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Kentucky Basketball vs Duquesne: Start time, TV channel, online stream, odds, prediction

Everything you need for Kentucky vs Duquesne in a late Sunday night matchup.

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

The Kentucky Wildcats look to remain unbeaten when Duquesne comes to Rupp Arena on Sunday night.

The 3-0 Cats are coming off easily their best game of the young season, a 69-48 win over No. 13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic.

The Wildcats' defense has been stout in the first three games, forcing an average of 22.0 turnovers per game. UK did not allow a single MSU player to score in double figures while forcing the Spartans into 20 turnovers.

This was the breakout game for freshman guard Malik Monk, who scored 23 points and hit seven 3-pointers. He's averaging 16.3 points per game, the second most on the team. Fellow freshman guard De'Aaron Fox is averaging a team-high 7.0 assists per game, including six in Tuesday’s win over MSU.

Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe leads UK in scoring with a 19.7 average. He's scored 21 in each of the last two games. Those three guards have forced arguably the best backcourt in the nation after just three games.

If UK can beat Duquesne on Sunday, the Cats will likely take over the No. 1 spot in the polls after Duke's loss to Kansas. Should UK end up No. 1, it would be the sixth time in John Calipari's eight seasons at Kentucky the Wildcats have been ranked No. 1

As for the Dukes, they opened their current stretch with an 89-75 home win over Saint Francis U Wednesday, and followed that with a 78-77 last-second-loss Canisius at home on Friday.

Duquesne is in its fifth season under head coach Jim Ferry, who led the Dukes to 17 wins and a CBI appearance last year. They return two starters (Darius Lewis & Eric James) from that team.

Four of Duquesne’s top five scorers are first-year players. Leading scorer Tarin Smith (15.5 ppg.) is a first-year transfer from Nebraska, second and third-leading scorers Isiaha Mike (12.0 ppg.) & Mike Lewis II (9.0 ppg.) are freshmen and fifth-leading scorer,

Emile Blackman (8.3 ppg.) is a first-year grad transfer. The foursome has started all four games. Lexington, Ky. native Darius Lewis (6.8 ppg.) is the lone returnee in the current starting five.

Here is everything you will need to watch and follow UK host Duquesne.

Duquesne Dukes (2-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (3-0)

When: Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET

Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.


Channel: 208 on DirecTV; 141 on Dish Network

Live Online Stream: Watch ESPN

Announcers: Mike Morgan and Chris Spatola

Radio: UK Radio Network with Tom Leach and Mike Pratt

Satellite Radio: Sirius - 93 | XM - 190

Live stats: UK Athletics

Odds: UK is a 27-point favorite.

UK Roster:

No. 0 De'Aaron Fox, Point Guard, Freshman

No. 1 Sacha Killeya-Jones, Forward, Freshman

No. 3 Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Forward Freshman

No. 5 Malik Monk, Shooting Guard, Freshman

No. 10 Jonny David, Guard, Sophomore

No. 11 Mychal Mulder, Guard, Senior

No. 13 Isaiah Briscoe, Guard, Sophomore

No. 14 Tai Wynyard Forward, Redshirt Freshman

No. 15 Isaac Humphries, Forward, Sophomore

No. 20 Brad Calipari, Guard, Freshman

No. 25 Dominique Hawkins, Guard, Senior

No. 30 Dillon Pulliam, Guard, Redshirt Sophomore

No. 32 Wenyen Gabriel, Forward, Freshman

No. 35 Derek Willis, Forward, Senior

Here is a link to the Duquesne roster.

Prediction: This is usually a so-so game/performance for the Cats after playing in the Champions Classic. So much goes into that matchup with Duke/Michigan State/Kansas that the next game is typically a minor letdown for what’s normally a young and maturing team.

That said, Duquesne doesn’t have the firepower to push UK for 40 minutes, and I expect this to be a fairly easy win that may be plagued with a ‘meh’ first half. It doesn’t help that this is a late Sunday night game, one of the rarest spots a college team will play in.

Kentucky 80, Duquesne 61