The #19th ranked Kentucky Wildcats (4-3) host the Samford Bulldogs (2-7) tonight at Rupp Arena on Fox Sports South at 7pm.
The announcers for tonight’s game are Dave Baker and Larry Conley.
Kentucky is favored by 27 points.
Here is the background on tonight’s game:
The Kentucky basketball team will play its ﬁnal midweek contest in the month of December when the Blue and White takes on Samford Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Kentucky and Samford met for the ﬁrst time a season ago with the Wildcats earning an 82-50 win.
Already this season, Samford (2-7) has squared off against No. 2-ranked Louisville and No. 16-ranked Memphis. The Bulldogs have played five of their nine contests away from home this season, four of which were part of the Atlantis on the Mainland Tournament.
Tim Williams paces the Samford attack with 15.6 points per game, while also topping the team with an average of 8.4 boards per outing. Raijon Kelly is the other Samford player to averaged double figures with 13.4 points per game. He’s also made 18 3-pointers on the year.
Kentucky is a perfect 19-0 against teams comprising the Southern Conference. UK has garnered a 12-0 mark against Chattanooga, it’s most frequent opponent of the SoCon.
Kentucky (4-3) enters Tuesday’s game looking to rebound from back-to-back losses against Notre Dame, 64-50, and Baylor, 64-55. The Wildcats’ non-conference setback versus Baylor on Saturday snapped their impressive 54-game winning streak at home.
The Bulldogs’ 2012-13 coaching staff consists of former Kentucky star Scott Padgett, former Oregon standout Yasir Rosemond and former head coach at Chipola Community College Jake Headrick.
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 3 Nerlens Noel 11.4 9.4 3.0~
• Recorded six steals vs. Baylor, irst Cat since Dec. ‘09
G 10 Archie Goodwin 16.4 5.6 4.6
• Has 4+ assists in four-straight games
F 22 Alex Poythress 15.4 6.4 0.6^
• Averaging 17.4 ppg in last ive games
F 33 Kyle Wiltjer 10.3 4.0 1.9
• Has hit at least one 3-pointer in six of seven games
G 34 Julius Mays 9.6 2.3 3.7
• Hit nine 3-pointers in last three games
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
G 10 Connor Miller 6.6 3.0 1.7
• Started all nine games for Samford
C 11 Raijon Kelly 13.4 2.1 3.6
• Leads team with 32 assists on the year
F 14 Clide Geﬀrard, Jr. 8.2 3.7 1.0
• Totaled 11 points and three assists vs. Ga. Southern
G 23 Jaylen Beckham 2.8 1.4 1.4
• Made irst start of the year vs. Georgia Southern
F 32 Tim Williams 15.6 8.4 1.7^
• Leads team in points, rebounds, blocks
*-Based on previous game’s starters; ^-blocks; ~-steals