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Kentucky will try to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule on a winning note when it welcomes Eastern Michigan to Rupp Arena for an unusual 6 p.m tip.
Tonight's officials are Leslie Jones, Ron Groover and James Barker.
This post was edited by Matt May on 1/2/2013 at 3:32 PM
Here's a quick look at Eastern Michigan, which is offensively challenged:
This post was edited by Matt May on 1/2/2013 at 3:36 PM
Jon Hood remains away from the team because of his illness. He hopes to be back for next week's Vanderbilt game.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back in Rupp Arena tonight to take in the Kentucky game.
Incredibly quiet here in Rupp just 20 minutes before tip. Early start has to be affecting the crowd.
Looks like Eastern Michigan raided Baylor's equipment room for its neon yellow adidas shoes and socks.
I'm really curious to see if Julius Mays can build upon that late three he hit against Louisville. He's 7-of-31 from three in the last six games.
Kentucky starters: Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein
It will be a big frontcourt for UK with Noel, Cauley-Stein and Poythress. Julius Mays out of starting lineup for first time since Maryland.
Eager to see how UK plays tonight on the heels of the UofL game. I'll be interested to see if they've really turned the corner or revert back because it's Eastern Michigan.
Right away you can tell Rob Murphy is well schooled on the 2-3 zone from his days at Syracuse.
Kentucky forces back-to-back turnovers while deploying a press.
Another nice start for Ryan Harrow. Sinks a 3 and a nice lob to WCS.
MEDIA TO (13:47) - UK 9, EMU 5; The Eagles' coach is a Syracuse/Boeheim disciple and their zone is giving UK a bit of trouble early
MEDIA TO (11:55) - UK 13, EMU 5; This a snooze-inducing rock fight thus far but that's what EMU does. Averages 59.4 pts/gm. Opponents 59.9
EMU on pace for about 30 points for the game, which is their style of play. Like to muck things up.
What a fantastic defensive possession by Noel: block shot as help defender, strip guy in post, strip guy again for steal
MEDIA TO (7:39) - UK 19, EMU 7; Cats are really hounding Eagles defensively. Have forced 3 turnovers and a timeout off press. 3-15 FG.
Seems like it's a challenge just for Poythress to put it on the deck at this point.
I know EMU doesn't score a ton of points but really impressed with UK's defensive effort in this first half.
Welcome to the Ryan Harrow show: hits a 3, throws oop to Cauley-Stein, picks a guy clean at mid court for transition lay-up
MEDIA TO (2:15) - UK 33, EMU 13; Cats miss threes on four straight possessions but Mays hits one at shot clock to push lead out.
Thought I recognized EMU's Glenn Bryant.
Was recruited briefly by Billy Gillispie I believe before signing with Arkansas out of high school.
So, so athletic.
i just realized i had 2 hour time difference..not 1 hour. Shit...missed first half completely.
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