Obviously this isn't the same team that cut down the nets last year, but they seem to be improving. They did gut the Barn in front of a sellout crowd 75-53 (that emptied early in the 2nd half) at Barn Arena (I'm not gonna bother looking up the real name). Title link gets you more on this match-up.
UK official writeup on the game tonight.
Kentucky has really played well against the top teams in the nation, losing by 3 to hated rival Louisville, 7 to Duke, and beating what was a good Maryland team (struggling in the ACC right now) in Brooklyn. Getting crushed by Notre Dame and unexpected losses to Baylor and Texas A&M (I still have a hard time believing they are in the SEC) shows the youth of this squad.
Kentucky has a balanced scoring attack with 5 averaging over 10 PPG. Archie Goodwin is their talented freshman SG dropping 15 a game. His perimeter shot is coming around... what he does really well is drive the lane. He's got a nice crossover that'll give Lacey fits guarding.
Alex Poythress is a strong kid. He finishes with power... gonna give Gueye and Jacobs all they can handle inside. Poythress is technically their best 3 point shooter... by percentage, but he's only taken 19 so far.
Kyle Wiltjer has been coming off the bench lately and is their 3 point specialist. He's a wily veteran on this team (sophomore). We've always had problems guarding the white kid outside dating back to the Gottfried era so we shall see how this goes. He's also 6'10" so that's another match-up problem.
Nerlens Noel (AKA Play from the 80s group Kid N Play) is another inside presence at a .587 clip. He is their leading rebounder and shot blocker.
More UK numbers:
- .489/.357 FG/3pt FG
- +4.8 Rebound margin
- .645 FT
- 7.4 steals
Game is on ESPN at 9PM EST. On paper this doesn't look like a good match-up for us, but if we can hit some 3s we just might be able to pull the upset.