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Hey everyone. We have a BIG ONE at The Beav today.

Undefeated Kentucky, they of the 17-0 record, are in Auburn and ready to tussle. Are you wondering how Auburn will perform? I'm not. I think I know, but here's an information box anyway.


KENTUCKY AT AUBURN

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Where: Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn

Records: Kentucky (17-0, 2-0); Auburn (9-8, 0-2)

On the air: TV — SEC Network; Radio — WMSP-AM 740, WLWI-FM 92.3

Probable starting lineups:

AUBURN
PG Dewayne Reed (6-1, 175), 16.1 ppg
G Frankie Sullivan (6-1, 195), 13.6 ppg
G Tay Waller (6-2, 193), 12.3 ppg
F Lucas Hargrove (6-6, 220), 13.1 ppg
F Johnnie Lett (6-8, 210), 2.1 ppg

KENTUCKY
PG John Wall (6-4, 195), 17.3 ppg
SG Eric Bledsoe (6-1, 190), 11.3 ppg
SF Darius Miller (6-7, 225), 7.6 ppg
F Patrick Patterson (6-9, 235), 16.6 ppg
F DeMarcus Cousins (6-11, 260), 15.3 ppg

Notable: Auburn lost its second consecutive league game at Tennessee on Thursday night, 81-55 … Kentucky has won 24 of the last 25 games in this series … Auburn's last win against the Wildcats came in 2000 … Auburn hasn't beaten a top-10 team since 2003, which represents a 10-game skid … Two of UK's top four scorers are freshmen from Alabama -- guard Eric Bledsoe (Birmingham) and forward DeMarcus Cousins (Mobile).

85 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Should be an "interesting" game.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

"Alabamians Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins will have a quasi homecoming Saturday when Kentucky plays at Auburn. One of them sounded like he'll take a metaphorical chip on his shoulder into the game.
When asked Friday if the game held special meaning for him, Bledsoe said, "Yes, sir. It will. Because Auburn didn't recruit me."

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday.

Our oldest pug was rushed to the vet after getting sick repeatedly ... and we now know that he has diabetes! That's why he was drinking water non-stop!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Lebo said he "tried" to recruit Bledsoe and Cousins.

I don't even know what that means.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Glad your pug is OK. My daughter has a black pug. She had 2, but she lost the daddy last year.

10:19 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Auburn could win - I know it would take a miracle (or two) but stranger things have happened.

10:20 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Umm, somehow I don't think we need to give Kentucky any incentive. This is like a fly against a fly swatter, which is a shame.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

"When asked if he got the signal through the recruiting grapevine that Bledsoe and Cousins were not interested in Auburn, Lebo said, "Pretty much."

10:20 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Good luck with your pup, Jay. I know my puppy is a very important member of my family.

10:21 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jay G, no need to apologize! We know that not only are you a busy man at work; you have a family too. I'm glad that you discovered your dog's problem and that it's treatable. My dog drinks water non-stop too. I put him through a battery of tests - including two different surgeries - all to no avail. I think it's all psychosamatic (sp?). Now that he's older, he has leakage problems too!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Chiz & Co need to teach Lebo how to recruit! You don't listen to the grapevine.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hi JayGT. Glad you'll be covering the Kentucky, er, I mean Auburn basketball game for us today.

10:22 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I think we all know how the game will turn out too. "He goes for the 3...and, it's nothing but air!"

WERK, you have mail.

10:22 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Games like this are a reminder of why a coaching change is necessary. I don't have anything personally against Lebo, but these kids deserve a chance to compete. I can't really see this team hanging close enough to even keep the score respectable.

10:23 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jay G. Tate said...
Lebo said he "tried" to recruit Bledsoe and Cousins.

I don't even know what that means.


That made me LOL

10:23 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Especially with the crowd. Their adrenaline will be pumping.

10:23 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

OK, hotties, at least TRY to think positively - and I don't mean that we will positively lose!

Maybe we can work a little Auburn magic?

10:24 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Football team should be there in full force to accept that trophy. That's a positive!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

LUV - Molly started with a leaking problem last summer. She takes phenylpropanolamine (brand name Proin) and hasn't leaked since the first pill. Have you tried that yet? (of course, I'm talking about for your dog)

10:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

GO TIGERS!!! BEAT THE WILDCATS!!!

How's that, Cincytiger?

10:28 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Triedd to recruit? Man, that is hard to figure. Did he try to dial his phone number? Man, got the first 5 digits in there, but by that point he was worn out and .... Um, what?

10:30 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Tar Heel, I've read that there a lot of side effects with that drug. So, I bought something all-natural. Many customers have had left very positive feedback. It's enroute as we speak. I'm tired of cleaning up all his dribbles!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I guess we've been fortunate. Molly has had no side effects, just positive results.

10:35 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Jay,
Hope all is well with your pug. My parents had to put one of their dogs to sleep this week. It was a bad day for them.

How long do we give Lebo? Some people say this year some say next year whats the deal???? How long?

10:38 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

On the radio the other day I think Jay made it pretty clear he believe Lebo is history. Hope I am not mis-quoting you, Jay. I think we he said was he can't see us winning another game. It is that bad.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

I'm excited to see UK play in person. Other than that, yeah it should be embarrasing

10:41 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Luv: How do you try to recruit but not actually do it? You call. He answers. You have recruited. It's easy.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I just don't see how Lebo makes it another season.

Auburn can beat Alabama. Maybe. Ole Miss? Maybe. That's about it.

10:44 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ole Miss? They're in the top 25 right now.

How do we beat them?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Maybe at The Beav? Auburn's usually good for a mild upset now and again ... the one day that 60% of their threes go in.

10:47 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'll be hoping against hope today, but all I see is Patterson and Cousins absolutely abusing us down low.

Same goes for Bledsoe and Wall in the backcourt, but especially down low with the other two.

I pity Brandon Knox today.

10:48 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

who all is going to the game I have to work but I know Stupup74 is going anyone else

10:51 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am going to try to watch this game, but I won't get my hopes up. I am assuming we will try to have a fast break type of game. Just looking at the height of the players, why is just about every Kentucky player about 3 inches taller than our player? Sure, you can win with speed, but that just seems weird.

10:51 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Hope you're right JayG.

As for Cousins and Bledsoe, it's hard for me to imagine a scenario where even if Lebo does more than just ambiguously 'recruit' them that they come to Auburn.

Maybe I'm just selling our program short.

10:53 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

E-Bro, I think you have to have the attitude you can get any recruit, much like ChizCo did. No way should we have a top 10 class this year, but we do.

10:54 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

our program had big names back in the day. Auburn playing in the SEC should bring in some big names some.

10:55 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Ellis got some guys that could play. I loved the years Doc and Porter was here.

10:57 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

THT, now that's what I'm talkin bout!

10:59 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I do know that Lebo caught some bad breaks, but after this much time being at Auburn, a negative perception has developed which will be very difficult for him to change.

11:00 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I was a big Lebo supporter. I thought he did a good job in several games last year and thought this year would be the big break out.
I guess that is why I am on such a big negative shout out now.
Lebo must go and the sooner the better.

11:07 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Anyone know what channel the SEC Network is on with Direct TV?

11:08 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

In Birmingham?

11:08 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jay G. Tate said...
Luv: How do you try to recruit but not actually do it? You call. He answers. You have recruited. It's easy.


Let the Hotties - esp.the alums - pick up the phone. I know they could do a better job of selling Auburn than Lebo.

11:20 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

It sounds like Bledsoe may have had real interest in AU...
People have made excuses for Lebo for 5-6 years now... and the first couple of years, it was understandable...
But, in year 6, we have regressed to the point that this may be the worst AU basketball team I have ever witnessed. And didn't Lebo say before the season that this was going to be his best team? I have been off the Lebo jalopy for a couple of years now... it seems as though more and more people are finally bailing on the guy.

Yes, I know attendance is bad... but attendance is always going to be bad for a bad product, and Lebo puts out a bad product. Do I think we could lure a Calipari caliber coach? No, and we don't have to... but we could get an up and comer from a mid-level school who has shown that they could get a team to the postseason. Even Billy Gilispi might be a good fit at AU... AU could attract a much better coach than what they have.


Today's game will get ugly... I certainly hope our football coaches can find other entertainment for the recruits than to watch this debacle.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I know I haven't posted here in a while, but I'll be on the front row in the Lunatics section and will do my best to get a HABOTN ad on the air.

11:22 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I like Lebo "The Guy". I think he is a very nice guy and does try hard. Six years ago I thought he was the best guy for the job after the other two said no.

But I think its time

11:27 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

D. Miller said...Do I think we could lure a Calipari caliber coach? No, and we don't have to... but we could get an up and comer from a mid-level school who has shown that they could get a team to the postseason.

That's what I was screaming yesterday, although my semantics were wrong - as several of you pointed out.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

Is Kentucky laying 11 points the safest bet in the history of college basketball?

11:32 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I can't say that he even tries hard...

The South carolina game... we were down by 7 with 2 minutes left... we didn't foul to stop the clock... Downey just dribbled around until the shot clock ran down... And instead of hurrying the ball up court (like we normally do, wildly and out of control most of the time), our guys walked the ball up with no sense of urgency at all. All the while Lebo sat on the bench, not saying a word.
At that point, he had given up... down 7 with 2 minutes to go? I've seen teams erase bigger deficits with much less time than that... despicable!

11:34 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

KY is only laying 11 on this game???

Bet the house...

11:34 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

line is moving in AU's favor - it's down to 10
Is there something I should know?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I was at the RV show yesterday (youngest person there, except a toddler conked out in his stroller) wearing Auburn stuff as usual, and a guy stops me from a campground booth (in Happy Valley actually) and says hey so what about Jeff Lebo. My response is groan what about him. He didn't like my unenthusiastic response and says he is from his home town in Penn and that he was friends with Lebo's dad for years. I told him I liked him as a person but that he was probably done at AU.

Kinda an odd story.

11:45 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I can actually watch a lot of the games this year. I just wish they didn't make me ill.

11:49 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

How is the line moving in AU's favor for this game? What am I missing?

11:52 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I scored a front row seat again today. Will be behind the UK bench on row 1. You guys/gals look for me today. I will be the one in something other than ornage today.

11:56 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Why don't we go after Pat Summit. That guy can coach.

11:57 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Hopefully the scholly room will have some good food.

11:57 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Cincy-Probably will not hear anything on recruiting until after they leave on Sunday. Usually stays pretty quiet until they leave.

11:58 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Any chance Nell could coach both men and women?

12:00 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Way to go WTC, I'll be looking for you!

12:11 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

The line is moving because Auburn is going to win! :) I'm selling orange colored glasses! Anyone want a pair?

12:12 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I think Lebo is from Carlisle, which is about 45 min. from my hometown. I still think it's time for him to go.

12:15 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Rumor is that he wants the Noerthwestern job. Not sure why they would want him, but he is just putting inthe time to get out of AU.
I recall a comment after about year 1 where he said something like 'if I knew then what I know now, I would not have taken this job.' I am paraphrasing and cannot recall where this came from.

12:22 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

That sure doesn't sound like someone who wants to be there. wtc, say hi to my in-laws if you see them in the scholarship room. Hopefully we will be joining y'all there in about 5 years!

12:31 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

And that's the difference between our menz basketball program and our football program: one set of coaches 'tries' to recruit quality players, the other set of coaches actually recruit them.

Even if the results were the same (which, in this example, they clearly are not), I'd still prefer the second approach.

1:11 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

BTW JGT & THT, I am currently submitting this post from a public interwebs setup at the largest annual veterinary medical conference in this hemisphere.

If you need further info on canine diabetes or incontinence, I could probably get a second opinion. . .or a one-thousand-three-hundred-and-seventy-second opinion, for that matter. . .

1:14 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Ooooooo...PIG! SOOIE!!

btw, wtc, I'm going to pretend you didn't say that about Pat.

1:15 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Luv,
I couldn't figure out what in the world you were yelling about. Then I was flipping channels and saw the Ark-Bama game. You go girl!

1:28 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Thanks for letting us know what she was talking bout Cincy because I had no clue. Now that I know I am right there with you Luv. Whats the score??

1:39 PM  
Blogger LGGByron said...

anyone hear that UT might be changing their song to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFwgzOxs0yM&feature=player_embedded? :P

1:41 PM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

hola!

as a matter of public record, i was at that 2000 victory over UK. it was THE best basketball game i have ever been to. i thought the roof was going to blow off the BEMC. amazing.

too bad it won't happen today.

1:49 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

LGG thats great thanks

1:53 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

T-Zacs new tweet:

TZAC81AU

Everyone go to the bball game and show support at 3 also at halftime Darvin Adams will receive MVP trophy for the outback bowl game

1:55 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

At halftime, 32-34, UAT, I think.

1:57 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

UGH. At halftime, I turned to watch PSU-Iowa. Penn St is as bad as Auburn. In 7 minutes, they have scored a whopping 20 pts. They missed a lot FT's and 3-pt shots. Fortunately, Iowa is just as bad. They are both at the bottom of the Big 10.

2:00 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

What does it say when a school has a NC celebration right in the middle of their school's men's basketball game?

2:11 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

As much as I hate the Tide, I don't think that player deserved to be ejected, do you, Cincy?

2:15 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Score update: Ark: 53. UAT: 48 with 10 min. left in the 2nd half.

2:17 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Luv, I didn't realize that the celebration was not at the bball game. Are they really having a celebration in Bdenny stadium while the bball team is playing?

2:36 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Channel 8 in Montgomery is televising it.

2:37 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Well, to clarify, dan dan, it's an away game, but because it's bama, I must take offense!

2:40 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

It's an away game and a big recruiting weekend. Good move, IMO.

2:42 PM  
Blogger AUFan365 said...

ark 71 al 59 final

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Game thread UPZ.

2:44 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Of course its a good idea IYO SFJ, you're a bammer. I agree with Luv.

2:45 PM  

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