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CBS' Gary Parrish makes a valid argument this morning, and Kentucky's rowdy fans aren't going to like it: John Calipari hasn't exactly denied the burgeoning rumors about the New Jersey Nets job, and if the Nets came calling, Cal would have to take the call, right? Calipari's response to the rumors left plenty of wiggle room: "I'm happy," Calipari said. "This school is committed. As long as they're committed to me and this basketball program, where would I want to go?" Factor in the possibility that the Nets could get the No. 1 overall pick -- and Calipari could keep coaching John Wall -- along with the possibility of signing sudden Kentucky booster LeBron James AND redeeming himself for his previous failure at the pro level, well, yeah. The Nets job isn't out of the question, is it?
Meet Shirtless Bill, Utah State's portly and suddenly legendary free throw distraction extraordinaire.
Rutgers stunned a top 10 Georgetown team on Sunday, which probably means more for Rutgers than it does for Georgetown. Georgetown's still a good team prone to the occasional letdown; we knew these things already. Rutgers, on the other hand, might have saved coach Fred Hill's job.
In other Big East news, Dominique Jones made a bold prediction on his Facebook page late last week: "To all the USF fans who continue to ask and comment about the [Notre Dame] game – we played in 1 of the hardest places to win – I didn't play well but I'm good for a bad game every 10 – but now we are in full effect – and I guarantee 4 more Big East wins in a row – copyright this quote." We'll see, 'Nique.
Jeff Eisenberg thinks the Tennessee Volunteers found the way to beat Kentucky -- using a 3-2 zone to crowd John Wall, dribbling the air out of the ball, and slowing the game down to a methodical half-court pace. If an injured, shorthanded UT team can hang with Kentucky with 40 minutes with this strategy, it should work for others, too.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun made his return to the Huskies this weekend; meanwhile, a UConn recruit is getting nervous about his commitment to Connecticut, given the uncertainty of Calhoun's future.
John Gasaway on why the Syracuse Orangemen, despite being a very good team, aren't a great one. One major reason? Turnovers.
Billy Donovan is relatively furious after his team's loss to Xavier at home on Saturday, saying the NCAA tournament is basically out of the question for the Gators these days. At least he's honest: "If you're not winning, you're not going to get [to the tournament]," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "So the fact we didn't win creates a situation where we shouldn't even be talking about it. If we win enough games, then maybe we can talk about it."
Probably the best recruit left in the 2010 class, Josh Selby hasn't narrowed his list much, but he apparently disqualified Indiana from the running.
Michigan State will likely debut some new uniforms today; The Only Colors has a cell phone photo.
An argument -- a convincing argument -- for why Lazar Hayward is the Big East's most valuable player.