Kentucky knows challenge waiting at Kansas

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky not only has won three straight games, but it is coming off its most dominating game of the season against Missouri going into Saturday night’s showdown at Kansas.

“Kansas is a great team. Now that this game is over, tomorrow we’ll get ready for Saturday,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Briscoe said after the Missouri win.

He also said UK had been focusing on itself, not Kansas, even though a win would certainly boost UK’s NCAA seeding resume.

Another freshman, Skal Labissiere, says coaches have stressed creating every game the same whether its Kansas or Missouri.

“We’re just going to go out there and play with energy. Do what we do best, which is being a great defensive team and everything else will fall into place,” Labissiere said.

Kentucky coach John Caliipari will talk about Kansas this afternoon at his media opportunity.  However, he did briefly mention the Kansas game earlier this week on the SEC coaches teleconference.

“The challenge for us to go to Kansas is really gonna be difficult. We’re just trying to get guys to just think about one thing: Continuous improvement. It doesn’t mean by 100 percent. Let’s just try to get better each day and we’re doing that,” Calipari said.

2 comments

  1. We’re gonna need Alex and Marcus if we’re have a chance to beat Kansa . Two weeks ago I had cats getting blow out, but now I think we’ll give them a fight. May not wiln just give them a fight I be happy. Go Cats!;

  2. Kansas and Kentucky share a long, rich basketball history. Dr. Naismith created the game and coached at Kansas. Phog Allen was a legendary Coach. Coach Rupp played basketball at Kansas and became a legendary coach at Kentucky. The teams have played many times, at Lawrence, in Lexington, and on neutral courts. There was a span of time when the teams played the UK home game at Freedom Hall.

    Overall, the Cats hold a 21-7 advantage over the Jayhawks including a rare 7-4 advantage over them in Allen Fieldhouse where they have seldom lost, and where few teams can claim a winning record over them. Kentucky and Kansas played in Lawrence on December 10, 1977, the night that Adolph Rupp passed away, and the Cats honored Coach Rupp with a 73-66 win.

    I had the great pleasure of traveling to Lawrence to see this game on December 10, 1983 when the Cats beat the Hawks 72-50 on the strength of Jim Master’s 10-13 shooting, 23 points as he single-handily silenced the Kansas faithful.

    Cat fans may recoil from my view of Allen Field House, and Kansas basketball as heresy, but I left my experience at Lawrence with a belief that I continue to hold 32 years later that Allen Field House is the most exciting college basketball venue of any. It is loud. It is knowledgeable. It is historic. It is truly unique. It is special.

    My wish for this team is to get out of Allen Field House with another UK win over Kansas. In the litany of this series, many UK teams have done just that. Coach Rupp did it twice (1960 and 1972). Coach Hall did it five times in six trips. However, no UK coach has gotten a win in this building since that game when Jim Master was simply Masterful.

    However, Coach Calipari is 3-0 against the Jayhawks as UK’s coach. Go Big Blue.

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