Here’s how to watch Saturday’s blue-blooded showdown in Lexington between Kentucky and Kansas online.
Saturday night brings us one of the best non-conference matchups left in college basketball, before the glorious madness of the NCAA tournament. Kansas and Kentucky are going head-to-head in Rupp Arena, a clash between two of the most storied programs in the country.
While the firepower in the matchup will be a bit depleted, with the news breaking Thursday that Kansas center Carlton Bragg will be suspended for the game, there will be talent all over the court.
Kentucky is led by its dynamic pair of freshmen guards — Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, both projected as lottery picks after this year. The two combine to average over 38 points a game, and do it with styles all their own. Fox is one of the quickest players in the country, and uses his ability to get to the rim with impunity to set up for his teammates. Monk, while occasionally streaky from deep, is one of the best shooter/scorers in the country — a quality Kentucky must rely on, as only two other players have taken more than 50 3-pointers all season. As is always the case with a Calipari squad, the rest of the roster is also littered with 5-star talent. Freshman big Bam Adebayo, in particular, will look to take advantage of a Kansas interior missing Bragg.
Date: Saturday, January 28th
Start Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lexington, KY
Venue: Rupp Arena
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Kansas is also heavily dependent on its two lead guards — albeit a more seasoned combination, in senior Frank Mason and junior Devonte’ Graham. Mason in particular is having a NPOY-worthy season to remember — he’s currently hitting 52.8 percent of his 3’s, which is actually better than his 2-point percentage so far this year. Of course, you need to keep your eyes on freshman phenom Josh Jackson. His athleticism and defense are off the charts, he has a steady playmaking hand, and he’s starting to hit his 3s (6-9 in his last two games).
It’ll be an exciting showdown in Kentucky between two top-10 squads, and contenders for the championship. Don’t miss out.