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Kentucky fans flood Facebook page of official John Higgins’ company with negative reviews

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Unhappy with how John Higgins performed at his part-time job, Kentucky fans did their best trash him at his full-time gig.

The Facebook page of the referee’s Omaha-based roofing company was flooded by Big Blue Nation with negative comments and reviews after they were displeased with the official’s work in the Wildcats’ Elite Eight loss to North Carolina.

Not only did fans leave obviously fake and vulgar comments on the page, they also deluged it with one-star reviews to drive down its average significantly.

Once again, the Internet is struck by its proportionality problem. What could be considered a silly bit of online pranking by a small minority suddenly turns into an avalanche of nastiness that could do real damage to someone’s life, business and family, given the importance of social media for companies in 2017. It becomes cruel when it reaches a level like this.

When there’s so many general complaints about the state of officiating in college basketball, it’s also not helpful to do something like this to one of the referees generally considered to be one of the country’s best. It’s not exactly a glowing endorsement for prospective future officials to follow the career path if it brings this level of negative attention to you off the court.

Lexington has multiple couch fires, arrests following Kentucky’s loss to UConn (PHOTOS)

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Storrs wasn’t the only town getting after it on Monday night.

Lexington also had some late-night activity going on as there were multiple couch fires and a handful of arrests on Monday night according to WLKY.

The mayor’s office in Lexington reported 17 couch fires, seven injuries and two arrests were made by 12:30 a.m. early Tuesday after Kentucky’s 60-54 loss to UConn.

One person was also hit by a train near campus and was taken to a hospital.

Clearly, some people are taking the loss very hard and a lot of couches are suffering as well.

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Pictures, video of record 650 tents camping out for Big Blue Madness (VIDEO)

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The first thing that you’ll learn when covering college basketball is that you should never, ever underestimate the passion — and insanity — of Kentucky basketball fans.

This morning at 5 a.m., fans were allowed to begin camping out for a spot in line to get a voucher for a ticket to Big Blue Madness. Those vouchers won’t be given out until 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. That’s a full 74 hours later.

Look at the rush to get a spot in line:

A record 650 tents were set up as of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. This is what “Tent City” looks like now:

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Remember, this is all for a chance to see Big Blue Madness, which can barely be qualified as a practice.

As Coach Cal would say, “You people are crazy.”

Nerlens Noel gets dunked on by Willie Cauley-Stein at Kentucky Midnight Madness

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Kentucky is always the place to be when it comes to Midnight Madness, especially Friday night as Big Blue Nation raised another banner inside Rupp Arena.

During the scrimmage, one of John Calipari’s freshmen big men threw down a highlight-worthy dunk. But, it’s not the freshman center you’re probably thinking of, however he was on the receiving end of it.

Nerlens Noel, the nation’s top recruit, was posterized by Willie Cauley-Stein on a two-on-one fastbreak. It started with another highly-touted freshman, Archie Goodwin leading the break and hitting the streaking Cauley-Stein with a behind the back pass. The 6-foot-10 Noel went up to contest, only to get in the way of the 7-foot Cauley-Stein slamming the ball over Noel’s hightop fade.

Interestingly enough, the two big men were in the news together on Thursday during Kentucky’s media day, when Calipari mentioned that he is considering playing the two on the floor at the same time.

“I may stack them together, put them both on the same side of the court,” said Calipari in a press release from the school. “I may put them on the elbow. I’m going to mess around. I don’t know how much per game we’ll play those two. I really have no idea. It may be five minutes, 15 minutes. What if they’re both really good together? It may be 25 minutes. So I don’t know yet.”

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne