By Shooter Flatch
Posted December 6, 2013, 5:04 pm
Below are the NBA salaries for 25 former Kentucky players, according to their profiles on ESPN.com. Liggins, Azubuike and Crawford are evidently still collecting. The total that the whole group earns this season will be $80,996,161, and the average for the 25 players is $3,239,846.44. Of course, many of these guys will sign max contracts in the next couple of years, and the group's earnings will exceed $100M per year easily.
By Shooter Flatch
Posted December 6, 2013, 2:36 pm
Maybe it is just that I have a chip on my shoulder that Kentucky and Calipari are the subjects of too much “they must be cheating” hogwash. But am I alone in wondering how Baylor has all of a sudden gone from perennial doormat in the Big 12’s major sports to dominating in several sports at the same time?
You can understand John Wall coming to the winningest program in NCAA history to be coached by Derrick Rose’s old coach, right? How is it that Baylor keeps (or for that matter even started) landing top recruits like these:
Isaiah Austin (#4 overall)
Quincy Miller (#7 overall)
Perry Jones (#9 overall)
Not to mention Quincy Acy, Corey Jefferson and several other great recruits the last few years.
Baylor athletics also recently of course had RG3, Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman and was drafted 2nd overall. RG3 was a respected recruit but not a 5-star, though, so his choosing Baylor doesn’t seem quite so fishy. But it isn’t like Baylor is a traditional powerhouse in football either. For Pete’s sake they hired a Kentucky football coach—Guy Morris.
Brittney Griner, another recent Baylor star, was the face of women’s hoops for two years and the most sought-after prospect in the WNBA in a long time. The Baylor women’s team went 40-0, the first-ever team in women’s or men’s basketball to do so.
When Kentucky hauls in top recruits and is successful in basketball, it makes sense, because we’ve always been at the highest levels in that sport, and now we have the hottest coach in the college world. You’d expect our program to shine and get tops recruits. Baylor on the other hand is not a traditional powerhouse in either of the two major sports, but it has mysteriously become one, and very quickly, despite being located in Waco, a town known mostly for David Koresh, and located in a state where it must compete with Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU and others.
I’m just saying--don’t be surprised if it is Baylor that winds up with rumors in the near future for one or more sports. That, or their AD and coaches should be the highest-paid in college sports. Like Vegas springing out of a desert wasteland in the 30s, a former Big-12 doormat is on a rocket trajectory lately.
Posted December 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
Posted November 28, 2013, 12:37 am
The Cats took down Eastern Michigan 81-63 in the final game of the Keightly Classic tonight. The win was the 500th win for Kentucky in Rupp Arena.
It was another ho-hum first half for Kentucky, who went into the break only leading by 3 points. Julius Randle only played seven minutes in the first half after picking up 2 early fouls, and he had 0 points and 1 rebound at half-time. It looked as though his double-double streak was over for sure. But as Lee Corso would say, "NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!" Julius played a monstrous second half and ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
At half-time Ashley Judd sang Happy Birthday to Joe B. Hall as he celebrated his 85th birthday. Perhaps that inspired the team as they came out in the second half and pulled away. Aaron Harrison led the way with 22 points and 7 rebounds, but it was Willie Cauley-Stein who was the star for the Wildcats. Willie scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and tallied a career high 7 blocks in only 25 minutes of action. He was doing everything on both ends of the floor. At one point he swatted an Eastern Michigan shot and then beat everybody down the floor to throw down a two hand jam from a lob. It was by far the best performance of WCS's career. Had he played an additional 10 minutes a triple-double may have been in the cards. Dakari Johnson also played a very efficient game, getting 10 points and 7 rebounds in only ten minutes of playing time.
Coach Cal had a lot of praise for this Cats after the win. He said, "This is the greatest group of kids I've ever coached."
Next up for the Cats is Providence on December 1st at 8:30 ET.
Posted November 23, 2013, 3:57 am
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Posted November 21, 2013, 6:31 pm
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Posted November 20, 2013, 12:41 pm
Last January I posted an article about how the eRUPPtion Zone is on the wrong end of the court. I will paste it below in case you missed it. It was written back when we were riding the nation's longest home court winning streak. The gist of it was that we should have our rowdiest fans on the other end of the court to shake up the other team's free-throw shooters in the second half. Last night there was a shirtless guy with a wrecking ball in the student section. There was also a referee/Beatlejuice outfit beside him.
The idea for the wrecking ball probably came from a Belmont Fan who was shouting Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball lyrics while James McAdoo of North Carolina was shooting a free-throw in the UNC vs Belmont game. By the way, he missed the free-throw... and Belmont ended up winning the game. Who knows how much that miss caused a butterfly effect for the rest of the game. In 2003, 2005, and 2008 a Duke fan skinned down to only his Speedos and danced around during important free-throws from North Carolina. In 2003 jackie Manuel missed both shots. In 2005 Marvin Williams missed both shots. In 2008, Deon Thompson missed one and hit one. The point is, rowdy distracting fans can play a role in breaking concentration and adding extra pressure on the other team's free-throw shooters.
So I ask this question again... let's say we're in a one point game with two seconds left against Loserville, and Russ Smith is stepping to the line for two free-throws. Would you rather him be shooting into a backdrop of our senior citizen fans or into a backdrop of shirtless guy swinging his wrecking ball? This needs to change.
My post from January 24, 2012:
I love Rupp Arena. I also love the eRUPPtion zone. I am all for putting your students and rowdiest fans down as close as possible to the court. However, for the life of me I cannot comprehend why the eRUPPtion zone is on the wrong end of the court! I’ve been complaining about this for the past few years and I’ve never heard anybody else mention it. Wouldn’t you rather have your fans going crazy and trying to make your opponents miss free throws AT THE END OF THE GAME instead of in the first half? Wouldn’t that make more sense?
Because of the location of the eRUPPtion zone the students go nuts during the first half, and then they sit on their hands quietly in the second half when Kentucky shoots free throws. Meanwhile, the visiting team shoots free throws into a back drop of senior citizens. That’s not the way it should be. If we’re in dog fight with a 50 game home court winning streak on the line and our opponent steps to the line for a critical one and one, I want to see a bearded lumberjack straight out of Lord of the Rings going crazy and swinging his ax handle toward the shooter. I want to see giant Fat Heads of PeeWee Herman and Alf bobbing up and down. I want to see hypnotizing spiral spinners and blue Spidermen throwing imaginary webs at the rim. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen this season. Instead, our opponents will calmly sink free throws while old season ticket holder great grandmothers sit there quietly and knit signs that say “I hope you miss it, Sonny”. Let’s start a movement! MOVE THE ERRUPTION ZONE TO THE OTHER END OF THE COURT! Who’s with me?
By Shooter Flatch
Posted November 20, 2013, 12:11 am
We've previously predicted that this was going to be Enes' breakout year. We knew that Cousins and Wall would continue to increase their production. And Eric Bledsoe averaging 20+ game in Phoenix seemed like more than we could ask for.
Well, tonight it is an embarassment of riches for Cats in the NBA. Terrence Jones broke out for Houston, going for 24 points to lead all scorers, plus 9 boards and one assist.
On top of that, with his fellow Phoenix Sun Bledsoe seeing no action tonight, Archie Goodwin stepped in and scored 16 points to go with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Demarcus went for 26 and 11 in the same game, but honesty by now a line like that for Cousins has gotten rather blasé.