University of Kentucky (6) vs. Texas A&M
What to expect
Tonight the Kentucky Wildcats are looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Aggies of Texas A&M. In an interesting matchup of good frontcourt vs. stellar backcourt, this game poses several questions:
- Can Bam Adebayo stop Tyler Davis?
- Can Tyler Davis stop Bam Adebayo?
- Will Issac Humphries slam the ball down after nabbing a potentially game-winning rebound, causing Texas A&M to make the game-tying free-throws and eventually win the game?
Look, I get it, Tyler Davis is good. Averaging 14.3 PPG and 7.8 RPG is excellent for a center. Scoring a season high 23 points against an underrated Arizona team is good. However, Davis was allowed to dominate in the paint against Kentucky last year because he was defended by a frail and meek Skal Labisseiere who measured in at 6”11, 216 lbs. Needless to say, the 6”10, 260 lb. Juggernaut that is Bam Adebayo will be slightly harder to score on. (Please tell me that you can detect the sarcasm)
With Kentucky sporting what I believe to be the best pair of guards in the history of the program in Monk and Fox, the backcourt of A&M shouldn’t pose a credible threat. If Kentucky can keep Davis off of the glass and prevent him from contributing much to the team score, this should be a good ol’ classic Wildcat beatdown. Let’s just hope that the game doesn’t come down to Isaac Humphries grabbing the last second rebound: I think that Calipari would pay for express shipping to send him back to Australia.