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John Clay: Big 12 has only itself to blame for playoff shutout

Random notes:

In my view, the College Football Playoff Committee got it right. Ohio State deserved the nod over TCU and Baylor.

Don't cry for the Big 12, which tried to finesse its way into getting both teams into the national semifinals and ended up with zero.

You can bet Cincinnati, Boise State, Memphis, Central Florida, Houston, among others, were all on the phone to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Monday when it appeared that the lack of a championship game hurt the conference.

This is one of the better bowl lineups in many years.

Most interesting (to me): Louisville-Georgia in the Belk Bowl; Texas A&M-West Virginia in Liberty Bowl; Arkansas-Texas in Texas Bowl; Ole Miss-TCU in Peach Bowl; Mississippi State-Georgia Tech in Orange Bowl; Kansas State-UCLA in Alamo Bowl.

Baylor Coach Art Briles voted Alabama No. 4 in the final coaches' poll. Not that he was trying to get a point across.

Good move by Keeneland moving the Blue Grass Stakes up a week. In the modern Triple Crown trail, seems like the farther away your race date is from the Kentucky Derby the better.

Thanks to CBS' Gary Parrish, who passes along that Ken Pomeroy's advanced statistics have Kentucky allowing 82.6 points per 100 possessions, lowest since Pomeroy started keeping those stats in 2001-02.

UK's number so far this year is 2.5 points per 100 possessions lower than John Calipari's 2008 Memphis team.

As for Calipari's 2012 national championship team, according to Pomeroy it allowed 89.9 points per 100 possessions.

NBA fined Enes Kanter $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands on Monday night. Bad hygiene can be costly.

It would not surprise me if the Bengals drop their final three games — at Cleveland, Denver, at Pittsburgh — and miss the playoffs.

Normally, Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis tries very hard not to say anything, so how in the world did he end up calling Johnny Manziel a "midget" on a radio interview.

It's always the losing coach in a rivalry who says the game is not that important. It was Hal Mumme back when Kentucky football lost to Louisville in 2000. It was Jeff Walz when Louisville women's basketball lost to Kentucky in 2014. Some things never change.

Early in his collegiate career, UK's Devin Booker is the definition of a streaky shooter.

In his first three games, Booker hit just five of 20 shots. In his next three, Booker made 18 of 24 shots. In his last three, Booker is 3-for-17.

The Big 10 confirmed that it will hold its 2018 conference basketball tournament in New York because nothing says Big Ten like Madison Square Garden.

It would not have changed the outcome, but I would have liked to see Eastern Kentucky's Eric Stutz face the Cats last Sunday. The star forward missed the game with a foot injury. Stutz is one of the better high-post passers in all of college basketball.

Here come the Seattle Seahawks.

Now that the college football regular season is over, Kentucky wound up 75th in total offense and 77th in total defense. In 2013, UK finished 107th in total offense and 91st in total defense.

Kudos to Kentucky for scheduling a basketball home-and-home with UCLA. It's hard to believe the Cats have never played a game in Pauley Pavilion.

The Irish Times reports that golfer Rory McIlroy has gone through eight mobile phones trying to avoid calls from journalists.

And did you see where, after upsetting Michigan, NJIT's bookstore has been besieged by orders for T-shirts.

Most of the orders have come from Michigan's rivals.

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