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Kentucky Wildcats at Duke Blue Devils: Open Game Thread

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This is your open game thread for the Duke Blue Devils vs. Kentucky Wildcats in the State Farm Champions Classic.

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The Maui Monkey says, Go 'Cats!
The Maui Monkey says, Go 'Cats!

Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Duke Blue Devils a man down. Ryan Harrow will not be at the game due to flu-like symptoms.

Game particulars as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

Gameday
Gameday Information
Champions Classic
Kentucky vs. Duke
Tues., Nov. 13 - 9:30 p.m. ET
Atlanta, Ga.
Game Notes: UK Get Acrobat Reader | DU Get Acrobat Reader
Coverage
TV: ESPN
Radio: UK IMG
Live Video via WatchESPN
Gametracker
Live Audio
Text Updates

Tonight, the Wildcats must:

  • Attack the rim at every opportunity. Duke is significantly less athletic, and Kentucky must make them pay for it.
  • Take care of the basketball. UK is just not good enough to give free possessions to the more experienced Blue Devils.
  • Defend the paint. Duke can shoot the three, but what I worry about are easy layups.
  • Rebound the basketball. If Duke does to us what Maryland did on the offensive glass, this game will be very one-sided.
  • Play beyond their years. It isn't ideal, but these young guys must play like sophomores, not freshmen.

This is going to be a much tougher game than Maryland. The Wildcats simply have to play basketball at a level roughly equivalent to the first half of the Maryland game, except they have to do it for 40 minutes. Can they do it?

We'll see. Go, 'Cats!