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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 21, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Great game for December by two VERY good teams . It is  at Rupp so UK 78 UNC 69 . GO CATS!!!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Are you serious? 

Are you mad because you can't keep up with the UK Bad Cats?  When will the Red Birds ever beat UK?  Probably never.  Rick should've stayed...like Carroll should've stayed, like many coaches should've stayed and live the life of a king.  Can you imagine how many wins Pitino would have now?  Do you  have any idea how many titles he would have?  He was coacheing at the MECCA of College basketball. 

Now you and the other Kentucy fans will suffer the same fate as those morons who decided not to sign with the USC Trojans during these last couple of years, and Pitino, who left for the Pros.   UKL basketball will behot for the forseeable future...bank on it.  Why would Lamb say the 'political' thing?  You play to win the game.  Everyone knows that, so why not say it?  99% of Americans play sports, because they are competitive...no one wants to lose, and those who don't care don't matter...

I say Lamb is right on it.  Nothing wrong with a little 'gamesmanship'.  It's good for the game.



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Since when did the truth become ballsy? Kendall Marshall is slow and cant shoot his greatest talent is passing ahead, he is good but Teague is more talented.  If you want to talk experience then maybe you give the nod to Marshall but from what I read Lamb was talking about talent.  Then you have Dexter Strictland, a fair athlete but he is no Doron Lamb, Lamb can handle, Lamb can defend, lamb can shoot but even more he can score and Dexter Strictland cant, so when it comes to talent, advantage Lamb.  Oh and lets not forget Darius Miller, reigning SEC tourney MVP he plays some guard for us too, so we'll compare him to Bullock and his 7.4 ppg and his 2.7 rebs, advantage TALENT wise goes to the senior, Miller.  Ray Charles could see that. 




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

***  That a Boy--- Keep shooting off at the Mouth ... Give them Locker room Fuel...  Maybe Better BUT  NOT  Brighter !!!   PayPal does NOT recruit Brains --Just blue chippers...  OK-- See how that works out for Them  !!!



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

  • Are the Cats more talented?  That certainly is debateable.
  • Are the Cats playing better this year so far?  Without a doubt.  That's all that matters too.  I keep hoping Carolina will get it together but they haven't yet.  No time like the present!

Go Heels!


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