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Kentucky Basketball — You Can’t Get There from Here

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You Can’t Get There from Here—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – The Kentucky Basketball team’s performance during the first half of this regular season has been quite the proverbial roller coaster. The Wildcats started off with an early season stumble to perennial powerhouse Kansas. Then John Calipari’s squad ran off a string of less-than-spectacular victories over a bevy of Popcorn States. A hard-fought victory at Rupp over a solid Virginia Tech team suddenly sent the team trending upward. Then a pre-Christmas trip to New Orleans and a disappointing loss to UCLA brought everything crashing back down to earth. A surprising 29-point blowout win over a Pitino-less Louisville team sent spirits skyrocketing again. Now a couple of muddled efforts into the conference portion of the schedule and everyone will be wondering where indeed this team is headed. With Kentucky’s performance being all over the map, I’ve decided to spice things up and do a little traveling of my own.


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Kentucky Basketball — Missing Rick Pitino

Missing Rick Pitino—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – What a difference a year makes. This time last year, immediately after Louisville upended Kentucky 73-70 in their annual Armageddon basketball showdown, Rick Pitino was toasting himself in his palatial YUM Center media room, basking in a rare conquest over his arch nemesis, John Calipari. Pitino was nearly giddy with ecstasy, admitting to reporters how great this win felt after being dominated so long by the blue-clad mongrel hordes from seventy miles up the Interstate. Although it took Quentin Snider’s game-of-his-life to pull the Cardinals through, this was supposedly a season defining victory that would propel the Cards on to another championship banner, and Pitino to sainthood status within the River City.


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Kentucky Athletics — The World According to Mitch

The World According to Mitch—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Mitch Barnhart remains a man of mystery. When he took on the athletics director position at the University of Kentucky back in 2002, few thought he would stay the course. With no previous ties to the Bluegrass State and previous stints at Tennessee and Oregon State already on his impressive resume, I thought UK would be just a short stepping stone on his way to future AD stardom. I pictured Mitch to be a glad handing, back slapping, baby kissing politician enamored with his position of power—kind of like his namesake in the United States Senate. Instead, he’s been just the opposite—humble, disarming, and a bit on the shy side. A couple of years earlier, I spent a few weeks with Mitch in Bible Study Fellowship. After one semester, I determined it was a bit too structured for my liking and subsequently dropped out. Mitch has faithfully persevered. That should tell you something about his character (and mine too).


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Kentucky Basketball — Sign of the Apocalypse

Sign of the Apocalypse—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – What in the world is going on with attendance at Rupp Arena? Cast your eyes up to the rafters and you’ll see rows and rows of blatantly empty bleachers. Downstairs in the lower levels, pockets of premium seats also appear visibly vacant. When the hallowed student eRUPPtion Zone looks embarrassingly anemic night after night, you know the basketball world has tilted off its axis. Bringing in stand-ins because students don’t show, or throwing in the Louisville game as part of a promotional ticket package? You gotta be kidding me!


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Kentucky Volleyball — Thrills, Chills, and Kills

Thrills, Chills, and Kills—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — The matches I just witnessed during the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Volleyball Tournament weren’t anything like the games our moms used to play. They weren’t the backyard variety we batted around at summer picnics nor were they the recreational version we played in church or intramural leagues. They were nothing like the two-man game invented on California beaches, and they certainly didn’t resemble the testosterone laden variation I participated in while serving in Uncle Sam’s Army.


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Kentucky Football — Jacob Hyde

Jacob Hyde Senior Day Interview—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that Jacob Hyde stepped on campus for the very first time to play football for the University of Kentucky. Now, on Saturday, the 6’2”, 320-lb defensive lineman from Manchester will be suiting up in the blue and white for the final time at home. I’ve been a fan of the Wildcats for over half a century and I can’t remember any player who has been more of a joy to be around. Jacob’s positive attitude, infectious smile, and ever-present faith serve as an inspiration to all. We’re all going to miss #36 on the football field, but as you’ll see, he’s sticking around to make the rest of the world a heck of a whole lot better place for all of us.


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Kentucky Women’s Basketball — High Character

High Character—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell believes in new beginnings. He’s mentioned on several occasions his time as a troubled youth and as a less than upstanding young adult. He talks freely of his early failures, difficulties, and pain. The lessons he’s learned along the way have undoubtedly contributed to the recent success of the program he aims to build.


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Kentucky Basketball — Talking Your Talk

Talking Your Talk—By John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — When speaking with this year’s version of the Basketball Wildcats, I get the feeling that collectively, they’re a likable bunch. Thus far—at least during media interview opportunities–everyone sports big smiles, engages freely with reporters, and generally seems to be happy with their lives as rock stars in the UK fishbowl. With a couple of exceptions, most of these players will talk your ear off. I’ve had conversations about shoe fashion with Quade Green and Poutine with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Kevin Knox seems to be the type who will ramble on endlessly about anything and everything. So, I was quite perplexed when Coach John Calipari told me he can’t get these guys to talk to each other on the court.


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Kentucky Football — What If?

What If? —By John Huang

(ATHENS, Ga.) — For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.” When John Greenleaf Whittier authored those famous lines from his nineteenth century poem, he could have easily been referencing Kentucky’s 2017 football season. Although the Wildcats sported a glossy 7-3 record heading into Georgia, many in BBN found themselves still lamenting those heartbreaking last-second defeats from earlier in the year.


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