Please join me in welcoming the Boise St. Broncos to Rupp Arena for the first time as a Kentucky Wildcats opponent. Tonight's game is a very important one for Kentucky particularly after losing unexpectedly (to us, anyway) in Arlington to the Baylor Bears. A win here would not make up for the opportunity lost at Baylor, but a loss would likely cause Kentucky to tumble out of the top 25 and create significant angst in the Big Blue Nation. Unfortunately, in this game, Kentucky has little to gain and a lot to lose.
What Kentucky needs to do to win:
Rebound well. Kentucky has to stop the bleeding on the boards, bleeding for which there is no excuse available. It won't be easy, either; Boise St is a very good rebounding team, particularly defensively. To be fair, their schedule has something to do with that.
Run when they can. Kentucky should be better in transition than Boise, although for a fact I have not seen them play this season. In any case, Kentucky needs to get into their offense early to avoid another bout of zone stagnation.
Take, and make open shots against the zone. This needs no exposition, it's how you beat a zone — by making it impractical for the opponent to run.
Guard better. Good grief, this team has to defend with some passion and stop somebody.
Make free throws. Like a broken record, this keeps coming up.
All I want here is a win. Yeah, a great lopsided victory would be nice, but this Boise St. team is competent, shoots the ball extremely well, and isn't likely to let us run off and hide. Just a win.