Location: Lexington, KY-Memorial Coliseum
Time: 1:00PM E.S.T.
TV: UK IMG/FSN
Radio: UK IMG, GAMETRACKER
Successful programs are full of milestones. Just ask the UK Men's Basketball program. 2000 wins, the first NCAA Championship in 1948. The last one just this year in 2012. But they, along with every other great program had to start somewhere. The UK women started along this path with the hiring of Matthew Mitchell. Since then, it has snowballed to moments just like this game. UK is within grasp of their longest winning streak in program history. should they reach 13 games, they will surpass the old mark of 12. This game is #11. On Friday, they posted a new defensive record in allowing Alcorn State only 23 points. UK now has won 28 straight at home. That is a record they build on every time they step on the court. Matthew Mitchell now has the best winning percentage in UK Women's Hoops history at .687. He is now 125-57 at UK. That's third highest in wins already in his short career. The women are now 56-2 at home in three years. The best home record over that span in the history of the program. the hits just keep on coming. And now on to Marist.
The Marist Foxes (yes, I know it's a sexist name for a women's team, but hey, they know how to play basketball) are in the MAAC. They hail from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They are currently 4-5 and have have wins against Princeton, Hofstra, and Wake Forest highlighting their resume. But they also have losses to ranked opponents the likes of Oklahoma, Purdue and UCONN. Those don't hurt, but the ones to Hartford and Boston U. do. So which team of Foxes will show up? That's not an easy thing to tell.
Their coach, Brian Giorgis, got his 250th win of his career this season, and they have a lineup of players that while are a scrappy bunch, are not gifted with size or amazing speed. The UK press is going to bother this team, I believe. They are a young team, with only three seniors and only one of them, Elizabeth Beynnon, a 6-2 F, starts. She will be physically challenged inside by Stallworth, Walker, and Drake, with a dose of A'zia Bishop thrown in for good measure.
All in all, UK should win the game handily, but Marist will not be Alcorn State. they play hard, and they play smart, but ultimately, the UK press and the UK athletes will be the deciding factor in this game. My guess is UK by 20.