TJ Carter is a 3-star defensive end that also had offers from UCF, Memphis and Samford and will likely lock up one of the final scholarship openings for the 2016 class. UK was looking to fill those slots with big defensive linemen, and the 6’4″ 250-pounder fits the mold. Good get for the Cats!!!!
So, the Cats are rolling coming into this game Saturday against Kansas. I wanted to take a second to break down the Cats and the Jayhawks.
Kansas – 16-4 With losses to Mich. St, West Virginia, Oklahoma St., and Iowa St. (All road games except Mich. St.)
Kentucky – 16-4 With losses to UCLA, Ohio St., LSU, and Auburn (All road games or neutral site)
Kansas – 83.7 Points per game while allowing opponents only 69.3 ppg
Kentucky – 77.9 ppg while allowing 66.4 ppg
Both teams are similar with field goal percentage with Kansas a slight lead.
Kansas is significantly better from 3-point range hitting 43% while Kentucky is only hitting 32%.
Assist and rebounds per game are similar for both teams.
To me what the game will come down to is the tempo and perimeter defense. If Kentucky can keep the score down and guard the three well, both things they have showed they can do, Kentucky has a chance!
My prediction is UK 71 – KU 67
Watch as Kentucky introduces the two new coaches, Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw.