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Calipari to Touch Players More (Say What?)

Part of four-step plan in preparation for upcoming tournament run By Dr. John Huang (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Surely you’ve heard about THE GRIND. Coaches talk all the time about it, and players dread being caught up in it. THE GRIND is when the season drags on—those dog days of February

Sestina Shines in the ‘Palace That Pete Built’

By Dr. John Huang The Pete Maravich Assembly Center, or PMAC, was named for one of my childhood heroes. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. After all, every little boy growing up in the 60s who loved basketball wanted to be “Pistol Pete.” Oh, he of the long hair and floppy socks—a ball

It’s Hard

By Dr. John Huang (LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky head coach John Calipari has hinted on numerous occasions how difficult it is to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. “This place isn’t for everybody,” we’ve heard him scream repeatedly. “All this stuff of ‘I’ve got to get out of here in

Memorial Magic (meh)

By Dr. John Huang Kentucky rallies in second half for 78-64 win over Vanderbilt Do you believe in magic? I’m talking about “Memorial Magic”—that mystical, paranormal, and supernatural aura that supposedly encompasses Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium. Built in 1952 as the campus memorial to Vanderbilt students and alumni killed in WWII, this basketball venue is as weird

Nothing Sucks Like a Big Orange

photo credit Keith Taylor By Dr. John Huang (KNOXVILLE, Tn) – Napoleon had his Waterloo. Custer had his Little Big Horn. For John Calipari and his 15th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, the scene of their demise has always seemed like Thompson-Boling Arena. “Jeez, we’ve won some down there,” Calipari retorted, when asked at his pregame press conference why it

Richards and Montgomery Ready for Big Orange

By Dr. John Huang Die-hard Kentucky fans know that Knoxville is a hard place to play. For whatever reason, Kentucky never seems to win in Thompson-Boling Arena. Dating back to the days of Ernie and Bernie, victories over Tennessee have been too few and far between. After their stellar performances against Mississippi

The Best Job in America

By Dr. John Huang Kentucky assistant basketball coach is a dream position for many (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Doesn’t everyone want to be Tony Barbee? The Kentucky assistant, currently in his sixth year with the Wildcats, laughed when asked what it felt like to have the best job in America. “Being a coach in general

Wanna Ruin Another Weekend?

By Dr. John Huang They say that everything’s bigger in Texas. I can confirm it—especially when it comes to basketball games. The Kentucky Wildcats—behind another BIG 25-point, 14-rebound, 4-block performance by Nick Richards—traveled down to Lubbock and handed the Texas Tech Red Raiders a BIG 76-74 defeat on their own home

One-Half and Done

By Dr. John Huang By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the news that Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney has decided to leave the University of Kentucky Basketball team. Whitney, a 6’6” 210-lb forward from Chicago, was a consensus five-star recruit and the 11th-ranked player overall in the 2019 class. Whitney announced his decision