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3-point shot: Calipari sticks up for SEC

1. Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t want to hear about how the SEC does not have depth. Calipari was showing his conference pride late Saturday night in pumping up non-conference wins by Tennessee over Connecticut and Arkansas over Michigan. Meanwhile, Calipari does have some concerns about his Wildcats. He needs his team to be a bit more physical after Alabama pushed Kentucky quite a bit Saturday at Rupp Arena.

2. Once again, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo proves that he doesn’t have blind loyalty to his fan base. Izzo was irked about an allegation that a Spartan fan was jeering Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and yelling for him to tear his ACL for a third time. Good for Izzo. If these comments were true, they were inappropriate, rude and cruel and have no place in the game.

3. Brandon Paul was sensational two weeks ago with 43 points in a 79-74 home win over Ohio State. It was easy then to buy into Illinois. Now? Sell. The Illini lost at Penn State, 54-52, and then fell Sunday to Wisconsin, 67-63. This Illinois team is still young in key spots but the lack of consistency makes it exceptionally hard to buy into this team being a true Big Ten contender. Bubble here they come.