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Stanford Cardinal @ Kentucky Wildcats -- Open Game Thread


This is the official A Sea of Blue Open Game Thread for the Stanford Cardinal @ Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. Game particulars are as follows:

Date & Time Wednesday, Nov. 25 9:30 p.m
Coverage TV: CBS College Sports (coverage details) Radio: BBSN
Online Audio listen
Location Moon Palace Resort Cancun, Mexico

This will be the best opponent Kentucky has faced so far, and their strength has been UK's weakness. The Cardinal will be a disciplined, intelligent team with good size.

More after the jump.

Here's what UK needs to do to win this game:

  • Play simple basketball. Drive to the lane, draw the rotation and kick to the post or to the wing.
  • Don't give up a bunch of turnovers. Giving the Cardinal 20+ extra shots is a good way to make this game competitive.
  • Rebound the basketball. Kentucky has been very good about that all year, which is encouraging, but they need to keep it up.
  • Defend the three. Switch if necessary, but UK must defend the three.
  • Try very hard to push the tempo. Stanford would like to control it, but UK needs to force them to run if they can.

This would be a nice feather in Kentucky's cap if they can win this thing. Go 'Cats.