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Preview: UK Hoops vs Delaware


In thirty-ish minutes, the UK Hoops squad will continue their quest for a Final Four when they face Delaware in the ever-quaint Bridgeport, Connecticut. The second seeded Hoops are coming off what has been dubbed (by me, at least) “The Puke Game,” a win over Dayton, while the six seeded Delaware Blue Hens beat North Carolina to earn their first Sweet 16 berth in school history. Here’s the lowdown:



Y’all, I was so close to just ending the post right there because let’s face it, half of you have stopped reading anyway. For the select few whose attention I still have, let me fill you in. That’s Elena Delle Donne. Aside from being a goddess and life-size Basketball Barbie with the most poetic name possible, the 6’5″ Delle Donne is a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and two-time All-American who leads Delaware in scoring (25.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). That’s good enough for second in the nation in scoring as well as fourth in free throw shooting (91.7%, which is just slightly lower than my college GPA #HumbleBrag). Although she’s a forward, Elena has a guard’s shooting touch and provides a tough match-up for every single team she faces. Not only is Delle Donne a prolific scorer, but she can also take care of the ball. Check this: Elena has committed less turnovers (28) than games she has played in (29). That. Is. Insane. Especially considering how many touches she gets on the Blue Hens’ offense.


You would think it would be easy to hate this Amazon blonde, but I’ve tried, and I just ended up gawking at Google Images of her for hours last night. A big part of her un-hate-ability is her devotion to her sister Lizzie, who was born deaf, blind, and with cerebral palsy; in fact, being away from Lizzie is one of the things that caused Elena to transfer from UCONN to Delaware just a couple days into her freshman year. See? YOU CAN’T HATE HER!


So what are the keys to the game for UK Hoops to beat the Fighting Delle Donnes? Well, let’s start simple: no puking on the sidelines. The team has had plenty of time to hydrate and recover since the Dayton game. If we’re talking more complex strategies, the most important thing for the Hoops is that Dayton A’dia Mathies shows up rather than Navy Mathies. You’ll remember that in the tournament opener against the Navy, Mathies was largely a non-factor, scoring only five points without a field goal; against Dayton, however, A’dia matched her career high with 34 points. The Hoops’ bench is deep and talented enough to match Delle Donne’s production, but they’ll need A’dia (the two-time reigning SEC player of the year) to have a big game of her own.



Which team dictates the pace will ultimately decide who wins this matchup. Delaware would rather be able to run their half court offense sets through Delle Donne. The Hoops will push for an up-tempo pace to try and force Delaware into turnovers. The Blue Hens commit the third-fewest turnovers in the nation, so this task won’t be easily achieved, especially with Delle Donne so comfortable in any position on the court. Delaware will try to avoid on-ball screens and the resulting double-team from the Hoops, while Kentucky wants Delle Donne to have to catch the ball outside her comfort zone (a difficult task, since Delle Donne is much more mobile than your average forward). The Hoops’ defensive tenacity and trapping has been a strength all season- one that they’ll want to focus on especially in today’s game. Kentucky is deeper and more athletic than the Blue Hens; if the Hoops can get off and running, Delle Donne won’t be enough to drive her team to the Elite Eight.


We’ve got the whole crew down there to watch the Hoops, so tune in to ESPN right now. Five points to anyone who tweets me a television screen pic of Wilder making an exaggerated facial expression. Drink every time Hayley tweets a Vine. This is going to be fun, guys.



Article written by Kristen Geil

22 Comments for Preview: UK Hoops vs Delaware

  1. Catlanta
    11:36 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think Kristen wants to experiment with Elena. That ok, it’s college!

  2. Coach Jamin
    11:37 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Lets go Ladies! Time to shine. Time to move one step closer. Take out the darling, get revenge on the Huskies, and it’s final four baby!!

  3. Gypsy
    11:44 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t wait! Bring it, our Cats are ready! Go Big Blue!

  4. The Nation of Domination
    11:46 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

    i would like to see in the wnba a lineup of Diana Turasi, Maya Moore, Ellena Della Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittany Griner lol.

  5. BOSOX
    11:52 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

    #4 I honestly could say that team would beat Billy Clyde`s team that went to NIT!!! Ha

  6. Roland
    11:52 am March 30, 2013 Permalink

  7. Chief_cat
    12:01 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s go UKHoops!!

  8. Colleen
    12:03 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Where can I watch the game online? ESPN3 is blacked out. Anyone got an idea?

  9. seriously
    12:06 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    shes no skylar diggins

  10. Della's Don
    12:07 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    We will have no chance if Joe Biden is there. I just hope it is his day to walk Obama’s dog.

  11. Mattcat68
    12:22 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    My goodness, UK Hoops can’t shoot. They’ve taken about 35 shots and only hit 4.

  12. Roland
    12:33 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    8, not the greatest stream but working here:

  13. Gary
    12:52 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    KSR writes: “You would think it would be easy to hate this Amazon blonde, but I’ve tried,”.

    Kristen….. tell us…why should it be easy to hate her? Because she’s white? You guys do that over and over and over. It’s insane how racist this blog is. Every good white male or even female player of non UK teams is trashed by KSR.

  14. Roland
    12:53 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    41-27 Cats at the 1/2

  15. Cats in the NBA
    1:04 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    13.) Maybe because she’s really good and a threat to UK advancing? Quit being so dumb.

  16. Jay in bama
    1:04 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    She is smoking HOT! That is all!

  17. katfantoo
    1:15 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    #13 , I am only responding to the moron that seems to wanna yell “fire” where no fire exists . The commentary had nothing to do with race UNTIL an A** RACE-BAITER decides as to where EVERYONE elses motivation eminates from……… Look if you cant provide some accurate COMMENTARY please STFU . Hey look its a cloud

  18. Roland
    1:28 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Donne will be a D=1 coach some day. Watch her guide the other players on her team.

  19. Bella
    1:30 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Oh no, they are catching up. Come on big blue, let’s go! Fight!

  20. Roland
    1:32 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    If the Lady Cats can get to the Final Four:
    New Orleans businesses will become (If not Already) part of the BBN.

  21. flyboy
    1:49 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    13. How is that free phone working for ya?

  22. Jeopardytex
    2:25 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Just read the full story on Elena Delle Donne and her sister…what an awesome story. Good luck to her and God bless. Go Cats!