I know I am getting a bit ahead of myself, but it appears that Kentucky does have something to play for this weekend after all, in regards to NCAA seeding. Right now, Joe Lunardi of Espn has them as a four seed but he admits that they could end up anywhere from a three to five seed in the Big Dance. The LHL’s Jerry Tipton got this information from Mr. Bracketology himself.
If you have not read the Sports Illustrated article on John Calipari, take an hour or so today and read it. The Cats are not playing today and it is a fascinating article. One big question or revelation from the article now cast aspersions on what I thought was a pretty good story. I am talking about the story myth that Rick Pitino ponied up $5000 of his own money to assure that Calipari was hired at UMass. Well…. it looks like that all may be lies….
And Nathan, the Minutemen’s booster, and others have told Calipari for years that Pitino’s story of helping him get the UMass job and contributing to his salary is a myth. Instead, Nathan says, the search committee narrowed the pool to Shyatt and Calipari, voted and then threw the final decision to David Bischoff, dean of the school of physical education. “The vote was, I believe, three to two in favor of Larry Shyatt,” Nathan says. “And I can tell you that Rick Pitino was not one of the two people who voted for John Calipari.”
Wong says of Pitino’s version, “That’s not my recollection.” Bischoff says that he never heard of a budget shortfall. McInerney died last May. Told of the search committee’s comments, Pitino says he remembers no such vote and insists, “I didn’t care who they hired, Calipari or Shyatt. The guy I would’ve loved to see was Stu Jackson.”
One of the keys for Kentucky’s recent turnaround play has been the defensive improvement of Doron Lamb. Lamb has played a big part in controlling John Jenkins and Scotty Hopson the last couple of games. It is a bit of a tradeoff on his offensive play, but in the end, John Calipari seems to think that it is a good tradeoff to have. It’s a really slow Thursday morning in anticipation of the Cats taking the floor tomorrow, so lets give Doron double the love for his improved defense.
And before I leave for the day, I figured it’s a good time to wrack your brain and give you something to think about. I have some Kentucky SEC Tournament trivia courtesy of our very own Corey Price. Here goes:
Which Wildcat never missed a free throw during the SEC Tournament? He appeared in 12 tourney games and went a cool 27-27 from the line.
Answer will be in the 5 tomorrow.