November 9, 2007

Previewing the East: Kentucky

Quick facts
Coach: Billy Gillispie, sixth season, 100-58 (.632) overall (.706), first year at Kentucky

2006-07 record: 22-12, 9-7 Southeastern Conference (4th in SEC East)

2007 postseason: Lost 88-76 to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

2007 final rankings: Not ranked.

Key losses:
C Randolph Morris (16.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 59.2 FG%)
F Bobby Perry (8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 44.2 FG%)
F Sheray Thomas (2.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 39.7 FG%)
Lukasz Obrzut (2.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg)

2007-08 SEC media prediction: 2nd in SEC East

Projected starters:
PG: Ramel Bradley, 6-2, 199, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 129 ast, 3.7 rpg, 42.0 FG%)
SG: Jodie Meeks, 6-4, 212, So. (8.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 41.9 FG%)
SF: Joe Crawford, 6-5, 221, Sr. (14 ppg, 4 rpg, 44.4 FG%)
PF: Patrick Patterson, 6-9, 219, Fr.
C: Mark Coury 6-8, 230, So. (0.4 ppg, 0.3 rpg)

Plays Vanderbilt on: Jan. 12 (Lexington), Feb. 12 (Nashville)


Florida's emergence as the SEC's premier basketball power over the last couple of years didn't sit well with the folks in Lexington, nor did Kentucky's failure to advance past the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the last four years.



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