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Wildcats Set for First Conference Road Game

The Kentucky Wildcats are in Auburn, Alabama tonight for their first SEC road game of the year.  The road was not kind to the Cats in league play last season-they lost six of their eight games on the road, yet they were able to rebound and win the SEC tournament and advance to the Final Four.  I don't expect this team to struggle that much on the road, but its fair to say that conference road games are a different animal and the freshmen are in for an eye opening experience.

With that said, I don't see the Tigers posing muc of a threat to UK this evening.  Auburn is 10-5 overall and averages just 66 points per game compared to 81 per game for the Cats, and that's exactly what the Las Vegas line on this game is.  Auburn is 9-0 at home though, so although I think UK is a far superior team, this is not a game they can win by just showing up.  A lackluster performance will often in a "L" in conference play, so the Cats will need to be sharp.

A few other thoughts...

  • We didn't get to see the South Carolina on television here in Dayton, Ohio, so I tried to follow it online in ESPN3.  While good in theory, the jerkiness of the video made the game virtually unwatchable.
  • So while I didn't watch the whole game, one has to be happy with the reemergence of Terrence Jones during Saturday's game.  Jones had 20 against the Gamecocks in perhaps his first decent game since early December. 
  • This UK team is going to be tough for anyone to beat, but the bottom line is this-if Jones is contributing as he did on Saturday, this team rises to a place that only 1 or 2 other teams can go.  In my opinion, they are virtually unbeatable if everyone is contributing, and that hasn't been the case for most of the last month.  Let's hope Saturday's game from Jones was a sign of things to come.
  • Anthony Davis continues his assault on the record for blocks in a single season and will soon set the record.  Davis has 74 blocks thus far and is just 9 away from the season record of 83 set by Melvin Turpin.  It's conceivable he could break the record this Saturday at Tennessee, and, if his rate of blocks per game holds up, he will certainly break the record next week at home against Arkansas.  Davis is on pace to be in fifth place in career blocks by the end of his freshman season...that's simply insane!
  • It was really cool to see a UK student make the shot from half court on Saturday, and despite initial reluctance to pay due to a toe on the line, it was good to see Kroger agree to pay up the $10,000 prize.  The controversy made national news which was also pretty cool.  Shows the power of the Big Blue Nation!
  • Finally, although this isn't about UK, it was absolutely stunning to see Rick Pitino's Louisivlle Cardinals get pummeled by 31 points on the road at Providence last night.  I'm not sure what's going on with Pitino or the Cardinals, but they have lost 4 out of their last 5, and the realization is setting in that they were overranked to begin with and, frankly, may not be that good.  Pitino as usual was his typical self-refused to take part in a halftime ceremony honoring his Providence Final Four team and also wouldn't go on his radio show after the game.  This is the second time this year that Pitino has reacted in similar fashion after a loss and it doesn't reflect well on him at all.  Someone might want to remind the coach that losing with class is far more important that winning with class.  Regardless, its fun to watch the screeching coming from the Cardinal fan base...especially with UK in position to contend for yet another national title!

That's all I have for now...Go Cats!

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1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,... fb.me/4rtUJiRSK
Time to put Texas A&M to bed and get tuned up for a high seed in the big dance.
Epic collapse by UK tonight. Still something not right with this team.
Tough loss over the weekend, but the Cats showed heart...they'll be back. fb.me/7EWsEFppx

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