At this very point in time, I can honestly say the following. I don't care to hear/read/think any more about the attention hungry athlete who is currently responsible for clogging my social media streams, Mr. Marshal Henderson.
I get it. He antagonizes fans. I've read enough articles about his alleged lack of ethics today to make my eyes hurt. Fans need someone to hate and he is clearly more than happy to be the center of attention.
Who cares? We have a basketball game to win. Let's talk about what could be the biggest game on this young Kentucky team's schedule to date. The Cats are sitting in fourth in conference play boasting a 13-6/4-2 record and are just 2-3 in true road games. The atmosphere from the stands in this game is sure to be no less hostile than any other road game to date.
Ole Miss (17-2/6-0) comes in to the game on a nine game winning streak, having beaten Missouri (ranked 10th at the time) and owning just one home loss this season. The aforementioned Marshall Henderson will certainly be a part of the Wildcat's game plan as he has made teams pay who could not defend the perimeter.
Kentucky freshman big, Willie Cauley-Stein did not participate in shoot around and if he is inactive for tonight's game, the back-to-back SEC Freshman of the Week, Nerlens Noel will have a large load to carry in the paint.
Alex Poythress could be the key to tonight's game as he looks to build off a career first double-double against LSU last Saturday. A key match-up for tonight will be whoever receives the task of guarding Henderson. I have no doubt Archie Goodwin will have a majority of the load but look for Cal to throw a couple different looks at the Ole Miss guard, especially in the case that he gets hot from beyond the arch.
Currently, on the remainder of the Wildcats' schedule there are only four games against AP Top 25 competition, Ole Miss being the first and the other three consisting of #4 Florida (home and away) and a College Game Day match-up in Rupp against #17 Missouri.
With so few chances left to impress and a dismal RPI that seems to be sinking like the Titanic, many are saying this young Kentucky team is in need of an impressive win or two to secure a ticket to March Madness. Regardless of the various opinions on the state of Kentucky's tourney hopes, one thing is undeniable. The fan-base is craving a breakthrough game, the team could use a big win and the stage is set for tonight to be an instant classic, game of the week sort of performance by the Wildcats.
GO BIG BLUE