In case you wanted to see how turnt up things get in Ann Arbor during football season, this pre-game party recap video shows you how hard University of Michigan kids go in the fall. The video even declares that Michigan is “still better than your school,” which is the type of thing every single bro says about their college. However, I do admit, the party scene looks pretty awesome.
Tough news for the undefeated, top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats: Alex Poythress, the high-flying junior who is one of the veterans on a young team, tore his ACL at practice Thursday and has been lost for the season.
UK Coach John Calipari wrote a blog post about it on his website last night:
Alex tore his ACL during yesterday’s practice. It was a breakaway layup and no one bumped him. He stepped with his left foot and just went down.
When I saw Alex last night, I said to him exactly what I said to Nerlens [Noel]: ‘You’re fine. If this is something crazy, you have insurance and you’re a millionaire. You have even more time than Nerlens had to prepare yourself for the draft if that’s what you choose to do. You can also come back. You’re going to have your degree in May and you can start on a master’s degree for your last year.’ Alex is nearly a straight-A student and one of the greatest kids that I’ve ever coached.
Our team was devastated for Alex when I told them. There were tears throughout the room because this hurt them to the core. How they will respond I really don’t know, but I will do my best to be there for each of these kids.
Poythress has started eight of 10 games for the Wildcats, putting up 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest in 20.3 minutes per game. He’s a ridiculous athlete, so he’ll probably still have a shot at the NBA once his ACL heals.
Or, perhaps he’ll return to Lexington for his senior season.
The Wildcats have the most depth in the nation, so they won’t have a problem physically replacing Poythress in the lineup. His experience will be missed, though, as will his willingness to be a role player and do the dirty work: Defense, rebounding, blocking shots, making that extra pass and not shooting.
Kentucky, which is 10-0, begins a challenging 3-game stretch: vs. North Carolina tomorrow, vs. UCLA on the 20th, and at rival Louisville on the 27th. If they don’t lose any of those … the SEC schedule is a joke, and we can talk about the Wildcats going into March Madness unbeaten.
DeJean-Jones, a transfer from UNLV, nearly had a triple-double last week against Lamar (12-10-8) and in a blowout of Arkansas, tallied 27 points.
It’s too early to tell just how bad this will end up for Iowa State and coach Fred Hoiberg – details haven’t fully come out – but the loss of DeJean-Jones would be devastating for their NCAA Tournament hopes.
The Cyclones play their rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Friday.
Referee David Hall was knocked out by a Shaq Morris elbow at start overtime of Wednesday’s Wichita State – Utah game. This was the second time in a week that a referee has been knocked out in the immediate aftermath of a jumpball.
Toby Hegner, a freshman at Creighton, was showered with beer after diving for a loose ball on Wednesday night against Oklahoma. Hegner was upset with himself for not saving the ball, but bounced right up, wiped himself off and got back on the court. The Blue Jays, who are now playing without star Doug McDermott, ended up beating Oklahoma 65-63 to improve to 3-0.
Top-ranked Kentucky destroyed Kansas, 72-40, and, really, it wasn’t as close as the final score suggests. A 32-point beatdown is not the ideal way for a college basketball powerhouse to get on the right track.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self was understandably distraught after the loss. After taking a big swig of water at his postgame press conference, he quipped that he’d rather be guzzling vodka.