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Kentucky looking to capitalize on size advantage vs. Auburn


Tennessee and Texas A&M exploited Kentucky’s weaknesses inside, but tomorrow night, the Cats will face an Auburn team whose tallest starter is 6’7″. Kenny Payne told reporters he’s hoping that size advantage will inspire a big performance from his big men vs. the Tigers.

“I think our advantages are going to be our length, our athleticism. They are not a tall team. They are basically, it looks like, three or four guards and a forward. Their tallest guy is 6-7, 6-8 that is playing minutes. We have to take advantage of that. That means offensive rebounding, that means stuff around the baskets.”

Someone who can really use his size to his advantage is Nick Richards. For every good play the 6’11” big man gives Kentucky, there’s been a baffling one to offset it, which is proof to Payne that it’s all in his head.

“I just think Nick needs to play confidently. Another way of saying it is get out of your own self’s way. You’re trained. You are walking in the games, playing a good game. So what happens when you step on the court?…What changed in your mind mentally that made you have self-doubt. That’s what the challenge is with him. He’s a good player and he needs to go out there and believe in him the way we do.”

After watching film of Kentucky’s “terrible” performance vs. Texas A&M, Hamidou Diallo stressed that the Cats can’t just rely on their size tomorrow night; to win, they’re going to have to match Auburn’s effort, which hasn’t always been easy for this group.

“They’re not very tall, but they play really hard. So it makes up for itself. They play really hard and we’re just going to have to go out there and compete. With length or without length, we’re going to have to play. They’re going to be there trying to battle us, playing really aggressive and they’re a good team. They’re capable of beating us and I think they’re the best team in the conference right now. So it’s a really big game for us right now and we’re just going to have to come out and try to fight for the whole game. All 40 minutes.”

“We have to be strong,” Payne added. “We have to be the aggressor. We have to go after them. We really have to go out and play desperate basketball and confident basketball, which is really important.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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39 responses to “Kentucky looking to capitalize on size advantage vs. Auburn”

  1. BannerDown2018

    Great post Tyler! Hopefully are size gets us the W.

    1. BBNstrive49

      Are size? Nice grammar and word usage LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

    2. BannerDown2018

      With the username of “BBNSTRIVE49” instead of “BBNSTRIVEFOR9” your comment is erroneous.

    3. Shoottodaceiling

      Give strive a few to comment back, he gon have to look erroneous up in the dictionary.


    4. cats646

      Strive quit correcting people’s grammar. It’s the clear sign that you aren’t smart enough to think of a good comeback so you find something terribly petty to complain about. How pathetic.

  2. AFR0_SAMURAii

    Kentucky vs small players never ends well.. memba Kemba? Devon Downey? I memba

    1. TateD

      Stefan moody

    2. AFR0_SAMURAii

      Also forgot Napier

  3. henderblue

    We’ve done well against smaller teams this year. Though this Auburn team is a different caliber than those earlier teams. Backs are against the wall, we need to come out fighting

  4. BradCalthegoat

    Cardiac Kemba!

  5. BBNstrive49

    User name for9 was taken. So I used 49? Let me talk like you. Our you drunk?

    1. BannerDown2018


    2. cats646

      Strive are you part of the katurday and bradcalthegoat crew? You sure do sound like it.

  6. BradCalthegoat

    Hopefully our size can make a difference in this game. Then again, 6’8 is not small I mean look at Luke Maye

  7. BBNstrive49

    shoot I answered a while ago. Way to shoot your shot, but you air balled.

    1. BannerDown2018

      ShOoT i AnSwErD A wHiLe AgO

  8. BBNstrive49

    Are conversations are above your head. Please do us a favor and, go get some hooked on phonics.

    1. BBNDan7

      Dude you just keep backing further and further into this hole. Stop it. Get some help

    2. BannerDown2018

      Still don’t know how to use those commas huh?

    3. cats646

      I’m hoping you started that sentence with “Are” on purpose. Because you just made yourself look real, real stupid if not. You probably didn’t.

  9. BBNstrive49

    BBNdan please go get in a actual hole and have someone cover you in dirt.

    1. cats646

      Strive you are the most pathetic kind of trash on the Internet. Not only do you come on a rivals website just to try and piss people off, notice I said “try”, but your not even funny or clever in doing it. You might as well just get on here and say ” I hate Kentucky!” see how stupid that sounds? Take a break from the phone, go upstairs to your momma, and politely ask her how to be clever. Maybe she could teach you something.

  10. BBNstrive49

    Yes did it on purpose to make fun of Bannerdown. He said are size earlier in the post. It would help if you was capable of reading.

    1. cats646

      You would’ve posted that comment under my other one if you were capable of understanding how this thing works. But your a newbie troll so I get it. Everyone makes mistakes. Now read the last post I left. Maybe a valuable life lesson in that for ya kid. Go get’em tiger! Smh

    2. dvb0378

      “you was”………..I think you should have used “you were”. Isn’t it neat how that works? “Judge not lest ye be judged”.

  11. BBNstrive49

    Cats646 please do me a favor. Quit being obsessed with me, and put a blind fold on and play in traffic. If you would like to come see me at RUPP at the next home game let me know.

    1. BannerDown2018

      Won’t come to Athens though.

    2. BBNstrive49

      Bannerdown you won’t do a single thing but beat your wife.

    3. BannerDown2018


    4. cats646

      Haha. This guy. More childish comments. And also, don’t act like you’ve ever been to RUPP

  12. BBNstrive49

    I just hope they don’t beat us like a unwanted step child.

    1. cats646

      Says the unwanted stepchild

  13. BradCalthegoat

    Guys we need to stop this hostility! BBN please stand up

  14. BigBlueOnYou

    BBN we’re winning easy tomorrow mark my words!

    1. BBNstrive49

      Mark my words we lose by 15+.

  15. UKwildestcat

    Come on CATS. We win tomorrow it sets us up to improve our seeding for the tournament.

  16. Solidtilt1

    Cats by 8 fact!

    1. UKwildestcat

      I like that. I was thinking it will be with in 10 either way it goes.

  17. blueblood4life

    Go cats!!!