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Kentucky vs. Marshall viewing info, what to watch for, and predictions

Kentucky and Marshall last faced off in 2012. Here’s what you need to know.

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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

  • Date: Friday, November 24th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Location: Central Bank Center at Rupp Arena.
  • TV Channel: Tonight’s game can be seen on the SEC Network.
  • Announcers: Mike Morgan and Pat Bradley will call the action.
  • Online Stream: Stream the game online using WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
  • Radio: Tom Leach and Jack Givens have the UK radio network call on the UK Sports Radio Network.
  • Replay: WatchESPN and the SEC Network (check local listings).
  • Rosters: UK | MU
  • Stats to Know: UK | MU
  • KenPom: UK | MU
  • Odds: DraftKings Sportsbook has Kentucky as an 18-point favorite. ESPN’s matchup predictor has the Wildcats as a big favorite to win at 82.9%. Bart Torvik is at 92%, while KenPom is at 96%.
  • Predictions: Bart Torvik is going with an 84-68 victory for the Cats. EvanMiya and Haslametrics both project Kentucky to win by similar margins, 84-67 and 84-71. KenPom went with an 88-68 victory, Kentucky!

What are your predictions for tonight’s matchup? Let us know in the comments section!

It’s Thanksgiving week, and one thing I am thankful for, along with the rest of the Big Blue Nation, is more Kentucky Wildcats Basketball.

After beating Saint Joseph’s 96-88 in a resilient overtime win, the Wildcats will pick things back up on Black Friday against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

This will be the first time since 2012 the two teams have played against each other when Kentucky won 82-54. Kentucky will look to improve to 13-0 in the series, and if they do so, Marshall will become the team the Wildcats have beaten the most without a loss, breaking a tie with Chattanooga and Morehead State at 12-0.

Coached by Dan D’Antoni, the older brother of former NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni, Marshall is 2-3 on the season and ranked 174th in KenPom. While maybe not quite as good as Saint Joseph’s, they are a team capable of providing a test, especially physically.

That said, let’s take a closer look at the matchup.

Rebounding Battle

One of the biggest reasons for Kentucky’s struggles against Saint Joseph’s was due to being outrebounded. Marshall is also a team that crashes the boards effectively, with four players averaging five rebounds or more, highlighted by Nate Martin, who is averaging more than nine rebounds per game. Meaning each Wildcat will have to do their part and box out.

While Martin is the leading rebounder, the Herd also has another big that plays limited minutes but averages over 13 rebounds per 40 minutes. That player is Goran Miladinovic, who stands 7’0, 244 pounds.

One positive is that Marshall takes eight fewer 3-pointers than Saint Joseph’s, resulting in fewer long rebounds. That said, it’s still going to be a battle on the boards, but Kentucky can’t allow 14 offensive rebounds again.

Play Fast, Play Loose

Marshall plays at a fast pace that Kentucky is very comfortable playing. In terms of possessions per game, they are within half a possession of each other, with Marshall at 76.7 and Kentucky at 76.2. Both teams ranked in the top 60

That said, Kentucky is by far the more efficient offensively. To view that, let’s take a look at some stat comparisons.

Points Per Possession

  • Kentucky: 1.176 (18th nationally)
  • Marshall: .942 (254th nationally)

Effective Field Goal Percentage

  • Kentucky: 57.1% (25th nationally)
  • Marshall: 45.1% (286th nationally)

That said, Kentucky should be able to outscore them at the least. With just a 24.6 percent team three-point percentage, hopefully, Marshall will be unable to join the list of opposing teams that shoot absurdly well in Rupp Arena.

Will Aaron Bradshaw Play?

On Tuesday afternoon, Aaron Bradshaw posted an Instagram story with the caption, “God is great man ,” seemingly hinting at a return. Shortly after, reports began to surface that he would begin practicing on Wednesday, which has been confirmed.

So the natural question is, will he play against Marshall?

Kentucky will practice just once before the Marshall game, on Wednesday, as Tuesday was a rest day following Monday’s game, and Thanksgiving is Thursday. That said, it is unlikely to see Bradshaw on the court after just one practice, and it seems highly questionable that he will debut against a top-10 Miami team next Tuesday. That puts a return around UNC Wilmington on December 2nd or against Penn in a Philadelphia homecoming game on December 9th.

Still, never say never.

Go Cats!