1st Screening Report: Kentucky Men’s Basketball vs Missouri
A first look to the future Kentucky Wildcats Upcoming Men’s Basketball Game:
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.
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.
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.