Don’t blink when the Cats and the Bruins take the court. The two love to play at an uptempo pace, each averaging over 95 points a game.
“It’s going to be fun to watch,” Dominique Hawkins said yesterday. “We’re definitely looking forward to it. We know it’s going to be an up-tempo game. They have great guards that can score in and out and so do we.”
Nobody enjoys the run-and-gun game more than Malik Monk.
“We both want to play up and down, and we both do that. I think it’s going to be a fun game,” Monk said yesterday. “We love that. Any team that tries to run with us, we love that because that’s what we play.”
When the Bruins discover they can’t run up and down the court with Kentucky, they’ll try to beat them from behind the three-point line. They’re efficient behind the arc, currently shooting a hair over 45% from three this season. However, Kentucky’s best defense might be at the three-point line, holding opponents under 25% on the season.
“I think every team is going to try to beat us with threes, and they shoot the three great. We just have to focus — like we do with every other team — on our game plan,” Monk said.
The greatest equalizer today is Rupp Arena. Last year UCLA fed off the energy from their homecourt. Can they handle basketball on the biggest stage? Malik Monk is ready for it.
“Every big stage I like. I think if you come to Kentucky you’re going to have like the big stage. Every game is going to be just like this. You’re going to have to come out here ready to play.”