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The pomp and circumstance of Big Blue Madness is in the rear view mirror but the first extended look at the Kentucky basketball team comes Wednesday in the Blue/White Game.
This post was edited by Matt May on 10/24/2012 at 5:17 PM
Nerlens Noel doing a lot of pregame work on his right hook shot in the lane.
New UK practice player Tod Lanter is wearing #21 tonight.
We're about 20 minutes from basketball...hard to believe it's already time for the season...
For now at least the teams are as follows:
White: Goodwin, Harrow, Wiltjer, Noel, Poythress, Long
Blue: Hood, Mays, Cauley-Stein, Beckham, Malone, Lanter, Polson
Will be interesting to see this team play for the first time in a more structured setting. Didn't get much (any) of that during Big Blue Madness.
Interesting to watch the ESPN crew trail Calipari around. They really are up in everything. No wonder series seems to have real promise.
John Calipari just walked across the court from benches and took a chair at radio table but by himself. Weird.
Julius Mays not gun shy. Pops a FT line jumper on first possession.
Cauley-Stein steals the tip from Noel and Mays gets things started with a mid-range jump shot.
WCS with a nice post up move on Noel, with a little turnaround bank. Smooth.
Wiltjer looking much quicker, more aggressive off the shot fake and drive to the basket than he did last season.
Starting to hit me how crazy long this team is. Even Harrow at 6-foot has very long arms.
Noel with a nasty block of WCS on baseline dunk attempt.
Jon Hood with a nice take and finger roll. Would be big for Cats if he can give them minutes as 8th man.
White team (actually gray) is starting five and down 12-6 to Blues. Zero defense from starters thus far.
WCS with another post up and soft hook over Noel. Dude looks unbelievably smooth and agile.
Hood looking very confident. Hunting his shot.
Cauley-Stein only rookie playing like he's not in Kansas anymore … which is odd since he's from Kansas. Others slow to get going.
Terrible - and I mean TERRIBLE - defensive effort thus far by the starters. Not contesting anything. Not up in anyone's business. Very, very poor. That won't please Calipari.
Jon Hood has a lot at stake tonight as he works to find his role after remising last year. So far, so good. Looks comfortable, not nervous.
WCS thus far showing why Cal saying he'll play both he and Nerlens together. Too good, too athletic, too long to keep off the floor.
New walk-on Tod Lanter buries his first career shot: a 3 from the corner.
Savvy play from Mays, who picks Wiltjer's pocket as help defender, goes length of floor and scores while drawing the foul.
Thus far Mays showing these young bucks a thing or two. The savvy vet ...
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