John Calipari will pay for two students tuition at tonight’s Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Blue/White game

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At this point, I hate using the phrase “John Calipari gets it” … but I don’t know what else to say, but John Calipari gets it.

And this is why UK fans has a near obsession/man crush on Calipari.

And for two lucky students at tonight’s Blue/White game, John Calipari will pay for their spring tuition. Yes, I know, it’s a marketing ploy to get more students to the game, but it’s a hell of a marketing ploy. Remember when UL offered cheap beer for their fans last year? John Calipari is paying for someone’s future … out of his own pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what happens tonight, the results of the Blue/White game are not a true predictor of the upcoming season. In other words, have fun, enjoy the game, and don’t get too pumped when Brian Long drops 32 points. Here is a look at past Blue/White games.

 

Last year Kyle Wiltjer led all Blue-White scorers with 28 points. In the season’s final four games, he scored a total of 24 points. He averaged 7.3 points in two UK seasons before transferring to Gonzaga this past summer.

Terrence Jones averaged 40.5 points in the Blue-White games of 2010 and 2011. Six weeks after scoring 52 in 2011, he barely had a pulse at Indiana (four points, one rebound, six turnovers).

The Blue-White game has caused even UK Coach John Calipari to make a faulty inference. When Josh Harrellson grabbed 26 rebounds in the 2010 Blue-White Game, Calipari joked that Kentucky must have a problem controlling the boards.

Har-dee-har-har.

After Harrellson tweeted his exasperation, Calipari punished the player with extra workouts. Because of the extra workouts or because the Blue-White rebounds showed a much-improved player, Harrellson posted three double-doubles in UK’s eight post-season games the following March.

 

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Not to put a damper on anyone’s Blue/White game, but it appears that Kentucky may be losing their grasp on Stanley Johnson.

 

Kentucky fans feeling pessimistic about their chances of landing top recruit Stanley Johnson got a little more reason for worry Monday night.

247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer had been predicting that Johnson would ultimately commit to UK. He’s now picking Arizona.

Meyer tweeted that he switched his pick based on “recent intel I’ve received.” Johnson’s Crystal Ball page on the 247Sports site now shows 53 percent predicting Arizona, 41 percent predicting UK and 6 percent siding with Southern Cal.

Johnson — a Fullerton, Calif., native — has already taken official visits to Arizona and UK. He’s planning a trip to Southern Cal for this weekend. No college decision is expected until January.

 

With Kelly Oubre slipping away, this could be a big problem. As this is not a January decision, I would not worry too much yet.

 

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