The No. 6 Wildcats are as hot as any team in the country, winners of five straight and nine of their last 10. A win tonight would spark a 2-0 start to Southeastern Conference play while also improving their overall record to 12-2 on the season.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Wildcats are largely expected to win with an 88.2% chance of victory.
After all, the Tigers are just 8-6 on the season and have lost four of their last five. Mizzou is giving up just under 80 points per game during that five-game stretch. Their defense (or lack thereof) is a recipe for Kentucky to have their way on offense. But the potential problem for Kentucky is that their defense over the course of the year hasn’t been very good either.
Any team that visits Kentucky always seems to give the Wildcats their best effort. Assuming tonight won’t be much different, the Wildcats will need to bring their A-game. The last thing they need is another UNC Wilmington-like loss on their resume to muddy things ahead of NCAA Tournament seeding.
While Kentucky’s offensive approach changes pretty much every game, the constant for Missouri has been Sean East II. He leads the team in scoring with over 17 points per game and Noah Carter is just under six points behind him with a little more than 11 PPG.
If Kentucky can contain East, play disciplined defense throughout the game, and get out in transition — this game should have a Kentucky win written all over it.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET with television coverage on ESPN.
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“It will be an interesting game,” John Welch said of Missouri. “They play very fast. Defensively, they trap and rotate. It will be a good test for our guys to play against that type of defense.”
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Let’s hope coach is right.
Were they really the problem, though?
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Another coach is quickly out.
Will he end up at Kentucky?
Hope it’s not serious.