Kentucky-Ole Miss notes: Jones' first double-double results from necessity

jtipton@herald-leader.comFebruary 18, 2012 

In explaining his first double-double after posting 13 of them last season, Kentucky forward Terrence Jones cited necessity as a key factor.

Jones noted teammate Anthony Davis' foul trouble against Mississippi on Saturday as a reason he scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. "I just wanted to help by getting more rebounds," he said.

Then Jones used the same reasoning to explain the feast-to-famine nature of so many double-doubles as a freshman and so few as a sophomore.

"I feel it's just a longer team," he said of the current Cats. "The rebounds are more spread out for this team.

"Last year was more me having to rebound for us to win."

UK Coach John Calipari applauded Jones' play, then predictably called for more of the same in future games.

"Terrence, this is what you should be every game we play," Calipari said. "It should be a double-double. Without an excuse. I don't want to hear it. You should be a double-double. You're a top-five player."

Dunk you very much

Darius Miller made perhaps the game's most memorable play. With less than five minutes left in the first half, he drove to a dunk over Ole Miss shot blocker Reginald Buckner.

"It felt pretty good," Miller said. "It was fun. It's always good when something happens to you like that (to) excite my team and help get us going."

Miller's teammates put the dunk in what serves as context these days: ESPN.

"No. 1 on ESPN," said Doron Lamb in reference to the network's daily top 10 plays feature.

Added Kyle Wiltjer: "I'm just hoping I'll get in the clip on SportsCenter tonight."

Again, Calipari asked for more of the same in future games.

"One of the biggest plays I've seen him make," the UK coach said. "My point is, if you can do that, why don't you do that all the time? Why isn't that you?"

Relative improvement

Relative to the 102-76 home loss to Vanderbilt on Thursday night, Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy found the loss at UK more tolerable.

"I watched the (Vanderbilt) game three times," he said. "The first time I watched it, I was trying to figure out how to stem the tide from the Ole Miss perspective.

"Second time I watched it, I was contemplating moving to Florida and selling insurance. The third time I watched it, it was with our team yesterday, and I was in awe of how Vanderbilt played.

"Was it the best we could play? No. ... Vanderbilt put on a clinic (like) nothing I've ever seen."

Smith takes bow

Former UK star Adrian "Odie" Smith took a bow after doing the "Y" in the K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y cheer.

Smith, 75, will take another bow at the SEC Tournament when he'll be UK's Legend. He expressed gratitude at being asked to represent Kentucky at the league tournament.

"I had a tear in my eye," he said of the reaction of being the UK Legend.

Blue bow ties

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant and his staff wore blue bow ties during Saturday's game against Tennessee. The ties were part of an initiative to raise awareness of prostate cancer screening.

The Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) promoted the effort to educate men on the risks of prostate cancer. One in six African-American men will be diagnosed with the disease.

50

UK extended its home winning streak to 50 games.

"As a Basketball Jones at heart, I have great respect (for Kentucky)," Kennedy said. "It's the pinnacle." Kennedy said he stressed to his players the rare opportunity to play a No. 1 team in an atmosphere like Rupp Arena. "Enjoy it," he said of his message to the Ole Miss players. "If you're not getting any enjoyment out of this, what are you doing?"

Grandpa

Joe Dean Jr., the color commentator on the game and a former UK assistant coach, said he recently became a grandfather for the first time.

Grandson Robert William (aka Will the Thrill, according to grandpa) was born on Thursday. His father, Scott, once worked for UK as a publicist in baseball.

Etc.

■ UK's 10-for-18 three-point shooting marked its best accuracy in a game while making 10 or more treys since hitting 10 of 16 against Boston University on Nov. 30, 2010.

■ Anthony Davis' four blocks moved him past Chuck Hayes and into 11th place on UK's career list. He has 131. Next comes Nazr Mohammed at 135.

Jerry Tipton: (859) 231-3227. Twitter: @JerryTipton. Blog: ukbasketball.bloginky.com

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