucky plays Kentucky State in an exhibition game Friday night at Rupp Arena.

Programming note: I’m will be in Georgia for UK-Georgia football game, so there will not be a liveblog from Friday night’s UK-Kentucky State basketball game.

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