I’m already EXTREMELY hyped for this version of the Cats vs. Cards, I think this is going to be one of the better matchups the two teams have had in a while. The Yum Center is going to be fired up and it will be interesting to see how the Cats handle the raucous environment. I thought Kentucky handled themselves very well in there only other true road game at UNC, they pretty much controlled the game until the final 5 minutes or so. Each test is a learning experience for these Cats and they’ve learned from both the UCONN & UNC loss to develop into quite an impressive team.
To win this game the Cats will have to,
A. stay out of foul trouble, especially Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight
B. stay out of foul trouble, especially Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight
C. limit the UL 3 pointers.
D. see A & B
In big games like these the 3 point shot really gets the crowd into the game and fuels a team and possible a knockout run. The Cards have ample three point shooters in Knowles, Marra & Kuric, Kentucky needs to limit their attempts and make them put the ball on the floor, rather than being spot up shooters.
Size won’t be a huge factor as both the Cats and Cards match up equally in that department, the game will come down to how the Cats handle the “big moment” as this will be the biggest game that most of these guys have played in, and whether or not T. Jones and Knight can stay on the floor for at least 30 minutes.
In an emotional game, the Cards will come out hot, but if UK can withstand the early run, I think they can take over the game…in a close one, I say Cats 78 Cards 72
GO BIG BLUE!!!