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Wednesday night notes: Men's basketball posts 3.14 GPA

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A couple of leftovers that we didn't get around to Wednesday:

- Head coach John Calipari announced on his website Wednesday that the men's basketball team posted a 3.14 grade-point average for the spring 2011 semester. Coupled with the fall, that comes out to a 3.015 GPA for the 2010-11 academic year, Calipari reported. He also posted that nine of his players had a 3.0 or better.

Calipari commended UK's Mike Stone, Tad Kilburn and their team of tutors for helping the student-athletes.

"It's one thing to make the type of run we made to the 2011 Final Four, it's quite another when you accomplish that AND watch these young men succeed in the classroom," Calipari wrote. "That is the TRUE philosophy we have at UK and it's one that I won't allow anyone to disparage or slander."


- Although it wasn't revealed until Wednesday that former Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith even had cancer, it was great to find out that Smith is now free of prostate cancer and dealing with the disease for the last year.

The University of Minnesota, where Smith currently coaches, released a statement on behalf of Smith.

"Amid speculation I want to make it aware that I did in fact undergo a procedure on April 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minn.)," Smith said in the release. "During my regular physical last spring it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen levels were high. A biopsy was done, and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed, and I am now cancer-free and feeling great."


- It's just about time to finally move from Enes Kanter and any lingering dreams of what might have been with him in the lineup, but just in case you can't let go, here is a YouTube video that hit the blogosphere Wednesday that shows Kanter in a workout:


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