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From the Pressbox: Basketball, football notes on Madness morning

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By all accounts, the chemistry on John Calipari's fourth Kentucky basketball team is outstanding. And yet, there was a hint of good-natured disagreement at yesterday's Media Day - over the subject of dancing.

John Wall created a sensation with his dance that was first introduced at Big Blue Madness in 2009.  And Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin both say they have some special moves planned for Big Blue Nation tonight. But Harrow says he cannot understand how Goodwin can claim to be the team's best dancer.

"I don't understand that. I taught him how to dance. I'm the best dancer and then him," a smiling Harrow told reporters.  

"Best dancer?  Probably me or Archie," Harrow responded. "Worst dancer?  Alex Poythress or Kyle Wiltjer."

So what is Harrow's plan for tonight?

"I'm dancing  My sister says I have to dance. We throw parties at our home and me and her are always dancing. I may get a little interactive with the fans," said Harrow.

And Goodwin?

"I'm going to do a little something special. It's a dance from back home," Goodwin replied.

Who will judged as the best dancer?

"We'll see tomorrow," said Goodwin. "Y'all be the judge."

Ultimately, both of them could be trumped by the dance moves of UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell.

Goodwin can do more than dance

Spectacular dunks are always a part of Big Blue Madness, so we asked Goodwin to tell us "who is the best dunker on this team?"

"Me," Goodwin quickly proclaimed. "Alex is the most powerful dunker - no question about that - but if we're talking about tricks and being able to elevate higher, I'm the best dunker."

Goodwin supporting football team against Arkansas

Goodwin is a proud product of Little Rock, Ark., but there's no doubt about his loyalty for the football matchup tomorrow night in Fayetteville.

"Kentucky, of course. I'm a Kentucky fan. I can't root for Arkansas. I can't do it," he said.

A look at the Razorbacks

Stats would suggest turnovers will play a key role in the Kentucky-Arkansas game. The Cats rank 12th in the league at minus-4 for the season but the Hogs are minus-10 through six games.

Could this be the breakout game for UK in terms of big plays?  Arkansas' opponents are averaging a league-high 338 yards per game in passing yards and a league-high 8.4 yards-per-attempt. And the Hogs have surrendered an SEC-worst 15 touchdown passes.

Kentucky is 2-0 against the Hogs in Fayetteville but the Cats lost on their first trip to Arkansas - a 27-20 setback in 1998 in a game played in Little Rock. And I'm not sure I've ever a louder road stadium that night than War Memorial, even though its capacity is only 55,000.

UK's quarterback that night was Tim Couch - and he'll be working the telecast Saturday night for Fox TV.

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