Well, Kentucky's record is now 1-0 on the season after defeating UNC Asheville and after just one days rest, the Cats will be back on the court to prove themselves once again Sunday evening.
After two exhibition games and one regular season game, it's apparent that this team has a ways to go on both offense and defense. It's to be expected with a team compiled of mostly freshman and sophomores, but there has been flashes of whats to come as the season moves along. For now however, let's take a look at the Cats' next opponent… Northern Kentucky, who by the way lost to Purdue Friday night by a score of 77-76, so this team should NOT be taken lightly…
HISTORY OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY U…
LOCATION: Highland Heights, Kentucky
NICKNAME: Norse (Norsemen)
MASCOT: Victor E. Viking
CONFERENCE: Atlantic Sun Conference
*NOTE* NKU is in the process of classifying to the NCAA Division 1. During the four-year reclassification, NKU will not be eligible for Division 1 championships. The university ended it's membership in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season and began playing a full Atlantic Sun Conference schedule in the fall of 2012. Following the four-years, NKU will become a full Division 1 member.
GEORGE CLOONEY: ACTOR
SHAWN NORDHEIM: Mrs. Kentucky, 2006
JOE ZERHUSEN: Pubic address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds (home games only) at Great American Ball Park.
HISTORY OF UK vs. NKU:
These two schools have met only once for an exhibition game in November of 2004 with the Cats winning 91-73
Kentucky shouldn't have a problem with this team considering NKU only has one junior and one senior on their roster and no one taller than 6'7" so the Cats should dominate, but after seeing the Norse give Purdue a scare (losing by one 77-76) , anything is possible I guess.
This is Kentucky's last tune-up before facing the Nations #2 ranked team, Michigan State in the Champions Classic and there's always the possibility of overlooking a team like NKU because of a big game on the horizon. They will have to figure things out in a hurry because the season is here and it doesn't get any easier as we go forward. They have got to avoid slow starts, mental lapses on defense, turnovers, throwing lobs off the shot clock and quit waiting until the second half to dispose of a team that they should have buried in the first and please for love of everything good and pure, HIT FREE THROWS. Going 30-48 from the charity stripe will get you beat if it happens against a quality team like Michigan State.
The Cats and the Norse tip it off at 4pm tomorrow evening, as Kentucky will look to continue their "Drive For Nine".