While no games are on tap for the night, there is still a lot of news and tidbits out there with regards to the basketball and football teams. While wrapping up a big weekend for the basketball team, John Calipari and company look forward to tomorrow’s match up with Tennessee at Rupp. Tennessee played Kentucky tough down in Knoxville, but it is going to be a tall task for the Volunteers to knock off Kentucky at home. Is it possible? Sure. Jimmy Dykes probably thinks Jarnell Stokes can carry the load on his own with one hand behind his back and no team stretching. On to the notes:
- Kentucky remains the #1 team in the country for the second consecutive week as the polls were released this afternoon. They were a unanimous choice receiving all 31 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
- Florida comes in at 11th in the polls, while Mississippi State shows up at #17. These are the only three teams in the top 25.
- In the AP poll, Kentucky picked up 63 of 65 first place votes to stay at #1 in the AP poll.
- The women’s basketball team came in this week at #6, the same place they sat last week. Matthew Mitchell is flat getting it done right now with this team. They are a lot of fun to watch.
- During today’s SEC teleconference, LSU head coach Trent Johnson said that he will discipline Malcolm White, the player who was ejected for intentionally fouling Anthony Davis on Saturday. Johnson said, “It was very disturbing. It’s one thing to be physical, but it’s another thing to be stupid. That was stupid.” Johnson also said that he apologized to Calipari immediately after the altercation.
- Johnson also said, “If Terrence is going to show up and play like that, they need to crown them right now.” Sounds good to me.
- Calipari briefly showed up on the conference call as well. Regarding the next two games coming up, Tennessee and South Carolina, he said, “both teams that are not going to fear us.” South Carolina, of course, knocked off Kentucky off on their home floor two seasons ago when Kentucky was #1.
- When asked about red shirt transfer Ryan Harrow, Calipari told reporters that Harrow has gotten stronger and is starting to put things together. He also said he’s a little bit better shooter than Marquis Teague, but compared him to a mix of Teague and Brandon Knight.
- The football team lost two big targets this weekend. Cincinnati Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris has committed to Michigan State after Madaris had 56 catches for 1,137 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Another wide receiver out of Auburn, Ala., Cody Core, picked Mississippi after previously committing to Troy.
- Pat Towles will officially sign his Letter of Intent to attend the University of Kentucky Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Highlands High School.
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