After he bombed Tennessee into oblivion, I made the “Jodie Meeks is God” exclamation and after this weekend’s performance, it bears repeating — or at least a derivative thereof. While everybody is rightfully talking about the excellent weekends of Hasheem Thabeet and Blake Griffin, Meeks’ weekend accomplishments deserve mention as well. Andy Katz certainly thinks so. During Kentucky’s win over Arkansas, Meeks single-handedly carried his team to their seventh conference victory with 45 points and 7 rebounds.
It should also be noted Kentucky was without Meeks’ partner-in-crime, Patrick Patterson, who missed the game with a sprained ankle.
Who is the best basketball team in the SEC? While the consensus before the season got underway was the Tennessee Volunteers, thanks to the play of the 12-1 Arkansas Razorbacks, it may be time to rethink that answer. Last night, John Pelphrey’s team handled yet another highly-ranked Big 12 foe — the Texas Longhorns — and are now looking to make a splash in the Top 25 rankings and the SEC regular season, which starts on Saturday for the Razorbacks against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
What would you do if you were a mid-major sized college looking to fill a head-coaching vacancy and a former coach with a National Championship under his belt was interested in leading your basketball program? In most cases, you’d jump at the chance to hire such a coach, but what if the coach was Nolan Richardson and school in question was Arkansas State?
Richardson was the previous head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, a team he took to two National Championship games, winning the 1994 contest against the Duke Blue Devils (thanks to a high-arcing, Scotty Thurman shot). However in 2002, Coach Richardson infamously clashed with Athletic Director Frank Broyles; a fight that led to Richardson losing his job at Arkansas. Richardson answered by filing a lawsuit, saying Arkansas used racially discriminatory practices when it got rid of him.
This made for some entertaining reading about the Richardson/Broyles imbroglio, a fight that culminated with Richardson losing his case. Since these events, Richardson has not coached another college basketball game, although he has coached for the Panamanian and Mexican national teams.