ABOUT KENTUCKY: Patrick Sparks is averaging 11.4 points per game for the Wildcats, which is third-best on the team. Sparks played for Georgia coach Dennis Felton at Western Kentucky and then transferred to Kentucky when Felton left to come to Georgia. He sat out last season. Sparks and Felton never talked seriously about having Sparks, a native of Kentucky, come to Athens because Sparks already had decided to go to Kentucky by the time Felton was able to talk to him about transferring. "He's a Kentucky kid and he wanted to stay in this region, and we're glad he did," Wildcats coach Tubby Smith said. "He has that ability to make big plays in clutch situations." … The Wildcats are led in scoring by Kelenne Azubuike, who is scoring 14.8 points per game. Either Azubuike, Sparks or forward Chuck Hayes has led Kentucky in scoring in all but one game. Freshman point guard Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 18 Wednesday against Vanderbilt to lead the ‘Cats in scoring. … Freshman center Randolph Morris has started all 13 games for Kentucky this year. He is averaging 9.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Morris was considered the second-best player in the state of Georgia last year, behind only Dwight Howard, who was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
SCOUTING REPORT: Today's game probably will be little more than a scrimmage for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs, for their part, can learn a lot today. Kentucky plays under Tubby Smith in much the same manner that Felton wants his Georgia teams to play. "(Smith) teaches the game and holds his players to a high standard," Felton said. "His teams always played really hard, and that's the first mark of a good coach. They play together. They are balanced and move the ball. They always seem to be on the same agenda."
NEXT: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday, 4 p.m.; Kentucky at Ole Miss, Wednesday, 8 p.m.