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1. Kentucky coach John Calipari said Anthony Davis shouldn't be compared to former Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado. Of course, Davis can block shots like Varnado and he had eight in an exhibition game, but Davis is much more of an accomplished offensive player. “He’s 6-10 with a 7-3 wingspan and he can shoot the 3 and dribble the ball and lead the break,’’ Calipari said Sunday. “He’ll block shots but he won’t be the only one with Terrence Jones, Darius Miller, Michael [Kidd-]Gilchrist and Eloy Vargas, too.’’ Calipari said new point guard Marquis Teague continues to impress and is running the transition game well and getting the Wildcats into their sets.
2. Good news came out of Sunday’s Baylor-Virginia scrimmage. Baylor continues to get quality play out of the players expected to produce at a high level like Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller, Pierre Jackson, Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones. Boston College transfer Brady Heslip still needs to get his body ready for playing major minutes. Baylor coach Scott Drew isn’t concerned about Jones missing the first five games. He’ll have Cory Jefferson, Miller, Jones and Acy rotate in for Jones' minutes. “We won’t have real starters since they’ll all play,’’ said Drew, who added that he was extremely impressed with Virginia. The Cavaliers are going to be a high-level ACC squad, perhaps as high as third or fourth.
3. Alabama’s first exhibition game is Monday night against Alabama-Huntsville and the rising Tide need to see how the younger players respond. Coach Anthony Grant said he wants to see what he’s going to get out of freshman guards Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper. Bama, which lost in the NIT final to Wichita State, has two anchors in forwards JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, but desperately needs an infusion of quality play from the perimeter to have a chance to hang around the top third of the SEC.