Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kentucky vs. Eastern Michigan Pre-View

After one helluva scare against Cleveland State on Monday night, the Cats are back in action Wednesday afternoon (4pm) before Thanksgiving break. Once again we witnessed Kentucky's inability to play even a hint of defense as CSU built a double digit lead on more than one occasion. Unfortunately for the Cats and Cat fans, Eastern Michigan will be another game where Kentucky could struggle once again if their lack of defense persists.

Just five games into their schedule, EMU has already shown that they can knock down the outside shot, something Kentucky has struggled to stop in just about every game so far this season. If your not really familiar with Eastern Michigan, here's a little information to get you ready for the game tomorrow…


EST: 1849


LOCATION: Ypsilanti, Michigan

COLORS: Green/White



CONFERENCE: Mid American Conference

Eastern Michigan is undefeated this season coming into Wednesday's match-up with the Cats with a record of 5-0. The Cats and Eagles have played a couple of the same opponents this year, here's a look at how each team performed against similar foes

Robert Morris-  EMU defeated the Colonials by a score of 69-64 while the Cats won their match-up with RMU by a score of 87-49

Cleveland State- EMU won this game rather easily by a score of 81-69 while Kentucky struggled to pull out a 68-61 victory after Cleveland State had led much of the game.

Texas-Arlington- Cats won going away 105-76, the Eagles' game with with UTA was a close one with EMU coming out on top 74-69

Earlier I said that EMU would be a defensive struggle for the Cats from three point range alone, here's a look at how Kentucky stacks up to EMU


                           EMU       UK

PPG:                    79          86
RPG:                    37          48
APG:                    15          13
SPG:                       8            5
BPG:                     10            7
TPG:                     11          12
FG%:                    48          47
FT%:                     65          67
3PT%:                  45          30

The three point shooting of this team will be something to keep an eye during the course of tomorrows game. Kentucky has struggled with perimeter defense (defense all together to be honest) all season long. EMU has SEVERAL guys who can flat shoot it from deep…


Wednesday will make the second ever meeting between these two teams. The last match-up was in January of 2013 with the Cats winning 90-38.

This should be an interesting game to watch as Kentucky will be coming in on only one days rest. With Thanksgiving break looming for the players (they will be leaving right after the gamewill they be able to get their minds off going home for the Holiday and take care of business? I guess we will find out 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon….

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