Mark Story

Who's who in hoopla land

Kate Winslet was a double winner at last week's Golden Globes.

Will anyone (Jodie Meeks?) fare as well at this week's glamour-packed Orange Globes, my third annual mid-season Kentucky college basketball awards.

Best Actor

The nominees are:

Jodie Meeks. Bouncing back in a big way from an injury-plagued sophomore year, the Kentucky guard (averaging 25.7 points) is on his way to becoming UK's first 20-plus-points scorer in a season since Jamal Mashburn.

Patrick Patterson. Since shaking off early-season rust following a summer spent rehabbing from knee surgery, Patterson (18.2 points, 9.2 rebounds) has compiled nine double-doubles.

Mike Rose. Eastern Kentucky's senior guard is second in the OVC in scoring (20.4) and is hauling in almost six rebounds a game.

And the Orange Globe goes to: Jodie Meeks.

Best Actress

The nominees are:

Amber Guffey. The Murray State guard (21 ppg; 4.7 rpg; 4.4 assists) is showing she is more than just a scorer.

Ashley Hayes. Murray State's reigning OVC Player of the Year may be better (21.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg) this year.

Angel McCoughtry. Louisville's do-everything forward (21.3 ppg; 8.6 rpg; 4.5 steals) has the Cards in the Top 10 and herself in the argument for best women's college basketball player ever in the commonwealth.

And the Orange Globe goes to: Angel McCoughtry.

Best 'Score'

The nominees are:

Steffphon Pettigrew. The Western Kentucky sophomore forward scored on a putback with 2.8 seconds left to beat Middle Tennessee 63-61 and put WKU in a tie (at the time) for first place in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division.

Edgar Sosa. Two seasons after the Louisville guard missed a late-game, three-point bomb that could have beaten Billy Gillispie and Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament, Sosa buried a 26-foot trey with 2.8 seconds left to best Gillispie and Kentucky 74-71.

Terrence Williams. Louisville's multi-skilled forward put the Cards ahead to stay with a layup with 2:58 left in what became an upset of No. 1 Pittsburgh.

And the Orange Globe goes to: Edgar Sosa.

Best Director

The nominees are:

Ken McDonald. Inheriting a Western Kentucky University men's program that lost star players Courtney Lee and Tyrone Brazelton to graduation, first-year head man McDonald has coached WKU (12-6) to an upset of No. 3 Louisville and first place in the Sun Belt East.

Rick Pitino. After a surprisingly shaky start, Pitino has led the Louisville men to five straight wins, including victories over archrival UK and nationally ranked Villanova (No. 18), Notre Dame (No. 12) and Pittsburgh (No. 1).

Jeff Walz. In only his second year, has coached the Louisville women to an 18-1 record and the No. 7 ranking in the nation.

And the Orange Globe goes to: Jeff Walz.

Best Drama

The nominees are:

The Ex-Files. When Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith squared off in their first meeting as ex-Kentucky Wildcats head men, it was Tubby and Minnesota coming out on top of Ricky P. and U of L 70-64.

King of the Hill(toppers). Louisville was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the country. Western Kentucky had a new coach and no star players. Yet buoyed by A.J. Slaughter's 25 points and nine rebounds, it was WKU that shocked U of L and the college basketball world 78-64.

Studio 54: Dan Issel's single-game University of Kentucky scoring record (53 points) had stood for 39 years. When Jodie Meeks hung 54 on Tennessee's Dukes of Pearl, it brought UK men's basketball more positive national publicity in a week than it had enjoyed in the prior three seasons combined.

And the Orange Globe goes to: Jodie Meeks and Studio 54.

See you at the after-party.

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