Lafayette Leopards at Kentucky Wildcats (3) -- Open Game Thread

The Maui Monkey says, "Cat Fight!"

Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Lafayette Leopards in Rupp Arena as part of the Barclays Classic.This is your open game thread.

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The Kentucky Wildcats welcome the Lafayette Leopards into Rupp Arena for a basketball tilt. This game is part of the Barclays Classic tournament, and the next 3 games will be part and parcel of that same event.

Details as follows, courtesy of

Gameday Information
Barclays Center Classic
Kentucky vs. Lafayette
Fri., Nov. 16 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky.
Game Notes: UK Get Acrobat Reader | Lafayette Get Acrobat Reader
Gameday Live: Online video, audio, blog and stats
Radio: UK IMG
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We have some unfortunate late-breaking news, courtesy of Matt Jones:

Sorry to hear about that, hopefully the injury is not serious.

Tonight's game provides an opportunity for Kentucky to get some much-needed experience against a Division I team that doesn't provide the kind of challenge that will threaten their won-loss record unless something goes drastically wrong, but the Leopards are a scrappy team that will give UK everything it can.

What we need to see tonight from UK:

  • Better offensive and defensive rebounding;
  • More shots for Kyle Wiltjer;
  • Better defensive spacing;
  • Better defensive rotations;
  • More control from the guards, particularly Archie Goodwin;
  • Better free throw shooting.

If we get all that, I'll be happy, although I doubt John Calipari will -- nor should he. This team has demonstrated that it can be everything we need it to be, but only for short stretches. We need to lengthen that out quite a bit if the 'Cats are going to compete for a national title this year.

Go, 'Cats!

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