1st Screening Report: Kentucky Men’s Basketball vs Missouri

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Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin earned two wins over Kentucky as head of the Tigers (2-3) after defeating the Wildcats once in five games as Tennessee coach (2011-14).

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A first look to the future Kentucky Wildcats Upcoming Men’s Basketball Game:

The adversary

Kentucky No.20 (9-2, 0-0 SEC) will open the Southeastern Conference game against Missouri (6-5, 0-0 SEC) on Wednesday, December 29 at Rupp Arena in the Central Bank Center (capacity 20,545).

The match will start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by the SEC network.

Coach Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers were scheduled to face rivals from border state Illinois on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST in St. Louis.

Series history

Kentucky leads the all-time series with Missouri 13-2. However, both of Missouri’s victories have come in the most recent five games.

Most recent meeting

The Missouri No.18 earned 26 points from Dru Smith and overcame 18 points from Davion Mintz to defeat Kentucky 75-70 on February 3, 2021 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.

Power rankings

Thanks to Tuesday’s matches, the NCAA NET Rank had Kentucky # 30 and Missouri # 238.

the Kenpom Leaderboards ranked UK # 13 and Missouri # 145.

Kentucky was No. 22 in the Evaluations of Sagarin with Missouri # 145.

Know your enemy

1. Cuonzo Martin, Missouri coach is 3-7 against Kentucky as a college principal. Former Purdue Boilermakers forward went 1-4 against the UK as Tennessee chief (2011-14) and is 2-3 against the Wildcats since becoming coach of Mizzou (2017 until today).

2. Heading into Wednesday’s showdown with Illinois, Mizzou was 1-2 against power conference opponents so far this season, with a home win over Utah, 83-75; a loss of eruption route at Kansas 102-65; and a loss on neutral ground to Florida State (81-58) in Jacksonville.

The Tigers also lost to Kansas City (80-66) of the Summitt League, Wichita State (61-55) of the American Athletic Conference and ASUN’s Liberty (66-45).

3. Taking pictures has been a big deal for Missouri. Entering the Illinois contest, the Tigers were doing 41.6 percent of their field goal tries and 24.5 percent of their three-point attempts.

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Mark Story has worked in the sports department of the Lexington Herald-Leader since August 27, 1990 and has been a sports columnist for the Herald-Leader since 2001. I have covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every UK- basketball. U of L. match but three since 1996-97 and each Kentucky Derby since 1994.
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