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Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins on Kevin Stallings: 'Who?'

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

It's probably safe to assume that DeMarcus Cousins hasn't watched too much Vanderbilt basketball in his lifetime.

Not only did Cousins question why Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings won SEC coach of the year over John Calipari, the Kentucky big man also admitted that he wasn't sure who Stallings was prior to Tuesday.

"John Wall was like, 'who is that?' And I was like, 'I don't know,'" Cousins recalled. "I thought it was the coach from Tennessee -- I mean Georgia. I don't know. That was crazy."

Stallings and Cousins could have an opportunity to get acquainted in the SEC title game on Sunday if top-seeded Kentucky and second-seeded Vanderbilt advance that far.

Of course, Stallings probably needs no introduction to Cousins: The Kentucky freshman abused the Commodores for a total of 40 points and 15 boards in the Wildcats' two victories this season.

"A lot has been made of John Wall, but I think Cousins ... is just as much of a factor," Stallings said earlier this season. "He's really becoming a dominant inside player, maybe the dominant inside player in our league."

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