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Friday Night News and Views

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Tomorrow’s the day. In one of the most anticipated games of the college hoops season, our 12-0 Kentucky Wildcats will face the 11-0 Louisville Cardinals in the Yum! Center at 2 PM. Not only will it feature one of the most heated rivalries in college athletics, tomorrow’s game is the most challenging contest the #1 Wildcats will face for the rest of the season. In a year which many analysts have used the U-word as a possibility for this squad, the outcome of tomorrow’s game takes on an increased significance. The Cardinals have a lot to gain as well; a win against a team that has knocked them out of two of the past three tournaments would be a sweet way to cap off the early part of the season and could potentially make the Cardinals the #1 team in the country. However, beating UK will be a tall task – both figuratively and literally.

Let’s look at some of the top stories concerning the game:

The public likes UK to cover

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Depending on where you look, the line for tomorrow’s game opened from anywhere as a pick’em to UK -3. However, it has shifted a bit since then; most books now list Kentucky as a 5-6 point favorite. Clearly, people like Kentucky to win this game more than oddsmakers initially thought. Let’s hope it plays out this way.

The players are ready for a challenge

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Compared to previous seasons, Kentucky has a relatively experienced squad that knows how difficult a rivalry game can be. Junior Willie Cauley-Stein described the tension that the Cats will face tomorrow:

“They hate us… Right when you walk in the gym dudes are going to be yelling at you — cussing at you. You just have to smile like, “this is it. This is gametime. This will be fun.”

UK has gone 1-4 in the first true road games of each season during Cal’s tenure. The players know it won’t be easy; hopefully we can reverse the trend.

Coach Cal says it’s just another game

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Despite all of the hype, Calipari wants his team to view tomorrow’s contest as just another game in the season.

“It’s the next game for us. They’re all rivalry games to me. It’s another game. We try not to take any team lightly.”

Makes sense, but we all know how big this one will be. Let’s get that dub.

Roger Ayers to ref

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If you want to get an early start on complaining about the officiating tomorrow – here’s your chance. Kentucky has lost its last four with Roger Ayers on the floor. Ayers has also given Cal a technical in three of the past six contests he’s officiated. If previous years are any indication, one can expect the refs to employ a tight whistle tomorrow; let’s hope it doesn’t come back to bite the Cats.

Be sure to vote for several former Cats in the NBA All-Star game

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In case you hadn’t heard, several former Wildcat are killing it in the NBA this season. The league released its all-star voting earlier this week, and a couple of Kentucky players have been doing well. John Wall is currently the top vote-getter among guards in the East and Anthony Davis is the leader for front-court players in the West. However, there’s still work to do. Demarcus Cousins (arguably the best center in the NBA) is currently 7th among front court players in the West, and Brandon Knight (who has largely put the Milwaukee Bucks in playoff contention) isn’t even in the top 10 in Eastern Conference guards. BBN, VOTE HERE and give our guys some of the respect they deserve.

That’s it for now. See ya’ll tomorrow.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

5 Comments for Friday Night News and Views



  1. Rixter
    12:04 am December 27, 2014 Permalink

    “the U word’?

    Really?

    Caleb, do you know what the ‘P-word’ is? It fits. it fits you, and every other so-called Cat fan who is afraid to predict an unbeaten season.
    Well, I;m not. I’ve been saying it since before the schedule was announced, and Matt gave me a hard time, because in his words ” how can you predict an unbeaten season when the schedule hasn’t officially been announced”. Here’s how: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s schedule had already been and it didn’t include UK. In other words, it didn’t matter who was on the
    schedule, this team wasn’t losing to them.
    40 – 0. I’m saying it now, because this time tomorrow, the bandwagon will be filling up.



    • cats paw
      3:43 am December 27, 2014 Permalink

      ^^^^SMH^^^^. And you wish for every logical fan to pretend you werent saying it well before the schedule was announced last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that…….. If you keep wearing that 40-0 shirt you bought for the next 40 years, you might get lucky one year and be referred to as “ole Nostradamus”.
      Until then, you are just a rabid homer that calls other fans (OF THE SAME TEAM) the “P” word for not being as senile as yourself! Some of us wish to read objective articles concerning UK basketball….not pep rally comments from delusional cheerleaders.



    • Katya
      4:31 am December 27, 2014 Permalink

      Lol Tardinal raging before the big game.



    • cracka
      8:50 am December 27, 2014 Permalink

      cats paw should start all his comments with a bunch of arrows and “smh” pointing up at his name like that because that’s how everyone reads his posts



  2. Casper
    12:08 am December 27, 2014 Permalink

    spread should be -7.5 for UK. easy $. take it at -6.