Harvard Crimson at Kentucky Wildcats
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Game Time: 3:30 pm EST
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
Odds: The Cats opened as 19-point favorite. KenPom projected UK to be a 20.5-point favorite.
Prediction: According to ESPN’s Power Index, UK is given an 89.3% chance of victory. KenPom gives UK a 97% chance of victory and predicts an 83-62 win for the Cats.
While we wait, enjoy some November highlights of Kevin Knox:
With five days to prepare, the well-rested Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Harvard Crimson Saturday afternoon. The Cats are 6-1 on the season, a record that tops SEC play thus far. The Crimson are 3-4 but also good enough to be the top team in Ivy League play. With Kentucky looking for a win Saturday to extend their streak to five games, here are three things to watch for.
The Wildcats topped the century mark for the first time this season last Sunday against UIC. This Saturday they’ll face a Harvard team that has allowed more than 73 points just once so far this season. In their last outing, Kentucky shot an immaculate 66.7% from the field but just 33.3% from behind the arc. This translates to them being nearly perfect shooting 2-point shots while their 3-point shot efficiency could definitely improve (Forward Kevin Knox made 9-13 shots for 25 points, with all of his misses coming from behind the arc). Harvard did give up 89 points to Saint Mary’s, though, so expect Kentucky to continue their efficient play at the offensive end.
Can Nick Richards Stay Relevant?
Over the past two games, Richards has averaged 18 points & 8.5 rebounds. For a freshman that started the season rather slow, he’s certainly asserted himself in Kentucky’s last two outings. With Harvard tending to play small-ball in most of their games this season, look for Richards (if given the opportunity) to excel for the third straight game.
Where Is Wenyen Gabriel?
Gabriel has logged 69 minutes the past three games but has netted just 24 points, averaging out to 23 & 8 per game. Gabriel is the only returning player who played significant minutes on last year’s team. For what was much hype coming this summer of the sophomore wanting to return to school to lead this young group of freshman, as well as improve his draft stock, he’s yet to live up to it.