Football season has quickly turned to basketball season in Lexington, Ky., as thoughts on coach John Calipari’s squad have officially taken over. Happy Tuesday, Big Blue Nation.
Here are four things to know:
- It wasn’t pretty whatsoever, but the Wildcats beat Illinois State 75-63 on Monday night.
- In his postgame press conference, Calipari had absolutely no issue speaking his mind about specific players who didn’t play well.
- Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, who is still working his way back from a hyperextended elbow, didn’t play against Illinois State.
- The Wildcats put on their baking hats and surprised Mrs. Calipari with birthday brownies before the game.
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- The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker has Calipari’s full press conference on video.
- There are going to be some 5-7 teams that will get to play in bowl games this year. The NCAA will come up with a list of teams eligible based on Academic Progress Rates. That hurts Kentucky, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale wrote.
- Hale also took a look at what’s in store next year for a struggling Kentucky offense.
- While the men’s basketball team is sitting pretty, the women’s basketball team had yet another player announce she’s transferring. That’s four transfers already, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith.
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- Missouri was going to be one of the 5-7 teams considered for bowl eligibility, but the Tigers have removed their name from consideration.
- Missouri said it wants to turn its attention toward replacing Gary Pinkel. According to a report, the Tigers are interested in Mark Richt.
- Pinkel made sure to show the Missouri fans some love during his final radio show.
- Several reports are saying Richt, whom UGA fired Sunday, will meet with Maryland.
- UGA athletic director Greg McGarity didn’t go into any details on why he fired Richt.