Kentucky’s second exhibition of the season will be against Morehead State in the Kentucky Cares Classic, a charity game raising money for relief of natural disasters across the country.
The Wildcats started the exhibition slate with a game against in-state opponent Thomas More. UK won 103-61 and looked good doing it, though the 3-point shooting did struggle.
Though it’s not easy to get excited about exhibitions (in comparison to real games, at least), this is one that’s marked on the calendar because it’s Kentucky’s first game against a Division I opponent.
That’s something that John Calipari has said multiple times that his team is not ready for.
Now we finally get to find out if he’s exaggerating or if the growing pains with this team are that real.
- John Calipari started five freshmen against Thomas More for the first time since the 2014 National Championship game.
- Five players scored in double-figures, helping the Cats to shoot 55.1 percent from the field for the game.
- Kevin Knox led the team with 25 points.
- PJ Washington and Wenyen Gabriel both had double-doubles, with Washington putting up 15 and 10, and Gabriel putting up 11 and 10.
- The 103 points scored against Thomas More made it seven straight exhibitions in which Kentucky has scored 100+ points.
- Kentucky’s exhibition against Thomas More will be radio-only; no TV broadcast for the Kentucky Cares Classic.
- Kentucky is 10-0 against Morehead State all-time.
- Eight of the 10 games have been in Lexington.
- John Calipari is six wins away from 700 on-court wins.
- Kentucky is replacing 92.6 percent of its scoring from last year.
- Kentucky had 27 players on NBA opening day rosters.
- This is Morehead State’s first exhibition of the year.
- Morehead State, like Kentucky has a lot of newcomers. The Eagles have 10 new players, and just four returning players.
- Eagles forward Lamontray Harris is apart of the preseason All-OVC team.
- Harris is Morehead’s leading returning scorer and rebounder.
- In 2016-17, Morehead State averaged a better free throw percentage and 3-point percentage than Kentucky.
- They also averaged more steals per game and more assists per game.
- Morehead State has been in the top two in rebound margin in the OVC for a decade.
- Former Morehead State player Brent Arrington will be playing in the NBA G-League this year.
- Guard Jordan Walker led the OVC in 3-point percentage for Morehead State last year.
- Walker and Harris are tied for being the leading returning passer. Both averaged 1.2 assists last year.
- Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin is a former Kentucky assistant. He spent five seasons with the UK basketball program from 2009-14. He also got his master’s degree at UK.
- Spradlin is 12-9 as head coach of the Eagles. This will be his first full season as head coach.
- Morehead State has five players on their roster from the state of Kentucky: forward James Baker, guard De’Von Cooper, forward Lamontray Harris, guard Treyce Spurlock and guard Austin Crawford.