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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: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

I'm still trying to figure out what you are talking about here.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

I like how Tar Heel fans start thier statistics the year that MICHEAL JORDON came in.......COME ON!!!!!


Two years after we won a title too


Can't touch us this year Heels......oh wait a minute or LAST YEAR .....GOOD KNIGHT BABY!!!   



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

*thier*



Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

If ever it didn't matter what he or anyone else said, it's now. That's why we play the game. North Carolina was the concensus preseason #1 for a reason, and that reason still exists. They have more talent than anyone in the nation, period. North Carolina wins this going away, but it doesn't matter what I say either...tune in tomorrow and watch it rain Carolina Blue in Lexington.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

classic tar heel fans>.....lets just hope your fans don't sell they're seats again....Get a real fanbase!!!!!!


ITS BIG BLUE NATION BABY!!!!!! 

GO CATS!!!!!! 



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

I suggest you consult with Cal and ask him if he think Zeller is slow. Zeller's speed is well known & the fact that you don't know this spells ignorance. You'll just have to watch him tomorrow.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

I'm not saying he's slow up and down the court but don't mistake hustle for natural athletic speed.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

You haven't watched much college basketball if you think Zeller is slow up and down the court. Since UNC lost, the pressure is all on UK now. Ranked #1, at home, alot of their fans already crowning them national champions. As a side note, UNC is 3-0 against UK when they are both ranked in the top five. Should be fun.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

KDtarheel: While the historical stats might make you feel better they mean nothing about THIS game. Lamb was a little too cocky by saying UK's backcourt was "way more talented" but he's a good division 1 athlete on the #1 team in the country I'm not gonna bust him for having confidence and speaking his mind. Btw "incredible court speed" and Zeller do not belong in the same sentence.



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Little Lamb needs a history lesson and a fact check.  I posted this on my other thread but after reading Lamb's bonehead comments (funny how the one who will not even be a 1st rounder runs his mouth) I had to copy and paste over here.  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").  Another chuckle from reading this is Lamb is no where close to Jordan Taylor and look what Strick did to Taylor who didn't even provide any lockerroom clippings material,

Here's to you Lamb...

The Tar Heels...
  • Lead the head to head series against UK with 22 wins vs 12 losses
  • Have a 4-2 record against non-conference #1 teams
  • .500 at Rupp 

UK - NCAA Tournament stats since the 1980-81 season:

  • Appearances 27
  • Not Invited 5
  • Wins 64
  • Losses 25
  • Winning Pct 71.9%
  • Final Fours 6
  • Championships 2 

Tar Heel NCAA Tournament stats since the 1980-81 season:

  • Appearances 28 
  • Not Invited 4
  • Wins 82
  • Losses 24
  • Winning Pct 77.4%
  • Final Fours 11
  • Championships 4 


Key Players - Per Game Comparisons:

Davis vs. Henson

Davis UK
PPG 13
RPG 9
Blocks 4.8
Asst 1
Henson UNC
PPG 15
RPG 11
Blocks 3
Asst 2

Grade: Even


Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Barnes
Kidd-Gilchrist
PPG 11
RPG 6
Barnes

PPG 18
RPG 5

Grade: Advantage Barnes


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

Grade: Slight Advantage Zeller due to his incredible court speed


Teague vs. Marshall
Teague

PPG 10
RPG 2
T/O 3
Asst 4
Assist/TO Ratio 1.3
Marshall
PPG 5
RPG 3
T/O 3
Asst 10
Assist/TO Ratio 4

Grade: Marshall


Lamb vs. Strickland
Lamb
PPG 14
RPG 4
T/O 3
Asst 2
Strickland
PPG 9
RPG 3
T/O 2
Asst 2

Grade:  Even... PERIOD although Strickland is a superior defender

Bench Grade: Tar Heels have slight edge with key bench players McAdoo, Bullock, and Watts (too bad Hairston is out) vs. UK's Miller, Wiltjer, and Vargas.

Prediction:

UNC 78
UK 73


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