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UK picks right time to end road woes

Posted on: March 6, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 3:08 pm
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Posted by Jeff Borzello

Prior to Sunday’s game at Tennessee, it was unclear whether Kentucky was capable of winning a close game away from home – or a road game in general.

The Wildcats were just 1-6 in SEC play on the road, with the losses coming by a grand total of 18 points.

Kentucky erased those demons against the Volunteers, though, finishing the game on a 13-6 run to get a 64-58 win. The Wildcats overcame a double-digit lead in the first half, and seemed in control for much of the second stanza. Brandon Knight continued his development into an elite point guard, scoring 19 points, while Terrence Jones finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds despite struggling from the field. Darius Miller also had his sixth consecutive double-figure scoring game, going for 15 points.

The key down the stretch was Kentucky’s absolute dominance on the offensive glass. The Wildcats picked up six offensive rebounds in the final 5:35, as Tennessee constantly failed to box out on missed shots. In fact, Kentucky had seven points in that last stretch on possessions in which it grabbed an offensive board.

Up by three, Miller missed a contested jumper, but no one boxed out Josh Harrellson, with Tennessee needing to knock it out of bounds to prevent a wide-open put-back by Harrellson.

Kentucky is a team that most of the country has been on the fence about over the past few weeks. The Wildcats have as much talent in their starting five as anyone, but they lack depth and never proved they could win away from home.  This win gives them a bye in the SEC Tournament and could be a momentum-builder heading into the postseason.

The Wildcats now know they can go into a hostile environment and come out with a close win against a quality opponent. Moreover, given the way Big Blue Nation travels, they might not face a more difficult fan base the rest of the season.

For such a young team, momentum and confidence might be the most important factors. Kentucky now has both.

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Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:14 am
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

Whoops, wrong comment there guy49. You get to eat some crow now. Good luck next year too without your seniors, Sullinger is not going to stick around.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:27 am
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

you may be right about the big blue , i doubt it .  maybe a loss but not a blowout as thy ole bag of wind predicts.
 
if so you'll have an ass kicking coming from kansas so you pick your poison  an ass kicking by a wildcat or a jayhawk



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:21 am
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

they keep talking about attendance and also rewarding a team by putting them close to home . semms to me like the only teams getting rewarded are duke and nc . funny as hell to me why ky or louisville don't play in the two large stadiums called rupp arena or the kfc stadium at louisville . year after year duke has a gimme the first 2 games against a lowly seeded team who struggles to make the tournament .  this should be changed



Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:24 am
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

LOL so called Big Blue Nation... yea Ohio State is a great team and would prob beat UK but I would bet any day that the Big Blue Nation would out travel any Ohio State Fan when it comes to bball.  Silly FIFO lol



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:45 pm
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

if the so called big blue nation so happens to get far enough[which i doubt]to play THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.......the boys in blue will be totally demolihed just as whisky was today



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:46 pm
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

I'm going to say this and I am a huge UK fan,

I did not expect UK to win this road game @TENN especially after tennessee first half defense and out poor shooting.
I suspected UK to lose another road game and crumble.

They won and made some shots in the second half, played tough,

BUT  tennessee was missing their second leading rebounder, although he didn't help much the first time UK played them, it's still part of the equation. (btw, i actually thought Tennessee looked better without Williams, much faster and mobile)

I don't expect UK to win three games in three days with a 6 man team, and i don't expect UK to make it past the second round of the ncaa Tourny with inconsistent play. 

But heck, maybe if they can use that 41% three point shooting and stay out of foul trouble they can go deeper, who knows, this year is up in the air.

Just being honest.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Kentucky heating up....

Way too much talent to struggle like they did a month ago......Knight is now a legit Top 5 point guard in the nation, and Lamb is a top shooter......They will be a very dangerous team in the NCAA tourney......remember, every tourney game is like a home game for the Big Blue......hell, play the game on the planet Neptune and UK would have 2000 folks crowded into Neptune bars watching the game on TV that couldn't get tickets.......



Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 6:59 pm
 

UK picks right time to end road woes

If this team had Enes Kanter they would be in the top five for sure. They have basically been playing the entire season with a back-up center.


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