The Kentucky Wildcats will be back in Rupp Arena Monday night when the Illinois State Redbirds come to town.
The Cats are coming off an 83-62 win over South Florida in the Hoophall Miami Invitational last Friday. The win came at a bit of a cost as sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis suffered a sprained elbow that may keep him sidelined vs ISU. If he's unable to go, look for freshman guard Charles Matthews to be in the starting lineup as a third guard. Matthews has been playing great as of late, culminating with his career-high 11 points vs USF.
As for the Redbirds out of the Missouri Valley Conference, they enter the game with a 3-4 record, which includes a game against No. 2 Maryland in which they led with six minutes to go and trailed by just two with 4:30 to go before the Terrapins pulled away for a 77-66 win.
The Redbirds are led by guards DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Paris Lee, who average a combined 27.9 points per game. Monday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Illinois State and Kentucky. The Redbirds are 8-1 versus current members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and head coach Dan Muller is 1-0 after leading ISU to a 62-55 win over Texas A&M (March 24, 2014) in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
This year, the Redbirds were picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference after returning three of five starters and six of 13 letter-winners from last year's team, which went 22-13 overall and made it to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Here is everything you'll need to watch and follow the Cats take on the Redbirds.
Illinois State Redbirds (3-4) vs Kentucky Wildcats (6-0)
When: Monday, November 30th
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Rosters: ISU Roster; Kentucky Roster
Online Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: UK Radio Network (Tom Leach, Mike Pratt)
Odds: UK is a 20-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5, per Odds Shark.
Projected ISU Starters
G - Paris Lee, 6-0 185 lbs
G - Tony Wills, 6-4, 185 lbs
G - DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, 6-5, 200 lbs
F - Deontae Hawkins, 6-8, 219 lbs
F - MiKyle McIntosh, 6-11, 265 lbs
Projected Kentucky Starters
G - Tyler Ulis, 5-9, 160 lbs*
G - Isaiah Briscoe, 6-3, 202 lbs
G - Jamal Murray, 6-4, 207 lbs
G- Charles Matthews, 6-6, 189 lbs**
F - Marcus Lee, 6-9, 224 lbs
F - Skal Labissiere, 6-11, 225 lbs
**Likely starter if Tyler Ulis is out