-Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader placed a call to fan-favorite, Jay Bilas, to get his take on where Kentucky stood heading into conference play. Here’s a bit of what Bilas told Tipton:
“That they’re a normal, really good team,” Bilas said.
Bilas, who will work the ESPN telecast of the game at LSU on Tuesday, echoed something UK Coach John Calipari has said repeatedly. Except for the same blue-and-white colors, this Kentucky team does not resemble last season’s powerhouse.
“This team is going to have hiccups, it’s not going to be like last year or 2012.”
That said, Bilas saw Kentucky as capable of winning a national championship. He said this before Kentucky looked more like a contender in beating Ole Miss Saturday night.
“They can be as good as anybody this year by the end of it, but they’re not the best team right now. Last year, they were the best team by far. (Going) undefeated was not a crazy thing to talk about. This year is totally different.” (more)
Bilas also compared the 2016 Cats to last year’s Duke team. In early conference play that Duke team lost to NC State and Miami before making improvements (and getting the easiest side of the bracket) that led to a national title. Kentucky certainly looked much improved defensively yesterday against Ole Miss.
-Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal takes a look at the impact Skal Labissiere’s improved outing can have on his confidence. The pressure on Skal to be some sort of instant-impact superstar has quickly reversed and as Cal said following the game, everyone in the nation is pulling for this kid to succeed. Well, except for our opponents in the SEC.
-Tyler Ulis’ statline in the last two games: 20.5 points, 9 assists, 3.5 steals, and a 60% mark from the floor. That has the stellar point guard beginning to earn some national attention.
-Kelsey let you know in the morning wake-up but it bears repeating: The unbeaten and seventh ranked Kentucky women begin SEC play today with a trip to Auburn to tame the Tigers. The game tips off at 3 p.m. and can be watched on SEC Network+.