Woods’ comments excite in-state matchup

By David Schuh | @KernelSchuh

dschuh@kykernel.com

In the wake of Wednesday night’s matchup with UK, Morehead State head coach and former UK great Sean Woods made some alarming comments aimed at Cats players.

“They didn’t seem like Kentucky players to me,” Woods said of meeting several players at the Hurricane Sandy telethon. “There’s a certain way and a certain look that Kentucky basketball players have, and not have such a sense of entitlement. I think these kids should be more appreciative coming through here, wearing that uniform.”

Most Cats players had not heard the comments, but UK head coach John Calipari sidestepped passing blame to his future opposing coach.

“I love what our kids are about, what they’ve done academically, what they do in the community,” Calipari said. “Knowing Sean, I figured he misspoke. I chalk it up to that and move on. I’m not taking it personal.”

The comments will surely turn around the reception Woods will receive Wednesday night in Rupp. But, his main focus will be on stopping a UK team that broke the century mark last week against Lafayette.

“We are improving as a team,” sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer said. “Regardless of who we play, we have done a great job of learning from these opportunities and getting better as a team.”

Wiltjer, in particular, exploded in the Lafayette game. The sophomore made seven threes, finishing with a team-high 23 points.

Freshman forward Alex Poythress continued his torrid start, compiling 22 points and five rebounds, vaulting himself into the team-lead in scoring in the process.

The Cats will most likely still be without sophomore guard Ryan Harrow Wednesday. Harrow, still recovering from an unknown illness in which he’s lost seven pounds, has played only 10 minutes in the first three games.

“He’ll be at practice (Tuesday) but he’s better,” Calipari said. “He’s going to have to get some weight back; we’ll see from there.”

The game Wednesday night tips off at 7 p.m. It will be televised locally on Fox Sports South.