Kentucky Basketball: Radford vs. Wildcats Preview

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 22, 2011

Kentucky Basketball: Radford vs. Wildcats Preview

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    On Wednesday, November 23. the Kentucky Wildcats will host the Radford Highlanders. Radford comes into the game with a 3-3 record, while Kentucky is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country.

    Hailing from the Big South, Radford have lost three of their last four, so Kentucky should have no problem with the Highlanders. 


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    Led by Doron Lamb, the Wildcats are averaging 82.5 points per game—ranking 34th in the country. 

    Kentucky has five players averaging 10 or more points a game.

    Radford struggles to score points, with the Highlanders only averaging 61.2 points a game, placing them 286th in the country.

    With only Jareal Smith averaging more than 10 points, the Highlanders will struggle.


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    At 43.3 rebounds per game, the Wildcats are the 18th-best team in the country. Led by Terrence Jones and freshman Anthony Davis, the Wildcats should easily dominate the boards against the Big South team.

    Radford isn't a bad rebounding team: The Highlanders bring down 38.5 per game, which ranks them 111th in the country. However, they have not faced a team like Kentucky yet.

    Kentucky should easily dominate the paint from start to finish.


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    With their fast-moving offense, Kentucky hasn't racked up the assist numbers you might think. With that said, winning solves all problems, and the Wildcats are led by Darius Miller in the assists category.

    Currently ranked 41st in the country with almost 17 per game, the Wildcats could improve a little here.

    Radford averages only 11 assists per game, which puts the Highlanders at 258th in the country. 

    Look for the Wildcats to move the ball around more during this game.


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    The one thing nobody can say about the Wildcats is that they can't shoot. Kentucky has the fifth-best field-goal percentage in the country. Shooting a great 53.4 percent from the field is just awesome. 

    Radford is shooting a terrible 37.6 percent from the field.

    Look for the Wildcats to improve on those numbers in this game. With the big men of Jones and Davis dominating the paint, look for easy dunks and layups.

Game Result: Kentucky Wins by 37

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    Without a doubt, Kentucky will win this game, and the Wildcats will move to 5-0. 

    Look for the Wildcats to get good minutes from their bench. I would say the Wildcats score anywhere from 80 to 90 points this game. 

    Final Score:  Wildcats 84, Radford 47.  Wildcats win big.