Gorgui Dieng will play when the Kentucky Wildcats face off against the Louisville Cardinals

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Dec 22, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Ryan Harrow (12) dribbles the ball against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Marshall 82-54. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Harrow has not been the same player that we saw at the beginning of the season. And that’s a good thing. If Kentucky wants to beat Louisville, Harrow, along with Noel, will be the key to the game. I have all the confidence in the world that Harrow will be up to the task, as we have seen what Peyton Siva is capable of (or in this case not capable of) doing when he faces against Kentucky.

And when Harrow is playing at his highest level, he is as good as any point guard in the countryHere is John Calipari’s take:

When he’s playing the right way with aggressiveness, talking to his teammates, that look in his eye, he’s as good as anybody in the country right now. I’m looking around at point guards, he’s fine. That other guy – you ready – the cool guy, he’s not very good. The guy that runs in and gets bumped and falls on the floor, throws the ball, that guy is not very good. That other guy we saw? Spurts today, just play that way. Every minute you’re on the court, play that way.

Also, whoever has to guard Russ Smith will be key. This task will most likely fall to Archie Goodwin. Goodwin can match Russ point for point, but that’s not what is important. Smith is as good of a defender as he is a scorer, so the question that begs to be answered is if Goodwin can match Smith’s defense.

Dec 21, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lamar Odom (7) go for a rebound during the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Will DeMarcus Cousins ever get it? He didn’t make the trip with the Kings to Portland as he missed yet another game due to the fallout over a verbal argument with his head coach. Boogie was booted from the game and hasn’t played since. Now the rumors are that the owners of the Kings and the management want Cousins to play but the coaching staff is adamant that he be traded. Rumored suitors include Boston, Detroit, Dallas and the Heat. As a Celtics fan, I’m all for Boogie landing in Bean Town.

It looks as if Cousins does need a change in scenery. Things have never worked out in Sacramento and a coach like Doc Rivers may be just what Cousins needs.

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters with Athletic director Mitch Barnhart (left) after being introduced as the new football coach at Kentucky in the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Connelly from SB Nation graded each new coaching hire in college football, and Kentucky received a “B”. Here is what he said about the Stoops hire:

Kentucky

Former Coach: Joker Phillips
New Coach: Mark Stoops
Most Recent Job: Florida State defensive coordinator

Hey, speaking of blood lines, the Stoops family is a pretty good one, yes? Kentucky is such a difficult job, and with other SEC programs hiring more proven names, Stoops faces a severely uphill climb. But he has been good at the jobs he’s been given through the years, and he gets some benefit-of-the-doubt in that regard.

Willie Taggert and Killf Kingsbury received higher grades than Stoops, so take that as you will.

 

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