Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is in a good place, best he’s been in since his surprising move from Kentucky 3½ years ago. He just finished 10 practices prepping for this week’s three-game trip to Vancouver and two of his stars are rid of their previous issues — one legal, one academic. Smith is also fresh off a life-changing trip to Africa that included missionary work as well as a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. And he’s a grandfather for the first time as his eldest son G.G., an assistant at Loyola (Md.), and his wife are the new parents of a baby girl.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.