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BBL: Why weren’t more there for Senior Day?

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Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger: “But why were there fewer than 20,000 fans in the stadium when UK’s 16 seniors were honored Saturday before the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt That’s a topic we debated on WLAP during our Sunday Morning Sports Show and I asked for fans to let us know what happened. Some suggested the early start. Some suggested lack of interest in a team that was not entertaining enough. Some suggested UK had done too many things to alienate fans by raising ticket and parking prices.”

Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune: “The Kentucky-UP matchup came about after the Wildcats landed the 6-8 Jones, who on Monday was named Southeastern Conference freshman of the week. Jones blistered East Tennessee State with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 35 minutes last Friday in the opener for Kentucky (1-0). “They wanted to have a game back here in Terrence’s hometown,” Reveno says. “For our program, building our reputation in Portland and competing against the best in the country and preparing ourselves for the tough West Coast Conference, we thought it was the perfect fit.”

Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel: “The crowd wanted Jarrod Polson to shoot the ball. The swelling noise was urging him – imploring him – to hoist up a shot. Polson was one step inside the halfcourt line. “I could hear it,” Polson said of the Rupp Arena crowd after the Dillard game. “It kind of makes you a little more nervous. But it was pretty cool.”

Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader: “Without citing sources, a national sports blog reported Sunday night that University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart is a finalist for the same position at the University of Kansas. In a statement released through UK, Barnhart, a Kansas native, said he has not been formally contacted by the University of Kansas.”

Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal: “University of Kentucky cornerback Martavius Neloms will be suspended for the first half of the Wildcats’ season finale at Tennessee per an NCAA ejection rule, but he will not face further punishment from the Southeastern Conference. Neloms and Vanderbilt wide receiver Udom Umoh were ejected from the Wildcats’ 38-20 win against the Commodores after a fourth-quarter altercation.”

Ken Howlett of A Sea of Blue: “In the ever-changing world of college football, where the trend in desirable talent is heading toward the bigger, faster, stronger player, Cobb stands out as a man unblessed with the physical attributes most sought after by today’s college football coaches — Perhaps that is the reason the University of Tennessee, only 14 miles from Cobb’s hometown, opted not to recruit the homegrown star until it was too late.”

Paul Jordan of Wildcat Blue Nation: “As we know, Enes Kanter was declared ineligible by the NCAA. And he still has the opportunity to appeal the decision. Whether Kanter plays or not this year, he is more than likley a one year player for UK. Even if he is able to play for UK later this year, he is expected to be a one and done player. So in effect, as of now, it looks as if UK has one more scholarship for 2011. So who is going to fill that slot?”

Michael Lee of the Washington Post: “The probability that John Wall will miss his first NBA game Tuesday against Toronto seemed more likely on Monday as he moved around the halls of Verizon Center on crutches, unable to apply any pressure on the left foot he sprained two days before in Chicago. The crutches were an escalation from the protective walking boot he wore as he left United Center, weary from chasing around Derrick Rose during a 103-96 loss to the Bulls.”

Wildcat-Den writes: “If Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to know about Portland, he could give former UK coach Tubby Smith a call in order to find out more information on the Cats’ first opponent. Smith, now the coach at Minnesota, was one of 21 teams the Pilots defeated last season. Also included in a stack of school-record 21 wins was a win over UCLA. Portland has won its first three games of the season this year, including an 89-75 victory over Florida Atlantic last weekend.”

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