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Kentucky NBA Prospects Ready For 2014 Draft

People who follow the Kentucky Wildcats have to be pretty pleased with so many players opting to return to school. Guys like Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison all had chances to be first-round picks if they declared. Instead, the focus is now on those who are eligible for the upcoming draft. 

There are 2 potential lottery picks, and they could take off in fantasy basketball at the NBA right away if they land on the right team.

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A Matchup Nightmare for Louisville

A Matchup Nightmare for Louisville

The Vegas booking line currently has Louisville by 5.5 over Kentucky on Friday. I think that has a lot to do with novice betters throwing "easy" money at taking an under seeded 4 seed (per the media narrative) over on a lowly 8 seed that struggles to play as a team. This game will be close but I think Kentucky wins by 5. Here is why:

1) So much for the emphasis on calling touch fouls. Since the tournament began, the refs have put their whistle in the pocket. Kentucky's starting 5 is...

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Cats Fall Short in SEC, Get 8 Seed in Tourney

Cats Fall Short in SEC, Get 8 Seed in Tourney

All in all, it was a good weekend for John Calipari and the young Kentucky Wildcats.

Even after falling in a heartbreaker to Florida in the SEC championship game, there are nothing but positives to take away from the trip to Atlanta.

Consider the following:

• In wins over LSU and Georgia, Kentucky showed considerably more energy, hustle and team chemistry than they have for most of the season.

• The offense showed flashes of explosiveness in all three SEC tournament games. In the LSU...

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Calipari’s Future, SEC Tourney Edition

Calipari’s Future, SEC Tourney Edition

Going to the New York Knicks would be an epic disaster for John Calipari. I think that Phil Jackson and Cal are just not a sensible marriage. With that said, Calipari's recent quote about how UK just needed an offensive "tweak" to get their swag back is exhibit A on what is so maddening about this coach. The guy is still out slinging snake oil even when it is clear that he hasn't done his job well recently.

The preferred way to handle things, in our humble estimation, would be to say...

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Big Blue Nation Souring on This Year’s Team

1) This team is not responding to Cal. And he is going to give himself a coronary on the sidelines. Something is not clicking. The team played better in the South Carolina game after Cal was ejected. All he is doing is screaming this year. This team needs coaching. It is obvious to me that that the players have tuned him out, and when Robic took over and actually coached calmly, the team looked like the pressure was off and played better.

2) I like the Dribble Drive when it is played...

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Thoughts & Impressions as We Enter March

It is obvious that Marcus Lee is just too weak to be big contributor this year. He is an incredible athlete but he gets shoved around on the block and has no outside jumper. Don’t let the incredible dunks fool you as he will likely get exposed defensively during a game this year despite being a hustler who actually works hard in practice. I think, most recruiting analysts predicted a 3 year stay for Lee. He was rated so high because he is an athletic freak (40 plus vertical) with huge upside,...

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Cats Land 5 Star Charles Matthews

Cats Land 5 Star Charles Matthews

Perhaps it has become so common that it is expected, but to little surprise, Kentucky picked up another huge commitment this week with class of 2015 shooting guard Charles Matthews.

Matthews may reclassify to 2014 and enter school next year, but regardless of when he shows up in Lexington, he is expected to make an impact. 

He is rated in the top 15 by Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports, and is a consensus 5 star player. 

Here is what ESPN has to say about him:

“Matthews is a long and...

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5 Straight Years of 20 Wins or More for Calipari

After Kentucky's road drubbing of Ole Miss became official, Kentucky crossed a lightly discussed milestone. 

The Cats notched their 20th win of the season Tuesday night, meaning all five of John Calipari's Kentucky teams have pulled off the feat. 

The 2013-14 edition still has five regular season games plus the SEC and (probable) NCAA tourneys to play in, so the likelihood is high that this number will increase.

Though most of the Big Blue Nation takes 20 wins for granted, we want to...

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Florida Crushes Kentucky’s Spirit

UK can beat Florida. But it won't be until after they graduate their 3 studs this year.

We can complain about the phantom Technical but UK wilted the last 5 minutes. They were scared and Florida wasn't. This team just doesn't have it. 3pt shooting is inconsistent, FT shooting is atrocious, and the team plays like prima donnas, instead of a team. This collection of prima donnas simply does not play hard.

I say now, that UK loses at Ole Miss, wins the next 4, and then loses by 20 at...

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UK-Florida: Tale of the Tape

UK-Florida: Tale of the Tape

Unquestionably the biggest game of the season for Kentucky. At least until the next time they play Florida in a few weeks.

ESPN Gamenight will be in attendance in Rupp Arena. The 9 pm tip ensures that the crowd will be lubricated adequately.

There has already been more national media focus on this game than any other UK tilt since conference season got started. In fact, ESPN’s basketball power index rating says that this matchup has the highest “quality rating” of any other game for the...

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Kentucky Tops Auburn in Ugly Bout

Kentucky Tops Auburn in Ugly Bout

The Cats continue to roll in the SEC despite two consecutive sloppy performances (the previous being last Saturday's game against Mississippi State). This time Kentucky outlasted Auburn despite some cold shooting from the floor.

UK shot only 31% from the field, but it was enough to best a lowly Auburn squad that is now 11-11 overall and 3-8 in the SEC. 

Kentucky now moves to 9-2 in conference heading into this upcoming Saturday's showdown with nationally ranked No. 3 Florida, which is...

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UK Gets Resume Win Over Lousiville

They needed that. 

Really that is all you can say after Kentucky got a hard fought win over hated in-state rival Louisville. 

Saturday's big win was also evidence that Kentucky can win an important game without Julius Randle playing his best. 

When the Harrison twins and James Young play well, there is no limit to what this team can do. UK has the horses inside, able to throw big athletic bodies at opponents in waves. But the attitude, hustle and consistency of the backcourt is what has...

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Tar Heels Out-Fight Wildcats

North Carolina was just too tough for Kentucky and its lineup of young bucks.

You can see on Coach Calipari’s face that he is growing impatient with his young team, even this early in a young season.

The Tar Heels, not sporting one of their most talented teams of the Roy Williams era, managed this win while missing 19 free throws and having seven shots blocked.

UNC has already knocked off a pair of top 10 teams in Louisville and Michigan State, so this wasn’t a fluke. But we expect...

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Cats Fall to Baylor Bears for Second Straight Year

The Baylor game was awful. It was clear that UK had more talent against a very physically talented team. But this team is lost and cannot play as a team right now. My observations.

1) UK becomes a lost plodder against a zone. Outside shooting is ok, but overall the team because clueless and lacks ball movement. Every team from here on out is going to zone UK. If they do not adapt, they will lose 10 games IMO and be an early out in the Tourney.

2) I think the team bought into the 40-0 hype...

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Comments on UK’s Loss to Sparty

My comments after sleeping on the loss.

1) Ft shooting on the year 65%; 3pt shooting is at 30%. Has to get better or this team is beatable in a one and out game. With the new foul rules, this team will go to the line 30+ times every game. They cannot keep giving away free points.

2) This team obviously bought the hype. All the stories/narratives about 40-0. It was reported that the Harrison Twins were commenting before the game that Jay Campbell said they were the greatest assembly of...

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