Friday Morning Roundup: Kentucky All-Americans And All-Stars

02/14/2013 11:00 PM

Five Future Cats In McDonald’s All American Game

Five UK recruits will participate in the McDonald’s All American Game, a record for any one school. Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, and Marcus Lee will suit up for the West team, and Dakari Johnson will be the lone Wildcat on the East team. That is unless currently undecided Andrew Wiggins slaps on a Kentucky-blue jersey soon. The game will be played April 3 in Chicago and will be televised on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET. Big Blue Nation will probably super size attendance at the United Center with a chance to see how 4/5 of next year’s starting lineup plays together, and I’m lovin’ it.

Five Former Cats At NBA All-Star Weekend

Five Kentucky alumni are in Houston today for the NBA All-star Weekend. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Brandon Knight will play in the Rising Stars Challenge. Knight will also participate in the Skills Challenge. Terrence Jones was tabbed to play in the D-League All-Star Game, and all that hard work with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers paid off, since the Houston Rockets called up Jones just yesterday. Not sure where that leaves him for the D-League All-Star Game. Eric Bledsoe will be throwing down in the Slam Dunk Contest. Rajon Rondo was named an All-Star, but a torn ACL will keep him on the sideline.

Mock NCAA Committee Sets Number One And Two Seeds

The NCAA began its annual mock tournament selection exercise yesterday. Twenty sports writers and broadcasters are paired together and act as members of the selection committee, who monitor their assigned conferences throughout the season.

According to NBC Sports Rob Dauster’s live tweeting, the mock selection committee initially put Indiana, Miami, Duke, and Florida as the one seeds and Michigan State, Michigan, Arizona, and Gonzaga as number two seeds, in that order. A couple hours later, Dauster tweeted that Michigan State got bumped up to a number one seed, while the Gators were dropped to a number two seed.

This entire process is hotly debated by fans and media alike starting as early as December, so it’s great to get an inside look at how the seeding shakes out. Not that this has any bearing or indication on how the bracket will look in a month, but still a really cool exercise.

Kentucky at Tennessee: Now And Then

A month ago, Kentucky beat Tennessee at Rupp by 10 points, bouncing back after the rough home loss to Texas A&M. Now, the Wildcats are trying to bounce back after losing a pivotal player like Nerlens Noel. This game will set the tone for the last month of regular season play. The Wildcats could band together, step up, and fill the void with toughness and energy. Or the team could fail to play as one and fall apart before our eyes. We all hope it’s the former, but Tennessee is certainly not a “gimme game” anymore. The Volunteers are 9-3 at home and just picked up two road wins against South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Even without Noel, Kentucky has the talent to win on the road against Tennessee, if they can overcome the mental obstacles of losing the energy Noel brought to the court. Keep checking throughout the day for the KSTV Team Predictions.

One Step Closer To A New Commonwealth

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed House Bill 7, which includes provisions for the renovations of Commonwealth Stadium. The committee made one change to the bill. The University of Kentucky will not be allowed to raise tuition to help fund any of their projects. As a recent college graduate who dealt with tuition hikes every year for four years, I agree with the change. As an employed adult in the workforce who pays city and state taxes every month, I’m not so fond of the change. As a football fan, I can’t wait for the renovations and fall to be here.

Be sure to watch KSTV Friday as we preview Saturday’s game with Jayson Swain from Tennessee Sports Radio. We also talk with former Wildcat Derek Anderson about his talk with Nerlens Noel and how Noel is handling the injury.


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