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Jamie Vaught: Watching former Wildcats an added bonus for UK grad Tomlin in job with Mavericks

For University of Kentucky graduate Scott Tomlin, it’s a very exciting time to follow NBA as the league is loaded with former Wildcats. Like many Kentucky fans, Tomlin keeps track of ex-UK standouts. And, believe or not, he has the best seat in the house in NBA arenas because of his media relations job with the Dallas Mavericks. Tomlin is the communications manager for the Mavericks in the office...

Former UK stars Towns, Noel, Macy to compete in inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic

The Lexington Legends have partnered with John Calipari and the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience for the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, which will take place Aug. 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.   Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the celebrity softball home run derby at 5:30 p.m. First pitch for the celebrity softball game will be at 6 p.m. Karl-Anthony Towns...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky's All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky’s All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Daily Yonder: Getting along in house divided and other lessons learned from Ky. basketball

Kentucky cheerleaders, players and Coach Adolph Rupp watch Texas Western receive the NCAA championship trophy in 1966. The historic game pitted an all-white Kentucky team against the underdogs, Texas Western, which had an all-black starting five. (Photo from Rich Clarkson)   In a nation divided, an in-state sports rivalry teaches a husband and wife how to get along. For a UK fan from Eastern Kentucky,...

Randle is SEC Freshman of the Year; Young and Cauley-Stein earn second-team honors

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list....

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: What's going on?

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Tuesday against Arkansas, and the drought is on. He has four blocks in three SEC games, and even though it wasn’t likely he’d get a ton against a three-happy Razorbacks team (even though they only took 11 out of 45 total attempts Tuesday), it’s still troublesome that at the end of regulation, Cauley-Stein had a one-on-one against 6-6 Alandise Harris,...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: The blocks are drying up

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Saturday against Vanderbilt. It wasn’t a season low; he had no blocks in the second game of the season against Northern Kentucky. Still, the last four games have tied a season-low drought of blocked shots for the Wildcats’ center. He has eight blocks in Kentucky’s last four games. Combine any four consecutive games in UK’s first 15 games, and...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Mississippi State/pre-Vanderbilt

Willie Cauley-Stein had two blocks Wednesday night against Mississippi State, a subpar night that has set him back a bit off Anthony Davis’ pace. We all knew the pace was insane, because the end result was insane, but here we are. Cauley-Stein now has 55 blocks through 14 games to Davis’ 64 (and to Nerlens Noel’s 49). Cauley-Stein’s block percentage has fallen over the past...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace
with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Louisville

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. Closer to keep...

Best of Spring and Summer 2013 in sports: NIT loss to Robert Morris reviewed and more

To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports. We’ll start with reviewing the spring and summer of 2013 in one fell swoop. The year began with unusual turmoil at Rupp Arena, and it was evident when the ball dropped on Jan. 1. It was confirmed and the season was all but put to bed when Nerlens Noel tore his ACL in February. And then it was put to bed for good in...

Cauley-Stein blocks update: One behind Davis through 11 games

Willie Cauley-Stein had five blocks Saturday in UK’s 82-77 loss to North Carolina, bringing his season total to 48 blocks through 11 games. That puts him one behind Anthony Davis’ pace through 11 games and quite a few ahead of Nerlens Noel. How might Cauley-Stein fare in Kentucky’s next game Saturday against Belmont? The Bruins’ offensive block percentage is 9.1—that means...

Post-Boise State blocks update: Are nine blocks good?

To answer my own question, yes: Nine blocks are good. Willie Cauley-Stein had nine blocks Tuesday against Boise State, just like he had nine blocks two games ago against Providence, and he’s now one block behind Anthony Davis’ pace through 10 games. So, again, yes: Nine blocks are good. His block percentage spiked because of it, too. He had nine blocks in 25 minutes, and his block percentage...

Catching up on WCS's blocks after Baylor

Willie Cauley-Stein had three blocks in UK’s 67-62 loss to No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium on Friday, and such a performance warrants an update to the blocks chart. He’s now at 34 blocks for the season, an average of about 3.8 blocks per game. Through nine games, he’s still ahead of where Nerlens Noel was last season. Kentucky’s next game is Tuesday at home against Boise State....

Willie Cauley-Stein's shot-blocking pace challenging Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel

Through eight games, Willie Cauley-Stein has been a slightly better shot blocker, given opportunities, than Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. It’s a tough pace to keep up. (Photo by James Pennington)   When you look at Willie Cauley-Stein—and these past few games, it’s been impossible not to—what are you seeing? Are you seeing one of the best defensive big men ever to play at Kentucky?...

Willie Cauley-Stein’s shot-blocking pace
challenging Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel

Through eight games, Willie Cauley-Stein has been a slightly better shot blocker, given opportunities, than Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. It’s a tough pace to keep up. (Photo by James Pennington)   When you look at Willie Cauley-Stein—and these past few games, it’s been impossible not to—what are you seeing? Are you seeing one of the best defensive big men ever to play at Kentucky?...

More on WCS vs. Noel vs. Davis

Today, I wrote this on stacking up Willie Cauley-Stein, at least in terms of blocking shots, to Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. It’s not too long, so just go read it instead of forcing me to summarize it here. I wrote the piece using game-by-game data from Cauley-Stein’s current season, comparing it to Noel’s season in 2012-13 and Davis’ season the year before that. Here’s...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season's first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...