Thursday, March 1, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Conference race over; Wildcats do it again
As I start this column, let me give a grateful shout out to Don (Hollingsworth) for his comments which are always complimentary and constructive. Thanks, Don, we are trying.
If any of you are wondering why I am leading this column with the recognition of the headlines that the Kentucky Wildcats have turned another SEC title in regular season, don’t. To dredge up an old “Get Smart” line, would you believe that Kaintuck has won 51 straight games at home? They are currently 14-0 in the SEC and also numero uno in the nation, traveling on a 20-game win streak overall.
While a pair of local teams, Marshall Academy and H.W. Byers, were padding their secondary resumes in the roundball world, Kentucky was busy dispatching the Commodores of Vanderbilt on the same Saturday (February 25). The Wildcats made their total 28-1 on the season after putting away the stubborn SEC rival. Factually, the Commodores were leading the Wildcats at halftime.
And while this isn’t about individual contributions, the story may have read a bit differently if coach John Calipari hadn’t had freshman Anthony Davis. Davis had 11 rebounds and five blocks, one of them a “must have” with 31 seconds left. The frosh also hit an 18-foot jumper as the shot clock expired. There was just a little over a minute left in the game at the time of the shot and the Wildcats won 83-74. It marked the 45th time that the Wildcats had won the regular season title.
I hate to bring this up, but do we think Coach John would be doing the same thing in Memphis?
The standings in the SEC have the top four teams listed as Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama. Rounding out the top 10 are Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Auburn. Trying to avoid last place (12), with two more weeks of regular season games are Georgia and South Carolina.
Is there some indelible stigma attached to finishing 12th?
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