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Seth Davis decides to play nice for a change


You remember Seth Davis, right? The sort of silver-spoon, negative nancy, [insert other alliterative insult] guy on CBS college basketball broadcasts that appears to have no business talking about college basketball. Sure you do. Well, if your memory stretches all the way back to around this time last season, you’ll recall that Davis picked South Carolina to hand Kentucky its first loss, a prediction that was directly and solely responsible for the Cats’ falling in Columbia.

Fast-forward to this year, and we find ourselves on the eve of another trip to the Palmetto State. And Seth Davis finds himself again making a prediction on the UK-USC game. Only this time, he decided to give us the benefit of his clairvoyance, as he picks the Cats to take care of business this time around:

No. 12 Kentucky (14-4, 2-2) at South Carolina (12-5, 3-1)
So much attention was paid to John Calipari’s profanity-laced tirade at Terrence Jones late in the Wildcats’ loss to Alabama that few seemed to notice that Kentucky nearly won the game after being down by 20 points. You could see this young team’s identity getting forged during that comeback as the ‘Cats cranked up their D and attacked the rim instead of settling for jump shots. Even though South Carolina has been on a roll of late having won four of its last five games, I think these young Wildcats learned something in their loss in Tuscaloosa, and they’ll be eager to prove they’re growing up.

Davis is right that the Cats showed great resolve in battling back against Alabama and, had they pulled off the win, we’d probably all be talking about how the team showed various types of fortitude and made a big statement with the comeback. Instead, the Cats still must prove that they have the mental tools to get a road win in the SEC. They’ll have that opportunity tomorrow, and it’s one which Davis thinks they’ll take advantage of in rolling the Gamecocks. And, for once, I agree with him.

[Seth Davis’ Weekend Picks]

Article written by Hunter Campbell

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14 Comments for Seth Davis decides to play nice for a change

  1. bung
    8:05 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink


  2. Big D
    8:08 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Whatever. This thing is’nt updating. I don’t care a dad-gum thing about Seth Davis anyway.

  3. upinya25
    8:12 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    seth davis is an idiot….if he can work to cover major college basketball, i should be able to cover ballroom dancing (something i have absolutely nothing about). This man knows nothing of the game, his sole decisions are picked on statistics or hype, not match up, or who runs what sets compared to other sets. If you asked this man to describe the most basic offense such as the flex or how a 2-3 zone operates he is lost.

  4. GoCats2
    8:13 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Well I guess thats something. He could have said that Ramel Bradley needed to step up his game in the second half to pull off the win.

  5. Usefulijit
    8:34 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Cats will be fine as long as the Presidential hex is not put on them again

  6. SouthCarolinaFan
    8:41 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Get ready for another road loss tomorrow. Can’t wait to hear Sandstorm 500 times tomorrow.

  7. BeerCanChicken
    8:42 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

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  8. BlueVirus
    8:55 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    7- no offense, but Expedia has the same rooms for $146.21 per night. Other, just as close, hotels that are not as nice are even cheaper.

  9. Little Known Facts
    8:58 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Click this link ( ) and then click the “gilly” link in the photo caption… FULL CIRCLE!!! KSR on POWM

  10. BlueVirus
    9:01 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    10- i dont get it

  11. Viren
    9:52 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Well last years Cats should have litsened to Davis and President Obama. I don’t think Seth Davis is a basketball ferry who picks which teams will win. So he took a guess and was right, if you think about it he had 50/50 chance of getting it right. Even blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Also just because he predicted Cats to win also does not guarentee us a win in Columbia. Let’s go out and play a solid 40 min of defense and offense and see what happens. Go Cats

  12. Realist
    10:28 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    6) Win or lose, we’re KY and your SC. You’ll never win an NCAA championship and never be an elite program. On our court or a neutral court, we’ll always kick your ass! I’ll admit, home court at SC is worth 10 points. You’d better use them wisely!

  13. SamKat
    5:35 am January 22, 2011 Permalink

    Two excellent freshmen had their chance and turned the ball over in the fading seconds to Alabama. There are 2400 seconds in a game but a fraction of one second can make the big difference.

    I think Darron Horn is an excellent coach, but I also think our Coach Cal is better and this team will become his team. UK will beat SC.