Vegas has spoken and Kentucky opened as a 24-point favorite vs. Monmouth tomorrow night at Rupp Arena. The Hawks haven’t won a game yet this season, but the Cats have only covered once, so gamble responsibly.
Despite Monmouth’s 0-7 record, John Calipari knows the Hawks will come out firing because Everybody’s Super Bowl and all that.
“Well, you say winless, but again they have nothing to lose. It was a five-point game with West Virginia, who is a pretty good team. At halftime it was five. It was like nine late and then two or three 3s and it spreads out. I’ve watched enough tape. They play fast. They play around a post player. I’ll be honest though, I think King (Rice) does an unbelievable job. But, I’m not worried about them. I know they can beat us. If we don’t guard, anybody can beat us. So, this comes down to let’s really guard. They have a three-quarter court trap that’s pretty good. They have a good two-three zone that they can go to. They’re aggressive man-to-man. They’ve been in almost every game except one and in that game a kid had 30 points at halftime. Every other game they’ve had their chances to win.”