The #23 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (7-3) host the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-5) today at 4pm on ESPN2.
The announcers for today’s game are Mark Jones and Kara Lawson.
Kentucky is favored by 19.5 points.
Let’s take a look at the background for today’s game:
Marshall makes the short drive down I-64 to face Kentucky for the 12th time ever and the first time since 2003.
UK leads the all-time series with Marshall by an 11-0 margin. The last meeting came on Dec. 1, 2003 which resulted in an 89-76 win for UK. John Calipari owns a 5-0 all-time record against the Thundering Herd.
Marshall’s Elijah Pittman has played 11 Sweet Sixteen games in Rupp Arena and won the 2009 state championship as a member of Holmes High School in Rupp in a 67-63 win over Louisville Central. Pittman had a team-leading 14 points
Tamron Manning played in 10 games in Rupp Arena, seven Sweet Sixteen games. As a senior in 2012, his Scott County team lost in the finals to Louisville Trinity despite a game-high 28 points from Manning.
Kentucky is 67-13 against teams comprising Conference USA. UK has garnered a 41-5 mark against Tulane, it’s most frequent opponent in the league. UAB is the only team in the conference to have a winning record against the Wildcats with a 3-2 all-time mark.
Marshall is 11-24 all-time against current teams of the SEC.
Marshall has received a few bits of bad news this season. Nov. 15:Three-star recruit Kareem Canty (PG) is ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Nov. 20: Yous Mbao and Robert Goff collide in practice forcing Goff to miss two games. Mbao
will remain outwith concussion symptoms until cleared by the medical staff. Dec.10: Leading scorer DeAndre Kane injured his right hand and is ruled out for an indefinite amount of time.
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 3 Nerlens Noel 10.7 9.0 3.9^
• Posted 7 blocks in back-to-back games
G 10 Archie Goodwin 15.8 5.4 4.4
• Has 4+ assists in seven-straight games
G 12 Ryan Harrow 4.3 1.5 2.7
• Has a 5.3 assist to turnover ratio
F 22 Alex Poythress 15.0 6.3 0.7^
• Has 15+ points in ive games this season
G 34 Julius Mays 9.7 2.9 3.5
• Had a season-high six rebounds vs. Lipscomb
Marshall Thundering Herd
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 1 Dennis Tinnon 10.8 9.2 1.4
• Team’s leading rebounder
C 11 Nigel Spikes 7.0 8.7 1.3^
• Had seven points and six boards vs. Savannah St.
G 23 D.D. Scarver 15.5 2.6 1.4
• Leads the team in scoring, has made 34 3-pointers
F 24 Elijah Pittman 14.3 4.8 1.8
• Logged 10 poitns and six rebounds vs. Savannah St.
G 32 Tamron Manning 0.4 0.5 0.3
• Made his irst start of the season vs. Savannah St.