The near unanimous #1 team in the land (2 votes for UVA) come to Tuscaloosa for a tilt that could be memorable... or a tail kicking like Kentucky did to Missouri earlier in the week.
We all know that their 1st nine are probably more talented than our best player, but it's BASKETBALL and the best team doesn't always win. We have a puncher's chance IF we shoot OUT OF OUR MINDS from outside (not the 30% 3pt FG we are shooting on the season). Let Cooper and Norris take most of those since they are our best shooters.
While they are the stars of the team, the Harrison twins aren't exactly putting on a shooting clinic so far this year as both are under 40% from the field, Honestly their stats suck minus FT percentage. Devin Booker is the one to stop as he's shooting 50% overall and from 3 point land. I suspect Cooper will get the task of guarding him due to his size. Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns will cause us major issues inside as they are both big and strong. We don't have an answer for that unless Taylor plays out of his mind and Norris/Kessens play big and keep them from posting under the basket,
Kentucky is beating opponents by an average of 26 PPG. While they seemed to sleepwalk through the first 2 SEC games, they turned it on against Missouri. Let's hope they are worn out from that.
While I would like to tell you we have a chance to win, the numbers don't favor us shooting outside which is what we have to do to beat them. Unless we hit 50% from 3, keep Kentucky's bigs from playing layup basketball, and keep the turnovers to a minimum this one is tough to predict for the good guys. We need to keep them off the boards (good luck) and let them throw up 3s to have a shot.
- +9.8 rebound margin
- 50.6 PPG (opponents)
- 8.3 blocks
- 11.4 turnovers/game
Game is on ESPN and watchespn.com