20 years ago the Kentucky Arkansas game would have been the biggest game on the schedule. That game would have been one between teams with eyes towards the final four. Now it’s simply a must win game for the Razorbacks to stay alive in the SEC. For the Cats its a chance to pick up a nice road win and move to 3-0 in conference. Despite the lower stakes tomorrows game could hold the intensity of some of those from two decades ago. Here are the match-ups to watch tomorrow night in Arkansas:
A Balanced Offense Vs Kentucky’s Front Court
This season each game it seems like a new Cat is finding a way to destroy the opposing team. Maybe it’s Alex Poythress find the rim for dunk after dunk. Maybe it’s Willie being unstoppable on the defensive end. Maybe it’s Julius Randle being an unstoppable basketball machine. Kentucky’s front court is capable of beating you in a multitude of ways and the backcourt is equally dangerous. They will need to be ready to stop a balanced effort from the ‘backs. Arkansas has four guys averaging double figures and 6 guys averaging about 20 minutes per game. While they don’t have a guy you can identify as a superstar they do have a bunch of guys who play solid basketball. Especially at home:
The Freshman Vs Bud-Walton
Kentucky opens as just a one-point favorite tomorrow in Bud-Walton and it’s for good reason. Bud-Walton will be in the top two toughest places the Cats will play in the SEC this season and with the crowd planning a white out you know they will be all fired up. The Razorbacks had enjoyed 23-straight wins at home before the Gators pulled out a win in overtime this weekend. Our young Wildcats haven’t fared too well away from Rupp this season after dropping games in Chicago, Dallas, and Chapel Hill. However a gritty win at Vandy shows a bit of promise for the rest of the year. If they can escape Fayetteville tomorrow with a win they should have an easy time with the rest of the SEC.
Which match-up are you most looking forward to watching during tomorrow night’s #PigRoast?