The burial plot was dug, the flowers were in place and the eulogy had been given. “One week ago we were in coffins,” John Calipari said Tuesday. “People were trying to nail them shut.”
In a halftime ceremony at UK’s game vs. Mississippi State on Wednesday, members of the team will be given school rings to commemorate the 1996 national championship. Of the 15 players on the team’s roster, 11 – Anderson, Sheppard, Delk, Walker, McCarty, Ron Mercer, Anthony Epps, Wayne Turner, Jared Prickett, Oliver Simmons and Jason Lathrem – plan to be in attendance. Pope, Mohammed, Allen Edwards and Cameron Mills will receive their rings individually.
If you missed it earlier in the original Nerlens Noel injury piece, former Wildcat Derek Anderson almost immediately reached out to Noel on Twitter and said he was going to come to Lexington to help Noel get through the injury.
Saturday’s box score shows Ryan Harrow had a pretty decent game. In 26 minutes, he scored 12 points and committed zero turnovers in 26 minutes of play. But stats don’t always tell the story. While Harrow has been posting double-digit scoring efforts for the Cats, he’s been the focus of John Calipari’s attention the last couple of weeks for his inconsistency.
Raised in the most difficult environment imaginable, Anderson brought the toughness and focus he used as a survival mechanism as a youngster to the hardwood. The result of the marriage of his skill with his attitude was two titles – a 1996 national championship with Kentucky and the 2006 NBA title he helped the Miami Heat earn. But the most long lasting footprint Anderson will leave has nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with his service to others.
Ushering in the 2012-13 season with another extravagant show for a sold-out crowd at Rupp Arena, the men’s and women’s basketball teams opened the new year with a special on-court video show, some flashy dance moves and a scrimmage. The highlight – the everlasting memory fans will take from the 2012 edition of Big Blue Madness years from now – was the re-raising of Kentucky’s eight national championship banners.
From Thursday through Saturday, businessmen like Hall, entrepreneurs and everyone in between participated in Coach Cal’s first Fantasy Experience. Organized by ProCamps and ran by UK staff, former college coaches and former Wildcat legends, the weekend was aimed at giving everyday Joes a chance to live the life of a Kentucky basketball player. At the end of the weekend, campers like Hall all agreed on one thing: the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience was a dreamlike experience they’ll never forget.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.