Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury says it's a lot easier to talk about what doesn't impress him about Kentucky than it is what does impress him because it would be a much shorter list.
"There are so many things you are impressed with," said Stansbury, a Kentucky native. "I don't know if there is a more talented team in the country than these guys. John (Calipari) has done a great job getting them to buy in and play together. Winning solves a lot of that, but to bring in as many new guys and have them mesh together and be so good is amazing."
Mississippi State will host No. 2 Kentucky Tuesday night at what Stansbury admits is not the optimum time for his team which beat Mississippi Thursday and Auburn in overtime Saturday.
"If it's not challenging enough playing Kentucky, then having to play them as the third game in six days is really tough," Stansbury said.
He says Kentucky could have the nation's best point guard in John Wall, who again was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week, and center in DeMarcus Cousins, who had seven straight double-doubles before having the streak snapped in Saturday's win over Tennessee.
"Then you have the guy along side them who many of us felt the last two years was the best player in the SEC in Patrick Patterson," the Mississippi State coach said. "That's one guy nobody probably talks about enough because of all the attention on Wall and Cousins. He does a lot of dirty stuff, makes effort plays, gets offensive rebounds.
"Then (DeAndre) Liggins is really playing well. (Eric) Bledsoe has been consistent. There are not many things they don't do well. Size, strength, depth, enough experience. There is a reason why they are where they are."
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