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Notes: When Liggins adds offense, Cats win

jtipton@herald-leader.comFebruary 1, 2011 

UK's DeAndre Liggins scored two of his 11 points in a win over Georgia on Saturday. Kentucky is 7-0 when Liggins scores in double figures.

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Kentucky has a 7-0 record in games defensive stopper DeAndre Liggins scores 10 or more points. The relatively obscure statistic is not lost on Coach John Calipari nor Liggins.

"Coach Cal told me," Liggins said on Monday. "That's what I've got to do. I've got to commit to that and we'll be fine."

Liggins' contributions can get lost in a sport that prizes shooting and scoring above all else. But he'll be playing a crucial role in Kentucky's game at Mississippi on Tuesday night when — and if — he defends Rebels point guard Chris Warren.

"What I do doesn't show up on the stat sheet," Liggins told reporters. "I don't want you all to look at that. ...

"I just play the game to win. All the things I do are winning plays. That's why I consider myself a winner."

In Warren, Liggins faces an opponent who is a high-volume shooter.

"We run a lot of plays through him," Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy said. "He's one of the few guys on our perimeter we feel can go make a play off the dribble."

Warren has never made more than 42.6 percent of his shots in a game. But he is fearless.

His seven three-pointers against Mississippi State, which tied a career high, enabled Warren to set the school record. He enters the Kentucky game with 296, tied with Ronnie McMahan of Vanderbilt for fifth-most in SEC history.

Warren can become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, So far, LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green are the only players to do it. Warren would need to average 22.4 points in the remaining 11 regular-season games to reach 2,000.

Hitting a wall?

Calipari said on Monday that UK's team is better than last season's 35-3 powerhouse.

"We're executing better than last year's team," Calipari said. " ... We just don't have as many pieces."

UK's six-man rotation brought a question to mind: Is UK's freshman-oriented team hitting the metaphorical wall?

When asked if fatigue might be a factor in UK's uneven play, wing DeAndre Liggins said, "Maybe.

"But I'm not fatigued at all. I can play 40 minutes and be all right. But maybe it is. I don't know. But we need other guys to step off the bench."

Calipari dismissed the notion of freshmen tiring.

"I think we hit the wall last week," the UK coach said. "I think we bounced through it."

Calipari noted how practices are shorter this time of the season.

Plus, the UK coach added, there are only 10 practices left in the regular season. That didn't count the scaled-down workouts the day before games.

"You can't go hard for 10 practices?" Calipari said of a rhetorical question he'd bounce off the players.

Home/road

UK has a 7-6 record in its last 13 games in Oxford. including an 85-80 loss two years ago. That was the famous Jeannine Edwards game in which then-UK coach Billy Gillispie chastised the ESPN sideline reporter for asking "a bad question."

Ole Miss is 1-5 through the first six SEC games for the first time since the 2000 season. The Rebels are inconsistent; one game after shooting a season-best 62.2 percent from the field at LSU, Ole Miss shot a season-worst 26.7 percent against Tennessee.

Don't foul Ole Miss

Kentucky doesn't foul much. The Cats average only 16.2 fouls per game.

That's good against Ole Miss. The Rebels made 22 of 26 free throws (84.6 percent) against Tennessee to improve their SEC-best percentage to 75.4.

Warren ranks second nationally in free-throw accuracy (93.9 percent). He's on pace to set the school and SEC record for a season. The SEC record is shared by Kyle Macy of UK and Scooter McFadgon of Tennessee at 91.2 percent.

'Red out'

The Tad Pad is expected to be a sea of red with a "Red Out." Ole Miss plans to place a red T-shirt on each of the 9,000 seats.

To add to the effect, the Ole Miss team, cheerleaders, Rebelettes and band will also be wearing red.

Etc.

Former Kentucky player Donald Williams is on the Ole Miss team. He has played in six games and scored 12 points. ... Rob Stone and Mark Gottfried will call the game for ESPNU.

Rosters

Kentucky

PROBABLE STARTERS

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Darius Miller G 6-7 228 Jr.

3 Terrence Jones F 6-8 244 Fr.

12 Brandon Knight G 6-3 185 Fr.

34 DeAndre Liggins G 6-6 210 Jr.

55 Josh Harrellson F 6-10 275 Sr.

RESERVES

2 Stacey Poole G 6-4 195 Fr.

4 Jon Hood G 6-7 202 So.

5 Jarrod Polson G 6-2 185 Fr.

20 Doron Lamb G 6-4 195 Fr.

30 Eloy Vargas F 6-11 250 Jr.

statistics

Player FG Pct 3pt Pct FT Pct RPG APG PPG

Jones .459 .327 .648 8.8 1.6 17.7

Knight .456 .400 .763 4.0 3.7 17.3

Lamb .500 .482 .839 2.4 2.2 13.9

Miller .487 .450 .811 5.1 1.9 10.4

Liggins .377 .353 .597 3.8 3.1 8.8

Harrellson .581 .500 .619 9.2 0.4 6.2

Vargas .424 .000 .609 2.4 0.1 2.1

Hood .258 .188 .556 1.1 0.2 1.3

Polson .200 .000 1.000 0.1 0.0 0.5

Poole .111 .250 .500 0.7 0.1 0.3

Team 2.7

Total .458 .399 .696 39.7 13.3 77.9

Opponents .379 .298 .694 34.5 10.9 62.0

Mississippi

PROBABLE STARTERS

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Terrance Henry F 6-10 201 Jr.

2 Reginald Buckner F 6-9 238 So.

12 Chris Warren G 5-10 168 Sr.

20 Nick Williams G 6-4 215 So.

32 Zach Graham G 6-6 210 Sr.

RESERVES

3 Will Bogan G 6-1 175 So.

4 Dundrecous Nelson G 5-11 194 Fr.

13 Dale Hughes G 6-2 193 Jr.

15 Steadman Short F 6-9 230 Jr.

22 Brock Shorter F 6-7 216 Jr.

23 Trevor Gaskins G 6-2 213 Jr.

24 Will Norman G 6-5 206 Fr.

25 Donald Williams G 6-5 222 So.

42 Demarco Cox C 6-8 295 Fr.

44 Isaiah Massey F 6-7 221 Fr.

statistics

Player FG Pct 3pt Pct FT Pct RPG APG PPG

Warren .414 .348 .939 2.3 3.9 18.2

Graham .449 .312 .859 4.2 1.6 14.0

Henry .486 .292 .684 5.8 1.4 8.8

Gaskins .419 .344 .783 3.0 2.1 8.0

N.Williams .457 .395 .719 4.2 1.7 7.8

Buckner .604 .000 .426 6.4 0.7 7.1

Nelson .416 .352 .818 1.2 1.5 7.0

Short .585 .000 .474 3.9 0.4 3.6

Cox .516 .000 .550 2.2 0.1 2.2

D.Williams .455 .333 .000 0.7 0.0 2.0

Bogan .333 .333 1.000 0.2 0.5 0.9

Team 3.7

Total .460 .342 .754 36.1 13.1 75.8

Opponents .424 .358 .729 33.0 14.2 69.4

RESULTS, SCHEDULEs

All times EST and p.m.; home games in all caps

Kentucky (16-4, 4-2 SEC)

Date Opponent Result

Nov. 12 ETSU W, 88-65

Nov. 19 a-Portland W, 79-48

Nov. 22 b-Oklahoma W, 76-64

Nov. 23 b-Washington W, 74-67

Nov. 24 b-Connecticut L, 84-67

Nov. 30 BOSTON W, 91-57

Dec. 4 at North Carolina L, 75-73

Dec. 8 c-Notre Dame W, 72-58

Dec. 11 INDIANA W, 81-62

Dec. 18 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. W, 85-60

Dec. 22 WINTHROP W, 89-52

Dec. 28 COPPIN STATE W, 91-61

Dec. 31 at Louisville W, 78-63

Jan. 3 PENN W, 86-62

Jan. 8 at Georgia L, 77-70

Jan. 11 AUBURN W, 78-54

Jan. 15 LOUISIANA STATE W, 82-44

Jan. 18 at Alabama L, 68-66

Jan. 22 at South Carolina W, 67-58

Jan. 29 GEORGIA W, 66-60

Date Opponent Time TV

Feb. 1 at Mississippi 7 ESPNU

Feb. 5 at Florida 9 ESPN

Feb. 8 TENNESSEE 9 ESPN

Feb. 12 at Vanderbilt 1 CBS-27

Feb. 15 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 ESPN

Feb. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA 4 SEC Network

Feb. 23 at Arkansas 8 SEC Network

Feb. 26 FLORIDA 4 CBS-27

Mar. 1 VANDERBILT 9 ESPN

Mar. 6 at Tennessee Noon CBS-27

Mar. 10-13d-TBA TBA ABC-36

a-at Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.; b-Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii); c-SEC/Big East Invitational (Freedom Hall, Louisville); d-SEC Tournament at Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)

Mississippi (13-8, 1-5 SEC)

Date Opponent Result

Nov. 12 ARKANSAS ST. W, 68-60

Nov. 17 MURRAY ST . W, 77-61

Nov. 20 DAYTON L, 78-71 (OT)

Nov. 26 PENN ST. W, 84-71

Nov. 30 at Miami L, 86-73

Dec. 4 SOUTHERN MISS W, 86-81

Dec. 11 at UALR W, 84-70

Dec. 13 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. W, 101-69

Dec. 18 ETSU W, 71-50

Dec. 22 a-vs. Texas St. W, 83-72

Dec. 23 a-vs. Colorado St. L, 68-61

Dec. 24 a-vs. St. Louis W, 69-61

Dec. 30 ALCORN ST. W, 100-62

Jan. 2 SE LOUISIANA W, 68-59

Jan. 5 at SMU W, 75-57

Jan. 8 at Florida L, 77-71

Jan. 13 MISSISSIPPI ST. L, 69-64

Jan. 15 GEORGIA L, 98-76

Jan. 19 at Vanderbilt L, 84-74

Jan. 22 at LSU W, 78-51

Jan. 29 TENNESSEE L, 74-57

Date Opponent Time

Feb. 1 KENTUCKY 7

Feb. 5 at Arkansas 6

Feb. 9 LSU 9

Feb. 12 at Alabama 4

Feb. 16 AUBURN 8

Feb. 19 at Mississippi St. 1:30

Feb. 22 at South Carolina 7

Feb. 26 ALABAMA 4

Mar. 2 at Auburn 8

Mar. 5 ARKANSAS 4

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