The exhibition portion of Kentucky's schedule is over, now the real games begin. First up, UNC Asheville. I'll be honest, it seems like Kentucky has played this team at least 10 times over the last 10 years, but as you continue to read this post, you'll find out that isn't the case.
For those of you who may not know too much about Asheville, here's a little rundown of the history of the school…
LOCATION: Asheville, North Carolina
ATHLETICS: NCAA Div. 1
CONFERENCE: Big South
In 2012, UNC Asheville's men's basketball team defeated VMI to win the Big South Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.
Kenny George: Tallest player in NCAA history (according to wikipedia) standing 7'7". Played for Asheville from 2006-2008.
Over the course of history, Kentucky and UNC Asheville has played only twice (this year making the third) with the last meeting coming in 1999 as the Cats won 86-41. When was the first time you ask? That would be in 1996 when Kentucky routed the Bulldogs by a score of 105-51.
The two exhibition games this season showed that this years squad has some work to do, but the talent is beyond obvious. Defense is the main thing in my mind that this team has got to improve the most. The offense will be there when it is needed, but defense is a work in process. I have no worries at all when it comes to this team. Calipari knows what he is doing when it comes to coaching and the amount of talent on this team is enough to make everyone else jealous no matter what they may say. The one thing most people forget is the fact that our point guard (Andrew Harrison) has yet to play due to a bone bruise he suffered during practice. Once he takes the floor and he is expected to do just that against Asheville, things could look dramatically different considering it will allow Aaron Harrison to play his natural position which is shooting guard.
It all begins this Friday night, the march towards number nine will begin and all I've got to say is, BRING… IT…. ON……...