Kentucky Feeling NYC Too

By Josh Herwitt - November 07, 2007

So Memphis is headed to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic next Thursday, and No. 20 Kentucky is hoping to do the same tonight when the Wildcats host Gardner-Webb in the second round of the preseason tournament.

Billy Gillispie made his debut as Kentucky's coach last night at Rupp Arena with a solid 67-40 victory over Central Arkansas, who managed to shoot just 20 percent from the floor and score a total of 12 points in the paint.

Despite not coming into the game until the seven-minute mark in the first half, senior Joe Crawford led the way for Kentucky with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Meanwhile, sophomore forward Mark Coury also broke out for the Wildcats, matching his career high of four points within the first 90 seconds of entering the game and finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

If Kentucky can take care of Gardner-Webb, which defeated Alabama A&M, 69-55, Tuesday night, the Wildcats will meet the winner of the Storrs Regional in New York City, and that could certainly have the Lexington faithful singing high praises for their new commander-in-chief in Coach Gillispie.

But if UConn coach Jim Calhoun was hoping to get his Huskies back into the national spotlight after last year's 17-14 overall, 6-10 Big East finish, he'll get his chance next week against Kentucky and potentially No. 3 Memphis in the tournament final next Friday night.

First though, UConn has its own business to attend to tonight with Morgan State coming to Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. And if the Huskies can win, they'll get either Buffalo or Division II school Ohio Valley in the second round tomorrow night.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:34 PM on November 07, 2007

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