The time has come for the Wildcats to take their act away from cushy home games against mid-major conferences and once again take up the gauntlet of the SEC, including its road games in hostile arenas, familiar opponents, and challenging game times. It gets tougher from here on in.
Now, for the news:
This is a direct consequence of John Calipari's recent threat-mouthing. Sometimes, Coach Cal reminds me of certain politicians, all full of ideas, most of them better left unspoken. I wonder if he'll ever learn the virtue of not making his every random thought available to the public?
A Sea of Blue founder Josh Weil takes us on a trip into the not-so-seedy underbelly of trading old sports events.
Not surprising. He simply hasn't played well enough, and I'm not sure he's showing the signs I would expect at this point.
Steve - o (miami): Andre Drummond is better than Davis.
Chad Ford: He isn’t better than Davis on paper, nor is he in the actual games. He’s got a better body than Davis. That’s about it.
Chad Ford, telling Mr. UConn there how the cow ate the cabbage.
”I think that Anthony (Davis) is way tougher than he was earlier and he comes up with balls and Terrence (Jones) is going to crack it out and I thought that he did better today. He is going after some tough rebounds and they are pulling balls in."
And not in a good way.
The fact that Kentucky is on par with these teams -- beating the Tar Heels narrowly in Lexington on Dec. 3, and with one, respectable loss to IU -- despite having so much growth potential should make the Wildcats a slight favorite. Freshmen forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, both All-America candidates, have carried the team while fellow frosh Marquis Teague is still figuring out how to be an effective point guard, and the guy who was expected to be their best player in the preseason, Terrence Jones, has been either injured or shell-shocked. Jones should wake up. Teague should get better. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist have yet to hit their peaks. Once everyone gets in sync, UK could start to pull away from the pack.
“I’ll watch the tape on the drive home just to get rid of it because I don’t want to see it,” he said. “The first 40 minutes will be that tape, then I’ll throw it out the window.”
Rush The Court asks if Darius Miller will be a fan favorite or not. I'm not sure if he met expectations, considering this is Kentucky, but I am sure he has improved every year since he's been here.
Rob Dauster is right about one thing -- Duke is flawed because of their lousy defense, for the most part. I'm not sure I agree about playmakers, you generally need only one to get you deep into the tournament, and there is no doubt Austin Rivers is one.