How to watch Missouri Tigers (18-10, 8-7 in SEC) at Kentucky Wildcats (19-9, 8-7 in SEC)
Game time: 8:15 P.M. EST on Feb. 24, 2018
Live Online Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Tom Leach and Mike Pratt will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
Odds: Kentucky opened as a 6-point favorite. Kenpom projected Kentucky to be a 5-point favorite and gives the Cats a 68-percent chance of winning. They also project a 73-68 win for the home team.
Prediction: Kentucky doesn’t play around here, as they seem to enjoy putting a beatdown on their opponents (lately). Kentucky 78, Missouri 65.
Back home and in prime time tonight. #MIZvsUK pic.twitter.com/X30aHIidfM— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 24, 2018
The Kentucky Wildcats pulled off their most impressive win of the season Tuesday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Kentucky went into the game as 5-point underdogs and began the game down 11-0. However, the Cats pulled back to tie the game at halftime (43-43) and went on to pretty much blow out the Razorbacks, 87-72. The Wildcats scored the most points since they put up 90 on the Louisville Cardinals back at the end of December.
Yes, the Wildcats indeed pulled off the unthinkable upset at West Virginia. However, the Mountaineers went on to lose three of their next six games. Arkansas, though, had won four straight and was fresh off a blowout win over #21 Texas A&M.
So, have the Wildcats finally figured it out? Has Jarred Vanderbilt’s return given the young team an energy boost they most desired without him?
Can Quade Green continue to be a quality threat from behind the arc? Will Kevin Knox keep playing with an assassin mentality?
Does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have the stamina to continue playing stellar defense down the stretch?
These are all questions that only time will tell, but recent in-game results have given much hope for.
Meanwhile, the Cats will seek revenge Saturday night as they host the Missouri Tigers. The Tigers defeated the Wildcats back on February 3rd in Columbia. Now, Kentucky will have their chance in their house.
The tides have surely turned in three weeks, as Kentucky entered the first game against Missouri with just a 46% chance of victory. Yes, it resulted in a loss, but the Wildcats (per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index) are getting a 73.4% of victory this Saturday.
The 1978 Kentucky Wildcats, who won the national championship over Duke and were coached by Joe B. Hall, will be honored during Saturday night’s game.
Kentucky has won (convincingly) two straight games against quality teams, as Mizzou has dropped two close games against sub-par clubs. These Wildcats know their time is running out to make their mark in their school’s marveled history.
With Kentucky’s new “death lineup” of Green-Gilgeous-Knox-Washington-Vanderbilt, they’ve looked like the Wildcats that Big Blue Nation and head coach John Calipari expected all along.
Let’s hope we continue to see that Saturday night.