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GAMEDAY: Can Kentucky (-6.5) Bounce Back vs. Mississippi State?

The Wildcats’ loss at Auburn is still lingering on the minds of the BBN. The players must move on quickly or Mississippi State could sneak out of Rupp Arena with a win.

History dictates that the Bulldogs don’t stand a chance. John Calipari has never lost to Mississippi State. Since he arrived at Kentucky the Wildcats are 14-0 against their foes from Starkville, who last beat UK in February of 2009. Ben Howland has a 1-6 all-time record against the Cats. Howland’s only victory over Kentucky came in the 2006 Maui Invitational final when Aaron Afflalo, Darren Collison and Russell Westbrook were in the middle of three straight Final Four campaigns.

You can throw history out into the streets ahead of this matchup, thanks to Reggie Perry. A physical 6’9″ former McDonald’s All-American, Perry averages 17.2 points and an SEC-best 10 rebounds per game

“He’s an NBA player,” said UK associate coach Kenny Payne. “Big, strong, athletic. Can shoot it. Tough around the basket. Going to be a big challenge for our guys, especially when he’s at the four because he’s 6-9, 610. Again, athletic, great touch around the basket, can shoot jump shots, can beat you off the dribble, and he’s a great rebounder, so he’s a big part of what they’re doing and a big part of our success is how we handle him.”

The big man is bringing a post presence to Rupp Arena a game after Auburn owned UK on the glass, out-rebounding the Cats 42-28 (17-6 on the offensive end). If Nick Richards gets in early foul trouble it could be a long, late night at Rupp.

Vegas, TV, Radio

The Wildcats are 6.5-point favorites in Vegas with a total of 139. The loss to Auburn dropped UK’s record to 3-5 ATS in SEC play.

Jimmy Dykes is back in the Bluegrass, calling the game alongside Karl Ravech and Marty Smith. The game tips-off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. If you would rather listen to The Voice of the Wildcats, you have multiple options.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-84 and Sirius-84
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Brooks, Sestina Prepare for Perry

A little help from the four-spot could go a long way tonight. E.J. Montgomery, Nate Sestina and Keion Brooks combined for only 6 points and 7 rebounds at Auburn. That’s gotta be better tonight and two of the three said as much Monday afternoon.


Today’s Tale of the Tape

The Bulldogs are Lunardi’s “first four out” in his current NCAA Tournament projection. Flirting with the bubble, a win at UK would be a significant addition to Miss. State’s postseason resume.

College Basketball on TV

  • 7:00: #7 Duke at Boston College on ESPN
  • 7:00: Rutgers at #9 Maryland on FS1
  • 7:00: #11 Auburn at Arkansas on SECN
  • 7:00: Ohio State at Michigan on ESPN2
  • 8:00: #22 Penn State at #16 Michigan State on BTN
  • 9:00: Xavier at DePaul on FS1
  • 11:00: Air Force at Nevada on ESPN2

Butler Blue is the Best

I can’t get enough of this dog. I previously was indifferent about Butler’s basketball program. Gordon Hayward’s half-court shot at the end of the 2010 title could have changed my mind. Butler Blue IV is transforming me into a Bulldog fan.


Big Derby News

The turbulent 2019 Kentucky Derby was the first to feature a disqualification. For folks inside the horse racing industry, the rough and tumble ride was to be expected in such a large field. Some called for Churchill Downs to downsize the pool of racers. Instead, Churchill decided to finally invest in a 20-horse gate, limiting the initial contact by horses from the auxiliary gate. Will it make a significant difference? Probably not, but it’ll be a nice story in the first week of May and allow Churchill to say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to make it safer. Look at the new gate!”

National Signing Day is Tomorrow

Can you believe it? What used to be the biggest day in football recruiting has snuck up on us, thanks to the Early Signing Period. Kentucky still could add a couple of players tomorrow. I’ll have a complete preview later today.

Logan Stenberg is on KSR

The future NFL Draft Pick is joining the KSR crew to talk about his career at the University of Kentucky. Along with the football talk and basketball preview, Matt Jones will share an Iowa caucus update just hours after Shannon The Dude submitted his official endorsement.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for GAMEDAY: Can Kentucky (-6.5) Bounce Back vs. Mississippi State?

  1. lexattorney
    9:52 am February 4, 2020 Permalink

    I again want to beg the BBN to listen to Tom rather than watch ESPoN. There is no less than a 1001% chance that this game will be moved to ESPoN News or the app when the 7:00 game runs over until 9:15-9:30. The continued ineptitude and outright disrespect shown by ESPoN will never end until we make them hear our collective voice. In the latest example of their disrespect, ESPoN released their conference POY predictions and the biggest competitor for their pick….Nick Richards wasn’t even mentioned. Laughable.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:57 am February 4, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, their failure to allow enough time for a game has infuriated me for years; I would imagine they set the tip-off times.
      But, your campaign won’t work; most people, given the opportunity, are going to watch on TV.

  2. lexattorney
    10:07 am February 4, 2020 Permalink

    If the BBN will stand together it will absolutely work. How many online polls and other things have we controlled or affected just due to our sheer numbers? What is the point of having the largest fan base in sports if we don’t unite and stand together behind our sports programs?

  3. 2andToodleLoo
    11:11 am February 4, 2020 Permalink

    The tale of the tape is surprisingly close. Expected a much bigger margin.