Game time: 7 pm EST
TV Channel: ESPN2
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: The Cats are 11.5-point favorites over the Rebels. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gives UK an 88.8% chance of victory. KenPom projected them to be 11.5-point favorites and gives them an 85-percent chance of winning.
Prediction: The Wildcats are coming off three straight wins while the Rebels have lost four of their last five. In front of their home crowd for the last time this season, Kentucky will get out in front early and never look back. SEC Freshman of the Week Jarred Vanderbilt leads the Cats to their fourth straight victory,
Final Score: 78-61.
The Kentucky Wildcats are feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Ole Miss Rebels.
It will be Kentucky’s last home game of the year before they round out their regular season at Florida on Saturday. With the SEC Tournament next week, the Cats will need to keep their foot on the pedal.
Kentucky has won three in a row, all in convincing fashion and against quality teams. Two have been at home (Alabama and Missouri) and the other on the road (Arkansas).
It’s no secret head coach John Calipari has his young Wildcats playing far and away their best basketball of the season.
The tandem of Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt has looked unstoppable at times. Hamidou Diallo, despite season-long struggles, has been elevated by his teammates as of late.
The talented freshmen are finally showing their fans exactly who they thought they were pre-season. Now, with tournament time just around the corner, Calipari will expect nothing but their best down the stretch.
As for Ole Miss, they’ve proved to be a feisty squad this season, despite being at the bottom of the SEC standings. They’ve still managed to pick up wins over Missouri, Florida, Mississippi State and Alabama this season. All four of those teams could end up making the NCAA Tournament, so the Rebels are clearly a team that cannot be overlooked.
The Rebels are coming off a tough loss at Tennessee this past Saturday. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 17 points on 7 of 16 shooting. Bruce Stevens had 14, and Terence Davis added 13 points of his own, but while it got Ole Miss within striking distance, it wasn’t enough in a 73-65 loss in Knoxville.
Senior guard Deandre Burnett leads the Rebels in scoring this season at 14.2 points per game. He also leads the team in assists at 4.0 per contest.
Junior guard Terrance Davis leads the team in rebounding (6.3) and is second in scoring (13.2). Davis and Burnett carry the load for the Rebels, so how well Kentucky’s guards defend will be key to holding the Rebels at bay.
Look for Kevin Knox to continue scoring the rock (21 points last game) and the team’s ball movement to make life on offense much easier for everyone else.