Vargas on past and future SEC road games

Last year Kentucky struggled in road games during SEC play, going 2-6. Senior Eloy Vargas addressed last year's struggles and opined on how the current team may fare on the road in the league.

Kentucky senior Eloy Vargas was part of the Kentucky team that struggled in the SEC on the road last season. That group of Wildcats went 2-6 on the road in the league before sweeping through the SEC Tournament and making a Final Four run in the postseason.

Vargas was asked what caused last year's team to struggle on the road.

The Kentucky post player said, "Last year we didn't come out in the road games. We need to improve on the road this year to get on the right track."

Vargas indicates that having a large number of players who did not have a lot of minutes in league road games was a contributing factor in the road woes.

Last season current senior Darius Miller was the lone Wildcat that really went into league play with a lot of experience playing on the road in the league. Senior Josh Harrellson and junior DeAndre Liggins had not had a lot of road experience in their UK careers.

This season the Wildcats are again young, but they do have three guys among their top six that played major minutes in SEC road games last season. Miller along with sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb all received a lot of playing time in the road in the SEC a year ago.

Perhaps even more important is that the trio of veterans are all capable of having big offensive nights. That capability means that Kentucky won't need to rely as heavily on the scoring of freshmen as they did last season.

Vargas tends to agree with this outlook.

"We were pretty young last year. This year, we are pretty young, but we have older guys like Terrence Jones and Doron."

Kentucky has more veteran scorers, and guys that have been through the SEC road wars. Is this team ready for the rigors of life on the road in the SEC?

Vargas said, "I think so. I think we learned a little bit from the Indiana game, so I think our young guys will be ready this game and every game we play."

Every arena will not be as hostile as Assembly Hall in Bloomington, some will be more hostile, some will be less (but not a lot less). One thing is a certainty, any road losses by Kentucky are sure to add funds to the SEC coffers as a win over Kentucky seems to lure the home crowds out onto the court in droves.

While the 2-6 road record of last season is sure to be a focus in the first few weeks of SEC play many will tend to forget that four of the six losses were decided by a single possession. The loss at Vanderbilt was by a mere four points, and the other game was a seven point loss to Georgia. That team could just of easily been 6-2 or 7-1 on the road, rather than 2-6.


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