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GAMEDAY: Which Kentucky will take the court at Ole Miss?

The Kentucky Wildcats stumbled Saturday against Florida. Will they continue reverting back to bad habits, or rediscover their mojo in Oxford? We’ll find out in the penultimate* game of the regular season, tonight at 9 pm ET on ESPN.

* There is probably no greater word in the English language used to convey intelligence than “Penultimate.” It sounds sophisticated and gives the user an air of gravitas, but it’s just a fancy way of saying “second to last.” Thank you, Lemony Snicket, for making me feel intelligent once or twice a year.

The Kentucky that took the court at Rupp Arena on Saturday was not the same team that won their previous three games. Some things have been a problem all year long: lengthy scoring droughts, foul trouble in the frontcourt and turnovers in the backcourt. Instead of picking and choosing one or two, all three came to light against Florida.

The coronavirus cancellation by Texas A&M can be attributed to disrupting the Cats’ rhythm, yet it should not have forced them to forget how to respond to adversity. Tonight they ‘ll face more of the same when they travel to Ole Miss to take on a team that isn’t afraid to roll out a zone defense. The Rebels aren’t exactly in a rhythm either, dropping two of their last three after a COVID pause disrupted a four-game winning streak.

Tonight is a test of wills. Each team was playing their best basketball until COVID got in the way and called off a game. Whoever has the mental fortitude the throw daggers down the stretch will emerge victorious, one step closer to retaking some momentum prior to the start of postseason play.

Things You Should Know About Ole Miss

1. On Saturday they lost by five to a Scotty Pippen Jr. and Dylan Disu-less Vanderbilt team.

2. Ole Miss won four in a row in February, finishing the month with a 5-2 record.

3. The Rebels are 3-0 against Top 25 teams this season, with two wins coming against Top 10 teams.

4. Ole Miss has the best scoring defense in the SEC (66.9 ppg.) and ranks 24th nationally in forcing turnovers (16.3 ppg.).

Vegas, TV, Radio

After opening as a pick ’em, Ole Miss has jumped out to a 2-point favorite. The total is set for 130.5. Ole Miss is 12-11 ATS this season, most recently falling to the Commodores.

The Wildcats are getting ESPN’s Super Tuesday treatment. That means Jimmy Dykes will be dusting off his jet alongside Karl Ravech at 9 pm ET.  Unable to watch the action? You can also hear Tom Leach and Mike Pratt on a few other platforms:

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-380, Sirius 970
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Listen to the KSR Pregame Show

Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin cannot wait to talk about today’s game between Kentucky and Ole Miss. The KSR Pregame Show will air in drive time, beginning at 6:30 pm ET. Tune into the action from KSBar by turning your radio dial to 630 WLAP or by listening online with iHeart Radio.

15-Year Pappy Drawing at KSBar

You can get your hands on one of the rarest bottles of bourbon in the world by enjoying a meal at KSBar and Grille. The wise ones will be eating lunch everyday at KSBar through Sunday.

A Baseball Gameday

Your undefeated University of Kentucky baseball team returns to action Tuesday afternoon. First pitch against EKU at Kentucky Proud Park is set for 4 pm ET and can be watched on SECN+. It will be Kentucky’s first game since UK officially gave head coach Nick Mingione a three-year extension, keeping him on contract through the 2025 season.

Get Up Big Fella

The Big Dog’s Big Nephew is a Big Baller. John McCrear, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward for Lexington Catholic, showed that he knows a thing or two around the hoop. The undefeated Knights will take on Reed Sheppard and the undefeated North Laurel Jaguars Saturday at 2 pm ET.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for GAMEDAY: Which Kentucky will take the court at Ole Miss?



  1. stx1968
    9:17 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Nick never runs out of excuses to make for our flagship programs. It’s pathetic and you’d like to see him demonstrate a shred of dignity once in a while, but you have to respect his commitment.



  2. Bluehender
    9:56 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    I think determination was the key thing missing Saturday.Florida wanted the game more than we did. I didn’t see the intensity of the 3 previous wins in our team. How bad do we want to win tonight? More than Ole Miss? I hope so. We’ll see…



  3. CahillsCrossingNT
    9:57 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    There was a time long ago when we looked forward to March. Sadly, those days are gone.



    • CrystalBall
      10:00 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

      It’s only temporary, Cahill.



  4. Swizzle
    10:39 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Theres only been about 4 tournaments weve actually looked forward to. 2010,2012,2015, 2017. 11 and 14 were nice surprises. If this system’s working so well. We should be more successful at it. Or hey I know, stop being stubborn and play modern basketball.



    • Swizzle
      10:42 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

      And let’s not forget in every year not 2012 and 2017 we got beat by teams with much less talent. Seems like that might be style of play and coaching.



    • EdC
      1:04 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      A little side not UK has lost to lower seeded teams in the NCAA tournament 67% of the time in Calipari’s era. 70% if you include the NIT.



  5. 2andToodleLoo
    11:06 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    I am not excited about Ole Miss’s scoring defense and forced turnover stats. Yikes. Could be rough.



  6. Blue Jesus
    3:15 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    If you think penultimate is a good word, try antepenultimate on for size!



  7. jaws2
    3:28 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Pappy? Whatever. I’ll take Woodford and Blantons ALL day over that. I’ve been fortunate enough to taste all versions and I just don’t get the hype.