Andy Kennedy held a teleconference yesterday morning to give reporters an update on his squad heading into SEC play, and when asked about Saturday’s game against Kentucky, had nothing but praise for Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.
“Jamal Murray may be as good a guard as I’ve seen come through there from a talent standpoint,” Kennedy said. “Tyler Ulis is the fastest, most difficult guy to stay in front of in college basketball. They’ve still got long, athletic frontcourt guys. I don’t think it’s going to be any less formidable than it’s always been.”
Kennedy’s group came as close as anyone to marring UK’s perfect 31-0 regular season last year at Rupp, which he called college basketball’s “Mecca.”
“As I’m scouting this team, I’m still looking at a team that’s 8-0 in that building,” Kennedy said of Rupp. “We know going in — number one, our guys are super excited because this is the mecca. You go to Rupp Arena, this is something that you dream of. Our guys are really excited, especially our newcomers. A guy like Tomasz Gielo, a fifth-year transfer from Liberty, this is a dream come true I’m sure for him. Stefan Moody, who had, as you said earlier, a good game and we were competitive until the bitter end, but we left dissatisfied. Him being a senior, even though as a coach there would be other venues I would rather open SEC play in, I’m sure for him he’s excited about the opportunity, and all our other countless newcomers.”
Saturday’s mission: contain Stefan Moody.