For the second time in two weeks, the Kentucky Wildcats will play a basketball game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
An unusually quick turnaround, tonight’s 7 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPN at Rupp Arena is a friendly reprieve for the fifteenth-ranked Wildcats in the middle of a grueling road stretch. After splitting on the road with South Carolina and Arkansas, the Cats will head to Lubbock Saturday to take on Texas Tech in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Kentucky must be feeling good after finding a way to win at Bud Walton Arena. Few places in the SEC have ever been louder than when John Calipari was ejected. Trailing, they never flinched, popping off a 15-0 run that put away the Razorbacks.
“We’ve got a group that hates to lose,” assistant coach Tony Barbee said Monday. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to win every game. But these guys are going to battle, scrap and fight. And if you lose a game, it’s only because we ran out of time, not because we gave up or stopped trying. That makes a special group when you’ve got talented guys like we do that care about winning and losing.”
In addition to contributions from UK’s big four, the Cats also got a crucial 17 minutes apiece from Keion Brooks and Johnny Juzang. Matchups are not always ideal for either player, but each made the most of their time on the court by cleaning the glass on the road. If Kentucky once again limits Georgia’s second chance opportunities, it should be a fun night at Rupp.
Vegas, TV, Radio
The Wildcats are 11.5-point favorites in the desert with a total of 145.
Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes and Marty Smith are on the call for ESPN. Is it too early to dust off Jimmy’s Jet for a spin? Hopefully not. If you would rather put it on mute and listen to The Voice of the Wildcats, you have multiple options.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-81 and Sirius-81
- Online: iHeart Radio
Stopping Anthony Edwards
Can you really stop him? In Athens Edwards scored 23 points and it felt like UK did a phenomenal job containing the future top five pick.
“They’ve got a guy who’s capable for 40 at any moment, so you’ve got to pay a lot of attention to him,” said Barbee. “He can score on all three levels efficiently. He can pull up from 30 bringing the ball up the floor and make it at a high percentage. He can isolate you going either direction – left hand, right hand – and make hard shots look really easy. Obviously, we’ve had a bunch of those guys over the years here that, they’re special players for that reason. They make the game look easy. And the game becomes easy for him.
“They’re doing a lot of stuff with Edwards to get him in the post because he is such a physical, strong, athletic guard who can create a lot of mismatches on that block. And he’s a good passer. He’s one of those guys who demands a lot of attention when you prepare to play them.”
The last time UK played Georgia
606 by Gawd
What’s happening? Who knows. It doesn’t matter. Burke Franklin’s “606 by Gawd” is the most electric call in sports since, “Down Goes Frazier!”
— B££ZY ? (@Burke_Franklin_) January 20, 2020
The Big 12 took the spotlight Monday night in college basketball. Newly-minted No. 1 Baylor held off Oklahoma 61-57, while #14 West Virginia took Texas to the woodshed. The Mountaineers were up 25 at halftime before running away with a 97-59 win. Never in doubt, the game ended with a made three-pointer from a walk-on, who was then carried off the floor. The Shaka Smart experiment at Texas has been an all systems failure.
Smart probably won’t be on the sidelines much longer. Here’s who will be in action tonight:
- 7:00: Kansas State at #3 Kansas on ESPN2
- 7:00: #13 Butler at #19 Villanova on CBSSN
- 7:00: #17 Maryland at Northwestern on FS1
- 7:00: #21 Illinois at Purdue on ESNPU
- 9:00: Miami at #8 Duke on ESPN
- 9:00: Ole Miss at Tennessee on SECN
- 9:00: St. John’s at Marquette on FS1
- 9:00: Texas A&M at Mizzou on ESPNU
An Impressive Buzzer Beater
I typically refrain from posting any form of Tennessee Volunteer praise, but this shot is nuts.
RENNIA DAVIS CALLED GAME?????? pic.twitter.com/7Rq1DHJcC0
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 21, 2020
Blue Gets In to Family Feud
Before the Cats take on the Bulldogs, a couple of Kentucky fans are hanging out with Steve Harvey on Family Feud. In Louisville at 4:30 p.m. ET and Lexington/Cincinnati at 6:30 p.m. ET you can see UK grad Cameron Tucker and his family compete in the show.