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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Missouri Tigers Edition

Kentucky heads over to Columbia, Missouri for a tilt with the Tigers after having taken down #1 Tennessee in an impressive fashion. Will there be a hangover for the Wildcats?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

With the upset of the then-#1 Tennessee Volunteers, Kentucky men’s basketball finds itself within shouting distance of where most people thought they would be at the beginning of the season – a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

There’s still a ways to go to get there, though, but the schedule from now until the end of the regular season provides plenty of opportunities for Kentucky to excel – or take a step back.

For example, take tonight’s game. Despite their lackluster 3-9 SEC record, the Missouri Tigers have beaten Arkansas and taken LSU to the wire at home. They are an inferior team this season to most of the SEC’s upper crust, but they have enough talent to upset anybody who doesn’t come correctly into Columbia. Adding to that, every team in the SEC gets up to play Kentucky, and Mizzou is no exception.

Missouri likes to play the game at a deliberate pace. They lack height inside but have some beef in sophomore center Jeremiah Tilmon. They are a decent 3-point shooting team and defend the three well.

But Missouri’s biggest problem is turnovers and 2-point defense, which is where Kentucky is likely to eat them alive. The Wildcats have been very good taking care of the ball in SEC play, and they force 21% turnovers per game. Shaky ballhandling and weak interior defense against Kentucky is not a recipe for success.

But Kentucky has proven, on more than one occasion, capable of bringing far less than its “A” game. That would be ill-advised tonight. Despite Mizzou’s weak season, KenPom has this as a “B” tier game, tougher than, say, Arkansas in Lexington, for example. Don’t sleep on the Tigers.

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Funny back and forth there.

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This is an excellent discussion of the pros an cons, and it’s not nearly the slam dunk many people think it should be to review a goal-tending call at the end of a game. It will surely be discussed, and I can thing of a couple of different ways to handle it, but they all have unintended consequences that may be worse.


Here’s a great synopsis. Also, in a bit of unimaginable serendipity at the time, the very next bit featured… John Calipari coaching the Minutemen.

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