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WMR
01-28-2007, 02:01 PM
Can UK get off the SHNOZZ? Will Chris Lofton make Tubby look foolish yet one more time for passing on the young phenom who was unabashed in his desire to play ball for the Blue and White?

WMR
01-28-2007, 03:10 PM
EDIT: Lofton was out today with an ankle sprain. Bit of good fortune for the Cats.

WMR
01-28-2007, 04:34 PM
Gotta give props to Tubby and the Cats. They straight brought it today and got a BIG, much needed SEC East victory versus a very game squad from UT.

Sweetstop
01-28-2007, 05:40 PM
Capacity crowd w/ a sprinkling of orange at Rupp today.

Loudest when football team officially received the bowl trophy at halftime.

Kyle Macy was the surprise Y in the KENTUCKY cheer.

Win made the cold wind outside more bearable.

Blimpie
01-28-2007, 09:31 PM
I was lucky enough to be offered two seats to this one about 90 minutes prior to tipoff. I was so happy that I didn't realize how COLD it was when I was walking those three blocks into the arena (19 degrees with about 20 mph winds).

Lofton being absent for the Vols was really a blessing; however, the way we shot the ball in the 2nd half--I am not sure it would have mattered. As usual, Randolph got some ticky-tack calls on his personals...but you have gotta expect that if you are UK at this point. Refs don't respect his ability to play without fouling, so he will never get the benefit of doubt.

Our perimeter defense will be our bugaboo most of this year (see: Vandy game). I want to see this team recapture it's momentum..so, we had better ROLL South Carolina when we play them.

George Foster
01-29-2007, 12:52 AM
I was at the game as well. If Lofton was there, Tennessee would of won. I got so tired of watch Bradley and Crawford play one-on-one. I did not think it was a very good game. You should win when the #1 scorer in the SEC is not playing and your playing at home.

Javy Pornstache
01-29-2007, 01:03 AM
Yeah, wasn't really a blowout as the final score indicated, UK just pulled away good toward the end when they had that 15-0 and 20-5 run or whatever else it wound up being. They played quite disappointing for 75% of the game but absolutely outstanding for the other 25%. They certainly have a ton of talent, which is why it's so frustrating that they are such a Jekyll and Hyde team.

WMR
01-29-2007, 01:04 AM
I dunno, GF, Crawford is playing the best basketball he has played in his career these past few games, IMHO. One thing I've noticed is the substantial increase in how much elevation he routinely gets on his jump shot. I didn't think he'd ever fulfill his hype as an All-America... he is making strides towards doing just that.

I never thought he'd have a chance of sniffing the pros... I can see him at his size projecting and growing into a Cuttino Mobley type player. His offensive abilities are FOR REAL, and I would argue that he's playing more within the team concept than he ever has. The simple truth of the matter is that UK NEEDS him to be an extremely proactive scorer.

I feel optimistic about UK bball for the first time in a long while. When you've got four freshmen logging SIGNIFICANT, important minutes, you had better expect some growing pains, especially in a VERY tough SEC where it seems like every other game is an upset. These kids have spent the last 18 years of their life being the best player on whatever court they happened to be playing on. The growth already realized and put on display by Meeks, Porter, Jasper, and Stevenson is very encouraging and exciting.

George Foster
01-29-2007, 01:18 AM
I dunno, GF, Crawford is playing the best basketball he has played in his career these past few games, IMHO. One thing I've noticed is the substantial increase in how much elevation he routinely gets on his jump shot. I didn't think he'd ever fulfill his hype as an All-America... he is making strides towards doing just that.

I never thought he'd have a chance of sniffing the pros... I can see him at his size projecting and growing into a Cuttino Mobley type player. His offensive abilities are FOR REAL, and I would argue that he's playing more within the team concept than he ever has. The simple truth of the matter is that UK NEEDS him to be an extremely proactive scorer.

I feel optimistic about UK bball for the first time in a long while. When you've got four freshmen logging SIGNIFICANT, important minutes, you had better expect some growing pains, especially in a VERY tough SEC where it seems like every other game is an upset. These kids have spent the last 18 years of their life being the best player on whatever court they happened to be playing on. The growth already realized and put on display by Meeks, Porter, Jasper, Stevenson

I don't think Morris is that happy about Crawford's production. Just my observation as I was watching the Bench. Both want to be the guy, and I think Morris thinks more about his numbers than wins. Morris cannot play defense without fouling...so he either get's in foul trouble, or his plays passive. If Perry starts another game I'll slit my wrists...

WMR
01-29-2007, 01:25 AM
If Perry starts another game I'll slit my wrists...

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53433&highlight=suckitude+of+bobby+perry

WMR
01-29-2007, 01:28 AM
I don't think Morris is that happy about Crawford's production. Just my observation as I was watching the Bench. Both want to be the guy, and I think Morris thinks more about his numbers than wins. Morris cannot play defense without fouling...so he either get's in foul trouble, or his plays passive. If Perry starts another game I'll slit my wrists...

This was definitely not one of Morris' better games, but before the last two, he had been doing an excellent job, for the most part, of avoiding early foul trouble.

I've seen him make some nice assists, as well.

However, your point is well taken and it's always fun, interesting, and telling to watch player behavior on the bench and on the court that simply cannot be picked up on a telecast.

Sweetstop
01-29-2007, 09:03 AM
You should win when the #1 scorer in the SEC is not playing and your playing at home.


Heard Oscar Combs say on pre-game radio that this is just exactly what the naysayers would say.;)


BTW, Bradley and Crawford drive me nuts, too, and I would really appreciate Morris putting forth top effort for a complete game sometime...if he's not on the bench w/ foul trouble that is.

Blimpie
01-29-2007, 09:05 PM
Here is another perspective--and one that is spot on--in my opinion.


Posted on Mon, Jan. 29, 2007

This won't cut it in February
TUBBY NEEDS MORE FROM SEVERAL CATS
By John Clay
HERALD-LEADER SPORTS COLUMNIST

I'm here to throw a dusting of snow on Kentucky's sunny Sunday win.

The Cats' 76-57 thumping of Tennessee in Rupp Arena was surely good for the head, as long as it doesn't go to their heads.

Let's be real here. Yesterday's most important player sat in street clothes at the end of the Tennessee bench thanks to a sprained ankle. Given his flair for the dramatic, you half expected Chris Lofton to tear off his brown suit to a reveal an orange-and-white uniform underneath.

Didn't happen.

Even with Lofton, Bruce Pearl's Vols are not the same team that won the SEC East a year ago. Freshman point guard Ramar Smith is not yet the departed C.J. Watson. Freshmen Wayne Chism and Duke Crews don't quite make up for the premature exit of Major Wingate underneath. And without Lofton, the SEC's leading scorer, the Vols are an orange shell.

Ask Mississippi, which trailed Tennessee at halftime last week, then rolled to 55 points in the second half for a convincing 14-point win. Ask the Cats, who trailed by a point at the half yesterday, led by one point after 30 minutes, then turned it on over the game's fourth quarter for what looked like a 19-point cakewalk.

It wasn't. Kentucky needed a blistering 64 percent second-half shooting performance to reach 45.8 for the game. For the second straight outing, its center, Randolph Morris, was limited by foul trouble, this time to 19 minutes and just six shots. It turned the ball over 17 times, 11 of those in the second half.

During one second-half stretch the Cats committed turnovers on three of four possessions in most embarrassing fashion:

After a long TV timeout with 15:55 left, Joe Crawford couldn't get the ball in-bounds against the UT defense and suffered a five-second call. Two possessions later, Ramel Bradley was called for five seconds thanks to over-dribbling. (He would be called again for the same violation.) Next possession, Derrick Jasper stepped out of bounds.

Soon after, Kentucky finally got its act together to snap its two-game losing streak. Or did Tennessee simply fall apart?

Nitpicking? You bet. This is the time to pick nits. This is Kentucky's week without a midweek game. The Cats have five days to prepare for Saturday's trip to Arkansas, which completed a season sweep over psycho-Bama on Saturday.

"There are some things we need to work on," admitted Tubby Smith yesterday.

"It's nice we won the ball game," said Joe Crawford, who scored 15 points but turned the ball over four times. "But I'm pretty sure Coach is going to be fired up this week."

He has reason to be. After Arkansas comes a home game with a resurgent South Carolina. Then comes the bar-raising portion of the schedule. There's a home game with Florida, which is (stop me if you've heard this) defending national champ and the SEC's only unbeaten.

Next come the back-to-back road games with Tennessee and Alabama, a home game with LSU, a trip to surging Vanderbilt, a visit from surging Georgia, then a visit to Gainesville.

Kentucky's current level of play won't make much headway against that stacked deck. The Cats need more and better minutes from Morris. They need better ball-handling from Bradley, more maturity from Jasper, more consistency from Crawford. They need more of what they got yesterday from Jodie Meeks, the freshman who scored 16 points and -- maybe more important -- committed one turnover in 30 minutes off the bench.

"It feels good to get back on the right track," said Bradley after his 21-point effort. "We played like we're supposed to play."

Yes, the Cats were supposed to beat a Lofton-less Tennessee, and they did. But let's hope they don't feel too warm and sunny. We've seen the long-range forecast. They need to get back in the gym.