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On a Wednesday SiriusXM NBA Radio appearance, Phoenix Suns guard and former Kentucky Wildcat Eric Bledsoe said his school -- fresh off a 72-40 dismantling of the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks -- would beat the 0-11 Philadelphia 76ers in a seven-game series.
"I'm definitely taking Kentucky," Bledsoe said when presented with the scenario. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."
Bold statement. Philadelphia indeed is terrible and Kentucky appears to be great. But would a cast of current NBA players really lose to future ones?
(Side note worth mentioning: The Suns play at Philadelphia on Friday.)
John Calipari signs Kentucky deal
Like Nick Saban before him, John Calipari -- the source of frequent pro-coaching rumors -- has signed an extensive deal to remain at his college. Over the course of the seven-year deal, the Kentucky Wildcats will pay Calipari $52.5 million in salary and bonuses, in part as an attempt to keep him from returning to the NBA. Will it work? Are you OK with college coaches making this much money?
Big problems with the NCAA?
Kentucky coach John Calipari isn't all that pleased with how the NCAA does things. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Wildcats coach in his new book compares college sports' governing body to the last years of the Soviet Union, saying it has failed to change with the times. Calipari also proposes several changes, including allowing players to transfer without sitting out if their coach leaves, a $3,000-to-$5,000 stipend and more. What's your take?
NCAA championship game
Connecticut and Kentucky will face off in the 2014 NCAA tournament title game. Kentucky barely held off Wisconsin in a thrilling game that came down to the final shot, while Connecticut engineered a stunning comeback against Florida after falling behind by double-digits early in the first half. Both teams had low seeds entering the tournament, but they're no strangers to championship matches -- Connecticut won the tournament in 2011, while Kentucky did so in 2012. Which team will win it all?