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What to watch for against Stephen F. Austin

NCAA Basketball: Asbury at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats basketball season is here, and their first game is Friday Night at 7:00 ET against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.

The Cats opened up the season’s two exhibition games against Clarion and Asbury. The Cats won both games in a very exciting fashion, beating Clarion by 50 points and Asbury by a HUGE 93-point margin.

Last season the Lumberjacks almost had a Cinderella NCAA Tournament run, losing to the six seeded Notre Dame Irish by one point, 75-76. The Lumberjacks finished with 28 wins and only six losses on their resume.

In this game for the Cats, here is a few things to watch for against Stephen F. Austin Friday Night.

The first thing to do is watch junior guard, Ty Charles. The Lumberjacks lost their three top team scorers last season, but Ty Charles is still here and better than last season when he averaged just under ten points-per-game while playing 25 minutes-per-game.

The junior guard is very athletic and has great ball-handling skills. The Cats are very athletic and will try to run the floor against the Lumberjacks, but at one position it will be tough to run against Charles.

The Cats have been playing very well in the post this preseason. Adebayo has truly shown that he is a beast in the post. The freshman forward already has an NBA body, athleticism, and has shown that he can shoot well from mid-range.

Adebayo has been picked to go in the top-10 of the 2017 NBA Draft, and it could be top five if he has the kind of season UK fans expect him to have. The Cats had four players picked as top-100 players in the NCAA this season and three in the top-15.

Bam Adebayo was ranked No. 6, Malik Monk, No. 11, De’Aaron Fox, No. 15 and Isaiah Briscoe was ranked 90th (yes, that seems weird to me too.)

One other player to watch against Stephen F. Austin is, Sophomore forward, TJ Holyfield. Holyfield added nearly eight points-per-game to the high powered Lumberjack offense and played a key 20 minutes-per-game last season during their 28-win season and Cinderella tournament run.

Rupp Arena has had a nice makeover, adding the new video board and new court. Tickets are a little bit more expensive and the fans want excitement and another NCAA Championship in return. The Cats are looking to show the fans that they are back and stronger than ever.

The game against Stephen F. Austin tips off Friday Night at 7:00 ET at Rupp Arena on the SEC Network.