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Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:48 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari delivered the message - over and over - about North Carolina's experience while Terrence Jones kept a stone-face while attempting to convey that this was just another game. Senior Darius Miller said all the correct things. 

Doron Lamb. 

He told the truth. No filter. No BS. 

"I think we're more talented offensively and defensively," Lamb said less than 24 hours before top-ranked Kentucky welcomes North Carolina to Rupp Arena.

And what about the two backcourts, Doron?  How do you think they stack up against one another?

"I think we're way more talented," he said. 

I wonder if Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland will get a look-see at those comments when they arrive in Lexington. 

Unlike Jones and even Miller to an extent - who both downplayed the significance of this game - Lamb spoke the truth. To be honest, it's refreshing.

"It's a big game for us," Lamb said. "We want to try and keep our No. 1 spot." 

This was supposed to be a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2. UNLV ruined that when the Running Rebels pulled the upset over North Carolina a week or so ago in Vegas. Now the Tar Heels enter the contest at No. 5 in the country, but the numbers don't matter. 

"You want games like this because they help you learn about your team," Calipari said. 

Calipari is all about spin, but that's not spin. 

No one is really going to care about who won this game if these two teams meet again in April 2 in New Orleans -- as many anticipate to be the case. Both teams will likely be No. 1 seeds entering the NCAA tournament come March and these two clubs will have a different look to them in four months time. 

This game is about figuring out your team's deficiencies and trying to correct - or at least - soften them. For North Carolina, it'll be whether they are able to defend and match Kentucky's toughness - among other things. For Kentucky, it'll be whether Marquis Teague can play with poise - and whether Terrence Jones truly is a different player from a year ago -- also among other things. 

Calipari and Roy Williams won't commit to continuing this series, using their league slate and other non-conference matchups as an excuse to halt the matchup. So this could be it for a while - so we need to enjoy it. 

"The moment I saw it on the schedule, I started looking forward to this game," Lamb said. "Everybody's been talking about it." 

Lamb and just about every diehard college hoops fan. You've got no shortage of potential lottery picks -- Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for Kentucky and Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller with North Carolina - in addition to plenty of others with NBA futures. It'll take place in arguably the most electric environment in college basketball: Rupp Arena. 

It won't be a methodical affair as was the case in the previous game for both teams, when North Carolina had to grind one out against Wisconsin and Kentucky was forced to watch St. John's milk the clock in an effort to stay in the game. 

Williams and Calipari have athletes - and they let them go. 

This should be terrific. 

Any predictions, Doron?

"We win," he said with a smile. "And leave the arena by 3 p.m.. -- and then I enjoy my day off Sunday."  

Comments

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Another classic between the two teams.  Zeller was awful today.  Kentucky's defense had a lot to do with that, but he had a bunch of unforced errors as well.  We shot from behind the arc better than we have in years and had it not been for that, then it would have been ugly.  Looking forward to the next meeting in April!



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

MTCAT - enjoy the win and what is your problem?  I think it's pretty amusing that you get so riled up over fan analysis.  I suspect there's more behind this than what hits the keyboard.  Enjoy your team and it should be a great ride.  Hopefully there's a rematch in April as they are clearly the two best teams in the Country.  Oh, and to dispell your opinion of my lack of knowledge, well, as a former player, coach, basketball administrator, fan following College hoops for over 40 years, born and raised in Chapel Hill, have family on both sides of the Dook / UNC fence, I DO know a thing or two about the game. RELAX!





Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Don't know if they are better, but calipari's teams are undoubtedly better paid.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

much, much, much respect to the heels!
barnes is stone cold



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:53 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

The 2011 NCAA Tournament matchup is over.  In case the Radford's & Portland's have skewed your memory, this is a new season MTCAT.
I could have sworn you posted that Lamb had never seen the likes of Strickland.  You didn't say anything about "this season".  I understand a 'Heels fan wanting to forget about that game but don't exspect the rest of us to try to hide that memory.

Why can't you admit that you don't know what you're talking about and make sweeping assertations that have no basis in fact.

Blowhard...hug that.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:47 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

+Jones vs. Zeller:
Jones
PPG 15
RPG 7 
Zeller
PPG 13
RPG 7

Grade: Slight Advantage Zeller due to his incredible court speed



about the incredible court speed;
is this while dribbling the ball,/* or not dribbling the ball?




Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:49 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

and are you saying you know Roy Williams ???

As a matter of fact, I do.  Our paths have crossed on many occassions...even played gold with him two years ago. 



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:06 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

, as a KU fan you should definitely know all about "thuggish" players! Just how many supsensions did they have last year??? And how many KU players have already been suspended by Self this year??? LOL!



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:52 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

The 2011 NCAA Tournament matchup is over.  In case the Radford's & Portland's have skewed your memory, this is a new season MTCAT.  You might need a hug, you seem stressed out.  By the sound of your reply, it seems Big Blue MTCAT is getting a little chippy and maybe... should I say... nervous?  I guess you better put away the china and hide your dog tomorrow between 12-2 pm EST. Go Heels!



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:46 am
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Lamb will be in store for a tough match up tomorrow as he has yet to face the likes of Strickland and then a second wave of Bullock (6'7"), and Watts (powerful 6'5").
kdtarheel, you son, are a braggard and a liar.

It seems to me I remember seeing Mr. Lamb and Mr. Strickland share the same court in the 2011 Elite Eight.

Mr. Lamb seems to have played 25 minutes and shot 3-5 (60%) including 2-2 from behind the arc (100%).  He also picked up a couple of rebounds and an assist.

Mr. Strickland checked in with 37 minutes, shot 4-9 (44%), no 3's, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

It seems, by most official records (not sure your source, but it must be unique) that the two players in quesiton most definitely know each other.  Heck, they even shook hands at the end of the game. You know, up close and personal.

Mr. Lamb has definitely faced ...the likes of Strickland... and that proves you're a liar.

I threw in the braggard part becasue it sounds good and seems to apply to most of your posts that I've seen on here.

OK...I'm done with ya' kid.


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