Marquis Teague would have fit perfectly in this Kentucky basketball lineup.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sports talk without the background noise. Let me begin by picking up the first call.
Line One: Wouldn't Marquis Teague look fantastic – and effective -- in this Kentucky basketball lineup?
Dr. Bo: Teague would not only look good, he'd look like the best point guard in college basketball not named Peyton Siva. Teague is just what Kentucky needs, a veteran guy to run the team and score off the dribble. And Teague is just what John Calipari thought he was going to have for two seasons, not one.
Then Teague had a solid March and decided he was ready for the NBA. He barely made it into the first round, getting picked 29th, the next-to-last pick of the round. Now he has barely made the court for the Chicago Bulls, where he is third point guard behind Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson – and that's with Derrick Rose injured.
Teague had his best pro game Monday, scoring five points in 18 minutes against the Celtics. But he's only played in three of the Bulls' seven games, earning 28 minutes while making 25 percent of his shots.
Teague would play more minutes than that tonight for Kentucky against Duke in the Georgia Dome, especially with Ryan Harrow starting the day in Lexington with flu symptoms.
LINE TWO: So if Harrow can't play, who does Kentucky start? Any chance Richie has some eligibility?
DR. BO: I'd look for this lineup – Nerlens Noel, Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress, Julius Mays and Archie Goodwin. Goodwin, a freshman, will handle the ball – and Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke coach, will crank up the ball pressure.
For the record, Duke is a three-point favorite. Ken Pomeroy's computer projection model disagrees, putting UK's win probability at 60 percent.
LINE THREE: Is the sad news true that former University of Louisville assistant basketball coach Kenny Williamson has died?
DR. BO: Unfortunately it is. Williamson was a New York City playground legend. He worked with the Cards for a season in the early 90s. His enthusiasm was infectious, his stories were spellbinding and his knowledge of the game was incredible.
If you loved basketball, there wasn't a better guy to teach you the history or express the joy the game can deliver. Williamson left the Cards to work in the NBA, scouting for several teams, including the Bobcats, Pacers and Grizzlies, the team he served as an assistant general manager until his passing after a battle with cancer this morning.
I offer my condolences to his family and many friends across college and professional basketball.
LINE FOUR: First time, long time. Is it true that former Western Kentucky player and coach Darrin Horn will be at WDRB Wednesday and serve as co-host of SportsPageLive?
DR. BO: You bet it is. Aren't we lucky?
Horn lives in Lexington and is working as a college basketball analyst. He called Pittsburgh's opening-game Friday and Indiana's game with North Dakota State Monday night. He'll be in Cincinnati tonight as the Bearcats play Mississippi Valley State on ESPN3.com.
Visit us at WDRB.com Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Horn and I will discuss the local college basketball and football scenes and answer your questions on a live web chat. You'll also be able to watch a replay later in the day.
You can e-mail questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them via direct message on Twitter to @rickbozich.
Should be a fun morning. And don't forget to check WDRB.com for coverage of the Duke-Kentucky game from Pat Doney and Eric Crawford, who are in Atlanta.
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