Two quick notes from Thursday:
1. Ken Pomeroy, the leading advanced-statistic analyst on college basketball, projected UK as the No. 1 team in the country. His statistic-driven system projects Ohio State as No. 2 and North Carolina No. 3.
His statistics project UK to have the No. 2 offense and the No. 2 defense in tempo-free national ratings. UK is favored to win every game (the lowest win probability percentage is at Vanderbilt, with 59 percent) and has a 1.9 percent chance of going undefeated. The “most likely” scenario is for UK to finish 27-3 (14-2 SEC). The full page is worth a look, and will continue to be throughout the year.
2. John Calipari was apparently down in Memphis recruiting Thursday. According to Evan Daniels, 2012 forward Jarnell Stokes, a Memphis native, has increased interest in UK (Stokes had previously had UK among his top six but dropped them a few months ago, writing on his blog that his interest in UK hadn’t been reciprocated). Calipari was also spotted in his old hangout, Gibson’s Donuts, according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal’s basketball beat writer Jason Smith. I interned at the Commercial Appeal this summer and wrote a story on the very same Gibson’s shop — it was Calipari’s go-to joint in the mornings, and the owner developed into a good friend.