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Bill Clinton: “Go Big Blue”

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By LARRY VAUGHT

Former President Bill Clinton was the first in-office president to attend the Final Four when he went in 1994 to support home-state Arkansas.

However, during his visit to Kentucky Tuesday to rally support for his wife’s presidential bid, the former president paid a visit to Kentucky coach John Calipari and got to meet Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker as well.

“Great to see you, Coach! Go Big Blue!” Clinton posted on Twitter after the visit.

Calipari posted photos on Twitter of him with Clinton as well as Ulis and Booker with the former president.

Fan upset with “gall” coach had to add Brad Calipari to UK roster

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)
John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Brad Calipari had to know there might be times being on the Kentucky basketball team coached by his father, John,  might cause some uncomfortable moments.

However, I certainly didn’t expect any Kentucky fan to be already complaining about Brad Calipari coming to UK as a walk-on addition.

Yet that is just what apparent long-time fan Darrell Gross did with a letter to the editor in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Calipari: Briscoe, Lee both likely to go to NBA Draft Combine

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari made a rare in-state radio show appearance Friday on the Bob Valvano Show in Louisville. Kentucky Radio Network basketball analyst Mike Pratt was also on the show.

Calipari indicated that both Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe would likely go to the NBA Draft Combine. Of course, both still have to be invited.

“Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee are going to explore their options and probably go to the combine without an agent, finish academically,” Calipari said.

James Ulis on UK coaches: “They taught him how to be a professional”

James Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)
James Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

James Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Tyler Ulis announced he was leaving Kentucky for the NBA, his father, James, repeated a them that has become common for players leaving college early.

“I thought Cal and Coach (Kenny) Payne who acted as a father to him while he was here – We had several conversations or a few over the last couple of years. I think they taught him how to be a professional,” James  Ulis said.

Final awards show will include Tyler Ulis, Tubby Smith

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image001The final event of the college basketball season is set for Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET, when ESPN2 televises the College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s live from The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles.

During the one-hour show,  winners will be named for: John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s (Player of the Year – Men), John R. Wooden Award (Player of the Year – Women), John R. Wooden Award (Legends of Coaching), Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross (Point Guard of the Year), Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard of the Year), Julius Erving Award presented by UMass (Small Forward of the Year) , Karl Malone Award presented by cConnects (Power Forward of the Year) and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center of the Year).

Labissiere makes it official — he will not be back at Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Skal Labissiere has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday. Labissiere plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

Labissiere will forego his future eligibility and enter his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, to be held June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”

Calipari: “We became a team that physically didn’t have it, yet still became a pretty good defensive team”

Q. John, can you talk about the progress this team made from day one to right now, because clearly obviously winning the SEC Tournament, you’re playing your best basketball of the year, and as you said, probably didn’t play your best basketball today. But talk about your team and its progress?
JOHN CALIPARI: Here is what I would say, we knew — I didn’t think it would be shooting, but we knew if a couple of players didn’t give us great efforts we would struggle to win. I knew that before the game. If they struggled, we’re not going to — each level you go in this thing you’re going to have a team full of the guys performing.

Calipari admits Thomas Bryant was better than he thought

Q. Cal, Thomas Bryant had 15 of his 19 points in the last 7:32 including 10 in the last 5 minutes. How difficult was he for you guys to stop? Did he do anything differently than you’d seen on tape?
JOHN CALIPARI: Let me say this: I spent a lot of time recruiting him. He was right down the street from us and the biggest thing I want to tell you is his family should be proud of how much better he’s gotten. Tom and the staff have gotten a kid that I really liked, I thought was really good. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realize he was that good.

Tom Crean on John Calipari: “He has been good to me for a long time.”.

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Q. Given the anticipation of this game, the high-level of two programs, do you think that this game tomorrow will have any momentum toward renewing this rivalry and where do you think that stands?
TOM CREAN: I think that games can always come back. Right now where we sit it’s very hard for us, with what we have with the Crossroads Classic and the ACC challenge pulls into that. We’ve got to have a certain amount of home games. We’re going to do a neutral sight with Louisville and I don’t think anybody has ever closed the door on the series and certainly it’s not open right now with anything that makes a lot of sense, but hopefully some day it will.

Calipari on Pitino: “Sometimes you’ve got to rub elbows, sometimes you’ve got to throw elbows, but I respect him”

Kentucky had its media opportunity today in Des Moines, Iowa, before playing Stony Brook Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament

Here’s a couple of things John Calipari said not related directly to the game:

Q. Cal, when Rick Pitino was on ESPN yesterday he made some, what sounded like criticisms of Kentucky in the way that you recruit and I’m wondering if you have a response to that?
JOHN CALIPARI: I would really rather not respond. I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about. They run a terrific program. He’s a terrific coach. He is a Hall of Famer. We’re in the same state. Sometimes you’ve got to rub elbows, sometimes you’ve got to throw elbows, but I respect him.

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