Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Wiggins Receive Awards

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Feb 20, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team in the second half of the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky once again found themselves sitting on the outside looking in. The AP top 25 was released and Kentucky was not on it. But they did receive one vote in the coaches poll.

All of these rankings add fuel to the fire as Kentucky fans freak out over whether or not Kentucky will make the NCAA Tournament. As of now, it’s a toss up between which “experts” have them in or out.

CBS’ Chris Palm has them out, Joe Lunardi changes his mind every five minutes, Andy Katz says we’re in, and so it goes. Like Eric Crawford said, don’t worry about these guys and their supposed expert analysis: worry about how the team improves from game to game. As long as Kentucky continues to play with as much fire, passion and effort as they did against Missouri, then we have nothing to worry about.

Kentucky was named as a big winner in the Bubble Watch by NBC Sports:

KentuckyQuite a turnaround from last Saturday, eh? The Wildcats knocked off Missouri in overtime on Gameday, picking up their best win of the season and, thanks to Ole Miss losing to South Carolina, giving them their only top 50 win. Missouri struggles on the road, but those neutral court wins over VCU and Illinois sure look good right now. Kentucky is anything but a lock for a bid, there’s now a chance they can sneak in without beating Florida. Perhaps more important is the fact that Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin finally showed up. UK is trending the right direction. Finally.

February 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino claps against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at the Sun Dome. Louisville Cardinals defeated the South Florida Bulls 59-41. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

And last for today, Rick Pitino still cannot get over leaving Kentucky for Boston.

The former Kentucky coach and current Louisville coach had a lot to say in an interview with The Ticket 790 in Miami. Hosts Dan LeBatard and Stan Van Gundy asked if Pitino regrets anything about the pros. Here is his response:

No. I loved going to the Knicks because we won the Atlantic Division championship. We went from winning 21 games or 19 games to winning 52 games in a short period of time. I loved coaching Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and all those guys. I think I do regret leaving Kentucky because I took over a team with 15 wins banking everything on the Tim Duncan lottery, and once we didn’t get Tim Duncan I realized that leaving Kentucky was not a good move.

They then asked Pitino if he is jealous of his son Richard living in Miami (Richard is the head coach for Florida International and Rick has a home in Miami):

You know, I am very envious. I’m struggling in Louisville right now and he gets to — I am actually — we are practicing at 6:15 in the morning tomorrow and then we are flying, a bunch of us are flying into his last home game against Arkansas-Little Rock. I am really, really excited for him. Miami is suddenly a hot bed for pro and college basketball and I never thought 15-20 years ago I could ever say that. It’s really exciting

 

Notice how he says that he is struggling in Louisville and then quickly changes the subject. This isn’t a big deal, but I always like pointing out that Rick views his glory years as the years he spent at Kentucky, not the years he is spending in Da Ville.

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