Inside the Play: Breaking the Press

Kentucky's Marquis Teague (25) drives to the basket and lays up the ball during the second half of the University of Kentucky Mens Basketball game against South Carolina at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on 1/7/12. UK won the game 79-64. Photo by Mike Weaver | Staff

South Carolina didn’t want to press UK. That would mean getting into a running match, and not many people can win a running match with the Cats. But then South Carolina found itself down by 20 points and had no choice but to press. UK, however, wasn’t bothered and broke it fairly easily. Let’s look […]

Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague show encouraging signs

Kentucky's Terrence Jones (3) drives by a defender during the second half of the University of Kentucky Mens Basketball game against South Carolina at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on 1/7/12. UK won the game 79-64. Photo by Mike Weaver | Staff

UK’s first conference game provided plenty of good signs. Two of them were more important than the rest. Terrence Jones bounced back in a big way, scoring 20 points on 8 of 9 shooting. It was his second-highest scoring output of the season. “That’s the Terrence we know,” head coach John Calipari said. More importantly, […]

Darius Miller has switch turned to ‘off’

Miller Arkansas Little Rock Game

They were the flip side of Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague’s resurgence. In UK’s win over South Carolina, Darius Miller and Doron Lamb were not pronouncing that they were “back.” Miller turned in the most frustrating performance. After scoring 15 points the last game — points that put him over 1,000 in his career and […]

3 things we learned: UK 79, South Carolina 64

UK's Terrence Jones drives to the basket against Arkansas - Little Rock at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Scott Hannigan | Staff

Three things we learned in UK’s 79-64 win over South Carolina: 1. Terrence Jones was back, at least for this game, scoring 20 points on 8 of 9 shooting. It’s his second-highest scoring output of the season, behind his 26 points against St. John’s. Given Jones’ inconsistency, I would wait until Jones turns in a […]

3 things to watch: UK vs. South Carolina

Miller Arkansas Little Rock Game

Three things to watch when UK plays South Carolina in the SEC opener (4 p.m., SEC Network): 1. Start strong — Everyone remember that first half against Arkansas-Little Rock? So does UK. And it doesn’t want to repeat that performance. I wouldn’t anticipate UK falling into an insurmountable deficit, because South Carolina isn’t that good. […]

Cats keen on increasing intensity

UK's Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones look to grab a defensive rebound against Arkansas - Little Rock at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Scott Hannigan | Staff

Let Darius Miller try to explain why UK hasn’t pieced together consistent effort on a full-game, game-to-game basis. “I honestly don’t know,” Miller said. “It’s something we have to get figured out before it’s too late.” It’s not too late now, by any means. The only part of the schedule that’s passed is the non-conference […]

Marquis Teague on a 'big stage,' but it won't get smaller

UK's Marquis Teague defends a shot against Arkansas - Little Rock at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Scott Hannigan | Staff

Marquis Teague is stepping on a stage previously inhabited by Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall and Brandon Knight. “There’s a lot of pressure on him with the way they think a Coach Cal point guard should be,” Miller said. It depends on how you define “Coach Cal point guard.” The previous four have all […]