"He's very crafty with the ball. He is so low to the ground that for a guy like me that is bigger than him, it's hard to guard him," said the Kentucky sophomore. "You've got to allow for that and adjust. You are not going to steal the ball from him, either. He keeps it too low."
Downey had only two turnovers in 38 minutes when South Carolina upset UK 68-62 earlier this season. He was only 9-for-29 from the field, but he went 10-for-11 at the foul line to score 30 points.
"I hope we have a little more leeway here," Kentucky freshman center Daniel Orton said. Leeway?
"We could not even touch him (Downey). He drove into me, I jumped back and they called a foul on me," Orton said. "I hope here that the refs help out a little bit." Kentucky hosts South Carolina tonight, but Orton says even in Rupp Arena he does not expect a biased whistle for UK.
"The refs at home really do not help that much. You've just got to play and hope they don't call everything."
Orton said it's not frustrating when a player as small as Downey does drive inside and score because UK's big men — DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Perry Stevenson and himself — face a similar situation in practice daily.
"We deal with it daily with Eric (Bledsoe) and John (Wall). Eric especially will take some of those crazy shots like Downey does," Orton said. "We just have to not touch Downey so they don't call fouls. At their place, the refs called everything. But we also didn't help when we had two or three guys on him and then he would miss and they would get the offensive rebound. That can't happen again."