UK-Auburn notes: Teague's pace important in road games, Calipari says

He has to know how to set it, especially on foes' courts, Cal says

jtipton@herald-leader.comJanuary 11, 2012 

Kentucky Wildcats guard Marquis Teague (25) drove against South Carolina Gamecocks forward Lakeem Jackson (30) in the first half of the University of Kentucky vs. University of South Carolina basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 in Rupp Arena in Lexington. Photo by David Perry | Staff


  • Kentucky At Auburn

    When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

    TV: WKYT-27

    Records: UK 15-1 (1-0 SEC); Auburn 10-5 (0-1)

    Series: UK leads 85-17.

    Last meeting: UK won at home 78-54 last season.

    Radio: WBUL-FM 98.1, WLAP-AM 630

Tempo will tell Kentucky Coach John Calipari whether Marquis Teague's growth as a college point guard/floor leader extends to road games.

When asked how he'd judge Teague's development when UK plays at Auburn on Wednesday night, Calipari said, "Just things you have to understand. How you take the crowd out of the game."

Point guards use pace to quiet a hostile crowd, Calipari said.

"Times you speed up," he said. "Times you pull back. Just depends on how the game's going. ... Grind it out or keep attacking because you have them on their heels. Something he has to learn."

Calpari cited Teague's need to grow as a point guard as a reason "we're probably doing more coaching from the side than we need to do. Because we're trying to help him."

Teague is coming off a career-high 17-point performance against South Carolina last weekend. In that game, he committed only two turnovers while equalling a career-high with 36 minutes.

Teague noted how the game at Indiana on Dec. 10 acclimated the Cats to playing conditions on an opponent's court. He also smiled and nodded in the affirmative when asked about the scrutiny that comes with playing for Kentucky.

"It helps you learn what you need to work on," he said. "Find out what your strengths are."

Calipari seemed to dismiss concern about Teague's development. "He's got time," the UK coach said.

Cheetos update

Apparently, Kentucky forward Terrence Jones did not rest on his Cheetos or his laurels in the wake of a personal revival against South Carolina.

After Jones scored 20 points against the Gamecocks, Calipari said the player needed to build off the performance rather than put his "toes up and eat Cheetos."

Calipari said Tuesday that Jones had a good practice to start this week.

"He's shooting the ball better," Calipari said. "He's more confident. And I'm not talking about threes. (Instead) 8-, 9-, 10-footers he can make. Around-the-basket plays."

Calipari also noted how Jones had been rebounding with two hands and "talking more," the latter a sign of healthy self-confidence.

Recruiting ...

Calipari watched future Cats Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin play last weekend in an event at Lexington Catholic High School. He said former UK Coach Joe B. Hall endorsed Poythress and Goodwin.

"They're just like the guys you've got," Calipari said Hall noted. "I said, 'Thank you, Coach. That makes me feel good."

As for the rest of this recruiting year, Calipari said, "I feel pretty comfortable with where we are in recruiting. If we sign two or three more ... we'll be fine."

In addition to the 6-8 Poythress and 6-4 Goodwin, Kentucky signed 7-footer Willie Cauley during the November signing period.

Shoe business

In speaking to reporters, Teague wore the camouflage shoes he's worn the past few games.

The shoes were a present from his older brother, Atlanta Hawk Jeff Teague. He formerly wore gray shoes, which were also a gift from his brother.

"He just sends them to my house," Teague said in dousing the idea that he wanted camouflage shoes. "I didn't ask for them."

When asked if the shoes had sentimental value, Teague said, "Nah. They're just a regular pair of shoes. Nothing big."

No sellout

As of Tuesday afternoon, tickets were available for the UK-Auburn game.

A limited number may be purchased at or by calling the Auburn ticket office at 1-855-282-2010.

Seats in the Scholarship section cost $100 each and include complimentary food and beverage. Standing-room tickets are $20.


■ Auburn is 9-0 at home, 1-5 elsewhere. The Tigers have shot 50 percent or better in five home games.

■ Dave Neal and Joe Dean Jr., will call the game for the SEC Network (WKYT-27).

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