Posted on: January 3, 2010 9:45 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- I'm about to head to the airport and fly home after 36 hours in Lexington that included a fun basketball game played Saturday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky remained undefeated with a 71-62 victory over Louisville, meaning the top three of the Top 25 (and one) -- No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Texas -- will remain intact while Purdue finally cracks my top four.
(Better late than never, right?)
Who's No. 5?
It'll be Duke if the Blue Devils handle Clemson tonight.
Otherwise, it's probably Villanova.
Either way, that's tonight.
Till then, wish me safe travels.
Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:12 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- All done here at FedExForum, about to head home for the night.
No big New Year's plans.
But I do have big plans for Jan. 2.
I'm catching a flight in the morning to Lexington, where I'll cover Saturday's game between Kentucky and Louisville. Should be a fun environment, and hopefully it'll be an entertaining game. I'm looking forward to it, either way. And I'll check back here when I land.
Posted on: December 29, 2009 2:09 pm
Louisville-Kentucky is always a big deal. But when you throw in that it's now Rick Pitino vs. John Calipari, and that the Wildcats are among the best teams in the nation, and that Pitino was part of a pretty wild extortion case this offseason, and that nobody probably enjoyed that more than Calipari, and that college basketball's best player (John Wall) will be involved, well, what you get is a blockbuster event.
As proof, check the list of credentialed media that'll be at Saturday's game.
And remember, this is just a list of the credentials granted .
Many, many more were requested.
But Rupp Arena only holds so many people, you know.
LIST OF CREDENTIALED MEDIA FOR LOUISVILLE-KENTUCKY
Posted on: November 19, 2009 6:22 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2009 6:30 pm
Tobias Harris, as expected, committed to Tennessee on Thursday.
"I really have a great relationship with Coach [Bruce] Pearl and his assistant coach [Tony] Jones," Harris said. "It's just a family atmosphere down there. I got along with the players real well, and it's just a great opportunity and fit for me."
MaxPreps.com ranks Harris No. 21 in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot-8 forward joins Trae Golden (No. 59) and Jordan McRae (No. 87) to comprise a three-player class that should be among the Top 15 classes nationally when team recruiting rankings are finalized.
Harris is from New York.
He also had offers from Syracuse, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Louisville and West Virginia.
Posted on: November 17, 2009 10:58 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2009 11:02 pm
ST. LOUIS -- Louisville took 38 3-pointers, made 15 of them. And though those numbers are inflated because Arkansas played a soft 2-3 zone out of necessity, they aren't numbers you're guaranteed to never see again.
"We're a great shooting team," Rick Pitino said afterward.
At this point, there's no reason to argue.
The Cardinals took advantage of an Arkansas team down five players (suspended for various reasons) and cruised to a 96-66 season opening victory in the first game of this double-header here at the Scottrade Center. It was the type of debut that suggested the Cardinals haven't been distracted by their wacky offseason, and the best part is that the 15 3-pointers were spread throughout the team.
Jerry Smith and Reginald Delk each sank four.
Preston Knowles hit three.
Edgar Sosa and Jared Swopshire both hit two.
Add it up, and that's five players who hit at least two 3-pointers.
And that's why these revamped Louisville Cardinals could be tough to handle this season.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 5:17 pm
Bodog.com likes Kansas and Kentucky just as much as I like Kansas and Kentucky .
I visited the gambling site not because I'm a gambler, but because I wanted see the championship odds for certain schools. What I found is that Kansas (4-to-1) is the favorite followed by Kentucky (5-to-1). North Carolina (15-to-2) is third. Then it's Duke (10-to-1), Michigan State (12-to-1), Louisville (12-to-1), Texas (12-to-1), and Villanova (12-to-1).
Click this link (and scroll down) to check it out.
Posted on: October 12, 2009 6:09 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 6:12 pm
There is still no indication that Louisville's Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings will be disciplined in a public and meaningful way for getting arrested this weekend, which is further evidence that the whole Karen Sypher Saga has put Rick Pitino in a tough spot.
Seriously, what can he do?
If he doesn't suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for not disciplining players.
But if he does suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for being, well, a hypocrite.
It's the classic no-win situation, and that's why acting as though the admitted affair with Sypher (and the abortion that followed it) wouldn't affect Pitino's ability to coach was short-sighted. My thought was always that, going forward, Pitino would have a hard time telling players how to act away from the gym because they'd unquestionably think of how he acted away from the gym, and if Pitino wasn't disciplined for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal then how could he discipline players for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal?
It's a tricky situation, obviously.
And that's why I expect Smith and Jennings to start the season as planned, because to suspend them would almost certainly cause a rift Louisville doesn't need. By handling this internally, Pitino can express his disappointment with Smith and Jennings while simultaneously playing the but-I've-got-your-back/we're-all-in-this-circus-together card. And at this point that's probably Pitino's best move, the lesser of two bads, sad as that might seem.
Posted on: October 11, 2009 8:13 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2009 8:16 pm
The following headlines can be found on our college basketball page right now:
And this really has been a wild offseason for the Louisville program, hasn't it?