Kentucky v Lamar: Youth v Experience

The # 3 Kentucky Wildcats (11-1) will face the Lamar Cardinals (8-4) tomorrow night in Rupp Arena in a game featuring the talented youth of Kentucky against the experience of Lamar.

"They've got mostly seniors. They're playing four seniors and a junior off the bench," John Calipari explained. "The games that I've watched, they've been in every game, including Ohio State and Louisville. The game with Texas Christian, they had them beat. At Rice they made every shot. I watched the game and thought, ‘We can't win this game.' They are very good."

Maybe there is some coach-speak in there, but don't forget that Kentucky has struggled against some teams this season that many thought would be easy. Perhaps Coach Pat Knight, yes, son of "the General," Robert Montgomery Knight, will be yet another one of those teams.

"They are very good," Calipari explained. "Pat (Knight) does a great job. I've always had great respect for them, not only as a person, but also as a coach. He's got them playing. They are playing hard and they're a good team."

Kentucky will start three freshman, a sophomore and either senior Darius Miller, if sophomore Terrence Jones is not ready to return to the starting lineup, or Jones. Jones practiced yesterday for the first time in a week after dislocating a finger on his shooting hand.

Lamar had a four-game winning streak broken in its last outing, a 70-50 loss at # 2 Ohio State. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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