Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings played in the Final Four for Purdue, but he said his loyalties reside on West End.“I am much more of a Vanderbilt person than I am a Purdue person,” said Stallings, whose Commodores (5-2) play Purdue (8-2) on Saturday (8 p.m., SEC Network) for the first time since 1965. “So this game is only important to me because it’s the next game.“… It’s not really (special). It’s an important game because it’s our next one and we’re coming off a loss and it’s a game against a very good team. But in terms of ‘Oh, I went to school there,’ I have long since been detached from that.”Stallings was a sophomore guard on Purdue’s 1980 Final Four team, which lost to UCLA in the semifinals and beat Iowa in the consolation game for third place in the NCAA Tournament.Stallings ultimately played 97 games (18 starts), scored 333 points and dished out 217 assists. After his playing career, he worked as a Purdue assistant from 1983-88 under Gene Keady, who serves as the indirect reason for the Commodores playing the Boilermakers for the first time in nearly a half-century.Kevin Stallings, left, was an assistant on Gene Keady’s staff at Purdue from 1983-88.Saturday’s game is the first meeting of a home-and-home series between the schools. Stallings said Purdue will hold a classic next season that includes teams coached by Keady’s former assistants. Just this week, pupil and mentor spoke on the phone, but Stallings is not interested in traveling down memory lane.“Coach Keady is very important to me. I spoke with him (on Wednesday),” Stallings said. “But there is nothing emotional about the game aside from the game itself. (Keady) asked me who we played this week, and he said, ‘You play one of my guys this week, right?’ I said, ‘Yeah, we play Purdue (coached by fellow Keady assistant Matt Painter). The conversation was just a catch-up session, but he is a very special guy to a lot of us and a very special one to me for sure.”Stallings was an effective role player at Purdue. He was the team’s assist leader as a senior in 1981-82, and he touted the Boilermakers’ top free-throw percentage in each of his last two seasons. Vanderbilt players said Stallings occasionally mentions his playing career, sometimes with tongue firmly planted in cheek.“He talks about his past in practice, like he can put the ball anywhere he wants to and how he hardly ever turned the ball over,” said Damian Jones, Vanderbilt’s leading scorer.Kevin Stallings, right, played for Purdue’s 1980 Final Four team. He later started for the Boilermakers and led the team in assists in 1981-82.Sophomore forward Luke Kornet, whose father Frank was a standout player at Vanderbilt in the late 1980s, said Stallings “will shoot around sometimes, so you can tell he used to play.” But Kornet had no idea his coach once played in the Final Four.“Oh, wow,” he said. “That’s really special. But I didn’t know that.”Stallings said he doesn’t talk much about his playing days because “I wasn’t nearly as good of a player in retrospect as I thought I was at the time.”Asked to compare his skill set at Purdue with one of his current players, Stallings went with the humble approach. “They are all much better than I was, thank goodness,” he said.But the current Commodores have not been to the Final Four like their coach.“No, they haven’t been,” Stallings said. “But you never know. That could happen someday.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @Adam Sparks. NEXT GAME PURDUE (8-2) at VANDERBILT (5-2)When: 8 p.m. SaturdayTV/radio: SEC Network / 1510-AM
A heavyweight fight between Stipi Miočič and Daniel Cormier is expected on Sunday. The media have already crowned the winner of this duel as the best UFC heavyweight of all time. What have the experts said about the upcoming duel?This will be Mitchicch and Cormier’s third fight. The score now stands at 1: 1. Cormier won the first duel in the first five minutes, although until the decisive blow it could be said that Miočič was better. In the second duel, Cormier was better in the first three rounds, but then Miočič’s corner came up with a solution to attack Cormier’s body more, which resulted in victory.There is another trump card in Cormier’s arsenal, which he has used little against Mikochi so far, and that is his high-level free fight or “reslings”. Cormier himself makes no secret of the fact that he intends to place more emphasis on this element in the forthcoming battle.There is no doubt that Cormier is superior to Miočič in the elements of free struggle, who is not a puppy in the ground floor. Therefore, there is reason to believe that in the upcoming duel Cormier could be the one who comes up with a new battle plan and eventually wins. As Cormier himself has repeatedly said, this struggle will be his last, whatever its outcome. But there is no denying that Miočičs also looks great in the training videos published!If there has been a strong “50/50” fight lately, then it definitely promises to be this one. But what are the experts’ predictions then?Alekss Balentains (“Bleacher Report”)“Part of Cormier’s collapse in previous rounds of champions was the fact that he stopped using elements of free fight. Given that Daniel now has time to look back and analyze what happened, Cormier could use tactics based on very free elements. It could also be changing circumstance, “wrote Balentain.Madar Berthold Flemin (MMA wrestler at Cage Warriors)Madars Bertholds Fleminas visited the podcast “What’s in the Square, It’s on the Tongue” on Thursday. One of the topics we talked to about the wrestler was the upcoming fight between Mocicchi and Cormier.“I think Cormier is much better than Mitchic in every way. Both on the ground and in posture. But Mitchic has the fact that he can be dragged into terribly ‘deep waters’ and he can make the necessary changes, as he did in the last fight. Definitely “It’s going to be an interesting fight, but I’m putting my money on Cormier,” Flemin said.Many wrestlers have revealed their thoughts on the upcoming fight in various foreign media. For example, Justin Geichi, Kelvin Gastelum, Gilbert Burns Gunnar Nelson, as well as Lithuanian Modest Bukauskas have said that they could win in Cormier, but none of these wrestlers think it will be very convincing.Alexander Volkanovsky (UFC heavyweight division wrestler)Unlike his other brothers, Alexander Volkanovsky believes that Miočič will triumph in the expected battle: “I think that most likely Stipe. He will come to this fight better prepared and motivated.”Trents Reinsmits (“Forbes”)Forbes viewer Trent Reinsmith is also in Cormier’s “camp.” Although most experts believe that Cormier’s “reslings” will be decisive in the upcoming fight. Reinsmith believes that Cormier will kill his opponent.“Cormier has won 10 of 22 career victories with a knockout. One of these victories brought him the” Best Performance of the Evening “award. It was directly against Miočič … Two of Miočič’s three losses are just after the knockout. The fact that “Cormier is leaving his last professional MMA fight. I think he will be more focused than ever. Cormier lost last fight due to correctable mistakes. I don’t think Daniel will repeat those mistakes,” Reinsmith predicted.Edgar Skriver (“Karate Combat” champion)The “Apollo” portal contacted Edgars Skrīvers, one of the leading representatives of Latvian martial arts, about the fight between Kormje and Miočič.“I think there will be an interesting fight again. Cormier, as I understand it, is the last fight of his career, so I think he will have got all the strength to put them out in this fight. Personally, I’m for DC [Kormjē]. It would be cool if he won and went with the title. If the fight reaches the decision of the judges, then DC will win, “explained Skriver.However, the Latvian karatist did not deny that Miočič also has a good chance: “If the fight ends with a slaughter, then it could be Miočič, who hit exactly. He has heavy hands and blows in general. so – if the fight reaches the decision of the judges, then DC will win, but if we talk about the slaughter, then Miočičs. “Although experts are in favor of Cormier’s victory and going to sunset with a belt around his waist, there is no doubt that no one would be surprised by Mitchic’s victory. Who will then be crowned the best UFC heavyweight of all time? MMA fans will be able to find out very soon, on the early morning of August 16. The UFC 251 main card is scheduled to start at 5 Latvian time, which means that Miočič and Cormier could go to the octagon after 7.Follow Apollo as well Instagram – everything exciting, beautiful and important in one place!