Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kentucky vs South Carolina....A Preview Rd 2

Kentucky vs. South Carolina

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Kentucky vs South Carolina 2/19/11 Saturday 4PM-EST/3PM-CST SEC Network/ESPN3
UK leads series 43-10

Location: Columbia, SC
Enrollment: 28,481
Arena: 18,000

Head Coach: Darrin Horn
Career Record: 147-74 (66.5%) 7 seasons
At South Carolina: 36-26 (58.0%) 2 seasons

2009-10 Record: 15-16
2009-10 SEC Record: 6-10
2009-10 Postseason Record: None

2010-11 Record: 13-11
2010-11 SEC Record-4-7

South Carolina 94 Elon 79
Michigan St. 82 South Carolina 73
South Carolina 85 Radford 56
South Carolina 57 USC Upstate 41
South Carolina 87 Western Ky. 85 (2 OT)
South Carolina 74 Delaware St. 61
South Carolina 64 Clemson 60
South Carolina 64 Wofford 53
Ohio St. 79 South Carolina 57
Furman 91 South Carolina 75
South Carolina 56 Jacksonville St. 49
Boston College 85 South Carolina 70
South Carolina 91 SC St. 56
South Carolina 83 Vanderbilt 75 (OT)
Alabama 57 South Carolina 47
South Carolina 72 Florida 69
South Carolina 81 Arkansas 74 (OT)
Kentucky 67 South Carolina 58
Auburn 79 South Carolina 64
South Carolina 64 LSU 56
Vanderbilt 78 South Carolina 60
Florida 79 South Carolina 60
Georgia 60 South Carolina 56
Tennessee 73 South Carolina 67

3 PT%-32.9%

Probable Starting Lineup

Damontre Harris F 6’9” Fr……….……3.1
Lakeem Jackson F 6’5” So…………….8.2
Sam Muldrow F 6’9” Sr……………….10.7
Brian Richardson G 6’4” Fr……………7.0
Bruce Ellington G 5’9” Fr……………..13.9

Other Possible Starter

Ramon Galloway G 6’2” So……………10.4
Malik Cooke F 6’6” Jr…………………. 9.3

Since UK defeated South Carolina earlier a few weeks ago, the Gamecocks have lost 5 of 6 SEC games. On the plus side, Carolina has defeated Vandy at home and Florida at Gainesville, so they are capable of pulling off a big win, but their youth and inexperience has hurt them down the stretch in the SEC. Carolina starts 3 freshmen and plays 2 sophs, a junior and only 1 senior in Sam Muldrow.

Certainly, Muldrow is a very solid player and scores in double figures while leading the team in rebounds and blocks with 85. Freshman guard Brian Ellington is the leading scorer while leading the team in assists with 80 thus far. He is already a very fine player and promises to get a lot better in future seasons, but he has not replaced star guard Devon Downey who graduated last season.

Unfortunately, the Gamecocks are not a very good shooting team from the field or the perimeter and even their FT shooting is poor at 63.5%.Still, although young the gamecocks have some talent and have shown in their earlier defeats of Vandy and Florida….that they are capable of playing a good game and pulling an upset.

Kentucky comes off a 85-79 Rupp arena win over Mississippi St., but it was far from impressive. The Cats started out slow….got behind by 11 points in the 1st half….then cut it to one at half. UK’s play during the game was good at some points and ugly at other points. After UK built a 13 point lead late in the 2nd half, they managed to revert to their poor play and lack of execution which has cost them close games on the road. In the last few minutes….the Cats managed a couple of bad TO’s….bad shots….and missed the front end of two one and one’s. The result was the Bulldogs cutting the 13 point lead to 4 points. Yes, UK garnered a must win victory, but it is obvious that the Cats are simply not playing good basketball for anything approaching 40 minutes.

Also, a growing concern is regarding recent SEC teams shooting incredible percentages from the perimeter. Miss. St. hit an amazing 12-22 from the perimeter…far above their average. Yes, teams can get hot from the 3 point line, but when recently….team after team is shooting much better from the perimeter against UK than normal, some blame must go to UK’s perimeter defense….which must improve!

There are now just 5 SEC games left and hopefully, the Cats can show solid improvement offensively and defensively as the SEC season winds down….particularly in the last 5 minutes of the game. Needless to say….the South Carolina game is another must win.

I see a UK 14 point win over the Gamecocks. GO BIG BLUE!

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