Who knows which team will come ready to play tonight but one thing is for sure, Alex Oriakhi has been there and done that. Tonight’s game will be the fourth time the Center has played against the Wildcats. He’s so familiar with the team that he almost took his talents to Lexington instead of Mizzou after playing 3 seasons at UCONN. Oriakhi is the league’s premiere big man averaging close to a double-double (10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game). WCS will have his hands full staying out of foul trouble and keeping Oriakhi from dominating the post.
2009 SEC/Big East Invitational: UK wins 64-61
2-4 FG for 4 points; 6 rebounds
2010 Maui Classic Invitational: UCONN wins 84-67
7-10 FG and 4-6 FT for 18 points; 11 rebounds; 3 blocks; 2 steals
2011 Final Four: UCONN Wins 56-55
4-6 FG for 8 points; 10 rebounds; 1 block
WCS came out ready to play against Vandy and will need a similar performance to keep the veteran from doing what he likes to do against UK: grabbing 10 boards en route to a victory.