Kentucky vs. Louisville: rivalry t-shirt wars (photos)

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Don’t think Louisville vs. Kentucky is a hard-core rivalry? Check out the Final Four smack-talking t-shirts after the jump. This is NASTY. Brutal, like Duke vs. North Carolina.

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Ashley Judd in Kentucky Wildcats Gear (Picture Gallery)

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She’s the most famous die-hard fan in all of college basketball. Ashley Judd loves her Kentucky Wildcats, it’s even part of her self-description on her Twitter page. And check out her tweet for the big game today.

If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true? I’m dreaming today of a fab win for KENTUCKY! UConn tough. GO CATS!

That last part sounds very Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern like! Haha! This is a huge weekend for her, as she has a just released book to promote too.

USAToday on my book, All That is Bitter & Sweet. Out Tuesday! http://usat.ly/fWlEcC

As always, click on the pic for a much, larger full version

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#3 Kentucky Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Kentucky Wildcats survived a nail biter Friday evening in their season opener versus Maryland.  Once again John Calipari crushed it on the recruiting trail bringing in a talented freshman class to hopefully replace the five players from last year’s National Championship team that were selected in the NBA Draft.  UK has a huge test tonight against an experience Duke squad.

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NBA draft scenarios for Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are staring the end of the Larry Bird era in the eyes right now.

The 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year announced his decision to step down as team president Thursday, but he’s not quite done yet.

Bird will conduct the Pacers’ draft alongside Donnie Walsh, who returns to Indiana as president, and newly promoted GM Kevin Pritchard.

The trio could go several different directions, including standing pat with their No. 26 overall pick or wheeling and dealing to move up.

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Terrence Jones: yet another Kentucky Wildcats NBA first round pick

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There will be at least five, possibly six Kentucky Wildcats taken in the first round of this NBA Draft this June 28th, and yes we know that’s just plain nuts. All the “league” level talent coming out of Lexington, some of the guys get lost in the shuffle and forgotten. Everyone knows Anthony Davis, and most people know Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but what about Terrence Jones, who sits at the edge of the lottery picks?

Jones came to UK with Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, and has already bought a Cadillac for his mom in anticipation of the draft.

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Doron Lamb: stepping out of Kentucky shadows into NBA Draft

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The top six players off the Kentucky Wildcats National Championship winning team will be among those taken in the 2012 NBA Draft.  That includes the sharpshooting Doron Lamb.  While he won’t hear his name called early in the lottery like former teammates Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, or even in the mid-first round like Terrence Jones or Marquis Teague; Lamb is confident he can be a solid contributor at the next level.

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Is Kentucky star Michael Kidd Gilchrist the Next Scottie Pippen?

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During the McDonald’s All-American Game, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams called Kentucky recruit and MAA co-MVP Michael Gilchrist the “next Scottie Pippen.”  With his versatility and ability to get after it on the defensive end, that comparison is actually not too far-fetched.

(This is a Paul M. Banks/David Kay collaboration.)

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Kentucky Wildcats bench makes title rap song (video)

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Athletes continue making rap videos, and the music continues to be unlistenable. When will these crazy kids ever learn? Kids today and their wild be-boppin music.

Kentucky Wildcats reserves Kyle Wiltjer and Jarrod Polson celebrated the Wildcats’ victory over Kansas, giving them the national championship of college basketball by making a rap video celebrating the big win.

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Cody Zeller and Christian Watford returning to Indiana Hoosiers for 2012-13

Let the preseason No. 1 speculation officially begin for Indiana basketball.

The Hoosiers, widely expected to enter the 2012-13 season at or near the top of the polls, got huge news for their chances on that front as the university’s athletics department announced in a release that forwards Cody Zeller and Christian Watford would return for their sophomore and senior seasons, respectively, rather than declare for the NBA Draft.

Such was expected. I never thought Zeller would leave after one season of college basketball (although he could have been a lottery pick), and I didn’t get a hint of any current interest in Watford as a NBA prospect — his skill set is a bit lacking in areas and he isn’t being listed in any mock draft I see — so it’s not a surprise to see both guys announce their returns. It’s going to be truly fascinating to see this Indiana team next season. It will have the firepower to do great things.

This announcement does create one minor issue for the Hoosiers, though: They are oversigned by one scholarship heading into next season. Coach Tom Crean will have to show one guy the door to make enough room for his key returnees as well as for “The Movement” of 2012 signees.

Follow the jump for the release from Indiana University Athletics.

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Yet another anti-Anthony Davis, anti-Kentucky picture

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Anthony Davis has answered questions about his unibrow all season long. And about being people making fun of him for it. He doesn’t shy away from it; he embraces it. The national player of the year and future #1 pick in the NBA draft isn’t changing himself for you, or the funny gifs and jpegs you make.

Or the ones below. Can you feel the Kentucky Wildcats hatred out there? It’s getting to be almost Duke like. Or New York Yankees like. Remember, every year UK wins the title, the Yankees win the World Series. Watch the World Series odds change significantly after Calipari cuts down the nets tonight.

Enjoy the gallery.

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, his unibrow, targetted by Florida Gator fans

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is a phenomenal college player who is on track to accomplish a rare grand slam: “national player of the year, national defensive player of the year, national freshman of the year, and the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. It’s a rare feat.

Davis has been incredible, The Chicago native from Charter Perspectives high school has more blocks than 300 teams. He has a handful of SEC and UK blocks records already, and he hasn’t even been there a year. Now that we’ve talked about what he has going for him, let’s talk about what he doesn’t.

Simply put, Davis is unfortunate looking; especially with that giant unibrow. He’s about fun to look at it, as he is to interview. And trust me, he is one terrible interview. But for more Davis bashing I turn to the Florida Gators student section, via Busted Coverage, who had a great time, at the expense of Davis’ Frida Kahlo type feature, and general unsightliness

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Future #1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis: mom celebrates his wicked unibrow

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Kentucky Wildcats super freshman Anthony Davis is the best player in college basketball right now. He’s got fame up the wazoo, and he’ll soon have millions of dollars when he becomes the #1 pick in the NBA Draft this June. Oh wait, he plays for John Calipari, meaning he’s already likely getting paid lots of money….hey, hey! No of course, I kid Calipari and his recruits. I’m just kidding about that.

Anyways, now what we’ve established what Davis has going for him in life: the guy did put up a quadruple double in high school, now we can make fun what he doesn’t have going for him.

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