Stansbury prasies current UK team

Stansbury prasies current UK team

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has seen a lot of Kentucky basketball teams, but he thinks the one his Bulldogs host Tuesday could be extra special.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has seen a lot of Kentucky basketball teams, but he thinks the one his Bulldogs host Tuesday could be extra special.

"When you are playing Kentucky, you have to do some things you are capable of doing and some better to have any chance," Stansbury said. "When Kentucky plays their best, I am not sure anyone anywhere has a chance against them. We know it will be a huge challenge for us. I?have seen a lot of Kentucky teams and this is as good as I?have seen

"What is not talked about enough is how good they are defensively. Offensively, they have a lot of pieces. But defensively they are tough. They have an opportunity to do something that has not been done in a long time (go through SEC play unbeaten). They can do that because they are very good defensively."

Even though the Bulldogs have lost three straight games to drop to 6-6 in SEC play, Stansbury says motivation is never a problem for any league team when it plays Kentucky.

"Kids understand it is Kentucky. That's why anywhere Kentucky goes, teams play at a different level," the Mississippi State coach said. "That's tradition. That's the way it has always been. No coach has any problem motivating his kids or worrying about the mindset playing Kentucky. Kentucky brings out the best in you and the worst in you. We have got to be at our best to have any chance against this Kentucky team. Of all the Kentucky teams I have seen through the years, this may be as good as any Kentucky team I?have seen."

Stansbury also said it will be a "game time decision" on whether troubled center Renardo Sidney will play against Kentucky. He didn't play in the loss at Auburn Saturday because of back spasms.

"It's very obvious playing a Kentucky team as talented as they are, you need every body you can get," Stansbury said.

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