On the heels of yesterday’s scandal reports, Kentucky still has a big game against Missouri to focus on. It was tough to see current and former UK players linked to this mess.
Has Kentucky finally found it’s swag?
After dominating Arkansas Tuesday night, it seems like they have.
The Razorbacks started the game on an 11-0 run. Kentucky settled down and proceeded to play their best basketball of the season. The #BBN loved what they saw in Fayeteville and hope the Cats continue to on the upward trend.
There are two X factors in Saturday’s game:
1. Will Kevin Knox play? The only current player listed in the Yahoo report was Kevin Knox. It did not show a monetary gift or loan as many others did. But rather an apparent expense report listing Knox as an attendee for an agent sponsored dinner. This would be an NCAA violation. However, in some instances the player can pay back an impermissible benefit and take a short suspension in exchange for reinstated eligibility. So essentially, if Kevin Knox plays Saturday I think he is in the clear for the remainder of the season. If he doesn’t play Saturday…. uh oh. Just when Kentucky is finding it’s stride they could lose the #1 scoring option. When asked if Knox would play Calipari said “As far as I know.”
In Sandy Bell we trust. 🙏
UPDATE: KENTUCKY’S INTERNAL REVIEW REVEALED NO ELIGIBILITY ISSUES. KEVIN KNOX WILL PLAY SATURDAY.
2. Will Michael Porter Jr play? In an unexpected development this week, MPJ was reported as fully cleared for basketball activities. Right before the Kentucky game huh? Shocker. I do not expect him to play. To me, it would be foolish to introduce Porter Jr in a road game at Rupp Arena. I hope he does suit up because I really want to see him play against the Cats. Come get some, MJP.
Keys to the game:
1. Tune up the rotation that has been effective. Tuesday’s game showed us that the line up of SGA, Quade, Knox, Vando, and Washington is Kentucky’s best option. I hope this group starts the game and continues to progress.
2. Rebounding. UK has dominated the glass in the last two wins. There is an obvious correlation there. A rebounding/defensive identity needs to be a continued focus as the SEC tournament approaches. Kentucky out rebounded Missouri 40-36 in their first meeting.
3. Make shots. Kentucky shot 2-20 from three in the first meeting with Missouri and 31% overall. This cannot happen again. The Cats don’t have to score 85 points but they must be more efficient than game on Feb 3rd.
Kentucky – 77
Missouri – 72
@JayHazzeUKFAD is always on point with predictions. Here is what he thinks will happen on Saturday:
Kentucky – 80
Missouri – 73
If you want to ruin your day, here are some of the lowlights from Kentucky’s loss in Columbia on February3rd: