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#pounditWednesday, December 2, 2020

College Basketball

Isaiah Livers explains heated exchange with Juwan Howard

Isaiah Livers

Things got a bit testy on the Michigan sideline Sunday when coach Juwan Howard clashed with star player Isaiah Livers.

The Wolverines were struggling in the first half against Oakland when Howard said something that clearly upset Livers. The senior forward began jawing with Howard, and the coach simply walked away to calm the situation down.

Livers downplayed the confrontation after the game, saying Howard was simply challenging him and it was typical of how the pair communicate.

“He was holding me accountable,” Livers said, via Andrew Kahn of MLive. “He was just challenging me. Weirdly enough, that’s how we communicate. We argue in practice, we go at it during games, we go at it during scrimmages. It doesn’t matter because he just wants me to be a great player and I respect him for that.”

Livers ended up scoring a game-high 22 points in Michigan’s overtime win.

Video: Bill Walton was hilarious talking about his high bicycle ride

Bill Walton

Bill Walton was assigned to call Tuesday’s North Carolina-Stanford game but talked about everything other than the game. He had many viewers in tears when he hilariously talked during the first half about a bicycle ride he loves.

Walton talked about biking through the San Gabriel Mountains behind Pasadena, Calif.

“Oh my gosh, it’s spectacular. Start at mountain high, where I always like to be …,” Walton began.

He then gave a beautiful and passionate description of his ride, which then puts him back home in Pasadena where he is “home, home at last. Free, free at last.”

That is classic Bill Walton. If you think Walton is there to talk basketball, you are wrong. He’s there to be Bill Walton. Any basketball that comes up is a bonus. All stunts he pulls on air are part of the fun.

Photo: JAYZWELLING/Wikimedia via CC-BY 3.0

John Calipari: Kentucky got ‘punked’ by Kansas

John Calipari

John Calipari did not hold back after his Kentucky Wildcats lost 65-62 to the Kansas Jayhawks at the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis on Tuesday night.

Kentucky led 35-29 at halftime before being outscored in the second half and losing the game. The Wildcats scored just 27 points in the second half on 8/30 shooting, including 2/14 on threes. Jalen Wilson alone scored 21 points on 7/12 shooting for Kansas in the second half.

“If I was Bill Self, I’d be so happy, because my team was held to 29 percent from the floor and 23 percent from the three and WE WIN,” Calipari said of the Jayhawks. “I love those games, just to slog it out. Let me tell you what they did in the second half: they punked us.”

Both coaches lamented the quality of play in the game. Kansas coach Bill Self said the contest felt more like a scrimmage between the teams due to their errors. Kentucky turned the ball over 16 times and Kansas 11. Kansas shot 29.9 percent from the field, compared to 36.1 percent for Kentucky.

The quality of play to begin the season will likely be low due to the interruptions for programs because of COVID-19 issues. Both coaches seemed to feel that was the case on Tuesday night.