Portland Pilots at Kentucky Wildcats: Open Game Thread

The Maui Monkey wants to see some decent basketball today out of Kentucky.

Today in Rupp Arena, the Portland Pilots and Kentucky Wildcats meet for the third time in three years.

Loading Scores

Welcome to A Sea of Blue's open game thread for the Portland Pilots at Kentucky Wildcats game today in Rupp Arena. Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

Gameday
Gameday Information
Kentucky vs. Portland
Sat., Dec. 8 - 12:00 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky.
Game Notes: UK Get Acrobat Reader | Portland Get Acrobat Reader
Coverage
Gameday Live: Online audio, blog and stats
TV: ESPN
Radio: UK IMG
Gametracker
Live Blog
Live Audio
Text Updates


Portland hasn't been particularly tough this year, but they have some size, will play a pretty good zone, and will run their offense, which basically means getting the ball inside to their post scorers. They are not a bombs-away 3-point team and will get out and run in transition when they can.

Keys to the game for Kentucky:

  • Intensity on defense. Kentucky has had some good moments defensively, but their intensity comes and goes;
  • Rebound. Kentucky's big people will get a challenge today, and how they respond will be obvious in the rebounding statistics;
  • Patience against the zone. The Wildcats have rushed their offense against zone defenses all year long.
  • Movement without the ball. UK's zone offense tends to stand around. They need to flash a player to the center of the zone and run from there;
  • Get out and run in transition. Advance the ball with the pass rather than the bounce, but do it in a controlled manner that values every possession.

I don't expect to see great improvement today despite the advent of Camp Cal. I hope that we see better, and more consistent intensity and effort, but I'm not holding my breath. Improving this team will take time.

Go, 'Cats!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker