Apologies for breaking up your ESPN-mandated Care About Tiger Again! Day, but there’s a major story-line a-brewin’ in SEC coun’ry. Tonight, as you may know, the ‘Cats and ‘Cocks will be playing for a great deal of marbles. Not quite all of them, though, as LSU has already locked up the greater majority. Still, a win tonight will certainly solidify either team’s respective case for an NCAA bid, as well as granting sole-possession of first place in the SEC East.
And Darrin Horn’s from Kentucky. Did you know that? Yep, used to coach Western.
A quick word on the pathetic attempt I make each game at profiling the players: don’t expect much different the second time around. It’s tedious to begin with, but coming up with a joke about Terrence Woodbury once is tough, almost impossible twice.
#21 Dominique Archie, 6’7”, F, Junior
2008-09 Stats: 11.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg
Archie provides both size and athleticism in the post, and he’s adept at scoring both inside and out. Archie, I believe, was the chucker that banked in an 18 footer to begin USC’s scoring in Rupp. He only finished with 7, and he shot rather poorly from the floor. He’s picked it up of late, going for 16 at Florida and 15 at Alabama. Though his scoring has gone up, he’s struggled from beyond the arc. He rebounds well, especially offensively.
#24 Mike Holmes, 6’7”, F/C Sophomore
2008-09 Stats: 11.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg
This guy typically plays well against UK. He had a double-double last year against the Cats, and he went for 15 and 8 in Rupp last month. Since then, he’s scored in double figures in each game, going for 12 and 10 at Alabama. He is quite bad from the line, shooting only 47%. Pete Maravich could bounce free throws in at a higher clip. And he’s dead!
#44 Sam Muldrow, 6’9”, F, Sophomore
2008-09 Stats: 6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Muldrow doesn’t contribute much by way of scoring—or rebounding, really—but he’s in the line-up regardless. He did drop 18 on Georgia, but they suck something awful. I suppose he’s their best option, as they really only go seven deep. He, too, is a poor foul shooter.
#2 Devan Downey, 5’9”, G, Junior
2008-09 Stats: 20 ppg, 4.3 apg
OK, the guys that matter. Downey is unguardable. I don’t care how tough you are or how personally you take things, guarding this guy one-on-one is suicide. Since the UK game winner and the 33 he dropped on Florida, though, Downey has struggled with his outside shot. If the Cats are effective at keeping him out of the lane, he may be contained. However, he’ll get his 20 almost certainly.
#20 Zam Fredrick, 6’0”, G, Senior
2008-09 Stats: 15.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Fredrick really hasn’t played that well in the last several games, save the UK game. He’s really been struggling from the floor, going only 10-32 over the last three. Still, he requires extra attention, especially on the perimeter, where he has shown that he can get hot. It would be nice to totally shut him down and make Downey try to win it on his own.
Evaldas Baniulis, F, Junior: Had 14 against Arkansas last game. Can shoot, kinda.
Brandis Raley-Ross, G, Junior: Extraordinarily spastic.
The game will be aired at 7 p.m. on your local Raycom affiliate…or, for the less fortunate, join me at ESPN360