Kentucky got a huge win on Saturday when they beat Missouri in overtime at Rupp Arena. That was a “must win” game for the Wildcats if they wanted to make the tournament, because it was a quality top 50 RPI win. That game doesn’t mean anything though if Kentucky doesn’t take care of business tonight against Miss. St.
Some of the best battles over the last 3 years in the SEC have been Miss. St and Kentucky. In 2010, Kentucky beat the Bulldogs on their home floor in the famous Demarcus Cousins “Call me” game. They met once again before the year was over in the championship game of the SEC tournament. It was one of the best games all year, and with .9 left on the clock Demarcus Cousins got a follow back rebound off a Eric Bledsoe missed free throw to send the game into overtime; which Kentucky went on to win.
If Kentucky comes in focused this year there shouldn’t be any late game drama like previous meetings. Mississippi State started out 2-0 in SEC play, but has since lost 12 straight games, including a beat down by the hands of Vanderbilt last weekend. The Bulldogs record now sets at 7-19, and 2-12 in the SEC.
I won’t go into individual matchups because Kentucky has more talent at every position, and for once has a better bench than the Bulldogs who are only bringing 6 scholarship players to Lexington tonight.
Kentucky comes in as a 18.5 point favorite tonight, and I say that is too low. If the Wildcats come out, and don’t mess around then the season will start looking even better to me. Yes, it was easy for them to get up against a good team like Missouri, but do they play with the same intensity against the SEC worst team?
The 1996 championship team will receive rings tonight at halftime, because Rick Pitino never got them the actual ring. Also, the #1 player in the nation Andrew Wiggins will be in attendance for his official visit.