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Lafayette Leopards at Kentucky Wildcats (3) -- Open Game Thread

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Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Lafayette Leopards in Rupp Arena as part of the Barclays Classic.This is your open game thread.

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The Maui Monkey says, "Cat Fight!"
The Maui Monkey says, "Cat Fight!"

The Kentucky Wildcats welcome the Lafayette Leopards into Rupp Arena for a basketball tilt. This game is part of the Barclays Classic tournament, and the next 3 games will be part and parcel of that same event.

Details as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

Gameday
Gameday Information
Barclays Center Classic
Kentucky vs. Lafayette
Fri., Nov. 16 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky.
Game Notes: UK Get Acrobat Reader | Lafayette Get Acrobat Reader
Coverage
Gameday Live: Online video, audio, blog and stats
TV: FS South/UK IMG
Radio: UK IMG
Gametracker
Live Audio
Text Updates

We have some unfortunate late-breaking news, courtesy of Matt Jones:

Sorry to hear about that, hopefully the injury is not serious.

Tonight's game provides an opportunity for Kentucky to get some much-needed experience against a Division I team that doesn't provide the kind of challenge that will threaten their won-loss record unless something goes drastically wrong, but the Leopards are a scrappy team that will give UK everything it can.

What we need to see tonight from UK:

  • Better offensive and defensive rebounding;
  • More shots for Kyle Wiltjer;
  • Better defensive spacing;
  • Better defensive rotations;
  • More control from the guards, particularly Archie Goodwin;
  • Better free throw shooting.

If we get all that, I'll be happy, although I doubt John Calipari will -- nor should he. This team has demonstrated that it can be everything we need it to be, but only for short stretches. We need to lengthen that out quite a bit if the 'Cats are going to compete for a national title this year.

Go, 'Cats!