The Bulldogs will travel to Lexington, Kentucky tonight to play the #14 Wildcats at 7:00. The game will be on TV, but may be hard to find….so here is a list of stations that will have the broadcast.
Both teams are 10-3 but UK has faced a much, much more difficult schedule. They haven’t played since December 28th when they beat defending national champs Louisville 73-66. Their losses have come to Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina.
We seem to have to re-introduce ourselves to Kentucky every year since they have so many one-and-done players. This year their top guy is Julius Randle who averages 18.1 PPG and 10.6 rebounds. Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein is a 7-footer who averages almost 9 boards a game. Freshman Aaron Harrison is the PG averaging 14.7 PPG and 2.2 assists.
Chances are, MSU will struggle in the paint. Gavin Ware and Roquez Johnson will have their hands full with these Kentucky big men. Getting defensive rebounds and limiting 2nd chance points will be a huge factor.
This game is kind of like being thrown right into the lion’s den. The Bulldogs have been easing their way into the season and have found some success against weaker teams, but now they face a team with its eyes on the Final Four. For State to have any chance, we are going to have to get some big scoring contributions from Fred Thomas, Craig Sword and Colin Borchert. I don’t really see how Ware or Johnson would be able to have big offensive outputs.
MSU is a 20 point underdog but there’s always a chance, so let’s give ‘em our best shot.