Out of all of the key components of Kentucky’s win over North Carolina earlier this season, one of the more underrated ones is the fact that Kentucky out rebounded the Tar Heels 39-35. The leading rebounders for Kentucky in that game? Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe. Slowing down Adebayo has been one of the main points of emphasis for Roy Williams’ Tar Heels. When asked about Adebayo, Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry has this to say:
UNC’s Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry made it clear today.
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On this topic at yesterday’s press conference, Meeks said, “That’s our main goal is to definitely get their bigs in foul trouble. I think they’re limited in that position. I feel like Bam is definitely a great player, and we want to get him out of the game as much as possible.”
Again, this is just showing the importance of Bam returning the favor and getting Meeks and company in foul trouble too. It is going to also put a strong emphasis on the Kentucky bench to have quality minutes when Bam is not on the floor. Isaac Humphries has played well the last few games in his limited action. He will have to keep that up if the Cats want a game next weekend.