Today’s UK Fan of the Day had his picture taken recently with Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins, of course, is the top player in the 2014 class from Huntington Prep. Many are calling him the next great superstar. Go Cats.
Notes. Podcast. Let’s get it then…
— Tonight is a big night for your new No. 1 college basketball team in the country, as Kentucky travels to Georgia for the 9:00 pm game on ESPN. The first road game since claiming the top spot has been a tough one in the past for the Cats; UK is 0-2 in its last two road games as the No. 1 team. Kentucky lost to South Carolina in 2010 just one day after the new polls were released, and this year’s team lost on the road at Indiana. With that said, I think UK rolls in this one and covers the 12-point spread. I expect another Arkansas-like performance.
— UK lost in Athens last season but two of the key players from that Bulldogs team are long gone. Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie combined for 40 points in the 77-70 Georgia win over the tenth-ranked Cats last January. Both guys are now on the Los Angeles Clippers with Eric Bledsoe.
— In the latest release of the SEC stats, Kentucky leads the conference in nine different categories: scoring margin (19.8), free throw pct. (.715), field goal pct. (.485), field goal pct. defense (.363), offensive rebounds (40.1), rebounding margin (+7.3), blocked shots (9.3), defensive re- bounds (27.1) and offensive rebounding pct. (.390). Anthony Davis leads the SEC in field goal percentage (.630), blocks (4.7) and defensive rebounds (7.2).
— UK is currently holding opponents to 36.3 percent from the field, the second lowest in the country. To put that in perspective, the last time Kentucky held opponents below 36 percent from the field was in the 1957-58 season. They won the National Championship that year.
— Darius Miller is 20 points away from reaching the top 50 on UK’s all-time leading scoring list. He’ll pass Erik Daniels with five points tonight, pass Jamaal Magloire with 16 and he’s 20 away from tying Dirk Minnifield at No. 50 with 1,069. Give us 20!
— Ally Tucker has the Best of Week One on KSRCollege.com. Go check out her favorite posts from the first seven days of the new site.
— cn|2 with Chip Cosby debuts tonight at 6:30 pm on Insight Channel 2, with a replay of the episode airing at 10:30 pm while you’re watching the Cats. Chip will be joined by Tony Vanetti to talk about Louisville’s struggles, Kentucky at Georgia, and high school hoops action from around the area. Check it out tonight and every other weeknight from now on. Again, 6:30 pm (an hour before KSTV) and 10:30 or anytime On Demand Channel 103.
— Also, don’t forget about KSTV’s contest to win free LASIK surgery from the John-Kenyon American Eye Institute. Read more about it here.
— On today’s podcast, Matt and the gang previewed Georgia and made their Oscar picks. Have a listen…