Big Blue Links are back:
Kentucky basketball’s first exhibition basketball game is viewable, but not on television, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. The game is available on SEC Network Plus. Jerry has the details.
Ottawa coach appreciates chance to play Kentucky, reports Tipton. “Ottawa University, which plays Kentucky on Monday night, is an NAIA school 54 miles southwest of Kansas City. It’s a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Baptist Church. And, not so coincidentally, it’s the alma mater of UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart.”
Georgia is discussing all possibilities at quarterback, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. The Bulldogs started junior Faton Bauta in the 27-3 loss to Florida last Saturday. Making his first college start, Bauta threw four interceptions. Georgia hosts Kentucky on Saturday.
Georgia is out of ideas, says Mark Bradley of the AJC. “And that, yet again, brings us to Mark Richt. His team has scored three offensive touchdowns in its past four games, one in the past 10 quarters. That Richt turned to Bauta in the season’s biggest game was an admission of desperation, and here we ask: Why should Georgia ever be desperate? Georgia with its bountiful recruiting; Georgia with its tradition; Georgia with its hallowed hedges … heck, Georgia with its coming-soon indoor practice facility. Why should such a program ever run out of ideas?”
Window of opportunity smaller for Kentucky, writes Keith Taylor of KY Forward. “Kentucky has lost to Tennessee by a combined margin of 102-37 for the past two seasons, not exactly what the Wildcats hoped for after ending a 26-game losing streak to the Vols in 2011. Counting Saturday’s Halloween night disaster, Tennessee has won 30 of the past 31 games between the two border rivals.”
Kentucky basketball relishing opportunity to play a different opponent, writes Metz Camfield of Coachcal.com. “For weeks, Tyler Ulis has faced Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe, Marcus Lee has battled Isaac Humphries and Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews has defended and attacked Mychal Mulder. On Monday, that finally comes to an end.”
Chad Ford looks at draft prospects of this season’s Cats, reports Tipton. “I love (Tyler Ulis) as a player,” Ford said. “I know so many NBA teams that love him as a player. But we all know 5-8 or 5-9 is a real challenge in the NBA. It’s size, and only size, for him. It’s the only thing that’s holding him back.”
Kentucky volleyball beats LSU, reports UKAA. “Behind a dominating third-set performance that was highlighted by seven blocks from sophomore Kaz Brown, the 20th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 25-12) win over visiting LSU on Sunday. Brown finished the match with a team-high 16 kills on a blistering .682 hitting clip while adding nine blocks to pave the way for the Cats. ”
DeMarcus Cousins is battling an Achilles strain, reports Jason Jones of Sacramento Bee. The Kings host Memphis on Tuesday. Cousins is listed as day to day.
LSU’s offense will have to combat Saban’s substitutions, reports Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times. The two SEC West powers meet Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. LSU is 4-0 in the conference. Alabama is 4-1.
Tennessee is getting better down the stretch, reports Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. ”
Photo of Georgia quarterback Faton Bauta against Florida by AP