On the spot: A fun Q&A with the Cats

November 6, 2011 

UK's newcomers and veterans alike — shown here during Big Blue Madness last month before a packed house at Rupp Arena — mostly agree on this point: it doesn't need replacing.


Renovate Rupp or build A new arena?

Twany Beckham: "I played in Rupp Arena in high school. I'd rather play on that floor."

Anthony Davis: "I'd keep it the same."

Ryan Harrow: "I would like to play in the first one before getting a new one built."

Jon Hood: "What's wrong with it?"

Terrence Jones: "I just like playing. If Rupp was outside on the blue courts, it'd still be fun."

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: "I want to stay with the old one."

Doron Lamb: "I don't see anything wrong with it."

Brian Long: "I guess I'll be fine either way."

Sam Malone: "I haven't been in Rupp Arena yet, so I don't think it's fair for me to say."

Darius Miller: "Either one is fine with me."

Jarrod Polson: "Maybe renovate it a little and not get a new one."

Stacey Poole Jr.: "The arena is good the way it is."

Marquis Teague: "I like Rupp Arena the way it is now. It's legendary."

Eloy Vargas: "A new arena would be more exciting for Lexington and for the fans."

Kyle Wiltjer: "I don't really have a preference."

Playoff or keep bowl system?

Beckham: Playoff

Davis: Bowl system

Harrow: Playoff

Hood: Playoff

Lamb: Playoff

Long: Playoff

Miller: Playoff

Jones: Playoff

Kidd-Gilchrist: Playoff

Malone: The way they do stuff now isn't right.

Polson: Playoff

Poole: Playoff

Teague: Bowl system

Vargas: Playoff

Wiltjer: Playoff

TV show you'd like to guest star on?

Beckham: demariTV

Davis: My Wife and Kids

Harrow: Law & Order

Hood: Saturday Night Live

Jones: Single Ladies

Kidd-Gilchrist: SpongeBob

Lamb: Martin

Long: Entourage

Malone: Shaq vs.

Miller: Wipeout

Polson: PTI

Poole: Oprah

Teague: The Game

Vargas: 106 & Park

Wiltjer: SportsCenter

Favorite college announcer?

Beckham: Bill Raftery

Davis: Not sure

Harrow: Dick Vitale

Hood: Gus Johnson

Kidd-Gilchrist: Jay Bilas

Lamb: Jimmy Dykes

Long: Dick Vitale

Jones: Dick Vitale

Malone: Dick Vitale

Miller: Dickie V

Polson: Dick Vitale

Poole: Dick Vitale

Teague: Dick Vitale

Vargas: Dick Vitale

Wiltjer: Dick Vitale

If you played Coach Cal one-on-one ...

Beckham: "I wouldn't let him win."

Davis: "He would not score at all. I'd win every time."

Harrow: "He probably wouldn't score."

Hood: "He would beat me now." (Hood is recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee.) "But I'd foul every time."

Jones: "I'd probably leave him at zero because if he scored, he'd tell everyone."

Kidd-Gilchrist: "What?! I'd win, most definitely. I'd win because he's getting old. But don't tell him I said that."

Lamb: "I'd leave him in the dust."

Long: "Back in his heyday, it might have been a problem. But, nowadays, I don't know."

Malone: "He'd probably throw a few cheap shots at me. He doesn't like to lose."

Miller: "I'd beat him."

Polson: "He might shoot the lights out on me."

Poole: "I'd beat him. I'd try to run up the score on him. That's anybody."

Teague: "I would beat him."

Vargas: "I would beat him."

Wiltjer: "He wouldn't be able to beat me."

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