The Cats roll into Oxford, MS tonight to take on the 13-8 Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels started the season off very well, going 12-3 in non conference play, but their conference schedule hasn’t done them any favors by starting them off with 5 of the 6 SEC East teams to begin play. They’ve lost all of them vs. the East teams and have only beaten LSU in getting off to a bad start.
On paper it looks like an easy UK win, but you know that the place will be close to packed tonight and that ANYTHING can happen when you travel on the road in conference.
The Cats look to stop Ole Miss’ little big man, 5’10” Chris Warren, who’s averaging 18 points per game. Warren is a quick guard who can knock the 3 down at almost a 40% clip. The Rebs top 2 scorers are guards, so if the Cats can handle the guys on the perimeter a victory should come.
Kentucky comes in off of their revenge game vs. Georgia, in which they jumped out to a nice size lead and saw Georgia slowly creep their way back into the game in the 2nd half. Kentucky has had a couple of up and down games here lately and look to make the transition to playing a FULL 40 minute game. It’s getting close to March Madness time and you hope that the Cats can start building a little momentum as we get towards the most important part of the season.
Hopefully Kentucky is not looking ahead towards their important trip to Florida this Saturday, because danger is always lurking when you’re on the road. As was the case at South Carolina and vs. Georgia, getting off to a good start is important for the Cats, especially when you can take the crowd out of the game early. I look for Kentucky to do just that and come out of Oxford with a 77-64 victory.
GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!