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Let’s Look At The Matchups…

PG — Marquis Teague vs. Julysses Nobles

It’s not often that you see a guard shoot 35% from the field, but Julysses Nobles has managed to do that so far this season and Arkansas fans aren’t happy about it. While his shooting is subpar, his forte is running the team, and he does that well. Nobles leads the Razorbacks in assists and he’s been the team MVP through Arkansas’s first three SEC games. Julysses (meaning “more than one July”) is averaging 17 points on 51% shooting in conference play.

For Kentucky, Teague will look to utilize his explosiveness in the fast-paced game. After last night’s practice, he said that’s the way he likes to play. “I know that’s how we like to play,” he said.  “So that’s what I feel is a strength for our team. With a team with all different guys that make plays, with more opportunities it just equals more points for somebody.”

SG — Darius Miller/Doron Lamb vs. Mardracus Wade

With Lamb’s recent struggles, Darius Miller could get his third consecutive start over Kentucky’s leading scorer. Lamb is averaging 14 per game for UK but he only scored four points on 1-of-7 shooting against Tennessee. On top of that, he’s only hit six of his last 20 three-point attempts in Kentucky’s last six games.

On the other side, Mardracus (Mar-DRE-cus) Wade has hit 13-of-24 three-pointers in his last six games. The self-proclaimed “Wade, No Dwyane” is averaging 11 points per game this season.

SF — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Rickey Scott

It won’t be easy for 6-foot-3 Rickey Scott, or anyone for that matter, against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Arkansas’s top four players are 6’3 or shorter and someone is going to have to deal with MKG.

Don’t expect Scott to kill UK with hot shooting, either. He is a very unimpressive 3-for-33 from beyond the arc this season.

He might as well stay on the bus.

PF — Terrence Jones vs. Devonta Abron

Terrence Jones and his less than 100% pinky will be matched up against Devonta Abron, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound freshman out of Dallas. Abron was a third-team Parade All-American last year in his senior season, and he’ll be bringing an aggressive, physical style of play to the paint against Kentucky. He grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, including an absurd 12 offensive rebounds, against No. 8 UConn earlier this season.

Jones, on the other hand, has shown a split-personality this season. Kentucky we’ll need to see the assertive Terrence Jones tonight to counteract the man-child of a power forward he’ll be facing. Abron will eat Jones alive on the boards if Terrence plays a timid game like he’s shown at times this season.

C — Anthony Davis vs. Michael Sanchez

Tonight’s the night Anthony Davis breaks UK’s single season shot blocking record, and he’ll be doing it against a player Marc Maggard said would be better than Patrick Patterson. Michael Sanchez, a former Kentucky target from the class of 2007, is averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Razorbacks this season. Sanchez has started in all 17 games, but don’t expect him to be a major contributor because he’s only playing just over 18 minutes per contest.

Davis only needs one block to tie Andre Riddick and Melvin Turpin for the single season record, and two blocks to own it. He has more blocks than 291 entire teams in Division 1 college basketball this season.

Auto lob!!!

Other Arkansas Notables:

G — B.J. Young

Arkansas’s freshman guard has only started in two games this season, but he’s fourth on the team in minutes played and he’s averaging a team-high 15 points per game. Rated the No. 16 overall player in the 2011 class by ESPN, Young is a dynamic scorer that can play both guard positions. He’s averaging almost 19 points in the last four outings so I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Anderson bumped him into the starting lineup tonight against Kentucky. But regardless of where he starts the game, Young will be the guy to watch for Arkansas tonight.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Let’s Look At The Matchups…

  1. matt
    3:02 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody ever notice that the “Official” team pictures have every other team in suits while we are representing in our uniforms?

  2. shorthop69
    3:09 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb is averaging 14ppg.

  3. capnmonkey
    3:11 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    The lamb/miller cross picture looks like sloth from Goonies. HEY YOU GUUUUUUYS

  4. Chief McHeath
    3:12 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    What ever became of that doofus Maggard, he still around?

  5. 3cats
    3:12 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    we need Lamb to get it going! He has not played well sense Poole transfered. Look it up… just saying

  6. travyork
    3:21 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Go bump Davis and MKG up in the rankings. you an vote a ton of times. Unleash the furry of big blue nation.

    you only have to vote for 5 at a time

  7. Don
    3:28 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be there tonight – can’t wait to see the fighting Nolan Richardson’s go down!

    Is it just me or is anyone else tired of seeing Terrence Jones wearing panties? He better stop being a punk and play physical. Just sayin…

  8. Dumbledore
    3:37 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    That’s not that much cheese

  9. Money_noEddie
    3:37 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    The last thing I read about Arkansas, was that Wade got booted from the team? Did I miss his being reinstated? Anybody got updates on that sitch?

  10. phk
    3:38 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Daronius is a handsome man.

  11. WTF
    3:55 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    where’s the link to the show.

  12. Don
    4:14 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ricky Cott looks like a Keenan Ivory Wayans

  13. Harley Wells
    4:16 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    “Julysses (meaning “more than one July” brilliant

  14. Mr. Jagerbomb
    5:10 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    jimmy dykes just said tough again.

  15. C Ray
    7:12 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Wow!! Sanchez looks like Skippy from Family Ties!!