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Final Four Saturday: Can Florida, Kentucky Make It An All-SEC Championship?

gfx-hoops-round-up2UConn vs Florida

1. Huge key for the Gators - “how well Florida plays inside could determine whether Florida makes its fourth trip to a national title game under head coach Billy Donovan.”

2. How does Florida feel about playing in cavernous AT&T Stadium?  Michael Frazier II: “It doesn’t really bother me. It’s still the same distance from the hoop.”

3. Mike DeCourcy on Billy Donovan: ”He’s already got as many NCAA championships as Dean Smith, Denny Crum, Hank Iba and his mentor, Rick Pitino.”

4. “If Florida or UConn win it all, it could be the first time since the NBA draft began in 1947 that the NCAA champion does not have a player in the first round.” 

Kentucky vs Wisconsin

5. A remarkable turnaround for Kentucky in less than a month: “The same fans who’d grown weary of this talented team’s underachievement have fallen fully in back in love with it.”

6. “In the seven games since spending a few days with his dad, (Kentucky guard) Aaron (Harrison)  has averaged 16.6 points and has hit 22 of 44 threes.

7. John Calipari on his program:  ”We have had 17 players drafted…Every one of them in the league right now. ”

8. More Calipari: “The job at Kentucky ages you.”


9. John Feinstein: “(S)adly, this event isn’t as big of a deal for the players as it used to be.”

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UK’s Calipari To Wear A Red Coat In Honor Of A Major Cats Booster

john-calipari-mug-shotWhen you spy the basketball coach for a major Kentucky basketball program sporting a bright red sportcoat this winter, it won’t be ex-Louisville coach Denny Crum.  It will be current Kentucky coach John Calipari who’ll be wearing the bright color — the color of the rival Cardinals (gasp) — as a tribute to a major UK booster who passed away last week.

Richard J. Corman sent the plane to Memphis that picked up the current Wildcat coach and brought him to Lexington for his introductory press conference.  He owned the RJ Corman Railroad Group — whose main color was red – and was a sizable donor to UK and its athletic department.  He passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer.

Yesterday, at the end of a rather eloquent pair of notes about his friend, Calipari posted the following on his website:


“I always said I would never wear red, but in honor of my friend, I’m going to wear a Rick Corman red jacket to one or more games this season.  It’s the second color I said I would never wear but ended up doing (brown was the other), but I promise I will never wear orange.  Oh, and it won’t be for the Louisville game either.”


If he’s the coach at your school, you love him.  If he’s the coach at another school, you just know he’s guilty of something.

Like him or not, there’s no denying that Calipari often wears his heart on his sleeve, whether it’s raising relief money for Hurricane Sandy or Haitian earthquake victims.  And in this case, his sleeves will be made of a bright red fabric.

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