3. Memphis is the only top 25 ranked team that UAB faced this year. UAB was 1-2 against Memphis. By contrast, the Wildcats have played nine teams that were nationally ranked in the top 25 at the time the games were played. Kentucky was 3-6 against those teams (3-7 if you count North Carolina, who was not ranked at the time they beat the Cats).
4. The Cats and the Blazers mirror each other in shooting. The Cats shot 45.1% for the season. The Blazer shot 45.3%. UK held its opponents to 42.4% shooting while UAB held its opponents to 42% shooting.
5. UK shoots slightly better from 3-point range (35.5% vs. 34.8) and plays slightly better 3-point defense.
6. REBOUNDING – While UK enjoys a 3.1 average rebounding margin, UAB's rebounding margin is -8.1. Perhaps a big opportunity for UK.
7. UAB is comprised of great pickpockets, averaging over 11 steals a game. Overall, UAB forces over 21 turnovers a game. The Cats will need to protect the ball.
8. UAB's free throw shooting is about the same as UK's, right at 65%.
9. Kentucky is ranked 39th in RPI. UAB's RPI is 44.
10. UAB's top scorer is 6-2 senior Marvett McDonald, who averages 15 PPG, and shoots 39% from the field. He shoots a lot of three pointers and has made 94 of them this season. McDonald scored 39 earlier this season against SMU, including 8-12 from three point range. In the C-USA Tournament Championship game, Memphis held McDonald to just 6 points on 2-11 shooting.
11. 6-9 sophomore forward Frank Holmes is UAB's top rebounder at 4.8 rebounds per game. Like Morris he tends to get into foul trouble a lot. He was held scoreless and had only one rebound in the Memphis loss, playing 12 minutes due to foul trouble.
12. PLAYER TO WATCH: Paul Delaney. The 6-2 sophomore guard has caught fire of late, averaging 13 points per game in the 3-game C-USA tournament.