Afternoon Linkage: Kentucky takes the throne
January, 19, 2010
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com
- Texas' loss proved at least one thing to MSNBC's Mike Miller: There are no dominant teams in 2009-10. I might revise that to say there are five or six dominant teams and then a really steep decline after that, but that might be splitting hairs. The bottom line is that, for all the talent at the top of the pool this season, there is no 2008-09 North Carolina in the mix. Everyone in the top seven or eight teams, from Kentucky on down, has a shot (some better than others, but you get the idea).
- Speaking of Kentucky, John Calipari's "Hoops For Haiti" raised over $1 million -- $1 million! -- for disaster relief in earthquake-torn Haiti. The telethon lasted five hours, and Calipari did all of the emcee work. If basketball ever becomes non-viable for Coach Cal, a future as the next Jerry Lewis seems entirely within his grasp.
- Oh, and speaking of Kentucky, the Cats are your last unbeaten team in the country.
- Oh, and speaking of Kentucky, Kentucky is openly asking its fans for a large turnout for College Gameday on Feb. 13. Dudes. You're talking to Kentucky fans. They're probably already sleeping in tents for College Gameday. I don't think you need to do the old carrot-and-stick routine here.
- Oh, and speaking of Kentucky, Rush The Court has a pretty good summary of why I just linked Kentucky four times in a row. Because everything is going right in Lexington, and nothing is going wrong.
- There were some excellent signs in the background of Saturday's College Gameday broadcast, and That Fan has some screenshots therein.
- Jim Calhoun says his team is in games, but they need to finish, or it's "not going to be the postseason we want." Oh, come on. Who doesn't want the NIT?
- In the ESPN world, Andy Katz has more postmortem from last night's Kansas State win, while ESPN gambling expert Chad Millman gives tips on how to bet wisely on college hoops. Not that you would actually bet your money on college athletics. No one does that, right? Of course not!
- Scottie Reynolds: more efficient than ever as a senior. Insert something about Scottie Reynolds being awesome ... here. Because Scottie Reynolds is freaking awesome.
- Meanwhile, Seth Davis has a breakdown of bubble teams that helped themselves, that received help, and that can help themselves with big wins this week.
- Bone up on your mid-majors with some midseason blog power rankings.
- What is the saying, Ms. Von Hammersmark? If the shoe fits, you must wear it? Cristoph Waltz totally deserved his Golden Globe (not that the Golden Globes matter, but if someone has to win one, Cristoph Waltz should be that person) and Mark Titus totally deserves some sort of blogging lifetime achievement award for revealing that teammate William Buford "remembered to pack his Martin DVDs and his box of Fruit Gushers, but somehow couldn’t remember to pack his game shoes" for Ohio State's win over Purdue. Titus lent Buford his shoes, and the rest -- a come-from-behind Ohio State win in West Lafayette last week -- is history.