Didn’t see much of the Cats squeaker over Florida Atlantic. Apparently UK was down in the first half, but held steady and took care of business in the second. I did see the name Landon Slone for a moment on the screen and it didn’t immediately ring a bell. Then I remembered the kid’s a walk on from Paintsville. He got 25 minutes of playing time. So, my guess is the Rupp Arena faithful have a spanking new home grown favorite. The spirit of Li’l Richie lives!
The downside for the Cats was their shooting from beyond the arc. Two for 18 ain’t gonna beat many good teams. On the plus side, there were only 7 Big Blue TOs. The Cats’ final tune up before U of L is against the other Motor City Bowl participant, Central Michigan. Who is scheduling these games, Rich Brooks?
As for the Cards, well, The Rick was true to his word. E5, McGee and Sosa all began the game sitting on the bench. Jared Swopshire and Preston Knowles joined Smith, Williams and Samuels as starters. On the surface it worked. U of L cruised by 20. On the minus side, Clark looked unfocused at times and the team committed 17 turnovers. The positive: the team hit the boards, Samuels is learning how and when and where to pass and the team (and home crowd for the first time this season) were full of energy. The Cards’ New Year’s Eve tilt against UNLV should be a more than legit test, heading into next weekend’s rivalry grudge match.
What’s up with Samardo’s shin guard?
It was somewhat startling to see that UAB coach Mike Davis remains as loose a cannon emotionally on the bench as he was at IU. He actually walked out onto the court during action — sound and look familiar? — when he was arguing that one of his players had been mugged on a drive to the hoop. He had a legit complaint. The flip side is that his guys had just perpetrated a similar injustice at the other end to a Cardinal, and that hadn’t been whistled either.
– Seedy K