Cats to take on Longwood

It appears the Billy Gillispie's rotation is primarily down to eight players at the present time. Coming on particularly strong for the Wildcats is Maysville native Darius Miller, who is averaging 8.3 points per contest, and in his most recent game played a career high 33 minutes.

The Kentucky Wildcats take the floor tonight against Longwood looking to even their record on the season at 2-2.

The 1-2 Wildcats are coming off a win over Delaware State this past Saturday. In defeating the Hornets Billie Gillispie's Wildcats displayed the defense that UK fans came to expect the latter half of the 2007-2008 season and held Delaware State to 31% from the field.

The Longwood Lancers have a 3-2 record after five games this season. The Lancers are led in scoring by Dana Smith who leads the Lancers with 14.0 ppg. Two other Lancers are averaging double figures in scoring; Ryan Bogan is averaging 13.4 while Kevin Swecker ranks third on the team with 10.2 ppg.

The Wildcats are led in scoring by junior guard Jodie Meeks. Meeks is scoring at a 26.7 ppg clip, the best average after three games since Jamal Mashburn's hot 25 ppg in the first three games to begin the 92-93 season.

Meeks is joined in double figures by Patrick Patterson, 12 ppg; and Ramon Harris, 11.7 ppg;. Patterson is also chipping in 7.3 rpg and 3 apg. The trio will likely be joined in the starting lineup by Perry Stevenson, who leads the team with 8.3 rpg while chipping in with 9 ppg; and Michael Porter, who is averaging 4 ppg, 2.7 apg.

Freshmen Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins are emerging as the first two players off the Kentucky bench. Miller is averaging 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, and 2 apg in 22 mpg. Miller played starter's minutes against Delaware, as he played a career high 33 minutes. Liggins leads the team with 4.7 apg; while adding 3.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 20.3 mpg. Josh Harrellson joins the freshmen to form Gillispie's eight man rotation. Harrellson finally got into the scoring column against Delaware State with 6 points, and is averaging 2.3 rpg in 10 mpg. No other Wildcat is averaging more than 4 mpg.

After turning the ball over with great regularity in its first two games the Wildcats, a total of 53, The Wildcats handled the ball much better against Delaware State and turned the ball over only 12 times. The Wildcats dropped 19 dimes in the game, giving them a positive A/TO ratio for the first time on the season. Miller had four assists and Porter three assists, and combined to play without a turnover in a combined 49 minutes. Patterson dished out five assists, while committing three turnovers, and Liggins dropped a pair of dimes, while having only one turnover.

The game against Longwood is the second game for the Wildcats in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Challenge. The Wildcats are guaranteed to advance to play Kansas State on Friday, November 28th. The winner of that game will play the winner of West Virginia-Iowa on November 29th for the championship.

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