Kentucky has to keep ‘special eye’ on Maten


Kentucky had to rally to beat Georgia in overtime in Rupp Arena. Now the Cats have to take on Georgia in Athens Saturday.

Kentucky coach John Calipari says he has seen no major difference in Georgia since it played UK.

“The Tennessee game their guard (J.J. Frazier) went nuts. I mean, he, you know. (Yante) Maten he is what he is – 20 points a game. The other kid (Frazier), 20 points a game. And the other guys are fighting like heck. Their big kids our rebounding. Their wings are rebounding slashers. It’s going to be a hard game,” Calipari said Friday.

“It’s been sold out for three months, four months. I saw the tape of them and Mississippi. It wasn’t a packed stadium. Well, it’s going to be for this game. And so, it doesn’t matter how they play. We know who they are, how they like to play. I imagine whatever that is, they’ll be at their best. And we’ll see.”

Maten gave UK a lot of problems in the first game, especially early when Georgia rolled to a big lead to start the game.

“You gotta keep a special eye on him. But, anytime that we just left and trapped and it even happened against Tennessee, and I saw it against Mississippi – he’s passing to the other big kid for dunks,” Calipari said. “So, you gotta be aware.

“You just can’t leave people to go trap him, because he’s throwing it and the guy’s dunking it. It’s not like it’s – it’s 100 percent that. But, we’ll see.”

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