So far this season, the Wildcats have committed 156 miscues, an unwanted trend that Smith hopes his squad reverses, starting with Friday's contest against defending Mid-American Conference champion at Ohio at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be the 2,500th contest in school history and the last contest in the current contract in a series of "home" games played across the border.
Smith said Thursday he wasn't sure if the team will continue playing in Cincinnati beyond this season. "It may be something we'll make some decisions about after sitting down with the administration (after the season)," he said.
As for the team's current problem with turnovers, reserve guard Ramel Bradley is scratching his head over the fact that the team's veteran backcourt has committed so many miscues just 11 games into the season. "Yeah, it does surprise me with the guards that we have on this team," Bradley said Thursday. "We are definitely capable of controlling the ball a lot better."
Joe Crawford said the turnovers are the result of not staying focused on offense. "We've just been careless with the ball, trying to make a home run play when we don't have to," he said.
Starters Patrick Sparks and Rajon Rondo have combined for 52 of those miscues, while Rondo leads the team with 31. Smith said his team can't mirror the performance it had against Iona last week to be successful against the Bobcats. "We can't afford to be sluggish against a team like Ohio University," he said.
The Bobcats (6-1) feature a veteran unit, with three of five starters averaging in double figures. Mychal Green leads the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game, followed by Jeremy Fears (12.1 ppg) and Leon Williams (11.7 ppg). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game is televised on ESPN2.
KSR would like to welcome Keith Taylor to its staff of writers. Keith is the sports editor for The Winchester Sun in Winchester, Ky. He has covered the University of Kentucky sports scene since 1994. He is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is a an award-winning sports writer and sports columnist. In addition, he is a member of the Kentucky Press Association and a freelance writer for The Associated Press. Keith began his career as a sports editor and sports writer at The Richmond Register in 1994 and continued in that capacity until 2001. He won several first-place KPA awards for sports writing and column writing during that span. Keith covered Eastern Kentucky University athletics while in Richmond and covered legendary football coach Roy Kidd's 300th career win two days before 9-11.