The #18 Kentucky Wildcats will play host again and welcome the High Point Panthers to Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, where tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Friday. The Wildcats are out to keep their nine-game home win streak alive.
UK was the big favorite in their most recent matchup, and for good reason. They ended the year with a bang, routing the Missouri Tigers 83-56 on Wednesday. UK got double-digit scores from four players: forward Keion Brooks Jr. (17), guard Tyty Washington Jr. (14), forward Oscar Tshiebwe (13), and guard Sahvir Wheeler (11).
Meanwhile, High Point’s 2021 ended with an 81-68 loss against the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday. Guard John-Michael Wright wasn’t much of a difference maker for High Point; Wright fouled out and turned the ball over four times en route to a 4-for-13, 10-point finish.
UK’s victory brought them up to 10-2 while the Panthers’ defeat pulled them down to 6-7. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Wildcats rank 33rd in college basketball when it comes to blocked shots per game, with 5.2 on average. But High Point is even better: they enter the contest with 5.8 blocked shots per game on average, good for 15th best in college basketball. Points in the paint might be hard to come by.
How To Watch
When: Friday at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center — Lexington, Kentucky
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming:fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
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White is fading the Rams, even though they are the defending champs and 12-1 to repeat this season. Winning back-to-back championships is extremely difficult and hasn’t been done since the New England Patriots did it in 2004 and 2005. Quarterback Tom Brady was in just his fourth and fifth seasons and had already won his first championship in 2002. This year, Rams QB Matthew Stafford will be in his 13th season and he enters with concerns of an elbow issue in his throwing arm.
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