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November 19, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Let’s road trip to Portland to watch Kentucky and Jones

The Kentucky Wildcats are making a stop in Portland for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Pilots tonight at the Rose Garden before traveling to Hawaii for next week’s Maui Invitational.
But before they can even think about beaches and palm trees, the Wildcats must contend with a spirited Pilots team that’s spoiling for an upset.
Huskies fan can attest, Portland (3-0) is no pushover. Two years ago, the Pilots upset UW 80-74 in Portland.
Pilots forward Luke Sikma, the son of former Sonic Jack Sikma, led Portland (3-0) to a title in the AIA Classic and was named the tournament MVP. He was also the WCC Co-Player of the Week.
Portland guard Jared Stohl, who leads the nation with a 47.8 percent shooting on three-pointers, predicted a win against UK during a video clip urging fans to come out to the game.
Portland coach Eric Reveno also poked fun at Stohl’s guarantee on his Twitter account.
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Does Jared Stohl sneak in a Kentucky game prediction in his thank you message to the students? http://www.facebook.com/upmensbasketballless than a minute ago via web


Kentucky coach John Calipari scheduled the game as a favor to freshman Terrence Jones, the former UW commit who won three Oregon 5A state championships at Portland’s Jefferson High.
The game has implications for Washington because the 17th-ranked Huskies (2-0) and 12th-ranked Wildcats (1-0) appear headed for a showdown. Both teams must win – or lose – Monday in Maui to play Tuesday.
Washington begins the tournament with Virginia and Kentucky has Oklahoma.
The Huskies also play Portland on Dec. 6 at Edmundson Pavilion.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— And speaking of Virginia, the Cavaliers lost 81-60 at Stanford last night. Five freshman played their first road game and it was obvious during a game in which Virginia ran out of gas in the second half.
— Oklahoma won its final tune-up before going off to Maui and beat Texas Southern 82-52 last night. Cade Davis led the Sooners, knocking down six three-pointers that highlighted a 21-point performance.
— No. 2 Michigan State is making the trip to Maui, however, the Spartans are leaving behind 6-foot-9 sophomore Derrick Nix who seems to be miffed about playing time. When asked if the reserve center is going to transfer, coach Tom Izzo told the Lansing State Journal: “I mean, that’s kind of completely up to him. That’s not what I want, but completely up to him. However he feels.” Also, senior point guard Kalin Lucas did not practice Thursday due to a left ankle injury.
— Good win for Arizona, which destroyed New Mexico State 83-57 last night.
— — UW’s Matthew Bryan-Amaning and USC’s Nikola Vucevic were two of 12 players picked on the NCAA All-European team as selected by BallinEurope.com . The site also has videos of each player.

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