First scouting report: Kentucky basketball at Gonzaga
Game Day: No. 4 Kentucky 106, South Carolina State 63
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A preview of the Kentucky Wildcats’ upcoming men’s basketball game:
No. 4 Kentucky (3-1) will face No. 2 Gonzaga (2-1) Sunday, Nov. 20, at Spokane Arena (11,736 basketball seating capacity) in Spokane, Washington.
The game will start at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast by ESPN.
Gonzaga lost his first game of the season Wednesday night, a 93-74 thrashing at No. 11 Texas.
Kentucky leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 1-0.
Most recent meeting
Keith Bogans had 18 points to lead four British players in double figures as Tubby Smith and No. 15 Kentucky beat Mark Few and No. 20 Gonzaga 80-72 in the Maui Invitational consolation game in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Know your enemy
1. At Michigan State, Kentucky and Gonzaga share a common opponent. The Zags rallied 12 behind to beat the Spartans 64-63 in the Armed Forces Classic contested on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln at Naval Air Station North Island last Friday.
Zags star player Drew Timme topped MSU with 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Conversely, Great Britain fell to the Spartans 86-77 in double overtime on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
Kentucky star big man Oscar Tshiebwe also had a big game against the Spartans. Tshiewbe went for 22 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and four blocked shots.
2. The battle between the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Timme and the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Tshiebwe might be the most anticipated individual matchup in men’s college hoops in 2022-23.
Last season, Timme averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while making 58.6% of his field goal attempts. Over three games this year, Timme is averaging 22 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3 apg and 1.5 blocked shots. He makes 57.6% of his placement tries.
If the game is close, one thing to watch is that Timme is just six of 13 from the foul line so far in 2022-23.
While earning consensus National Player of the Year honors last season, Tshiebwe averaged 17.4 points, 15.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocked shots. West Virginia’s transfer hit 60.6% of his placement tries.
3. Former Kentucky signee Nolan Hickman started each of Gonzaga’s first three games at guard. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore is averaging eight points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Hickman has shot pretty well, 10 of 21, 4 of 9 from three-pointers, but has as many turnovers (eight) as assists.
This story was originally published November 17, 2022 9:07 p.m.