Wednesday, January 26, 2000

UK's Magloire faces test at Georgia


Bulldogs have two bruisers armed, ready

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON, Ky. — For weeks now, Kentucky center Jamaal Magloire has had his way with the 16th-ranked Wildcats' competition, banging his way to double figures in points and rebounds in seven of Kentucky's last 11 games.

UK at GEORGIA
  • Where: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523), Athens, Ga.
  • Records: UK 13-5 (4-1 SEC), Georgia 9-9 (2-4)
  • TV: Ch.64
  • Radio: WSAI-AM (1530); WNKR-FM (106.5)
  BY THE NUMBERS
  • 5: Coaches besides Tubby Smith who have won 200 games in their first nine or fewer seasons • 19-1: UK's record in this series since January 1990, including 12 consecutive wins
        Magloire may find the going more bruising than usual during tonight's game at Georgia, when he's expected to face junior-college transfers Anthony Evans and Shon Coleman.

        At a respective 6-foot-7 and 6-6, Evans and Coleman are shorter than the 6-10 Magloire, but Kentucky coach Tubby Smith predicted Tuesday the duo won't hesitate to go elbow to elbow with Magloire.

        “To prepare for Georgia, we've got to really concentrate on post defense,” Smith said. “Both Anthony Evans and Shon Coleman are outstanding post players. Even though they give away height, they make up for it in their physical aggressiveness under the basket.”

        Evans and Coleman both transfered last spring, following the hiring of coach Jim Harrick. Evans, in particular, has had a huge impact, averaging a Southeastern Conference-high 8.9 rebounds and scoring 16.1 points a game, second only to D.A. Layne's 17.2-point average for the Bulldogs (9-9, 2-4 SEC).

        As a 265-pound scoring threat, Smith said Evans is comparable to former Duke star Elton Brand, the top pick in last year's NBA draft.

        “I think that is a very good analogy,” Smith said. “He's that type of force coming out of junior college.”

        “We wouldn't have a team if it hadn't been for the two junior-college players,” Harrick said. “We'd have been nowhere without Coleman and Evans.”

        Smith said Kentucky's other post players — Tayshaun Prince, Jules Camara and Marvin Stone — will have to help Magloire inside.

        “I think Jamaal can pretty much hold his own in the post defense, but those guys are going to have to step it up and come up big,” he said.

        Containing Layne, the Bulldogs' star shooting guard, will fall to Kentucky guards Saul Smith and Keith Bogans.

        “He really can shoot it with range, and when he gets hot

        like he has been in the last couple of games, he's really been shooting the ball better from the outside,” Tubby Smith said.

        Layne had 20 points, including five 3-pointers, in Georgia's 90-62 home win over South Carolina on Saturday, the Bulldogs' biggest SEC win since 1996 — when Tubby Smith was the Bulldogs' coach.

        Kentucky (13-5, 4-1) has won nine of its last 10 games and is coming off an 81-73 overtime win at Vanderbilt in which the Wildcats delivered their best outside shooting game of the season, making 12 of 27 3-point attempts.

        Wednesday's game will be Tubby and Saul Smith's first return to Athens without the sideshow of a family reunion. In 1998 and last year, father and son had to coach and play against Saul's older brother, G.G. Smith, who stayed at Georgia after his father took the Kentucky job in 1997.

        Saul Smith said the reunion angle was always overplayed.

        “I just knew that my brother was out there on the court,” he said. “It was always fun but I never thought about the brother vs. brother aspect.”

       



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