Kentucky can’t handle ‘losers’ tag

Jan 17, 2006 2:04 AM

Kentucky can accept losing in football, not basketball.

Alabama was the third straight team to beat UK, hearing the boos from the longest non-winning streak in six years.

How bad is Big Blue? From the home town Lexington Herald-Ledger, "What the L is going on here?"

Florida, Kentucky’s top rival these days in the SEC, is one of three undefeated teams in the country. The Wildcats are 10-5, not bad in most places other than Lexington. In Las Vegas, the negative is defined in a 4-8 mark against the spread.

Randolph Morris was the "superstar" Kentucky lacked through the first half of the season after being declared ineligible. Now Morris is back, but has basically become the team’s sole offensive threat.

Around the nation, Duke remains Duke, Pittsnogle is both ours and West Virginia’s favorite basketball name and Stony Brook (NY) has no business playing Division I basketball.

Hopefully, this week’s menu continues a nice start to the "real" season.

Kentucky pk at Georgia (Tue): The Dogs (8-4 ATS) will be smelling blood, especially off a nice road win at South Carolina. Cats skid hits 4! UGA.

NC State +13½ at Duke (Wed): State had UNC on the ropes in Chapel Hill until imploding, then beat BC and GT. Cameron won’t scare this bunch. NC ST.

Utah +9½ at Air Force (Thu): The Utes desperately miss Rick Majerus. The Falcons abused TCU and are a lofty 15-2. Don’t expect mercy at the Academy. AF.

ND +3½ at Marquette (Fri): Same rivalry, new league. Basically, a toss-up. Marquette is holding its own so far in the Big East and a very solid home team. The Irish can put points up against anyone.NOTRE DAME.

S. Carolina +6 at Kentucky (Sat): This is the right opponent for Kentucky. The Gamecocks have never been a good road team, so why start now? All that pent up frustration comes out here. UK.

W. Virginia +3½ at UCLA (Sat): The Mounties have this habit of playing close games. Time for more Pittsnogle, who was so great in last year’s NCAAs. UCLA is coming off USC buildup. WVA.

UNC -1½ at Florida St (Sun): The young Tar Heels, like Kentucky and Kansas, are struggling. The Noles have a rep for big upsets in Tallahassee. FSU.

Last week: 5-2. Season: 10-4