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A Battle of Elite Backcourts

Jami Quire | Getty Images

Jami Quire | Getty Images

The Kentucky-Kansas promos the four-letter network has flooded your screen with for the last week prominently picture: “BLUE-BLOODS,” promoting each program’s past.  If they were promoting the present, they’d highlight the unbelievable guards playing in today’s game.

Today’s matchup pits arguably the nation’s top two backcourts against each other.  Kentucky’s three young guards combine for 52.2 points per game on 49 percent shooting.  Kansas plays with more experience, led by Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham, but they also have a sensational freshman swingman, Josh Jackson.  Kansas’ big three combines for 49.1 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting.

“You obviously look forward to playing good players and good teams. They got a lot of veterans that know what they’re doing. It’s going to be a fun matchup,” De’Aaron Fox said yesterday.

Kentucky’s unsung senior, Dominique Hawkins, will be leaned on throughout the game.  The Jayhawks primarily play a four-guard lineup.  Hawkins will be charged with a difficult task: slow down Graham and Mason III.

“They’re very aggressive and they can score in many ways.  They’re pretty much kind of just like us.  They push the ball up the court, try to score in transition,” Hawkins said yesterday.

Dominique has two things play in his favor.  His physique matches his opponents’ and he’s played them before.

“They got a tremendous backcourt. I remember last year playing against them,” Hawkins said.  “We’re going to be very hyped for the game and once the game starts Coach probably will calm us and we’ll just have to play basketball, as we love to, but you never know what will happen.”

We don’t know exactly what will happen, but we know there will be plenty of points.  According to KenPom, Kentucky’s offense is No. 2 and Kansas is No. 6.  Kentucky’s 92.2 points per game are tied for first in the nation, while Kansas’ 84.6 points per game are 11th in America.

This is going to be fun.

Article written by Nick Roush

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