Kentucky vs UConn Breakdown

KSR takes a look at Kentucky's match-up with Connecticut tonight in Madison Square Garden.

Kentucky vs Connecticut

When: Wednesday, December 9th, 9:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Connecticut Schedule
11/13 - vs William & Mary - W 75-66
11/16 - vs Colgate - W 77-63
11/17 - vs Hofstra - W 76-67
11/25 - vs LSU - W 81-55
11/25 - at Duke - L 59-68
12/2 - vs Boston University - W 92-64
12/6 - vs Harvard - W 79-73
12/9 - vs Kentucky 9:30 p.m. Eastern ESPN

Record: 6-1

Connecticut Statistical Leaders
Jerome Dyson - 20.1 points per game
Alex Oriakhi - 9.7 rebounds per game
Kemba Walker - 5.7 assists per game
Kemba Walker - 55.6 percent three-point shooter
Gavin Edwards - 3.3 blocks per game
Kemba Walker - 2.6 steals per game

Connecticut Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 77.0
Points Allowed Per Game: 65.1
Field Goal Percentage: 46.3
Three Point Percentage: 35.1
Free Threw Percentage: 69.6
Rebound Margin: +4.6
Assists Per Game: 16.3
Turnovers Per Game: 12.9

UConn Breakdown
While not especially deep, Connecticut has an array of talent led by senior guard Jerome Dyson. Dyson. He has struggled from the field and from three point range this season, however he's getting to the line nine times per contest and the Wildcats will have to watch out for him on the drive. Point guard Kemba Walker is one of the most talented young guards in the nation. He's leading the Huskies is assists, steals and three point percentage. Walker will be a test for Kentucky's freshmen point guards John Wall and Eric Bledsoe.

On the front line UConn is lead by senior forward Stanley Robinson. Robinson is one of the most athletic players in the nation, capable of hurting the defense in many ways. He's averaging close to two blocks per game on the defensive side and also pulls down 7.1 rebounds per contest. Along side Robinson is freshman center Alex Oriakhi. The 6-foot-9 center is pulling down 9.7 rebounds a night and also chipping in two blocks per game. Already with two players averaging two blocks per game, Gavin Edwards tops them all with 3.3 blocks per game. Edwards also gets 5.7 rebounds and scores 11.6 points per game shooting over 70 pecent from the field.

In order for Kentucky to win this game, the Wildcats will have to limit turnovers and control the inside play of the Huskies. The Wildcats superior depth could play a role in this game. Connecticut plays five players 30 minutes or more per night. Can Kemba Walker and the Connecticut backcourt stay in front of John Wall? And can Kentucky's big men outplay the Connecticut bigs?

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