By LARRY VAUGHT
What will be the most interesting story line in Wednesday’s Kentucky-Louisville basketball game?
Is it that John Calipari has owned Rick Pitino with an 8-1 edge since he got to UK? Is it how the Kentucky freshmen will react to their first road game? Could it be how Malik Monk responds to his incredible performance Saturday?
I asked several media members who cover Kentucky basketball for their thoughts on the top story line.
Jeff Drummond, Publisher All-Wildcats.com: “How will UK’s freshmen respond to the first really hostile crowd they face in their careers? Will they be able to overcome it, or will we see some of the decision-making errors that plagued them in the UCLA loss?”
Tom Leach, UK Radio Network/Leach Report: “How well does Kentucky shoot the ball from the perimeter. I would expect Louisville to clog up the driving lanes and use double teams versus Bam Adebayo. A guy like Derek Willis, to stretch the floor with 3-point shooting, could be a big key for the Cats in this matchup.”
Larry Glover, WVLK LarryGloverLive: “For me, the biggest story is…Will Malik Monk back up Saturday’s 47 point masterpiece with another great game? If he delivers another terrific performance, then UK wins and he becomes one of the front runner in the National Player of the Year race.”
Keith Taylor, Kentucky Forward/Northern Kentucky Tribune: “The biggest story line is and always will be for me, the Rick Pitino and John Calipari matchup. Former UK coach now coaching rival team, not many of those coaching matchups around the country. I think guard play is always a factor between the two teams and will not change this year. “
Mark Buerger, WLAP Sunday Morning Sports: “Can UK run against Louisville defense versus can Louisville score at all? Kentucky has to run to be successful. Louisville has had very Louisville-like problems scoring again this year. If they struggle to find points against what has been a sub-par UK defense, it could be a long year for them.”
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