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January 31, 2012
Cats get new jerseys, need tougher Lamb
When Kentucky faces Tennessee Tuesday night, the Wildcats will be sporting new threads.
UK was one of the eight schools picked to wear Nike's new Hyper Elite Platinum Uniforms.
The jerseys are a gray/platinum shade, with silver numbers with blue trim around the names and numbers. The sides feature a blue strip with Secretariat's racing silks patterned with blue and white.
The back features seven stars above the number representing UK's seven NCAA National Championships, players last names beneath the number, and a full Nike Aerographic back panel featuring UK's logo.
"I think we're all excited to wear them," guard Darius Miller said. "I mean, they're pretty nice uniforms and to be able to get something special like this, it feels good to be a part of something like that."
All eight schools are set to wear the jerseys at least once. Connecticut was the first school to wear them, losing to Notre Dame on Sunday.
"They're real nice," forward Terrence Jones said. "Hopefully they will bring us good luck."
The shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester. The jerseys are at least 96 percent recycled.
Transfer Ryan Harrow modeled his jersey Monday afternoon and told the media he felt "ripped" sporting the new look.
Lamb's play 'OK'
Doron Lamb remains Kentucky's leading scorer, but the sophomore guard isn't drawing overwhelming praise from UK coach John Calipari.
"He's OK," Calipari said. "I still think he's better than he's playing."
Lamb has scored 14 points three times in the past six games. But he's scored in single digits in the other three, including a four-point game against Tennessee, UK's opponent in a Tuesday night rematch.
The Vols' Skylar McBee is "going to get up in" Lamb defensively, Calipari said, and the UK coach still wants his 6-foot-4 guard to handle physical defenders.
"Are you going to fade from that or create contact, go to the line and make two free throws?" Calipari said. "Are you going to get to the rim and draw fouls or are you going to run, avoid the contact, and throw it and hope it goes in? The way we're being played it's very important."
LSU coach Trent Johnson had a quick word with Malcolm White after the Tigers forward committed a hard foul on UK's Anthony Davis.
But Johnson also wanted a word with Calipari last Saturday in Baton Rouge.
"Well, the conversation I had with (White) was immediately afterwards, and I just asked him what was he doing and then obviously I told him he needed to just get in the locker room," Johnson said. "And then I motioned down to John, because I wanted to talk to John. John knows me. He knows how I coach my teams. He knows we're not about that."
Calipari concurred, and said his issue was with physical play that went uncalled over the course of the game.
Johnson called White's foul - he grabbed Davis' shoulders and pulled him to the floor on a breakaway attempt - "stupid" and "very disturbing."
Harrow coming along
Harrow can't play in games this season and the North Carolina State transfer is "almost an afterthought," Calipari said, as a practice player on the nation's No. 1 team.
But Calipari said Harrow's opportunity to play against top talent every day is making him better.
"He's starting to get physically stronger, which he's going to have to do," Calipari said. "He's got a great feel. He gives us a little different look at point guard than Marquis Teague. Kind of a combination of maybe a Marquis and a Brandon (Knight) because he shoots it a little bit better than Marquis. He's not quite as physical as Marquis, but he shoots it like that.