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Marist Red Foxes @ Kentucky Wildcats (2): Game Preview

Season tip-off, baby!
Season tip-off, baby!

Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Marist College Red Foxes in Rupp Arena for an early-season tussle.  Some quick facts about Marist:

Marist College Quick Facts
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Founded: 1929
Enrollment: 4,256
President: Dr. Dennis J. Murray
Nickname: Red Foxes
Colors: Red & White
Home Facility: McCann Arena
Seating: 3,200
Affl iation: NCAA Division 1
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic
Head Coach: Chuck Martin
Starters lost: 2
Starters returning: 3
2010-11 Record 6-27
Conference record: 3-15


As you may know, this is the first meeting ever between Marist and the Kentucky Wildcats.  Marist had a really tough year last year, only managing six victories overall for head coach Chuck Martin, who was a former assistant under John Calipari at Memphis as well as under Bruiser Flint at Umass, so the Calipari connections with Martin go deep.

Here are the Marist personnel, courtesy of

Marist Red Foxes Roster
# Name Starter? Height Wt Class Comments
50 Adam Kemp S
6-9 240 Sophomore Leading rebounder
15 Anell Alexis Key R
6-6 185 Sophomore
40 Chavaughn Lewis Key R
6-5 185 Freshman
0 Devin Price S
6-1 170 Junior
1 Dorvell Carter S
6-6 200 Junior
14 George Dallas R
5-9 165 Senior
11 Isaiah Morton S
5-8 170 Freshman
20 Jay Bowie S 6-5 210 Sophomore 38% 3-pt shooter
24 Manny Thomas R
6-5 190 Freshman
34 Pieter Prinsloo Key R
6-10 225 Sophomore
5 R.J. Hall Key R 5-10 165 Senior Leading returning scorer and assists
32 T.J. Curry R
6-1 190 Freshman

This game, as usual with such games in the very early season, is a big mismatch.  Kentucky is taller, faster, and far more talented than the Red Foxes, but with that said, they are the first Division I team Kentucky has faced this year, and should be a significant upgrade in competition over Morehouse and Transylvania.

I think we all expect this game to be competitive for only a short while.  But you never know.

Go, 'Cats!