Las Vegas has your Wildcats giving up 20 points to the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin tonight in the Cats’ season opener in Lexington. That doesn’t seem like much of a spread for a team coming off a 93-point win, but Stephen F. Austin is coming off a first-round upset over No. 3 seed West Virginia in last year’s NCAA tournament and four consecutive Southland Conference titles. It’s no cupcake and the ‘Jacks will be playing to win, as this is a team that is capable of keeping it (somewhat) close, especially since it will be the first real competition for John Calipari’s young team.
Stone Cold Stephen F. is, along with Valparaiso, one of the more difficult games of the non-conference slate, outside of those five or six marquee opponents. Cal would probably prefer to flip this one with Sunday’s game against Canisius, if he could, to get one under his belt before meeting a decent, experienced team.
So I ask you, Big Blue Nation, Kentucky going to cover that twenty tonight? Are you confident the young Cats will run the visitors out of Rupp Arena? Or will inexperience lead to mistakes and a game that is closer than we would like?
I’ll hang up and listen. Go Cats.