It's fair to say I'm not a big fan of programs like Kentucky beating up on teams like Arkansas-Little Rock, but I am a realist and accept that this is the way of big time college basketball. For UK, these types of games are no more than glorified practices that sell tickets and provide needed breaks in a very impressive pre-conference slate of games. I realize you can't play North Carolina and Louisiville every night out, and for teams such as UALR, these games provide financial support of their program in the form of guarantees that they otherwise wouldn't have and at the same time give these less than mid-major teams a glimmer of exposure.
Still, as someone who grew up in Louisville and has seen Freedom Hall crackle when the Cats played Notre Dame or Indiana there, games like these should be reserved for the annual slate of beat downs in Rupp Arena. If UK is only going to play one game in Louisville, they should play a decent opponent.
- With that said, obviously UK has been very successful in Freedom Hall over the years. Freedom Hall is a great place to watch a basketball games, and the sight lines are as good as any new arena despite the age of the facility. The renovation done a couple of decades ago added seating capacity, and there are very few arenas in the country with the history that Freedom Hall has.
- The basketball team did not hold its traditional open practice in Louisville yesterday due to the New Year's holiday, so Coach Calipari has announced that the team will stay on the court for 30 minutes after the game tonight to sign autographs for the Louisville fans.
- Darius Miller will get to the 1,000 point platuea in career scoring if he scores five points tonight. Miller will be the 58th Wildcat to reach that milestone.
- It will be interesting to see if UK will continue the improved free throw shooting we have seen over the past few games, and especially out of Anthony Davis, who was an impressive 12-of-13 against Louisville after shooting less than 60% on the season to that point. This is an encouraging trend and one that needs to continue as opponents will likely send the Cats to the line frequently.
- Arkansas-Little Rock is the last non-conference opponent of the season. UK will host South Carolina at 4 p.m. on Saturday to open SEC play.
I hope the return to the office has gone smoothly for everyone who went back to work today. As always, Go Cats!