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The Most Anticipated Match-ups In 2014

In just 1 month and ten days Kentucky will kick off the fall sports season against UT-Martin and bring abound an end to this never ending summer. Anticipation for football and basketball are at a recent high as we wait to see the new recruits play and finish what was started last season. To do that the Cats are going to face down some top tier opponents and in order to win they will likely need to win these match-ups. Here are my most anticipated match-ups to watch in 2014:

Dak Prescott Vs Bud Dupree

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Mississippi State, October 25th

The two members of the preseason All-SEC second team will meet on October 25th with much on the line. Kentucky will need to take down Mississippi State at home if they are going to win 5 or 6 games. The Bulldogs are looking to climb the ranks of the SEC West and can’t afford a loss to UK if they are going to do so. Kentucky got close on the road in Starkville last season but Prescott’s 268 yards with 2 touchdowns and another caught TD was too much to overcome. Bud and Za’darius will need to keep Prescott out of rhythm on offense to put the Cats in position to win. It should be a fun game of Cat and mouse to watch in late December.

Myles Turner Vs Karl-Anthony Towns

Texas, December 5th

Kentucky hosts the Longhorns on December 5th as a part of the Big 12-SEC challenge and the match-up on everyone’s mind will be the battle between Myles Turner and Karl-Anthony Towns. In just a few short weeks we will all get to see exactly what KAT will bring to the college game and what sort of force he will be alongside two more seven footers. Myles Turner ranked just behind Karl in 7th according to 247sports.com’s composite rankings so you know he’ll be wanting to showcase his ability in this game. Kentucky won’t play many centers that will be able to hold their own in the frontcourt but Myles certainly looks to be one of the few.

Montrezl Harrell Vs Trey Lyles

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Louisville, December 27th

Last season Montrezl Harrell was held to 10.5 ppg in two games against the Cats which was a below his season average of 14. A big reason for that was the play of Julius Randle and his ability to get Harrell into foul trouble. Harrell’s five fouls in the sweet sixteen helped spur the Cats on to the 5 point win.  Now though there is no Julius Randle in blue and it’ll be up to Trey Lyles to contain Louisville’s star player. Can he match the physicality of Motrezl? That’s a question that will need to be answered in the early games of the season before we move on to top competition. Perhaps the stronger Marcus Lee will be able to hold his own. Time will tell.

 

What match-ups are you most excited about seeing this year?

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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9 Comments for The Most Anticipated Match-ups In 2014



  1. rockatao
    5:51 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    it’s hard to keep up with conference realignments … when did Texas go to the Big 10?



  2. Rick in TX
    6:29 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    They didn’t. They’re still in the Big 12 …. that has 10 teams in it. Not like the Big 10 that has, what, 14 teams.

    By the way, there are some folks down here that expect Texas to win the national championship. They’ll learn early.



    • Rei
      6:45 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      For real, Texas is a school that could do it, but not with Charlie Strong.



  3. Policy
    6:53 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    “Now though there is no Julius Randle in blue and it’ll be up to Trey Lyles to contain Louisville’s star player” Or, any number of other UK players could guard Harrell – AP, DJ, WCS, KT etc.



    • bluecat406
      7:14 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, this was my first thought. I’m not convinced Trey will even be starting at this point, or even have significant minutes.



  4. Ukcatzfan
    7:13 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    I cant belive LEE is stronger than LYLES



    • bigcatstanding
      4:00 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t think his point was that Lee is stronger than Trey Lyles. His point is that Lee is a much bigger stronger player this year than last year. If you saw the picture of the team, posted yesterday, the 1st thing and the only thing I posted, was referencing, that Marcus Lee, looked like he was in big time shape, and much bigger!!



  5. James in Ann Arbor
    8:09 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    We have so many pieces on the front line I can’t see any one-on-one scenarios when looking at the season matchups. All I see are opponents who hope everything falls into place for them so they’ll have some slim chance of being in contention during the last five minutes of the game.



    • bigcatstanding
      4:15 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

      James you are correct, Was scrolling down through the last five years since Calipari arrived, even went back 6 years. And I don’t think there’s any argument even talking about the 2012 team, where that team could Beat this team.
      I found only one advantage and it was very small position by position. That being Anthony Davis 32 minutes of play vs Willie cauley-stein 32 minute, Only coming up one half block shot per game shy.

      I’ll also take Devin Booker and Aaron Harrison, At shooting guard. Without a doubt we’re stronger at power forward this year. Most likely better at small forward if not equal.
      Is Marcus Teague and I mean only Marcus Teague when it came to being. Better than, Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins, and Tyler Ulis.

      I absolutely don’t understand why a team didn’t go after the 2012 team, trying to force them into foul trouble. We had only six players, that year that had any kind of minutes at all. Are fire starters all average more than 30 minutes per game, then we had, Darius Miller. After that the next person played 10 minutes, the next played 6 minutes, and the next 3 minutes per game.

      This year’s team, has a bench that, Dick Vitale ranked as the number 12 team in a nation.
      So if you have the overwhelming best team on the floor, and the 12th best team backing them up. Is there any doubt this is most likely the best team that Kentucky has ever put on the Flor. Go Cats