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Kentucky could provide matchup misery in Coleman Coliseum

Feb 7, 2017; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks with forward Edrice Bam Adebayo (3) during a time out in the game against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 7, 2017; Lexington, KY, USA; head coach talks with forward Edrice Bam Adebayo (3) during a time out in the game against the in the second half at Rupp Arena. defeated LSU 92-85. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-

By Chris DePew
Staff
Feb. 11, 2017

Where to watch: No. 15 Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 SEC) at Alabama (14-9, 7-4) – Today Noon Central, Coleman Coliseum,

Who to watch: Braxton Key. may only have one player right now with enough raw talent to blend in with UK’s star-studded lineup, but that’s one more than they’ve had recently. Even as a freshman, Key leads the in scoring, rebounding and minutes played and is second in assists. His struggles have matched the team-wide issues of fouling too much and being careless with the ball. But he has often raised his level of play against stronger opponents, something the could really use out of him today as it tries to find a way to keep with the Wildcats, who average precisely 20 more points per game than Bama. Key’s six points at snapped a streak of six consecutive games in double figures. But on the bright side, he should be more rested than most of his teammates after fouling out before the four overtime periods began.

What to watch for: The rebounding battle and what sacrifices to win on the glass. The Wildcats (40.3 rebounds per game) and the Tide (40.0 per game) are both in the top 20 nationally, and for it is a vital way to shore up an anemic shooting game. But much of ’s success on the glass comes from single-minded big like and Donta Hall who aren’t built to keep up with the breakneck pace loves to play. Avery Johnson may face a hard choice between a bigger, plodding lineup that can’t match the Cats on or a faster lineup that struggles to produce enough second chance points.

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