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Cats Beat Delaware State Fighting 42s

You know what this game today was in reality. It was one of those games that you watched, your attention floated in and out throughout and in three weeks you will forget it happened. That was the Kentucky-Deleware State showdown. The Cats won 71-42 (a score that the Hornets simply cannot shake….it is their total in their last four games) and played ok, if not particularly great. However after two losses in the first two games, the win was much-needed and a number of positives developed throughout. The Cats were never not in control of the game, jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never allowed the game to get under 11 again. Jodie Meeks again led the Cats in scoring (I suspect that will be the case all season) with 22 points and Darius Miller was stellar coming off the bench. The defense was very good and showcased that it will be this type of game that we see over and over this season. A few notes…..

At this point in the season Jodie Meeks is averaging 27 ppg. I dont expect that to continue all year, but I do expect him to be the first UK guard to average 20 in a season in about 700 years. Meeks played tonight the way he should in order to be effective. He didnt force the issue, hit open threes and made a couple of drives to the basket. A solid game from a guy that is quickly becoming the UK floor leader.

— It was another pedestrian game by Patrick Patterson, who still doesnt look completely healthy to me. He had nine points and was once again great on the defensive end, but the explosiveness that we are so used to seeing with Patterson simply doesnt seem to be there. He is still an amazing player, but I feel like he is maybe one notch from being totally healthy. We shall see.

Much better point guard play throughout as everyone stepped up their game. Michael Porter had his best game of the season with eight points and fewer mistakes. DeAndre Liggins played well, although not spectacular. And UK decided to go to a “point guard by committee” decision at times, rotating Meeks, Ramon Harris and Darius Miller at the lead guard spot. Early on, it looks like the five most effective players are Meeks, Harris, Miller, Patterson and Stevenson. Maybe this rotation at the PG spot is how you keep those five in together.

— While the offense sputtered at times, the defense was spectacular tonight. I was extremely disheartened by the defense played against VMI, but in the last two games it has been solid and at times, very good. This team will live and die at the defensive end and will have to win games in the high 50s and low 60s. They now do look capable of doing that.

— I dont know why Gillispie seems to hate Kevin Galloway, but it does not look good for the young man. What, did he play like 40 seconds today?

Noon on Saturday starts are for the birds. Attendance isnt great, the students are asleep and I have to get up to early to drive there. Veto.

Overall, we wont remember this game even next week. We have the boys from Longwood coming to town on Monday and then a trip to Vegas to focus on, so our thoughts will move to other things. It was a good win and a game that hopefully gets the Cats back on track. Otherwise, they still have to do something about those shorts/pants…..

Article written by Matt Jones