Monday, January 31, 2011

SEC Men's Basketball Standings/Schedule 1/31/11

East
Florida 5-2 16-5 Vanderbilt 2/1, Kentucky 2/5
Kentucky 4-2 16-4 @Mississippi 2/1, @Florida 2/5
Tennessee 4-2 14-7 @Auburn 2/3, Alabama 2/5
Vanderbilt 3-3 15-5 @Florida 2/1, S. Carolina 2/5
South Carolina 3-3 12-7 @LSU 2/2, @Vanderbilt 2/5
Georgia 3-4 14-6 @Arkansas 2/2, Auburn 2/5

West
Alabama 5-1 13-7 Miss. St 2/2, @ Tennessee 2/5
Arkansas 4-3 14-6 Arkansas 2/2, Mississippi 2/5
Mississippi St. 3-3 11-9 @Alabama 2/2, @LSU 2/5
LSU 2-4 10-11 S. Carolina 2/2, Miss St. 2/5
Mississippi 1-5 13-8 Kentucky 2/1, @Arkansas 2/5
Auburn 1-6 8-13 Tennessee 2/3, Georgia 2/5

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kentucky vs Ole Miss....A Preview

Kentucky vs. Mississippi

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs Ole Miss 2/1/11 Tuesday 7PM-EST/6PM-CST (ESPNU)
UK leads the series 97-12

Location: Oxford, Miss.
Enrollment: 18,344
Arena: 9,061

Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Career Record: 106-63 (62.7%) 5 seasons
At Ole Miss: 85-50 (63.0%) 4 seasons

2009-10 Record: 24-11
2009-10 SEC Record: 9-7
2009-10 Postseason Record: 3-1 (NIT)

2010-11 Record: 13-8
2010-11 SEC Record: 1-5

Ole Miss 68 Arkansas State 60
Ole Miss 77 Murray State 61
Dayton 78 Ole Miss 71 (OT)
Ole Miss 84 Penn St. 71
Miami (FL) 86 Ole Miss 73
Ole Miss 86 Southern Miss 81
Ole Miss 84 Arkansas-Little Rock 70
Ole Miss 101 Mississippi Valley St. 69
Ole Miss 71 East Tennessee St. 50
Ole Miss 83 Texas St. 72
Colorado St. 68 Ole Miss 61
Ole Miss 69 St. Louis 61
Ole Miss 100 Alcorn St. 62
Ole Miss 68 Southeastern Louisiana 59
Ole Miss 75 SMU 57
Florida 77 Ole Miss 71
Mississippi St 69 Ole Miss 64
Georgia 98 Ole Miss 76
Vandy 84 Ole Miss 74
Ole Miss 88 LSU 51
Tennessee 74 Ole Miss 58

PPG-75.8
FG%-46.0%
3 PT.%-34.2%
FT%-75.4%
RPG-36.1
APG-13.0
SPG-5.2
BPG-5.3
TO’S-12.6

Probable Starting Lineup

Chris Warren G 5’10” Sr………………..18.2
Zach Graham G 6’6” Sr…………………14.0
Nick Williams G 6’4” So………………..7.8
Terrance Henry F 6’9” Jr………………..8.8
Reginald Buckner F 6’8” So…………….7.1

Other Key Players

Trevor Gaskins G 6’2” Jr………………..8.0
Dundercous Nelson G 5’11” Fr………….7.0

Coach Andy Kennedy had high hopes this season after Ole Miss finished last season with a 24-11 record just missing getting to the NCAA.. Unfortunately. after last season’s NIT several key Ole Miss players transferred out and the result has been a tough season thus far for the Rebels. Ole Miss is currently 1-5 in the SEC so barring a huge winning streak….the Rebels will not only miss the NCAA, but may not make it back to the NIT.

Ole Miss is led by seniors Chris Warren, one of the elite players in the SEC, and Zach Warren in scoring. Warren leads the team in assists with 82…..while Buckner and Henry are the Rebels leading rebounders. In addition, Buckner is a great shot blocker with 59 thus far this season. Nick Williams leads in perimeter shooting hitting 39.5%. As a team, Ole Miss is a terrific FT shooting team nailing 75.4% from the charity line. Amazingly, Warren has hit 93-99 FT’s for an incredible 93.9%....while is running mate Graham is close behind hitting 85.9% of his FT’s! Obviously, no opponent wants to send Ole Miss players to the FT line!

The Rebels will have an advantage playing UK at home, but Ole Miss just doesn’t match up talent wise.

UK is coming off a pay back victory over Georgia 66-60. The game was a tale of two half’s. In the first half, UK played very well….playing with high energy….and hitting 15-29 from the field for 51.7% and 6-12 from the perimeter for 50%. The result was a solid 15 point half time lead. However, in the second half….the wheels came off. UK couldn’t make shots from anywhere….they were a paltry 7-22 for a miserable 31.8% and that included missing all 5 perimeter shots. Liggins had some nice drives to the basket, but failed to convert on all but one drive. In the final 5 minutes or so….the Cats made a number of TO’s and even had a 5 second call when they couldn’t get the ball thrown in to a player. In addition, the Cats missed two critical front ends of one and ones.

UK was saved by Lamb who had a solid shooting game with 7-11 and 3-6 from the perimeter. Georgia won the 2nd half outscoring the Cats 36-27 and also outrebounded UK 41-32. UK even struggled from the FT line hitting only 16-25 for a poor 64%.

The 2nd half performance was very disturbing and the reasons can only be guessed at. Is playing only 6 players wearing the Cats down? Does this team simply lack a killer instinct to put teams away? Or is it because there isn’t good leadership on the floor? Certainly, the team is young and that is undoubtedly part of the reason. Whatever the reasons, UK cannot win the SEC or go far in the NCAA playing hard and executing for half or part of a game. Also, the Cats are living on the edge playing with just 6 players. As the season wears on it is likely that playing some players 36-40 minutes will take it’s toll. Of course there is also the inevitable foul trouble and God forbid a key injury. It is beyond disappointing that UK is getting virtually nothing from Hood, Poole and Vargas at this point in the season. It won’t be easy to play just 6 players in the SEC tourney and win 3 games in 3 days.

Hopefully, the loss at Alabama was a wake up call that playing on the road against virtually any opponent is seldom easy. The rest of the SEC season is not easy at all…..because in 6 of the remaining 10 SEC games…UK faces Florida, Tennessee and Vandy twice!

Coach Cal has worked his butt off trying to enable the players and the team as a whole to reach their potential. There have been glimpses of excellent play from these young Cats, but too often they lose intensity and focus….and do not play well. The season is flying by and it’s time to see these young Cats make a major step forward in playing a solid 40 minutes of basketball.

The game at Ole Miss will not be easy if UK doesn’t bring great intensity and good offensive and defensive execution to the game. I see a UK win by 11 points. GO CATS!

Photos: UK Basketball vs Georgia

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Video: Coach Calipari UK/UGA post-game comments





Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brandon Knight video done by CBS Sports

Kentucky freshman point guard makes adjustment to college game, discusses his grades, work ethic & leadership. Coach Calipari and UK teammates comment on Knight..

Kentucky vs Georgia....A Preview Rd 2

Kentucky vs. Georgia

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs Georgia…1/29/11 Saturday 4PM (ESPN)

Georgia

Location: Athens, Ga.
Enrollment: 34,180
Arena: 10,523

Head Coach: Mark Fox
Career Record: 137-60 (69.5%) 6 seasons
At Georgia 14-17 (45.2%) 1 season

2009-10 Record: 14-17
2009-10 SEC Record: 5-11
2009-10 Postseason: None

2010-11 Record: 14-5
2010-11 SEC Record: 3-3

Georgia 72 Miss.Valley State 70
Georgia 83 Colorado 74
Georgia 61 St. Louis 59
Notre Dame 89 Georgia 83 (2-OT)
Temple 65 Georgia 58
Georgia 61 Manhattan 58
Georgia 66 UAB 64
Georgia 73 Georgia Tech 72
Georgia 68 Arkansas St. 59
Georgia 85 High Point 38
Georgia 56 Mercer 53
Georgia 70 Charleston Southern 55
Georgia 64 Eastern Ky 57
Georgia 77 Kentucky 70
Vanderbilt 73 Georgia 66
Georgia 98 Ole Miss 76
Tennessee 59 Georgia 57
Georgia 86 Mississippi 64
Florida 104 Georgia 91 (2 OT)


PPG-72.4
FG%-46.5%
3 PT%-34.6%
FT%-67.6%
RPG-42.1
APG-15.5
TO’s-13.5
SPG-7.1
BPG-5.6

Probable Starting Lineup

Trey Thompkins F 6’10” Jr…………..17.6
Jeremy Price F 6’8” Sr………………..8.4
Travis Leslie G 6’4” Jr…………….....15.0
Dustin Ware G 5’11” Jr……………….7.6
Gerald Robinson G 6’1” Jr…………...13.7

Other Key Players

Sherrard Brantley G 6’2” So…………..3.8
Chris Barnes F 6’8” Sr……………..….3.9

Georgia arrives in Rupp arena after losing a heartbreaker to Florida at home in a double OT. The Bulldogs had Ware and Robinson foul out and committed 20 TO’s which cost them a win. Georgia has lost some tough games this season…OT loss to a very good Notre Dame team….2 point loss to Tennessee…..tough loss to Vandy in Nashville….early season loss to Temple by 7 points…..and of course the recent Florida loss.

This is a good Georgia team starting 4 juniors and a senior. They have a very solid big frontline with Thompkins, Price and Leslie….plus they bring 6’8” Barnes off the bench.
Thompkins, a sure fire first round pick in the NBA, leads the Bulldogs in scoring and in rebounds. Ware is the teams best long rifle hitting 41.7% from the perimeter while Robinson leads in assists.

A review of Georgia’s win over UK is very revealing. The Cats had Miller, Liggins and Lamb foul out while committing 24 fouls….resulting in Georgia hitting an incredible 30-34 FT’s for 88.2%. Georgia our rebounded UK with Thompkins scoring 25 points. In addition, UK shot a poor 38% with Miller and Liggins hitting only 4-20.

UK is now 3-2 in the SEC after defeating South Carolina at Columbia. It was an important SEC win on the road for the Cats…. especially after losing to a clearly inferior Alabama team
Although defeating SC in their arena is never easy, the Cats didn’t play a great game. UK shot only 42.6% while hitting hit only 3-13 from the perimeter. In addition, UK was out rebounded by SC and had 14 TO’s.. However, on the plus side, the Cats played great defense with intensity and they made 24-29 FT’s.

Now the Cats seek to pay back Georgia for their earlier loss. UK will need to continue playing with intensity and play solid defense from the opening tip. Importantly, the Cats must defend without excessive fouls….rebound by committee…..take good shots…..and hit their FT’s. The challenge will be for UK’s Jones and Harrellson, especially, to minimize Georgia’s offense in the paint and hold their own on the boards. This will be a tough game for the Cats as Georgia is a load in the paint and has a solid offense and defense.

The Cats have had a week to prepare for Georgia and this time the Cats will face the Bulldogs before 23,000 UK fans in Rupp arena. I like UK to defeat Georgia, but they must stay out of foul trouble and rebound well. UK by 8 over the Bulldogs. GO CATS!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Photos: UK Hoops vs Vanderbilt

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UK Hoops: Vanderbilt 2011 - Images by Kentucky Kernel

Knight named SEC Freshman of the Week-1/24/11


SEC Freshman Of The Week


Brandon Knight
Kentucky
G • 6-3 • 185 • Fr. • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Kentucky’s Brandon Knight was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds , 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in games at Alabama and at South Carolina. Knight scored in double-figures for the 13th and 14th straight games last week. He recorded his eighth 20-point game with a game-high 23 points in UK’s win at South Carolina. The eight 20-point games ties for third most by a freshman in school history, one off the record. Has hit multiple 3-pointers in four straight games, hitting 13 triples over the last four games. Knight pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in win at South Carolina

Knight’s Season Stats

PPG | RPG | APG | BPG | SPG

17.6 | 3.9 | 3.7 | 0.3 | 0.8

UK's Jennifer O’Neill: Women's SEC Freshman of the Week -1/24/11


Freshman of the Week
Jennifer O’Neill • Kentucky
Guard • Bronx, N.Y.


• Averaged 12.5 points off the bench in just 21.5 minutes per game in UK’s two SEC wins over Florida and Vanderbilt.

• Came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points in UK’s first SEC road win and first win at Florida since 2006.

• Scored five straight points in the final four minutes in helping UK claw back from a 10-point deficit with just 5:29 remaining in the game.

• Scored 10 points in a reserve role in UK’s win over Vanderbilt while also grabbing a steal and a block.

• Perfect from the free-throw line during the week, hitting all five attempts.

SEC Men's Basketball Standings/Schedule 1/24/11

East
Florida 15-4 4-1 @Georgia 1/25, @Mississippi St. 1/29
Kentucky 15-4 3-2 Georgia 1/29
Georgia 14-4 3-2 Florida 1/25, @ Kentucky 1/29
South Carolina 12-6 3-2 Auburn
Vanderbilt 14-4 2-2 @Mississippi St. 1/27, Arkansas 1/29
Tennessee 12-7 2-2 LSU 1/26, @Mississippi 1/29

West
Alabama 12-7 4-1 LSU 1/29
Mississippi St.10-8 2-2 Vanderbilt 1/27, Florida 1/29
LSU 10-9 2-2 @Tennessee 1/26, @Alabama 1/29
Arkansas 12-6 2-3 Auburn 1/25, @Vanderbilt 1/29
Mississippi 13-7 1-4 Tennessee 1/29
Auburn 7-12 0-5 @Arkansas 1/25, @South Carolina 1/29

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Video: UK vs South Carolina Highlights/Interviews




A Mid season Evaluation of the Cats!

Lwcat
WT Administrator

In evaluating this seasons UK team, we must look at events that preceeded the season. Cal brought in a #1 recruiting class to add to two players he assumed would be returning....Orton and Bledsoe....particulary Orton who was a sub behind Cousins. When both players turned pro, Cal was faced with finding another big man late in the recruiting season. He found Vargas at a JC and took a chance that he could back up Kanter along with Harrellson. I truly believe that Cal thought Kanter would be eligible, but might need to sit out 6-8 games. Unfortunately, Kanter was ruled ineligible.

So Cal is playing with a roster that he truly felt would include Bledsoe, Orton and Kanter. Not having either of the two athletic big men has placed UK in a very difficult situation. Although Josh Harrellson has over achieved, he still is at a severe disadvantage in the paint against more athletic frontline players. Vargas thus far has been a disappointment. So it's obvious that the glaring primary weakness for UK this season is the frontline which has been revealed in UK losses.

On the plus side, UK has juniors Miller and Liggins returning. Miller has had some up and down games and needs to be more aggressive and consistent. Liggins has played great defense, but needs to score a bit more.

The freshmen....Knight, Lamb and Jones are all very talented and all have had great games, but they have also had games where they played like freshmen....lacking the necessary intensity and making poor decisions on the court. Coach Cal has been working his butt off in coaching this young team. Since Terrence Jones is really the only athletic frontline player, Cal continues to ride Jones to play more closely to the basket and less on the perimeter....and also getting him to understand the importance of passing to open players.

These are all great kids, but Cal knows they must play with more intensity....play more unselfishly.....play hard nose defense.....make good decisions on the court.....and put the team first! This is a learning process for this young team and Cal is being tough on all the players because he knows they are far from reaching their potential. However, no one should ever doubt Cal's love for all these kids....it's called tough love.

Thus far, the strengths of this young UK team is their overall shooting from the perimeter....their good ball handling and lack of TO's. And at times...the defense has been pretty good, but definitely needs to improve.

The negatives are in the paint against tough athletic frontlines where defending and scoring are very difficult. This places a lot of pressure on the Cats to take good shots and make a good a good percentage, because of the lack of offense in the paint. Good FT shooting becomes critical as we saw in the Alabama loss where UK missed 9 important FT's that could have won the game.

The other big negative is the lack of support from the bench. Vargas, as I have mentioned, has contributed virtually nothing.....Poole has seen very little playing time because he has not been effective in practice. Jon Hood has been getting more minutes recently and has played better on defense, but his overall shooting has been miserable. So, in short, Cal has been forced to play 6 players. Cal is hoping that someone off the bench will improve and add value in the game, but only Hood seems close to achieving that.

Obviously, Cal wishes he didn't have such a short bench, but not having Orton, Bledsoe and Kanter as he hoped ....coupled with disappointing contributions from Vargas, Poole and Hood.....has resulted in the current situation.

So at mid season....we must acknowledge that because UK is weak on the frontline....getting few put backs and few easy baskets in the paint....plus giving up far too many easy buckets in the paint.....the Cats must excel in shooting, intensity, good court decisions and defense. So while this UK team has talent, they have a small margin for error due do their frontline weakness.

I truly believe that UK fans are among the most knowledgable anywhere....and certainly the most passionate. As a result, I think most UK fans understand that although this team has talent, the frontline weakness is real and a serious weakness.....and will very likely mean more road losses. IMO, this is a transition year for UK where they will perhaps be a Sweet 16 team in the NCAA. However, with the right matchups in the NCAA and depending on how much this team improves throughout the season....hope springs eternal and UK could surprise us....I hope so!

Lastly, a word on coach Cal. He and his staff are doing everything possible to maximize the effectiveness of this UK team. The program is in great shape with another #1 ranked class coming in next season....and Knight and Lamb are almost assured of returning....and possibly even Jones.

The Cats are back on the national stage.....we are the winningest program.....the talent being recruited to UK under Cal is incredible.....the future is bright.....great things are in store for UK basketball.....and yes an NCAA championship. Keep the Faith. GO CATS!

Friday, January 21, 2011

SEC Mens Basketball Saturdays Schedule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22
All Times Eastern
Event Time TV Stream
Ole Miss at LSU 1:30 PM SEC Network ESPN3
St Marys (CA) at Vanderbilt 2:00 PM CBS
Tennessee at Connecticut 2:00 PM CBS
Mississippi St at Georgia 4:00 PM SEC Network ESPN3
Kentucky at South Carolina 6:00 PM ESPN ESPN3
Alabama at Auburn 6:00 PM CSS ESPN3
Arkansas at Florida 8:00 PM FSN ESPN3

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kentucky vs South Carolina....A Preview

Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs South Carolina 1/22/11 Saturday 6PM-EST/5PM-CST (ESPN)
(UK leads series 42-10)

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: 12-5
2010-11 SEC Record-3-1

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)

PPG-72.4
FG%-42.3%
3 PT%-35.7%
FT%-62.6%
RPG-40.2
APG-12.3
TPG-14.7
SPG-6.9
BPG-6.8

Probable Starting Lineup

Damontre Harris F 6’9” Fr……….……3.3
Lakeem Jackson F 6’5” So…………….9.6
Sam Muldrow F 6’9” Sr……………….10.1
Brian Richardson G 6’4” Fr……………7.3
Bruce Ellington G 5’9” Fr……………..14.9

Other Possible Starter

Ramon Galloway G 6’2” So……………10.3
Malik Cooke F 6’6” Jr…………………. 8.8

The good news is that Devan Downey has finally graduated…..he was always a tough competitor for UK. The bad news is that Coach Horn has recruited some talented freshmen with 3 of them either starting or playing significant minutes. In addition, Malik Cooke, a transfer from Nevada, is eligible and playing well.

The Gamecocks are fresh off of a OT win over Arkansas and are 3-1 in the SEC,,,,and that includes a big win at Florida. South Carolina is led in scoring by freshman Bruce Ellington….who also leading the team from the perimeter hitting 39-97 for an excellent 40.2%.....Ellington also leads in team assists. Ramon Galloway is also a solid 3 point shooter hitting 38.6% Senior Sam Muldron leads in rebounds along with Cooke. Muldrow at 6’9” is a tough in the paint player and leads the team in blocks with 59 this season.

Coach Horn , former Western Ky. coach, is in his 3rd season at South Carolina and now feels he has a roster then can play the up tempo pace he prefers. Importantly, although the Gamecocks are using a lot of freshmen and sophomores, they have a deep bench and use it….with 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes PG.

South Carolina has lost only one game at home this season….and the Gamecocks will be more than ready for UK. The fans will be at a fever pitch and coach Horn will have his Gamecocks playing with high energy!

In contrast, UK is coming off of a very disappointing loss to Alabama on the road. The Crimson Tide played with great intensity and made big shots while the young Cats were like a deer in the headlights until midway in the 2nd half. UK’s perimeter shots were not falling…..close in shots were being missed..…FT’s were being missed and the Cat’s were being out rebounded. UK was not matching the intensity of Bama and their defense was lacking. Finally, after being down by 20 points, UK responded to the emotional pleadings of coach Cal and turned up the intensity while playing much better offense and defense. Unfortunately, the Cats who made a great comeback, but failed to execute on offense on the last few trips and lost to Bama.

Unquestionably, Josh Harrellson has over achieved this season, but has great difficulty in matching up with big athletic frontlines. Vargas has been a disappointment thus far so the Cats are thin on the frontline with only the talented and athletic Terrence Jones being able to matchup with athletic frontline opponents. The problem is that Jones often wants to play on the perimeter or out of the paint….while coach Cal is trying to make him understand he is needed closer to the basket.

Thus far road wins have been hard to obtain and winning at South Carolina will be very difficult. UK simply must play with great intensity and can’t afford to fall behind by double figures on the road as coming back is very difficult. This UK team which played with intelligence and poise in winning at UL has lost that poise and intensity on the road.

If UK can shoot well from the field and perimeter….play with intensity…..make their FT’s……and play solid defense…..they should beat the Gamecocks. Make no mistake, this will be another very tough road game…..this game worries me…..especially after the Alabama game. Let’s say I am hoping for a UK win by 2-4 points. GO CATS!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

SEC Men's Basketball Standings 1/16/11

EASTERN STANDINGS
TEAMSECPCT.OVERALLPCT.HOMEAWAYNEUTRALSTREAK
Florida2 - 1.66713 - 4 - 0.7658-33-02-1L1
Georgia2 - 1.66713 - 3 - 0.8138-04-11-2W1
Kentucky2 - 1.66714 - 3 - 0.8249-02-23-1W2
South Carolina2 - 1.66711 - 5 - 0.6889-12-40-0W1
Tennessee1 - 2.33311 - 6 - 0.6478-40-23-0W1
Vanderbilt1 - 2.33312 - 4 - 0.7509-01-32-1L1
WESTERN STANDINGS
TEAMSECPCT.OVERALLPCT.HOMEAWAYNEUTRALSTREAK
Alabama2 - 1.66710 - 7.5889-01-30-4L1
Arkansas2 - 1.66712 - 4.75011-10-21-1W1
LSU2 - 1.66710 - 8.5568-32-30-2L1
Mississippi St1 - 1.5009 - 7.5637-31-11-3W1
Auburn0 - 2.0007 - 9.4387-60-20-1L2
Ole Miss0 - 3.00012 - 6.6678-32-22-1L3

Kentucky vs Alabama.....A Preview

Kentucky vs. Alabama

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs Alabama 1/18/11 Tuesday(ESPN)9PM-EST/8PM-CST
(UK leads series 100-35)

Alabama

Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Enrollment: 28,807
Arena: 15,316

Head Coach: Anthony Grant
Career Record: 93-40 (69.9%) 4 seasons
At Alabama: 17-15 ( 53.1%) 1 season

2009-10 Record: 17-15
2009-10 SEC Record: 6-10
2009-10 Postseason: None

2010-11 Record: 10-7
2010-11 SEC Record: 2-1

Alabama 76 Florida A&M 37
Alabama 79 Troy 60
Seton Hall 83 Alabama 78
Iowa 55 Alabama 47
St. Peters 50 Alabama 49
Alabama 76 Alabama A&M 50
Alabama 72 South Alabama 50
Purdue 66 Alabama 47
Providence College 82 Alabama 70
Alabama 59 SE Louisiana 38
Oklahoma St. 68 Alabama 60
Alabama 71 Lipscomb 51
Alabama 83 Pepperdine 60
Alabama 83 Toledo 41
Alabama 75 Mississippi St. 57
Alabama 57 South Carolina 47
Arkansas 70 Alabama 65

PPG-67.5
FG%-45.8%
3 PT.%-30.8%
FT%-70.5
RPG-38.9
APG-13.6
TO’S-14.7
SPG-9.4
BPG-5.5
Probable Starting Lineup.

JaMychal Green F 6’8” Jr…………….…15.4
Tony Mitchell F 6’6” So………………..14.4
Chris Hines F 6’8” Sr………………….…4.9
Trevor Releford G 6’1” Fr………….…….9.7
Charvez Davis G 6’3” Sr…………………9.4

Alabama coach Anthony Grant was very successful at Virginia Commonwealth and was the front runner to replace Billy Donovan at Florida before Donovan returned to Florida after accepting an NBA job. Grant is playing with the hand dealt him and will need some solid recruiting classes to get the Crimson Tide were he wants them. Still, Grant achieved an overall winning record last season at Alabama in his first season and is 2-1 early in this season’s SEC schedule.

Alabama is led by JaMychal Green, a very athletic and naturally gifted PF, who leads the Tide in scoring and is 2nd in rebounds to Tony Mitchell.. The leading perimeter shooter is Charvez Davis who is 36-93 for a solid 38.7%. Davis also a terrific FT shooter hitting 92.3% from the charity line. Trevor Releford leads the team in assists and TO’s.

As a team, the Tide starts 2 seniors and a junior, so there is some decent experience, but not enough overall talent or depth. Still, coach Grant has demonstrated his ability to maximize the efforts of his team despite their lack of overall talent. In short, coach Grant is a solid coach with star potential in the SEC….and his teams come to play hard. Unfortunately, the Tide are simply overmatched against the superior talent of UK.

UK is coming off a totally one sided win over LSU….82-44. Brandon Knight had a solid game with 19 points hitting 5-7 from the perimeter. Perhaps the only negative was Knight only contributed 2 assists. It was great to see Liggins shooting eye return as he was 6-10 from the field and hit all 3 of his perimeter shots. Although Harrellson was only 1-6 from the field, he was terrific again on the boards with 14 rebounds and had 3 blocks and 2 steals. Lamb added 10 points while handing out 5 assists. Jones struggled from the field hitting only 3-12 but still managed 17 points and 7 rebounds.

The one sided game gave coach Cal the opportunity to give his bench more minutes. Jon Hood got a season high 20 minutes and showed a lot of hustle on defense with 4 rebounds and a steal….and handed out 3 assists. Nice effort from Hood, however, he still is shooting the ball very poorly hitting 1-6. Hood’s season stats reveal him hitting 8-30 from the field for 26.7%....3-15 from the perimeter for 20%....and 5-9 from the FT line for 55.6%.....one cannot sugar coat those miserable shooting percentages. Still, I firmly believe that Jon Hood is a much better shooter than he has demonstrated and certainly his defensive play against LSU was a solid step forward. The Cats will need Jon Hood to contribute both defensively and offensively off the bench.

Vargas got 14 minutes of playing time and garnered 4 rebounds, but still has a long way to go defensively and offensively. Poole got only 4 minutes so one must assume that coach Cal is still not pleased with Poole’s overall effort and performance in practice. There is no question that one or hopefully more of the previous 3 bench players discussed need to provide some much solid play off the bench and some much needed depth for this UK team!

Cats are now 2-1 in the SEC and should go 3-1 with a win over the Tide, but the game is in Tuscaloosa so expect the Tide and their fans to be jacked up for the game. UK will need to play hard and smart….and with poise on the road against Bama. Cats by 14! GO CATS!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Photos: UK's Randall Cobb Tribute

A PHOTO HISTORY OF RANDALL COBB - courtesy of The Kentucky Kernal
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kentucky vs LSU....A Preview

Kentucky vs. Louisiana State

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs LSU…. 1/15/11 Saturday at 4PM-EST/3PM-CST on The SEC Network(Click link for your SEC Network Station)

LSU

Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Enrollment: 25,896
Arena: 13,215

Head Coach: Trent Johnson
Career Record: 197-149 (56.9%) 11 seasons
At LSU-38-28 (57.6%) 2 SEASONS

2009-10 Record: 11-20
2009-10 SEC Record: 2-14
2009-10: Postseason-None

2010-11 Record: 10-7

LSU 87 Northwestern St. 76
Nicholls St. 62 LSU 53
LSU 79 Tennessee-Martin 56
Memphis 70 LSU 61
LSU 78 centenary 36
LSU 80 South Alabama 65
LSU 73 Houston 57
LSU 59 Central Michigan 55
Coastal Carolina 78 LSU 69 (OT)
LSU 78 McNeese St 66 (OT)
Wichita St. 70 LSU 69
North Texas 75 LSU 55
LSU 62 Southern 41
Rice 74 LSU 68
Virginia 64 LSU 50
LSU 62 Auburn 55
LSU 56 Arkansas 53

PPG-67.0
FG%-41.8%
3 PT%-34.9%
FT%-66.0%
RPG-37.7
APG-12.4
TO’s-14.5
SPG-6.6
BPG-3.9

Probable Starting Lineup

Malcome White F 6’9” Jr………………8.9
Eddie Ludwig F 6’9” So………………..3.2
Andre Stringer G 5’9” Fr………………13.4
Matt Derenbecker G 6’7” Fr…………….5.8
Aaron Dotson G 6’4” So………………..7.4

LSU coach Trent Johnson had a great 1st season in Baton Rouge as the Tigers went 13-3 in the SEC and Johnson was SEC coach of the year. However, last season the wheels came off and LSU was 11-20 and 2-14 in the SEC.

The LSU Tigers have had a rough start this season losing a number of games to lesser opponents. In fact, LSU lost 4 of their last 5 games before starting the SEC schedule. However, importantly the Tigers have started the SEC season with a 2-0 record defeating Auburn and Arkansas.

Coach Johnson has changed the lineup trying to find an effective combination. As a result, now the Tigers are starting two sophomores and two freshmen and they have two SEC victories. Another freshman, Ralston Turner, has been the leading scorer but hasn’t played the last two games due to injury. His availability for the UK game is unknown.

Andre Stringer is the 2nd leading scorer at 13.4 and leads in team assists. Aaron Dotson is the leading 3 point shooter hitting 44.4% although both Turner and Stringer take the bulk of perimeter shots with both hitting 35%. Malcolm White, transfer from Ole Miss, is a solid rebounder and leads in blocks. Importantly, the Tigers have 3 starters hitting 75% of their FT’s…..Ludwig, Stringer and Dotson.

The Tigers will be looking for their 3rd SEC win, but overall LSU is not a good shooting team hitting only 41.8% from the field….and defeating UK at Rupp arena will be a big hill to climb for the Tigers.

UK is coming off a home victory over Auburn posting a nice 78-54 win. The Cats were led in scoring by Terrence Jones who broke Lamb’s recent freshman scoring record with a 35 point effort. Jones hit 4-5 from the perimeter and played with great energy. In addition, he added 8 boards, but did miss 4 FT’s. Knight added 13 points with 6 assists while Lamb handed out 7 assists.

The Cats shot a solid 50.0% from the field while hitting 11-26 from the perimeter for
42.3%. Unfortunately, FT shooting was poor with UK hitting only 9-17 for a pitiful 52.9%. Although UK posted a 24 point victory over Auburn, coach Cal was not satisfied with the overall play and strongly feels this young team still needs lots of improvement.

Coach Cal gave some decent minutes to Vargas, Poole and Hood and the three of them failed to score a single point. Hope springs eternal as coach Cal knows he needs more bench help, but thus far no one is stepping up offensively or defensively.

UK will be going for SEC win number two against LSU and should treat the Rupp arena crowd to a 15 point victory. GO CATS!