Good morning ladies and gents, and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a big day planned with the family or at least have a solid day of relaxation planned. For me, it means a day off of work and a day of indulgence in food and the Dallas Cowboys, two of my favorite things. I know at least one of those will be popular around here. So, to everyone, have a great day and thanks for frequenting Kentucky Sports Radio. I know we’re all very thankful that you let us dump our opinions and corny jokes on you on a daily basis.
Ok, enough of the sentimental junk, and on to the news of the day….
(1) The Cats are heading out West for the Las Vegas Invitational where they’ll take on the Wildcats of Kansas State. Besides the fact that things could get just a little awkward with the whole “our old coach is coaching another team” factor for Kansas State, they’re trying to make up for the loss of two first round picks in Michael Beasley and Bill Walker. But, the Wildcats bring in a fairly tough matchup for UK, with five players averaging double digits. Head coach Frank Martin (not the Transporter) has done a good job so far getting his team to respond to their early entry losses with the a balanced attack and a steady attack of guards could present a problem for the Cats. Darius Miller and Ramon Harris could be the x-factors against K-State….well, that and the whole point guard issue. I think we’re in for a very, very good game late on Friday evening (11:59 pm).
(2) Speaking of the Las Vegas Invitational, Coach Gillispie had a press conference today where he gave pretty much your standard, run of the mill answers, but a few things were notable. Besides saying he wasn’t a fan of the late start and heaping tons of praise on freshman Darius Miller, Gillispie said that he expects his team to start being much tougher. For the first time this year, according to Gillispie, his team showed some toughness against Longwood. It’s the type of physical intensity that he said he needs the team to show if they’re going to be successful this year. Gillispie highlighted the ability of the Cats to be the aggressors against the Lancers and the toughness inside that translated to multiple “and-ones” and strong finishes around the basket. Gillispie stopped short of saying that this is exactly what a certain KSR blogger said about a week ago.
(3) The football Cats are still prepping for their date with destiny this weekend as they look to knock finally end their nearly two and a half decade long slide against the Volunteers of Tennessee. Randall Cobb has been a focus of a lot of the talk of both teams this week and Rich Brooks came out and said that he looks to play faster this weekend against UT. If the Cats are able to play at a faster pace, running the option and putting the pressure on the defense, the UK football team might just be able to get out to an early lead and put the Vols offense in a hole. It’s tough to say what may or may not work this week against a Tennessee team that’s been as up and down as the Cats, but a bold declaration of their intentions show that Rich Brooks and his boys are going all in. You have to respect that.
(4) In a bit of a non-UK note, but one that will certainly spark a little Turkey Day debate, I pose this question to you, sweet readers. Is North Carolina on pace to be one of the greatest teams of all-time? I hate speaking in hyperbole or getting into the “greatest ever” debates, but I found myself in one of these tonight as I watched the Tar Heels. For me, despite it being early, I’m finding myself buying into this. It seems as if any player on the UNC roster can go for 20 every single night and, no matter what you throw at them, they can one-up your scheme. Is there any strategy or defense that can stop the Heels? Is there any team that can match up with them? I know it’s early, but I’m amazed at how unbelievably unstoppable they look right now. Color me impressed.
Well, that’s pretty much it for now. Enjoy your day with the family and check back throughout the day for all kinds of UK goodness. See you later today…