What: UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats
When: 7 p.m. EST Monday
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky
TV Coverage: Fox Sports South in these regions: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama
Replay: Bowling Green – WBKO-FOX, 9 p.m. CT; Cincinnati, Ohio – WSTR-TV, 10 p.m. ET; Evansville, Ind. – WTVW-TV, 11 p.m. CT; Hazard – WYMT, 11:30 p.m. ET; Huntington, W. Va. – WSAZ-DT (My Z), 11:30 p.m. ET; Lexington – CWKYT, 10 p.m. ET; Louisville – WMYO, 11 p.m. ET; Paducah, Ky./Cape Girardeau, Mo. – KBSI, 9 p.m. CT).
Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team opens its 2013-14 season tonight as they host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. After securing the commitments of the nation’s top prospects the past several seasons to Lexington, UK Head Coach John Calipari has outdone himself this year in getting six high school All-Americans in his latest class. Not since Michigan’s “Fab Five” rookie lineup in 1991-92 has so much prep talent been assembled.
“We’ve made strides. We’re not a good team right now,” Calipari insisted after Monday night’s 95-72 exhibition victory over Montevallo. “We’ve got a nice collection of guys, but we’re not a good team.”
UNC Asheville placed four players in doubles figures en route to an 86-45 exhibition game win over visiting Brevard College Monday night at Kimmel Arena.
Asheville was led by freshman guard Andrew Rowsey with 17 points. Corey Littlejohn added 16 points and seven rebounds. Seniors’ Jaron Lane and D.J. Cunningham added 10 points each.
Asheville returns two starters from last year’s club in senior guard Trent Meyer (9.7 ppg, 125 assists, 64 steals) and sophomore forward Will Weeks (9.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 59.4 FG%). Weeks was named to the Big South All-Freshman team a year ago.