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Throughout the week, KSR will be previewing Kentucky’s opponents in the Bahamas. If you missed the preview for the Bahamas National Team click HERE. Kentucky will face the Bahamians Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
Tonight we preview Thursday’s game against San Lorenzo de Almagro from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
San Lorenzo de Almagro
Head Coach: Gonzalo Garcia (Coach of the Year in the LNB last year)
Colors: Dark blue and redLeague: Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB)
Donald Sims: Named Guard of the Year and Important Player of the Year in the La Liga last season. This will be his first time playing for San Lorenzo after leaving his previous team in Argentina. He will be the three-point threat on Thursday. He shot 43.3 percent from deep last season, hitting over three per game.
Build: 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard.
Averages: 18.8 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. Per Tom Hart of SEC Network he was quite the scorer in college.
San Lorenzo is a veteran squad. They are the 3x defending champions of LNB (National League). They feature @DSims0 who was the @SoConSports Player of the Year while at @appstate He dropped 40 on @HailState his Sr. yr. They play @KentuckyMBB Thursday at 7 ET on @SECNetwork
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) August 6, 2018
Dar Tucker: From Michigan, Tucker played his college basketball at DePaul. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.8 points per game his last season at DePaul before heading to the NBA Draft, where he was undrafted. He was named Argentine League MVP.
Build: 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing
Averages: 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Nicolás Aguirre: Aguirre is Argentine and was the Argentine League MVP in 2015. Not much out there on old Aguirre.
Build: 6-foot-2, 190-pounds.
Averages: 9.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Marcos Mata: Mata isn’t the biggest player on San Lorenzo de Almagro, but he’s one of the biggest and most experienced. He’s been on the team for three years but has been playing professional basketball since 2003. That’s just a few years after the youngest UK player was born.
Build: 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward.
Averages: 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Last Season: San Lorenzo has won three straight championships and is considered not only the best professional team in Argentina but the best team in South America.
Highlights: How about just a full game of the San Lorenzo beating Real Madrid last fall?
Final Thoughts: This may be UK’s toughest game of the week and just from doing a little research it’s going to be tough for the Cats to win this game. The best way for Kentucky to win this game is to wear down San Lorenzo. They’ve also added former NBA player Joel Anthony, who was in the NBA from 2007 to 2017. It will be best for the Cats to try and run and turn this one into a track meet, but UK will have a tough time rebounding against San Lorenzo’s size. Their guards are great shooters so the Cats will also need to defend the perimeter. It’s going to be an incredibly tough challenge. San Lorenzo played a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors in 2016 and actually led at the half before losing by 17.