Well, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, here we are again; your Kentucky Wildcats will be facing off tonight against the #8 seed, the Iowa St. Cyclones. Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:
|Iowa St. at Kentucky|
|NCAA Tournament - Third Round|
Kentucky vs. Iowa State
Sat., Mar. 17 - 7:45 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | ISU
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| Tourney Central|
Radio: UK IMG
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Iowa St. got to this point by defeating the Connecticut Huskies convincingly in the 8/9 game, and Kentucky got here by crushing the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the 1/16 game.
These two teams could not really be more different. Kentucky is a powerful, athletic team with great size and skill. Iowa St. is an upstart, slightly undersized team with great shooting and an unusual player in Royce White. This all makes for a combustible combination that could result in a classic contest.
What Kentucky must do to win tonight:
- Guard the three. This is job 1, 2, and 3 on defense. Failure in this area could result in defeat.
- Keep the ball out of Royce White's hands as much as possible. White is a facilitator, and while he can score, he isn't a threat to beat us with points, but with his overall game.
- Attack the painted area with relentlessness. Iowa St. is undersized, and it will be really tough for ISU to handle UK's bigs if we get them the ball.
- Shoot the three only when wide open. We don't need the 3-point shot in this game if we do the first three things I mentioned. Play inside the arc is Kentucky's best chance to win.
This ISU team really makes me nervous. They are just the kind of out-of-nowhere team that can take significantly better teams at unawares, and I don't like that feeling. UK has got to respect this opponent just as they would Vanderbilt or Kansas, because the ISU Cyclones are no less threatening. In a one-and-out tournament, a bad game can send the best teams home -- just ask the Missouri Tigers.