SEC Day 1 preview – Kentucky



Stat you should know: The Wildcats have two of the top seven scorers in the league in Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson, but they are ranked ninth in the league in scoring in conference games only.

Quote of the day: “Are you talking basketball-wise? Because I was married once.” — Billy Gillispie’s response to my question as to whether last year’s tournament was the most bizarre thing he’d ever seen.

Billy Gillispie’s mindset: Just four days ago he bristled when a reporter asked about the frustration of having only two viable offensive options. On Wednesday, he finally answered the question. Sort of. “When Jodie (Meeks) struggles to score, it’s because only one other guy steps up,” he said. “When he struggles it’s because our other players are struggling.” Gillispie said he feels no pressure in this tournament but Kentucky’s 18-season NCAA streak is on the line.