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Kentucky, Terrence Jones And Miller Get Love From LA Times


The summer season rolls on and while Kentucky fans never shift the focus from basketball, other areas in the country do for some reason.  Nevertheless, with nothing  to talk about in regards to the NBA and NFL, season previews are going up everywhere – yes, even before the season schedules have been filled out.

Continuing a trend that started the moment Terrence Jones decided to come back, the LA Times picks Kentucky as the number two to North Carolina’s number one. Here was their take on the two.

1. North Carolina: Some thought Zeller needed more time in the weight room. Others offered Henson had work to do facing the basketball. No one had anything for Barnes to work on, which makes the trio’s complete return a surprise to the nation and a salivating prospect for Tar Heel nation. By year’s end, Barnes was one of the nation’s top players and a surefire top-3 NBA pick, but his return speaks to the head on his shoulders and his desire for team greatness.

Overshadowed is the man in charge of distributing the wealth, Kendall Marshall, who took over the point guard duties from Larry Drew last season and ran with the opportunity. A loaded roster added even more depth with freshmen James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston, leaving Williams in prime position to win his third championship since 2005, which would tie him with last season’s winner, UConn’s Jim Calhoun, and behind just Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski on the active title list.

2. Kentucky: The loss of Brandon Knight was to be expected, and the departed DeAndre Liggins was the team’s glue and father figure on the court, but Terrence Jones returns with a year of seasoning and Darius Miller can fill Liggins’ void. Add in a typical John Calipari recruiting class (Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague) and the Wildcats should be Final Four- worthy again.

Despite the generics, I’d agree with the writer.  The season will be great no matter what, but the parts that Miller and Jones can contribute will be the difference between a spectacular season and just another trip to the final four.

Ultimately though, I think it’s best for the young Kentucky team to go into the season a notch below UNC.  The match up with North Carolina should provide early motivation to get everything together and take that overall 1 ranking.  What do you think?

Article written by Will Lentz

19 Comments for Kentucky, Terrence Jones And Miller Get Love From LA Times

  1. reedwizard
    8:07 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    We just don’t want the opposite of last year when UNC won the regular season and we won in the touney. I’d lose at home in Dec. for a championship anytime.

  2. Harrison Barnes
    8:12 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Truthfully, me and JSully came back to avoid having to play against Josh Harrelson and Deandre Liggins again. He was right, I am a little bitch

  3. curtis_d
    8:22 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    We all saw the pressure a number one seed brings a few years ago when we lost to South Carolina. For the young team we have, less pressure is better. To earn a number one spot would help develop a young teams chemistry

  4. bosco
    8:25 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    father figure???

  5. UKChill Fan
    8:29 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    ’96 UMass v UK in early season. Repeat!

  6. Blasphemy
    8:29 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 4…. father figure is a bit strong, I would say “a glue guy who provides leadership.” If we lost a father figure, it would have been Harrelson.

    That said, I agree with Will too. I love the idea of us coming in as #2 so as to provide motivation for this young team to whip the hell out of UNC when they come to Rupp. That should fire them up like nothing else. October can’t get here quick enough.

  7. Marcus L. Owens
    8:32 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    I like the match up against UNC especially if we can put Gillie the Kidd on Barnes.

    PG Teague vs Marshall – AVG: Marshall; Best passer in college basketball but will have to defend
    SG Strictland vs Lamb – AVG: Lamb; Excellent two-way player, knockdown shooter & willing defender
    SF Kidd-Gilcrest vs Barnes – AVG: Barnes; Smooth operator but does he have BK like kill in him?
    PF Jones vs Henson – AVG: TIE
    C Davis vs Zeller AVG: Davis;Lethal combination of size, athleticism, and skill.

  8. echo 1
    9:06 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    7 – Jones vs Henson is a tie? Shirley, you aren’t serious.

  9. Holden McGroin
    9:19 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    as we have seen in the past, #1 ranking brings with it un-needed stress and big heads, and ultimately dissappointment. Suits me fine. I don’t care if we’re ranked #10, as long a the jello happens in March. Go Cats.

  10. kentuckygentleman
    9:21 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    #4, thinking the same thing, wonder where they got father figure from, didn’t realize Liggins’ alias was George Michael

  11. kentuckyjoe
    9:22 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    The UNC game will be the biggest game ever in Rupp.

  12. kyeric
    9:23 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky has easily the best 6 man rotation in the entire country. UNC may be deeper and have more experience, but just like Cal, I will take the talent and watch it win at the end of close games every time. Look out, Tarheels, we are not afraid.

  13. Jason
    9:25 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    I just sit back and laugh at all the people who honestly think unc will be better than us next season. They’ll see. To me, it’s just comical.

    By the way, Henson is BY FAR the dumbest basketball player that i have ever watched. He will wilt in “the moment” and kill their chances in the tournament. You’ll see.

  14. CATastrophe
    9:29 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully Henson airballs back to back freethrows again, only this time in Rupp. I’ll be there booing the living sh*t out of him. Hahahah

  15. Chris
    10:13 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb/Miller always seem to be left out in these articles. They’re always about TJ/Doron or TJ/Darius. All three are gonna be crucial for us to cut down #8. Leadership, Final 4 experience, and great versatility are all gonna go along way when integrating these freshmen, talented though they all are.

  16. wd
    1:47 am July 12, 2011 Permalink

    I think the LA Times forgot about the dominant play of Jarrod Polson.

  17. Sportswriter script
    11:48 am July 12, 2011 Permalink

    Barnes returns due to good head on his shoulders and “desire for team greatness”, while Jones merely has a “year of seasoning” under his belt. These lackey national sportswriters are so damn predictable.

  18. 502Cat
    12:42 pm July 12, 2011 Permalink

    I dont think it was that smart of a decision for Barnes to come back. You cant get much higher than a top three pick.

  19. damn
    2:35 pm July 12, 2011 Permalink

    UK defiently have the better team and more talent, but Barnes is defiently the best player on both teams