UK Men's Basketball

John Clay's notes: Fans missed a unique Big Blue experience

Random notes:

■ Kentucky fans who talked themselves out of making the trip to Connecticut to see the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament last weekend missed out.

Not because great basketball was played there. (It wasn't.) Not because of the atmosphere. (There was no atmosphere.) Instead, they missed out on getting a really good seat.

There were plenty of empties in the otherwise perfectly fine 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena. Seating was of the festival variety, meaning no matter what your ticket might happen to say, you could upgrade and gain a better view.

For a Kentucky fan, the experience was comparable to this:

Say you loved a band that almost always played huge arenas or stadiums. Only, for some reason, the band booked a show at a nice, but out-of-the-way mid-size venue.

So you decide to go. And when you get there, you find out that, much to your good fortune, not many other fans of the band made the same decision you did.

■ At Tuesday's UK basketball news conference, John Calipari quickly cut off questions about Anthony Davis' offense, questions that were based on what the freshman forward had said just 10 minutes before during his media interview.

"He's fine," said Calipari.

■ Marquis Teague is not fine, but he will be. Calipari knows both are true, which is why he calmed his Twitter followers with two messages of support on Monday night.

■ Even if Arkansas beats LSU on Friday, the Razorbacks won't play in the SEC title game. Not if Alabama beats Auburn on Saturday.

No way the Tide drops lower than No. 2 in the BCS standings if it tops the Tigers. And an Arkansas win would mean the three-way West tie would then be broken by head-to-head competition among the top two BCS finishers. And Alabama whipped Arkansas 38-14 earlier this year.

■ But here's how Arkansas could not play in the SEC championship game and still play for the BCS title.

Say Arkansas beats LSU, Alabama beats Auburn, but then Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game. Arkansas would probably be No. 1 in the BCS standings.

Here's the thing: LSU could be No. 2.

■ Loved Derek Dooley telling his team in the locker room Saturday that Tennessee "always kicks the (expletive) out of Vanderbilt" after the Vols had beaten the Commodores in overtime on a questionable ruling of an interception return.

■ As big as Saturday's football game is between Kentucky and Tennessee, Wednesday night's UK-UT volleyball matchup in Knoxville is much bigger. The volleyball match will decide the conference title. The football game decides which team finishes last in the SEC East.

■ If Urban Meyer couldn't stand the stress at Florida, how is he going to handle it at Ohio State?

■ Are Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski still hugging?

■ Eric Stangel, head writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, tweeting about the NBA lockout: "I just want the NBA to resolve this so I can get back to not watching it until the playoffs."

■ Speaking of Twitter, ex-UK assistant athletics director Greg Byrne, now the AD at Arizona, announced his new football coach on Monday via a twitpic. Byrne's tweet said, "And the new Arizona football coach and his family is ..." A click on the link showed Rich Rod and his family.

■ RIP Larry Munson, the legendary Georgia play-by-play man who died Sunday night at age 89. Cawood Ledford was the best play-by-play announcer ever, but Munson was the most entertaining.

To be driving in your car at night in the South and hear Munson call a Bulldogs football game was to hear a fan's agony and ecstasy rolled into one.

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