The day has finally arrived that Big Blue Nation gets to watch their Kentucky Wildcats take the hardwood against an opponent. This evening Kentucky will play their first of two exhibition games, starting with Kentucky Wesleyan tonight at 7PM and ending with Miles College next Friday. These two tests will be Kentucky’s lone opportunities to suit up against someone who isn’t their teammate before traveling to Madison Square Garden on November 9th for a season-opening matchup vs. the Duke Blue Devils.
Starting with tonight, Kentucky will have enough depth this season to exercise a “platoon” system like we saw in their 38-0 run that ended just short in the Final Four back in 2015. Though this team isn’t built with as many top-heavy recruits, these Wildcats could arguably be even deeper by being able to play 11-12 guys any given night.
It’s unknown what sort of offense we’ll see from Kentucky out of the gate, but that’s what these exhibition games are all about — for the fans and the players, too. Kentucky will get two nights to run for 40 minutes against a real opponent and experiment with different lineups. While they’ve had plenty of time to do this themselves behind closed doors at practice, head coach John Calipari and his staff can now see how efficient their players are in real action.
Despite being ranked just 10th in the pre-season AP Top-25, this Kentucky team feels like they’ll take some time to gel before hitting their stride towards the end of the season heading into the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. What are your expectations for this season? What’s your prediction for tonight’s exhibition game? Drop them in the comments below.
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DeAndre Hopkins was limited to 13 snaps Thursday due to injury.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2021
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