Afternoon Links: John Calipari goes off

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  • Kentucky coach John Calipari is nothing if not entertaining. This week, on his weekly radio show, Calipari criticized the media’s reaction (or lack thereof) to UK’s victory over Louisville. He also took a subliminal shot at Indiana fans. The result was Calipari’s hilarious rhetorical duality on full display: Woebegone victim one minute, chest-thumping factionalist the next.

“If we won a game against the No. 1 team in the country in Rupp Arena, would people charge the court? No. You're supposed to [win]. You're Kentucky. We don't do that here.”

“That Louisville game we had 100 writers. Hundred media. Seven wrote stories. Ninety-three had the other story written. 'They're gonna lose. You can't do it. Cal doesn't care about Kentucky or basketball, college, he's just trying to get guys to the NBA. This is bad for [college basketball].’ But we won, and we won big with a young team. And Julius [Randle] didn't play the second half! So they couldn't write the story. So seven were written."

  • Of course, the big story Tuesday afternoon was far more serious than any slinging of taunts: UTEP dismissed three players for gambling on athletic events, though the school claimed there was no evidence of point-shaving or betting on Miners games following an FBI investigation. Leading scorer McKenzie Moore and reserves Jalen Ragland and Justin Crosgile received automatic one-year suspensions and will also lose a year of eligibility.

  • In case you missed it, Grinnell’s Patrick Maher broke the NCAA record with 37 assists in a game Monday night. Jack Taylor didn’t play. Your joke goes here.

  • Wisconsin survived last season despite the early loss of senior guard Josh Gasser; it is thriving with him.

  • The Chicago Bulls’ trade of Luol Deng for the ghost of Andrew Bynum’s contract (or: cap relief and picks!) didn’t just make your humble author’s morning. (We’ll always love ya, Lu. But it was time.) It also caused Northwestern center Chier Ajou, Deng’s cousin, to transfer.