Friday’s Sweet 16 Roundup

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger (below) falls while being guarded by Kentucky Wildcats’ DeAndre Liggins (L) and Josh Harrellson (above right) during their NCAA East Regional college basketball game in Newark, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Kansas 77, Richmond 57
Domination.

North Carolina 81, Marquette 63
More domination.

Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60
This game was nip-and-tuck the whole way, but the Buckeyes found themselves down three with under 30 seconds to play. Jon Diebler hit a long three to tie the game, but Brandon Knight responded with an 18-foot jumper to give Kentucky a two-point lead. William Buford got a decent look at the buzzer, but it fell short. Kentucky’s defense was the difference in the game — Ohio State shot just 33% from the field, mainly thanks to Buford’s nightmarish 2-for-16 outing. Bracket busted.

VCU 72, Florida State 71 (OT)
Good for the Rams — they made the Elite 8. Now they get to play Kansas.

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John Wall season highlights

Wondering why everyone is jealous that the Wizards won the #1 overall pick?

As a finisher, he reminds me a lot of Dwyane Wade though it would be nice to see some highlights of his best passes of the season. He is supposed to be a point guard, after all.

John Calipari vs. the Washington Huskies

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times wrote a scathing column about John Calipari’s shenanigans with regard to UW commit Terrence Jones.

Take Friday, for instance, when Terrence Jones and his best friend Terrence Ross announced at a joint news conference, held at their Portland high school, they were going to play basketball for Washington.

It was a day for celebration. It was their day, nobody else’s.

Then after their announcements, according to reports, Jones showed enough class to call Kentucky coach John Calipari to tell Calipari he was going to Washington.

Calipari reacted like a coach who hadn’t heard the final buzzer. Jones still hadn’t signed his letter of intent. To Calipari, that meant the game was still on, and there’s no quit in Coach Cal.

Who knows what Calipari told Jones? Who knows what suggestions and promises were made? Who knows what game-changing strategy Calipari was employing?

Temporarily, at least, Jones postponed his decision to go to UW. Instead of allowing Friday’s news conference to be celebratory, Calipari cloaked it in confusion.

Maybe nothing Calipari said to Jones was against NCAA rules, but with Calipari there is always room for suspicion.

Calipari does a great job with recruiting, but who knows if it’s on the level. Everywhere he goes, scandal follows. There was the UMass Marcus Camby incident, the Derrick Rose SAT scandal and most recently, a suspicious reply (“Yea”) from Marcus Teague when a fake John Calipari told him via Facebook to make sure that “nobody ever know any of the details” of “what goes on behind the scenes” during Teague’s recruiting trip to Kentucky.

Then there’s Jones, who already verbally committed to Washington, yet Calipari is sill looking like a glorified used car salesman, putting on the hard sell.


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Kentucky’s GPA is…lacking

The Last Angry Fan dug up a little dirt on John Calipari’s first season at Kentucky. It turned out that a bunch of one-and-dones didn’t care all that much about academics. Shocker!

Of all the athletic teams at the University of Kentucky, no team had a lower cumulative GPA than Calipari’s squad. In fact, Kentucky’s basketball team scored their lowest GPA since the 2002 season.

High-fives all around!

How bad was UK’s GPA? Think low, then take off a point or two and you’re almost there. For the fall semester, their cumulative GPA was a meager 2.025, easily the worst amongst the nine SEC teams that released their GPA’s to the public.

This is a side effect of the NBA’s age-limit rule. When you force kids to go to college that wouldn’t otherwise go to college, and only for a year, they’re not going to work all that hard in the classroom. They know they only have to pass a few credits in the fall semester to be eligible to play in March Madness, and after that they’re off to the NBA.

What a joke.


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Fake Calipari tricks Marquis Teague on Facebook

I found this over on Testudo Times. A fake John Calipari sent a Facebook message to five-star recruit and recent Kentucky signee Marquis Teague that said the following:

Yea?!?!

Oops!

I wonder what “goes on behind the scenes.”

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