Kentucky features six players averaging double figures, including all five starters, while Lamar also fields a starting lineup with balanced scoring. Four starters average double figures for the Cardinals, led by senior guard Anthony Miles' 15.1 points per game.
Lamar will field a small lineup, with three guards and two forwards. Their leading rebounder is 6'2 guard Devon Lamb, averaging a robust 8.7 rebounds per game. Charlie Harper, a 6'5 forward, chips in with 7.4 boards per contest, while the Cardinals' tallest starter, 6'8 Stan Brown, adds 3.6 rebounds.
Kentucky continues to be led by sophomore guard Doron Lamb, who is knocking down 16.1 points per game. The Cats also feature freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13.1), freshman Anthony Davis (11.8), freshman Marquis Teague (10.9), and senior Darius Miller (10.2) are all also in double figures. Sophomore Terrence Jones, who has missed the last two games due to a dislocated finger on his shooting hand, also averages double figures and is expected to play.
The Cardinals and the Cats should enjoy a block party, as the Wildcats lead the nation at 9.3 blocks per contest, and the Cardinals have a respectable 5.1 blocks as well. Both teams also rebound fairly well, with Lamar averaging 7 more per game than its opponent, and Kentucky averaging 7.5 more per contest.
Lamar should not be a team that knocks down a lot of long-range jumpers. The Cardinals make 4.2 bombs per game, shooting only 32.3% from the arc. Kentucky hits 36.7% from the arc, and hits 6 3-pointers per game. In its last game, a loss at # 2 Ohio State, Lamar went 0-12 from 3-point range in route to a 70-50 defeat.
Lamar is coached by Pat Knight. If the name sounds familiar, it should, as Knight is the son of legendary ex-Indiana coach Bob Knight. Knight is in his first year as head coach of the Lamar Cardinals.
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