Kentucky laid a late-night egg in their first game at T-Mobile Arena this week. They’ll return to the scene of the crime Saturday afternoon to try to salvage the excursion by defeating one of the best team’s in the country.
Kentucky is 3-2 in the CBS Sports Classic. One of the losses in this holiday event was at the hands of Ohio State. This year’s Buckeyes’ team is more complete than the one with D’Angelo Russell that handed Kentucky a 74-67 loss in 2015.
Averaging just shy of 80 points a game, they recently fell from No. 1 to two in KenPom. Their only loss of the season was Sunday afternoon in a bizarre game against Minnesota. Aside from that outing, Chris Holtmann’s team has looked like the most consistent one in the country.
It’s hard to gauge where this team’s head is entering the game. It was going to be an uphill battle regardless of the circumstance. Did they dig a deeper hole Wednesday night or did they just get all of their bad shots out of the way? We’ll find out at approximately 5:15 p.m. ET when the ball is tipped-off at T-Mobile Arena on CBS.
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Finding Points Will Not be Easy
Opponents are making just 36 percent of their field goals against Ohio State to score 56.7 points a contest. Those numbers are even lower behind the three-point line, holding opponents to 29.6 percent from long-range. That does not bode well for John Calipari’s team. Even the open looks from behind the three-point line did not fall against Utah. If Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey don’t knock down a few early, points will be hard to come by.
Duane Washington Jr. Expected to Play
Ohio State has been without their second-leading scorer the past two games. Averaging 11.3 points on 53 percent shooting from behind the arc, Duane Washington Jr. missed the last two games with soreness in his ribs. If he did not suffer any significant setbacks in Friday’s walk-through, expect to see No. 4 on the floor this afternoon.
TV, Radio, Vegas
The Cats opened as 4-point underdogs. That number has since been bet down to three, with a total of 131.5. UK has only covered twice in the last eight games. The KSR Pregame Show begins on WLAP at 2:30 p.m. ET. Brad Nessler, Bill Raftery and Jaime Erdahl are on the call for CBS. If you can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-211
- Online: iHeart Radio
College Basketball on TV
- Noon: #1 Kansas at #18 Villanova on Fox
- Noon: Indiana vs. Notre Dame on ESPN
- Noon: VCU at Wichita State on ESPN2
- 2:00: Texas at Providence on Fox
- 2:30: Utah State vs. Florida on FS1
- 2:30: Purdue vs. #17 Butler on BTN
- 3:00: UCLA vs. North Carolina on CBS
- 8:30: Oregon State at Texas A&M on SECN
- 9:00: LSU vs. USC on FS1
- 10:00: St. John’s vs. #16 Arizona on ESPN2
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Today we have a PACKED slate of bowl games. The first of seven begins at noon. Get there early, enjoy a warm bowl of Chili Gillispie and a full day of football.
Saturday NFL Football
Not only do we have a ton of bowl games to watch, it’s the first of two NFL Saturdays. These aren’t bad games either. The Texans and Bucs could get weird at 1 p.m. ET. The 4 o’clock kick between the Bills and the Patriots might be the game of the week with playoff implications on the line. There’s also plenty at stake in the nightcap between the 49ers and Rams at 8:15 p.m. ET. Catch all of the action on the NFL Network.
Run it Back
It’s hard to get fired up for today’s game. We’re all in a weird funk after the Utah loss and that’s okay. To get those juices flowing once again, let’s revisit the last time UK played the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
Let’s do this.