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Florida International at Kentucky -- Open Game Thread

This is the official Open Game Thread for Florida International at Kentucky.  For those of you who can't get the game on TV, here are some links:

I'll be honest -- with all the UK action going on in a very compressed time frame, I have not had any time at all to examine this game.  Florida International is currently ranked # 255 on Ken Pomeroy's site, and UK is currently ranked #88.  Theoretically, that means we are much better than this team.  After the debacle with San Diego, I am loathe to even mention my perception of the relative ability of these two teams.

At this moment, I have no particular feeling about this game.  It is obviously a game we should dominate, but I said exactly the same thing Saturday, and look what happened.  Will we see another lowly team come in here and get a signature win in Rupp Arena?  I hope not, and my mind says it won't happen.

This game is truly a must-win for our team's sanity, and the sanity of the Big Blue Nation.  I can scarcely imagine the meltdown if we drop 2 in a row to teams in the bottom 20% of the entire NCAA at home.  But enough doom and gloom hangover.  We should handle this team, even though they are actually bigger than we are.

Florida international is currently 3-8, with their most recent loss being to Purdue.  Billy Gillispie is said to be a friend of the head coach Sergio Rouco, who apparently worked under Gillispie at UTEP.  Let's just hope the former boss can get the better of the former assistant this time.

For the record, FIU's roster stats look like this:
Roster/Stats (per game)
R. Hicks C 11 23.9 13.5 5.7 0.5
A. Galindo F 11 31.7 12.9 6.4 2.0
K. White G 10 21.9 9.4 1.8 1.8
C. Fuller G 11 26.7 8.2 3.1 2.9
E. Nsangou G 11 22.7 7.7 2.7 2.0
T. Russell G 11 14.5 4.4 1.5 1.4
M. James G 10 25.6 3.9 1.7 3.1
N. Gacesa F 11 14.9 3.6 2.2 0.3
C. Essola F 9 12.1 2.7 2.9 0.1
B. Ndiaye F-C 10 11.8 2.4 2.5 0.3
N. Taylor G 8 2.3 0.0 0.1 0.1

My keys to the game:

  • Get the ball to Patterson in scoring position
  • Win the rebounding battle
  • Stop the point guard from getting into the lane
  • Continue to play hard.  It's bound to work eventually.
  • Find a way to limit turnovers

If these look suspiciously like the last ones, what can I say?  This is basketball, not nuclear weapons design.

I will not be liveblogging the basketball game but do plan to liveblog the football game.  Please do avail yourselves of the comments in the open thread, I will be here for virtually the entire game.