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Know Your Enemy: Samford Bulldogs (Basketball Edition)


We did this a few weeks ago when Samford came to Commonwealth to play football, so we won’t go through the entire song and dance again. Before we get started, a special Know Your Enemy shoutout to Karl-Anthony “Big Cat-Skills to Pay the Bills-Baby Face-Dominican Dirk” Towns. Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, fella.

Contrary to popular belief, Samford isn’t all that interesting. If you missed it the first time and are interested in learning about Birmingham, AL, the Bulldog cheerleaders, and famous people associated with Birmingham you can catch up on that HERE.

Let’s hit the high points relevant to the basketball game. Their coaches, their players, and their basketball history.


Coaches of Interest:


Head Coach, Bennie Seltzer- Seltzer played his collegiate basketball at Washington State and made assistant coaching stops at Oklahoma, Marquette, and Indiana before landing his first head coaching job at Samford this past offseason. He is a Tom Crean disciple and has been drawing on his former assistant coaching experience a lot this season. A whole lot. 


Assistant Coach, Scott Padgett- Once a Cat, always a Cat. Though his days in Lexington got off to a rough start academically, Padgett ended his career as an incredibly decorated alum. He was a four time SEC tournament champion, the 1999 SEC Tournament MVP, a member of the 1997 NCAA runner-up and a member of the 1998 NCAA champion.  He had an 8 year NBA career spent mostly with the Jazz and Rockets.

As you probably remember, Padgett got his start in coaching on John Calipari’s first coaching staff at Kentucky. He then moved on to join Steve Masiello at Manhattan before settling in at Samford in April of 2012.


Video Coordinator, Charles Newton- While most video coordinator’s will go unrecognized by opposing fan bases, Charles Newton will not. Charles is the son of Martin Newton and grandson of former UK Athletic Director C.M. Newton. He went to Lexington Catholic High School and played in college at Tennessee Tech.





Tim Williams- A 6’8″ freshman from Chicago, IL. Williams is leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 15.6 per game while tacking on 8.4 boards. He had 15 points and 6 rebounds against Louisville



Raijon Kelly- Kelly is a 6’4” sophomore from St. Paul, Minnesota. He comes in averaging 13 points and 3.6 assists. He’ll play against UK’s platoon of struggling point guards tomorrow night. Hopefully he can get them back on track for us.


Basketball History-:

They compete in the Southern Conference. Samford has been to two NCAA tournaments, in 1999 and 2000.

They have struggled so far this year, coming into the game with a 1-6 record. Bennie Seltzer is less than amused by their play thus far.


Last Meeting: 


The Cats and Bulldogs last met on December 20th, 2011 in Rupp Arena. Doron Lamb led the Cats with 26 points in a lopsided 82-50 in for Kentucky.



UK needs this game right now. Samford has no seniors on their roster and are led by a freshman and sophomore in Williams and Kelly. After two straight losses and being unranked for the first time in Calipari’s tenure, the Cats need a game in which they can build their confidence back up.

I’d like to see Harrow get most of the minutes at point guard tonight. Him having a good game and building confidence is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING that can happen for this team right now. He has to play point guard for this team to reach it’s potential. Sure, Archie CAN play point. But he is going to be much more effective if he can concentrate on scoring. It’s time for Ryan to step up and there is no better time than tonight. That’s what I’ll be watching for.

Regardless of how frustrated you may be as a fan, think about the Brandon Knight/Jorts team that made the Final Four. They were frustrating to watch early in the year, too. However, they continued to get better and better. Though this team is even younger than that team, this team has more talent thus more room for improvement.  After all, Cal likes his team. But don’t think for a second he has a magic wand. He doesn’t.


Bottom Line:






Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

21 Comments for Know Your Enemy: Samford Bulldogs (Basketball Edition)

  1. FrankTheTank
    2:10 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know if the game is on Directv besides Fox Sports Networks?

  2. Jughead
    2:14 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Birmingham smells like my Uncle Slosh’s butt after a July 4th beer blast.

  3. Jughead
    2:15 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I am from Knoxville; I know what that smells like.

  4. lawnorder
    2:15 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Only on Direct if you have the correct package, it’s Tubby’s fault, damn Tubby!

  5. Whizzer
    2:22 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “Uh, coach, is Jared gonna start?”

  6. dave
    2:23 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    so its looking like:
    auburn: kirby smart or richrod or malzahn
    UT: butch davis or larry fedora
    arky: malzahn? ????

  7. DC Cat
    2:29 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    For DirectTV, you needs the sports pack. No other channels are showing it (i.e. the available ESPN Channels)

  8. Stumpy
    2:42 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Fox Sports South has a Mark Stoops show airing right before the Cats game.

  9. TheLaw
    2:48 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure what sources they are referencing, but SVP mentioned Strong going to Tennessee about 10-15 minutes ago on ESPN radio.

  10. gobigblue
    2:49 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    it’s *Zach* Newton

  11. TubbySmith
    2:54 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    4 I’m tired of you using my name. You worry about yourself, leave my name out of your mouth and your posts.

  12. knightynight
    2:56 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “build their confidence back up”

    If there’s one thing my momma always told me….Never end a sentence with a preposition.

  13. YourMommasAHo
    2:57 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    13 tell your mom to shut up

  14. Steve Fitts
    2:58 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t head coach Bennie Seltzer have a white brother named “Alka” Seltzer? “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is!!!”

  15. knightynight
    3:03 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    13 – Are you schizophrenic?

  16. BigO
    3:04 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that for this team to reach all it can be Ryan Harrow has to be our point guard.

  17. YourMommasAHo
    3:18 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    15 maybe. but your mom still needs to shut up.

  18. KentuckyFan98
    3:20 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line this isn’t the same team as last year hicks. KSR is worse than Fox News.

  19. knightynight
    3:31 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    15 – ha i can picture you right now… 35 years old, level 70 world of war craft player, mom brings grilled cheese to basement, star wars junkie.

  20. when is the game....
    3:36 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “He’ll play against UK’s struggling platoon of point guards tomorrow night.” Wonder who he will be playing against tonight?

  21. HRTV
    6:54 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Has there ever been a family with more nepotism in the work place than ole Uncle CM’s? Daddy @ UK and amazingly we were converse until Martin goes Nike. Then Martin @ UK, now the son @ Samford with Martin. Nice to be in that family.