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Kentucky Wildcats (8) @ Washington Huskies (13): Open Game Thread

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We have arrived at the first major test for the Kentucky Wildcats. The 'Cats and the Washington Huskies have a showdown at the Lahaina Civic Center tonight for the right to go on to the Maui Invitational finals.

Game details are as follows, courtesy of

Gameday Information
Game Notes Kentucky Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Washington Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Date & Time Tues., Nov. 23, 9:30 p.m. ET
Coverage TV: ESPN
Radio: BBSN
Online Audio
Live Video via ESPN3
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Location Lahaina Civic Center
Maui, Ha.
Maui Invitational With a win, the Cats next face the winner of Connecticut-Michigan St. at 10:00 p.m. ET Wednesday in the Championship Game. With a loss, the Cats will face the loser of Connecticut-Michigan St. at 5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday for third place.

It goes without saying that the Wildcats must perform better tonight than they did last night versus Oklahoma. Washington is a deep, powerful team that is highly ranked and torched Virginia last night. The Wildcats are going to need their "A" game against the Huskies.

What Kentucky must do to win:

  • Share the ball;
  • Attack the rim at every opportunity. The DDM should be very effective against the Huskies due to Kentucky's bigger backcourt.
  • Defend. UK defended very well against the Portland Pilots, but they regressed against the Oklahoma Sooners.
  • Continue to take care of the basketball. Kentucky is averaging under 16% turnovers, which is really good for this young of a team.
  • Continue to win the battle on the offensive glass. It is not a Washington strength.

What UK can do to lose:

  • Play pathetic transition defense like they did last night;
  • Lose their cool. I expect Washington will try to push the young Wildcats around. How Kentucky responds to that will tell us a lot.
  • Fail to guard the three. This is a very good shooting team, as the Virgina Cavaliers found out to their woe.

Here we go, 'Cat fans. A big game at last. Win this, and Kentucky has to be considered a legitimate top-ten team. Right now, it's all guesswork as to how good this team is.

Go, 'Cats!