1. Diallo’s Resurgence
The long-awaited return of Diallo will happen when we least expect it, OR it could happen against a team that suits his playing style, like Arkansas. The Razorbacks love to play fast in transition, as does Diallo. The Razorbacks will play extremely physical, as does Diallo.
The slumping shooting guard does not need to make a ton of shots to play a significant role against Arkansas. If Diallo hits just one shot to get his confidence back, his length on defense can create game-changing turnovers that turns into Kentucky offense.
2. No Knox Disappearing Act
There was a 40-minute stretch between the Alabama and Auburn games that Knox did not score a point. That just can’t happen. Even if his shot isn’t falling, Knox must remain aggressive.
3. Consistent Quade
Quade Green was probably the most important player on the court against Alabama. When the ball was in his hands, the offense had a flow fans had not seen in weeks. He made open shots (5-6), found open teammates (4 assists, including a late dagger) and had zero turnovers. For Kentucky to continue to improve late in the season, Quade needs to be a consistent presence on the court.
4. Made Layups
Kentucky missed approximately 43 layups against Alabama. They only got 20 second chance points out of 20 offensive rebounds. Kentucky is one of the 25 best offensive rebounding teams in the country, while Arkansas is in the bottom 100 in defensive rebounding percentage. Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington and Nick Richards need to turn easy second chance opportunities into points to get a crucial quadrant one win in SEC play.
5. A Kentucky Win
There’s no team more fun to beat in the SEC than Bud Walton’s Woo Pig choir. Go Cats.