Preview & Prediction: By Fairway Jay
#1 North Carolina vs Kentucky
Another high-profile match-up on ESPN’s round-the-clock college basketball coverage tonight. North Carolina (1-0) is the unanimous preseason #1 team, but they’ll play tonight’s contest without All-American Tyler Hansbrough and senior shut-down guard Marcus Ginyard.
North Carolina is a big home favorite of course, and the Tar Heels love to run and many points are anticipated in this match-up. Kentucky (0-1) did find themselves in a track meet last time out in a shocking home loss to Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 111-103. The Wildcats have a young backcourt and committed 25 turnovers. In a few early contests, Kentucky has really lacked consistency in running their primary half-court offense. Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is certain his team will improve and be ‘dramatically’ better tonight even facing the nations top-ranked team.
Kentucky’s half-court man defense was actually solid in their initial preseason game, but the pace and style was much different against VMI. Gillispie’s team usually plays a very aggressive man defense denying 1 pass away, and if they can keep more control of the tempo tonight, perhaps they can slow North Carolina a bit and stay competitive with big efforts and rebounding from Patrick Patterson and Perry Stevenson.
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About Fairway Jay
Previews & Predictions
Jay Ginsbach, also known as "Fairway Jay’"joins the CHN team and staff this season from Sportsmemo.com. He’ll provide his insight and expertise covering the college basketball scene with periodic thoughts from a Las Vegas perspective.