Don't tell Kentucky fans that this scrimmage doesn't mean anything. To Kentucky, basketball is just as important as family. It may just be more important then some family events.
On Saturday night in Rupp Arena, Kentucky hosted its annual blue-white scrimmage. The main point out of the night: Kentucky is healthy and ready to take on the world. They are more athletic and more hungry.
Jodie Meeks looks better than at the start of last year. He lead his blue team to a 86-81 victory with 32 points. This should be the year he breaks loose and becomes a star. (Last year would have been, but a injury postponed his rise to stardom.)
Patrick Patterson looks like a beast down low, scoring 17 points. If he plays like this he could be a All-American at the end of the year.
Transfer Josh Harrellson lead his white team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He will probably be the key to Patterson having a break out year.
The starting line-up for the blue team may have some indication to what the starting positions will be this year. Patterson started at center with Perry Stevenson at the four spot. The freshman, Darrius Miller, stated at small forward. Meeks stated at the two spot. Michael Porter started at point, but DeAndre Liggins will most likely be the lead guard by the conference play.
Most fans attending, or watching on T.V., had to keep looking at the roster to get the names of all the new faces.
Kentucky plays a exhibition game on Monday against Missouri-St. Louis at 7 p.m.
The University of Kentucky Wildcats open the 2008-2009 season at home against Virginia Military Institute on November 14, at 7 p.m.