Tonight’s showdown between the Cats and the Longhorns is the premiere matchup in college basketball this weekend and has all the pundits talking. How many of the national media believe Texas can pull off the upset? Not many. Here’s a roundup.
I don’t know where you’ll be on Friday night, but you should be near a TV for this colossal matchup. It’s clear that Kentucky is just on another level. The Wildcats’ size is unrivaled and their collection of talent will be difficult for any team to stop this season. With Myles Turner and Cameron Ridley inside, however, Texas can snatch offensive rebounds (15th in offensive rebounding percentage) and swat shots (third in block percentage) against that large Kentucky frontcourt. Too bad Isaiah Taylor is still sidelined, because the Longhorns don’t have an answer for UK’s backcourt. Prediction: Kentucky 85, Texas 79
Best game of the night — Texas at Kentucky (7 ET, ESPN): One of the few teams that can matchup with the size of Kentucky, Texas could pose some problems for the Wildcats if its shooting shows up. However, they’ll really miss the presence of Isaiah Taylor, who is still out. Javan Felix is an experienced backup, but he could be affected by Kentucky’s long defense. The guard play will probably tell the story of the game here, and it’ll require some luck if the Longhorns are to defeat the Wildcats. Could it happen? Maybe. Will it happen? Probably not, as it’s going to be awfully difficult to win in Lexington for anyone.
People scoff at me when I suggest Kentucky is going to go undefeated, but they sure do have a hard time telling me which games the Wildcats are going to lose. It’s unfortunate the Longhorns will have to play without injured point guard Isaiah Taylor, because they would otherwise be the type of team that could have challenged UK. But if a Taylor-less Texas needed a three-point buzzer beater to win a road game at an undermanned UConn, then it is going to need a near-miracle to pull off this one in Rupp. Kentucky 80, Texas 70
Sorry, that’s actually just a video of Digger Phelps dressed in drag. It has nothing to do with the game. I just can’t get over it.