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Kentucky notebook

January 7, 2006

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¢ The University of Kentucky's most famous basketball fan, actress Ashley Judd, will attend today's game.

¢ Twelve NBA scouts also will attend. Guard Kevin Pritchard, who played in KU's 150-95 victory over Kentucky in 1989, is slated to attend. He's director of player personnel of the Portland Trail Blazers.

¢ KU's Russell Robinson and Kentucky's Shagari Alleyne were teammates at Rice High in New York. Robinson also was recruited by Kentucky. "It was in my top four. I know a lot of players there," Robinson said. "It's a great school, program, great tradition. One of my high school teammates plays there. He's a big fella. He's a great player."

¢ UK's Ramel Bradley, who also hails from New York, played against Robinson in high school. "Forty of Brooklyn (points)," Bradley said, asked if he took it to Robinson. "But they beat us by three points, in overtime, I think. But he got a taste of Brooklyn. Brooklyn got that one."

¢ KU's Robinson was asked about being underdog despite the fact KU is a two-point favorite. "I don't think we're underdogs. I don't think anybody in the locker room thinks we're underdogs. I think that's what matters. I think we'll come out and play hard. After beating them at home last year, I'm sure they will be fired up. We'll have to match their intensity."

¢ Bill Self on UK's performance this season: "Their Louisville win was probably their most popular win with their fans. Beating West Virginia by 14 was a great win also. They've got a couple nice quality wins and some close losses."

¢ Former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino to the Lexington Herald-Leader on UK's 150-95 loss to KU in 1989 at Allen Fieldhouse: "I very rarely get upset at another coach. I was not happy that night with Roy (Williams, KU coach)."

¢ Williams on what Pitino said during that game when Williams offered to call a timeout the second half so the Wildcats and their eight scholarship players could catch a breather: "You know Rick. He looked at me and said (bleep) you and your (bleep) timeout. I was trying to be a nice guy. I was trying to be compassionate."

¢ KU's Mario Chalmers on the matchup: "Coach has been preaching all week the more points we get the better we'll be. We like to run. Kentucky is a high-scoring team too. It's going to be a good game."

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