Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Wildcats’

Kemba Walker trolls Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One interesting side effect of having UConn and Kentucky play against each other for the national title last night was that there are plenty of NBA players, both past and present, from those two schools. The Charlotte Bobcats, for instance, feature current teammates from both schools — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won a title with Kentucky in 2012, while Kemba Walker won a championship with UConn the previous year.

So the teammates got together last night to watch the big game. And when UConn prevailed, Kidd-Gilchrist posted a photo to Instagram of himself wearing a UConn shirt and looking rather nonplussed, alongside a thrilled Walker. As MKG captioned it, “Crown Them Uconn Boyzz #respect”…

Vote For Nerlens Noel’s Draft Night Suit

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Through the years we’ve seen the NBA Draft turn into a memorable night not only for hoop dreams, but fashion statements as well. The suit you choose on Draft night will be captured forever in pictures and on film, so it only makes sense to take care with what you wear.

One of the top picks in this year’s Draft looks to be Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. And while he waits to find out which team will be drafting him, he’s currently figuring out what to wear. Which is where you come in.

Nerlens has his choices narrowed down to three suits, pictured below. The first two looks are by Jhoanna Alba, and the third is by Roger Mischel. All three look great, but Nerlens can only rock one on draft night. Cast your vote down below and tune into the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7:00 ET on ESPN to see the winning look.







UPDATE (6/27, 12:45 PM): Voting is now closed. Watch the Draft tonight to see the winner!

Bragging Rights Bracket: Elite Eight Recap

by Micah Hart

All the contests are now underway for the Bragging Rights Bracket’s Elite Eight. Make sure to check out all the games and cast your vote to decide who will advance to the Final Four! Voting ends Wednesday night at midnight ET.

Once again, your Elite Eight matchups:

West No. 1 Texas vs. No. 2 UCLA
Midwest No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Kentucky
South No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Florida
East No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 2 UNC

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Bragging Rights Bracket: Midwest Regional Final

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. Our next matchup mirrors real life, as two teams that will meet on the hardcourt at the Final Four in Houston this weekend also meet for the chance to move the hypothetical Final Four in the Bragging Rights challenge.


Connecticut Huskies

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes, through 3/28):

Ray Allen, Celtics: 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.3 steals
Ben Gordon, Pistons: 21.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.1 steals
Emeka Okafor, Hornets: 15.8 points, 14.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 2.8 blocks, 0.7 steals
Charlie Villanueva, Pistons: 23.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.1 steals
Rip Hamilton, Pistons: 25.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 1.1 steals

Missed the cut: Caron Butler, Mavericks (injured); Rudy Gay, Grizzlies (injured); A.J Price, Pacers; Hilton Armstrong, Hawks; Hasheem Thabeet, Rockets; Jeff Adrien, Warriors

How they got here: Took the USC Trojans behind the woodshed in the Sweet 16, winning by a 91%-9% margin.

Team synopsis: Things have changed a bit for UConn since their Sweet 16 win. Rudy Gay was lost to shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season, which by our rules makes him ineligible. Tough break for the Huskies, who are now down two starters in Gay and Caron Butler. Fortunately, Charlie V is a capable player, who like Ben Gordon is probably even better in a playground environment like this. Plus, Villanueva gives the team a little more height to go with Okafor in the middle. This is still a dynamite scoring team for the boys from Storrs. How you would stop Allen and Hamilton, two of the best shooters of all-time coming off screens, is anyone’s guess.


Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.


Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.