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Rex Chapman: John Calipari is going to coach Lakers

John Calipari KentuckyFormer Kentucky star and NBA player Rex Chapman created some major waves on the college and pro basketball scene when he tweeted prior to Monday’s National Championship Game that current Wildcats coach John Calipari would be taking the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job.

The feeling has long been that Mike D’Antoni, fairly or unfairly, would not be back as Lakers head coach next season following this year’s disaster. The rumor received more credibility when another report said Kobe Bryant did not want to play for D’Antoni.

As you could imagine, the Lakers have denied the rumor.

“I spoke to [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said via the Los Angeles Times. “Mike D’Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement.”

D’Antoni is currently employed by the team, so what would you expect them to say? Yeah, we’re firing Mike and hiring John? Of course they were going to deny it.

The question is would Calipari actually leave Kentucky for the Lakers? Cal is only 55 and still has plenty of years left in him. His run with the Nets did not go the way he wanted — he was fired during his third season — so maybe he would want to prove he can coach at the highest level. Plus, let’s be real here, it’s not like he has huge ties to Kentucky; this is only his fifth season there and he’s already won one title and been to two championship games and three Final Fours. Maybe he felt more inclined to leave after all the fans started crushing him amid the shaky season at Kentucky this year.

Willie Cauley-Stein wears crazy looking shirt

Willie Cauley-Stein shirt

Willie Cauley-Stein did not play in the national championship game between UConn and Kentucky on Monday night because of an injury, but he still made his presence felt.

Oh yeah, Cauley-Stein wore the undershirt you see above beneath his jersey. No idea what he was thinking. No idea if he lost a bet. No idea how much he was paid. We do know that that shirt was plain LOUD.

Oh, and this Photoshop from our friend HP Basketball was just money:

Derek the UConn RA is officially America’s least favorite RA

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A lot of stuff is going to get broken when the final whistle sounds in the NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday night. Both UConn and Kentucky are massive universities that love their basketball, and we know what rowdy college kids do when their team wins or loses a huge game. One resident assistant from UConn is not going to have any of that nonsense in his house.

In anticipation of the big game, a UConn RA named Derek sent the letter you see above to the students who live on his floor telling them he is not going to tolerate any type of excessive celebrating. He also basically called everyone bandwagon fans and said the only reason they care about the game is because the uniforms say UConn or they want an excuse to party.

“If it’s the first one, you’re cheering for laundry,” Derek wrote. “If it’s the second one, be as far away from me as possible tonight.”

In other words, no one can possibly actually care about their school’s basketball team because they like basketball and want to see their team win. Derek just doesn’t see that as a realistic scenario.

As you might expect, the Twitter world has already labeled Derek the worst RA in America. When I went to UConn the North Campus dorms were dry, and none of our RA’s were that douchey with their emails. There are countless other ways he could have gone about it. Derek later sent another email to students clarifying the original letter, which Barstool Sports passed along.

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Guy who got Kentucky 2014 National Champions tattoo gets free tickets to game

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Remember that Kentucky fan who got a 2014 National Champions tattoo before the NCAA Tournament began? He’s one win away from looking like Nostradamus.

The No. 8 seed Wildcats have become one of the lowest seeds to ever reach an NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. For about two hours, that honor belonged to No. 7 seed UConn. Tyler probably wasn’t surprised to see Kentucky defy the odds, but I’m sure he never imagined his decision to get a tattoo would lead to free tickets for the biggest game of the year.

Because of the success John Calipari’s team has enjoyed, Tyler’s ink has officially became a national story.

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SNL creates ‘Best of the White Guys’ DVD for NCAA Tournament (Video)

Is this SNL’s answer to “One Shining Moment”? If so, they kinda nailed it.

This funny “Best of the White Guys” DVD showing white guys diving after loose balls, taking charges, celebrating on the bench, throwing bounce passes, helping up teammates, checking in at the end of games, and my personal favorite, giving it their best shot.

And those bonus DVDs? Passion over talent? When it was fair? Oh my god. Too much.

Best of the White Guys DVD

(p.s. nobody tell them that Final Four team Wisconsin was loaded with white guys)

H/T Crabman

Kentucky fan flashes her underwear inside bar

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Kentucky became the lowest seed to ever reach the national championship game with a win over Wisconsin on Saturday night, and their fans were sure to keep it classy while celebrating. Especially this girl who showed her Wildcat pride by dropping her drawers in a bar.

As you can see, the young lady was wearing Kentucky underwear and wanted the whole establishment to know about it. I’m a UConn alum so you know where my loyalty lies heading into Monday, but this girl has me thinking Kentucky ain’t so bad.

Hey, it’s better than stripping down to your underwear inside the arena during a loss. Yeah, that’s actually been done.

Photo: Twitter/Erin Sharoni

Alex Poythress suffers leg injury in celebration, says he’s fine (Video)

Kentucky is already without Willie Cauley-Stein after the big man got hurt in the team’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville, and now Alex Poythress may not be at full strength for the team’s championship game against UConn Monday night.

Poythress got his leg caught in the dog pile his teammates formed in their celebration after the win over Wisconsin Saturday and appeared to get hurt. However, he told the media that whatever injury it looked like he suffered wasn’t bad.

“Nah, I just caught on the bottom of the dog pile,” Poythress said after the game. “I’ll be fine.”

Poythress may say he’s fine, but the look on his face after the celebration said otherwise:

Alex Poythress injury

Poythress now joins a long list of athletes who have been hurt during a celebration. See the full list here.

GIF via SB Nation