Mississippi St. Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats: Live Game Thread

Welcome to the live game thread for Mississippi St. at Kentucky. Can the Wildcats spank the Bulldogs, and continue their climb back into the NCAA Tournament conversation?

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Tonight is the final game of the three-game home stand for the Kentucky Wildcats as they welcome the Mississippi St. Bulldogs into Rupp Arena.

Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

Gameday Information
Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
Weds., Feb. 27 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
Game Notes: UK Get Acrobat Reader | MSU Get Acrobat Reader
Gameday Live: Online video, audio, blog and stats
TV: SEC Network Get Acrobat Reader
Radio: UK IMG
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The Wildcats have been trending upward the last two games offensively, even though their defense has been very weak. Since losing Nerlens Noel to injury, Kentucky has not held a single opponent below 1 point per possession, and has allowed over 1.1 points per possession 3 times out of the last five games. That’s not good.

MSU is depleted, but they are not going to just hand Kentucky this game -- they have nothing to lose. In a lousy season like this, the one highlight they would love to be able to point to is taking Kentucky down at home, a place where the ’Cats have not been as invulnerable as in previous years.

Here’s what I’m hoping for:

  • Better defense. This team lacks a commitment to defense, and it will be their undoing. I hope to see that change tonight.

  • Can Alex Poythress make it two in a row? He hasn’t had back-to-back good games all year.

  • Kyle Wiltjer had a quiet game against Mizzou. I’d like to see him roar back tonight.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein to just keep doing what he’s doing.

  • Uncle Julius to add to his legend, or failing that, at least play well.

  • More of the Ryan Harrow we have seen lately.

  • Fewer turnovers, more offensive rebounds.

I truly hope this is a game that Kentucky can win without a tremendous amount of drama, but honestly, this team could probably play Lexington Community College’s intramural team and still wind up in a dogfight. Some teams are just like that.

Could we, just once, get a convincing victory? Please?

Go, ’Cats!

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