It seems that very often in the UK-UL series (not always), there is a guy on the UK roster that comes through and plays a key role in the game without people expecting it. An unsung hero. Here are just a few examples:
2012: Ryan Harrow
-Yes, Kentucky lost this game, but if there was 1 positive we took away it was the play of Harrow. 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and most importantly, no turnovers. Many people thought Harrow had turned the corner. Of course we know that didn’t happen.
2010: Josh Harrellson
-Maybe the most unsung of heros, Harrellson at that point had a career high of 15 points. He scored 23. Harrellson never made 10 or more field in his career until this game and never did after. UL just had no answers for Jorts that game.
2006: Jodie Meeks
-It what had to be the worst played game in series history, Meeks was the star. Yes, he became a prolific scorer, but at that point in his freshman year, he had only scored in double figures once. Against Louisville, he poured in 18. Very unexpected.
2005: Sherray Thomas
-Huh? Really? Oh yeah, in the 2005 contest, only 2 UK players scored in double figures. Rajon Rondo and…….Sherray Thomas.
1992: Gimel Martinez
-In his other 3 games against UL, Martinez scored 5 points total. In the 1992 contest, he scored 14. Only 2 other times in his career did he score more in a game. UK won by 20 in Freedom Hall by the way.
Those are just a few, but I wonder who you might think this year’s unsung hero might be. How to define who might qualify is a tough task, but I generally think the guy can’t be one of your two best players. Which means to me, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein can not be the answer this year. You could probably argue both Harrisons and James Young shouldn’t qualify either, but I think against UL the most likely candidates to be highly successful are Randle and Stein. So, I think all 3 starting guards could work as unsung heros for this year’s game. Either way, just want to know what you think. Who will be the guy that could surprise us with a big game Saturday? Maybe score a career high.