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Two Matchups To Watch in The Bahamas

We are just six days away  from the Cats making their big blue debut for the 2014-15 season this Sunday and the anticipation is reaching a tipping point. UK will have their work cut out for them as they take on professionals from all around the globe. Some of the pros are known while others are complete strangers. Let’s take some time to get to know them in these match-ups I can’t wait to see the Cats take on:

Ron Slay vs Alex Poythress

Team: Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket

Ron Slay is no stranger to Kentucky basketball  fans. He was the 2003 SEC player of the year but went just 2-7 against the Cats. Since then he’s had a long career playing overseas and lead CCRB in scoring last season as they won the ProB championship. It’ll be fun to watch the former Volunteer take on another Tennessee product when he takes on Alex Poythress. We’ve heard all summer about Alex making the leap and going up against Slay will be a worthy test. Alpo has the young legs and speed but will he have what it takes to beat a crafty veteran over two games? I can’t wait to find out.

Orlando Sanchez vs Marcus Lee

Team: Dominican Republic National

Jump in the way, way back machine to a time when young JuCo player Orlando Sanchez expressed interest in coming to Lexington. Sanchez scored 13 points against the  Big Blue All Stars back in 2011 and ended up going to on to play at St. John’s. This past year KSR friend Jon Rothstein called him the Red Storm’s most skilled player and he delivered by averaging 7 points and 6 rebounds. At 6’9 Sanchez sounds like the perfect player for Marcus Lee to showcase his skills against. Orlando seems to have a bit more on his frame but Lee is almost guaranteed to be more athletic. Should be a match-up to watch.


With Coach O, Eloy, and plenty of other familiar faces potentially taking to the court this next week the Bahamas tour is going to be a blast. Which player are you most looking forward to see play for or against Kentucky?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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18 Comments for Two Matchups To Watch in The Bahamas

  1. CatBlue in LR
    4:38 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Ron Slay went 7-2 against Kentucky???

  2. BobKYCats
    4:39 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I think he meant 2-7.

    • CatBlue in LR
      5:11 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      It’s since been corrected. Thank you.

  3. UKGrad
    4:40 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    It would be hilarious if one of our players broke his leg and ended up never being able to play ball again!

    • Rei
      5:06 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Ikr, Kevin Ware’s leg was hilarious.

    • 2mites
      5:13 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      What kind of buffoon are you dude. Maybe you have a car accident and be a quad the rest of your life.

    • UKGrad
      5:14 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Yes it was. Or a player having a stroke.

    • UKGrad
      5:16 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      That’s not very Christian of you 2mites.

    • Slorp glop
      7:37 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      It’d be hilarious if you were capable of not being a bottom feeding troll.
      Unfortunately for you, your mental capacity won’t allow such things, so the rest of us get to sit around and think “this guy is such a loser”. You’re most certainly a Louisville fan, so let it be known, you belong to Big Blue NATION.

    • ULDropout
      8:08 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Like Edgar Sosa!! Lmao! I heard that shit explode from my house!

  4. Big Ron
    4:41 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    If Slays your way then that’s okay.

    • MaconVolGirl
      6:11 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Zayummm! I want Ron to Slay my babymaker

  5. bbn#1
    4:46 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    eloy vargas vs karl towns obviously towns has an advantage of everything but eloy does have experience in his favor.. if eloy plays anyway

    • Andrew Cassady
      4:54 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Wloy scored 10 in the DR’s blowout of Costa Rica

    • bigabes4uk
      5:26 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      So I guess no NBA pros this time for DR? Al Horford and Francisco Garcia? Didnt they play 2 yrs ago in UK pros game? I was kinda looking forward to seeing our guys against players like that, but if they aren’t playing I think these games are winnable

    • Andrew Cassady
      5:33 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      They did play a couple of years ago along with Edgar Sosa but it doesn’t look like they are on the current roster for this Centro basket tournament. Just found out Eloy got the start in yesterday’s game and dominated with 14 more points.

    • bbn#1
      7:46 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      So now that we know eloy will get some kind of clock I think that’ll be my key matchup him vs our current bigs… Although I do like the desean butler vs our 2 or 3 and I hope we eat him alive

  6. Earache
    9:57 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Please don’t call him Alpo again