In capturing 27th SEC Tournament titles over the years (the other SEC schools have a combined 25 tourney championships), the annual trek to the SEC Tournament has become one of the Big Blue Nation’s favorite times of the year.
CoachCal.com contributor Ken Howlett looks back on some memorable Senior Night performances, key performances during the 51-game home winning streak and offers a scouting report of Georgia.
Turpin’s stat line read thusly: an almost perfect 18 of 22 from the field, 16 rebounds and 42 record-breaking points. Afterward, UGA’s Vern Fleming said, “We’ve got to play behind him, because if we don’t all he’s got to do is turn around and dunk it. … So we played behind him and hoped he’d miss the shot. If his shot is going down, well, you saw what happened.”
After Davis surpassed the previous record of 83 set by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick and made his way to his current number of 89, the press room in the underbelly of Rupp Arena was buzzing with the numbers the freshman forward is posting. Even for a media contingent that has covered some of the greatest basketball players to ever put on a college basketball uniform, the rapid pace seems unbelievable to just about every reporter who covers the Cats.
Davis, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Chicago, will have a pretty good chance at breaking the UK blocks record in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday when the Cats take on the Volunteers at noon in Thompson-Boling Arena. Davis needs just five blocks to tie the single-season mark of 83 held by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick. Six blocks will break the record, a mark Davis has met or exceeded in five games this season.
Kentucky vs. Louisville is always special. Since 1983 the two teams have battled, sometimes fought, but always competed for the title “Best in the Bluegrass.”
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.