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Kentucky’s Keys To Revenge

Ideally?  Less of that happening would be nice.

1.)  Be Prepared For A Physical Game

-Last time Kentucky played Georgia they let the physicality of the Georgia big men get to them.  After the game, Terrence Jones said “We definitely didn’t adjust to the bumps. Trying to draw fouls in physical games like this doesn’t work. The refs aren’t going to give it to you.”  Now, there’s no telling if the refs will let Georgia get away with the same type of physicality that they did a couple weeks ago, but you can bet that the bulldogs are going to give it a shot.  For Kentucky to play the type of game they want to, they are going to have to be stronger going to the rim.

2.)  Don’t Foul

-Strangely enough, despite Georgia mauling Kentucky players heading to the rim, it was the Wildcats who ended up in foul trouble.  Playing at Georgia, Miller, Liggins, and Lamb all fouled out towards the end of the second half.  Terrence Jones had four fouls – and took himself out early in the first half with two.  For a Kentucky team that lacks depth, the stars have got to stay on the court.  I’d imagine this has been a point of emphasis since the game in Athens and we will see if Kentucky has taken it to heart.

3.)  Contain Trey Thompkins

-Unfortunately, the bulldogs best player happens to line up against Kentucky’s biggest weakness – in the post.  Last time Trey Thompkins scored at will, contributing 25 points – just one off his season high.  He was able to score so much in part because of the lack of Terrence Jones early in the game, but also by out positioning Josh Harrellson who hasn’t looked the same since the Louisville game.  As you have seen a number of times on the site this week, Jones has been making it his mission this week to out play Thompkins – and while there are many other factors in this game, the Jones/Thompkins matchup may be the most important.

4.)  Hit Your Shots

-It may seem like a no brainer to say “if you shoot a higher percentage you have a greater chance to win,” but sometimes it needs to be said.  Especially when Kentucky shot about 10% worse in every category the last time these teams met.  In fact, if you look at the box score it was the missed shots that were the biggest story of the trip to Athens, even more so than the foul struggles.  Lamb was 7-18, Knight 5-11, Miller 2-11 and Ligins 2-9.  If Kentucky can make sure to take good shots within the offense – and they are hitting them – this game shouldn’t be nearly as tough.

5.)  Veteran Leadership

-As you may have picked up on from this post, the veterans simply did not deliver last go around.  For Kentucky to beat a tough opponent, they don’t have to be outstanding, but they do have to have some positive influence on the game.  Harrellson has to get boards, Liggins can’t take too many shots and has to play tough defense, and Miller has to know when his shot is falling, and if it isn’t, help keep the offense flowing.

All in all, I think Kentucky wins this one fairly comfortably.  They went down to Georgia and really got knocked in the mouth before they knew what to expect from an SEC road game.  They have looked better as of late, and the flukes that plagued them in Athens shouldn’t rear  back up.  Cats win 82-74.

Article written by Will Lentz

25 Comments for Kentucky’s Keys To Revenge

  1. jb
    2:44 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink


  2. Typical UK fan
    2:48 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino can’t win the close ones. He is a terrible bench coach.

  3. cmon
    2:57 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    2 your a fuc*ing retard. That is all

  4. Markedman
    2:57 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Time to put the dawgs back in their cage. Letsgooooo.

  5. Brink
    3:00 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    wow auburn is running usc out of the gym right now

  6. Seriously?
    3:07 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville has to be the luckiest team in the NCAA. Their last 3 wins have been one pointers against teams blowing double digit leads?? I mean you have to play some ball to do that, but wow, that takes some epic meltdowns to pull off. Its almost unheard of.

  7. Burlington_UK_fan
    3:10 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    6. But UofL fans see it as their team being great. They are delusional and will now try and say UofL is better than UK even though UK thumped them by 15 in the Chicken Shack.

  8. billy
    3:14 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Pitino is winning the close games to me.

  9. parvenu1
    3:15 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    I am soooo pathetic. I have to come on this board to praise Pitino. Let’s not forget that he is also a pillar of morality in the community…

  10. billy
    3:16 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    In other words win the game. Right Lentz?

  11. on the radio
    3:18 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    live blog for the game?

  12. RidgeRunner
    3:19 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    I’d be happy with just “hitting our shots”. Heck, I’d just be happy with hitting anything 5 feet & in. —as opposed to what we did in Athens.

  13. Burlington_UK_fan
    3:19 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Good. Miss St. beat Florida. Gonna be a big game Feb 5th (assuming UK beats UGA today)

  14. Typical UL fan
    3:22 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    2)Where’s my welfare check? I don’t be havin my foodstamps yet, to. “Go UbeL!” “L-Yes!”

  15. BG Cat fan
    3:29 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Lousiville:
    1) thanks for the easy win a few weeks back
    2) thanks for helping our RPI today

  16. Eroc
    3:31 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    2. LOL, the worst part is, its mostly Louisville fans who have been saying Pitino cant win close games. Go to card chronicle and search the posts from the beginning of the year. You’re an idiot.

  17. Rational Cat Fan
    3:35 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    They’re lucky, racist stereotypes, whine, excuse, whine, excuse. They beat a top-5 team that kicked our ass, and it helps our RPI. You guys are pathetic.

  18. RidgeRunner
    3:36 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink


    Lookin’ at the standings, we need to get on a bit of a win streak to begin some separation. Vandy, UT, & Fla (all away) worry me but we can get past them. But now would be the time to let that Carolina win & this home game give us a boost in that direction.

  19. elstie01
    3:38 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Can we have more UofL hating related posts. I live in Louisville and am so tired of lip.

  20. bigbadjon
    3:39 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    tee martin to stay!!!!!! hell yeah. 4 year contract.

  21. Busted
    3:41 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    17. Undercover troll.

  22. billy gillispe
    3:47 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Pilgram and CJ Leslie are beasts

  23. Typical UL fan
    4:03 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    17) watchu be tryin to say?

  24. UCONN
    6:25 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    HOW BOUT THOSE CARDINLS!!!!! You boys better puff out your chest since YOUR MARQUEE WIN THIS YEAR IS A WIN OVER LOUISVILLE!!! The SEC is ABSOULUTELY PATHETIC!!! Why don’t you boys come play in a REAL LEAGUE!!!!

  25. duhville cat
    12:01 am January 30, 2011 Permalink

    24) Drexel.