The Kentucky Wildcats will be back on the court for one final exhibition tune-up game this Friday when the Kentucky State Thorobreds come to Rupp Arena.
The Cats are coming off an impressive 117-58 win over the Ottawa Braves in Monday's exhibition opener. Freshman Jamal Murray looked like a star in the making, notching a team-high 22 points, a team-high 12 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Sophomore Tyler Ulis went 4-for-5 from 3-point range, scored 17 points and dished out 10 assists. Freshman Skal Labissiere chipped in with 18 points while grabbing five boards and blocking two shots.
What was really impressive was how efficient the Cats were offensively and how well they passed the ball. Kentucky shot 60 percent from the field (48 of 80) while dishing out 32 assists. The Cats also shot 55 percent from 3-point range (12 of 22) and held a 59-28 rebounding advantage.
As for the Thorobreds, they're led by Malcolm Smith, a sophomore guard from Cincinnati, Ohio who, is the team's top returning scorer after averaging 12.5 points per game in his freshman season. He also was one of the most efficient shooters in the conference, ranking in the top 10 in the SIAC in field goal percentage (.504) and 3-point percentage (.400).
Kentucky State also has a first-year head coach in Darnell Williams, who looks to lead the Thorobreds back to the top of the SIAC standings after they posted a 9-18 overall record with a 7-12 mark in conference play last season. They were picked to finish sixth in the SIAC West division out of eight teams in the preseason predicted standings.
Kentucky enters this matchup with a 54-4 all-time record in exhibition games, including a 13-0 mark under head coach John Calipari. Kentucky and Kentucky State last met in 2001, the teams' only regular-season meeting, with the Wildcats winning 118-63.
Here is everything you'll need for watching and/or listening to this game.
Kentucky Wildcats vs Kentucky State Thorobreds
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Online Stream: You can watch the game online via Watch ESPN and the Watch ESPN App
Radio: 98.1 FM and 630 AM in Lexington. Go here for a list of radio affiliates based on where you live.