Once the ball is tipped in Rupp Arena tonight, fans can expect the opposing team to rain three-pointers all over the place. It seems to always happen in these non-conference games, no matter the opponent — and tonight’s opponent is one of the best shooting teams in the entire country.
Eastern Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation entering the game at 44.3% percent on the season, connecting on 10 of its 23 three-point attempts per game. Only Oklahoma, Western Illinois, Northern Florida, Kansas and SMU shoot the ball at a better clip, and EKU has 60 more attempts than four of those five.
“We’re playing a team in Eastern Kentucky who should be 9-0,” John Calipari said yesterday. “Scoring in bunches. Shooting 45 percent from the three. Athletes at all the positions… They’re a good team. They’re playing good right now.”
As a 24-point favorite, Kentucky is in no way on upset alert in tonight’s game, but it must contain the Colonels’ outside shooting.
Keep eyes on K.J. Bluford, who has fired the long ball once every three minutes he’s played this year.