Bogans' confidence a plus for Kentucky

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - UK senior guard Keith Bogans is poised, gracious and articulate in his dealings with the media 99.9 percent of the time.

The closest you'll come to ruffling the feathers of the 6-foot-5 Kentucky leader is to mention the words 'last season' and 'confidence' in the same question.

Bogans' troubles a year ago are well documented.

He had come off a sophomore season when he tallied 17.6 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field. He was so inspired he considered leaving school for the NBA Draft.

But last year as a junior, the bottom fell out of his game offensively as Bogans saw his scoring average drop to 11.6 points per game and his shooting percentage drop to 39.

So, Keith, how low did you get?

The question makes Bogans figet just a bit.

"My confidence wasn't really struggling (last year)," he claimed here Sunday after leading the second-ranked Wildcats with 18 points in a 70-62 win over 19th-ranked Mississippi State. "It's just that my shot wasn't falling."

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