The last time Kentucky and Tennessee met, it wasn’t so pretty. The Cats blew a 21-point lead to lose on the road to create pretty much the lowest point of the season. Hopefully, tonight the tides will turn and Kentucky will come out on top with only three home games left in the season.
A lot of things have changed in the last couple of weeks and the Cats are looking better than ever, not losing a game since leaving Knoxville. Kentucky has looked like a completely different team the last couple of weeks and it seems like they’re really started to have some fun. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are five things you should know about Armani Moore:
Him and Kevin Punter Jr. were in charge of beating Kentucky
The first Tennessee game was bad. It was just bad. They let Kevin Punter Jr. roll all over us and score 27 points. The Cats also let Armani Moore do just as much damage with 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. I’m expecting that both Punter and Moore will be getting the Grayson Allen treatment after last time.
As a Senior he played Wide Receiver
Probably not as well as Willie Cauley-Stein did, but hey, at least he tried. His senior year at Mt. Paran Christian School, Moore decided to pick up the game of football and played wide receiver. It’s a good thing he decided to drop it; there were not any stats or video available to share.
He’s a rebounding machine
Against Kentucky, Moore grabbed 13 rebounds, but that’s nothing abnormal. Moore averages 8 rebounds per game and regularly gets in the double digits with six games of 10+ rebounds. His season-high came earlier against Gardner-Webb when he totaled 16. Just like on Saturday against Michael Carrera, the Cats are going to have to take charge of rebounding on both ends of the court.
He exists to get his teammates the ball
While he’s no Tyler Ulis, Moore is the ball feeder for the Tennessee squad, averaging the 3.8 assists per game, the most on the team. Standing at 6’5 as a small forward, when Moore is bringing the ball down he can see the court and get guys the ball. So even though he’s not scoring as much, he contributes to a lot of the teams points.
I may have found a better flopper than Chris Jones