If you've been following John Calipari on Twitter the past couple of weeks – and if you haven't been, why not? – you know the sixth-year Kentucky coach is particularly giddy about the group of guys he has for the for 2014-15 season.
Among the things he's gushed about is this group's love for the game, its overall athleticism and the rapid chemistry the players are building with one another. He's so – to borrow a word from Coach Cal himself – “juiced” about this team that a brief skill instruction session on Monday afternoon was all he could think about Sunday night after a weekend full of recruiting and mingling with stars like LeBron James, Hillary Clinton, Dave Winfield and Desmond Tutu.
The Cats, who are allowed two hours of team skill instruction per week at this time of the year, went about an hour and a half on Monday. After some of the comments Calipari has made over the last couple of weeks, and with the Big Blue Bahamas tour on the horizon, what kind of behind-the-scenes coach's website would we be if we didn't provide you with a practice report? After all, we know how much the Big Blue Nation loves them.
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.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On December 10, 1951, Bob Burrow collected 34 rebounds against Temple for the most rebounds ever in a single game by a Kentucky player.
- On December 10, 1977, as top-ranked UK is defeating Kansas on “Adolph Rupp Night” in Allen Field House on Naismith Drive in Lawrence, Kansas, Rupp dies. Thousands would participate in the funeral procession in Lexington.
- On December 10, 2011, Indiana's Christian Watford hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Assembly Hall to stun No. 1 Kentucky. It's only the second time Indiana had beaten a top-ranked team at Assembly Hall.