By Paige Sherrard:
The environment of the Yum! Center for today’s game is going to be insane. To date, UK has only played one intense non neutral game, against Notre Dame, in which the Cats were defeated 64-50. Can their Freshmen adjust to the hostility, energy, and pure insanity of the Yum! Center??
Peyton Siva is going to be a big factor today. He’s never beaten UK and in his senior year, I think he wants to beat the Cats, bad. Siva has more heart and passion for UofL than any college athlete, in my opinion. Not to mention his incredible athleticism. I don’t think Harrow or Goodwin will be able to shut him down.
HELLO… Gorgui is BACK!! And his parents will be in the stands cheering on their son for the first time in his collegiate career. If that doesn’t add motivation and drive to win… I don’t know what does.
UK’s lack of leadership will play a roll against the veteran Cards. The majority of players for UK have never played against UofL and/or never played against UofL in the Yum! Center.
Last, with #1 Ranked Defense in the Nation and a strong full court press, I don’t think the Cats are a mature enough team to win against the Cards.
Final Score: 78-69 UofL