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Thursday 3/15/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




DAVIDSON (21 - 11) vs. KENTUCKY (24 - 10)
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Thursday, 3/15/2018 7:10 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID
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DAVIDSON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-11-7.219-1112-1876.435.248.3%32.867.630.743.7%31.4
Road Games10-10-7.712-77-1274.233.346.7%31.270.731.945.2%32.5
Last 5 Games4-1+34-13-278.836.046.5%
DAVIDSON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.435.227-5748.3%11-2739.1%11-1479.7%33617155102
vs opponents surrendering71.333.325-5744.5%7-2134.8%14-1971.6%34813186133
Team Stats (Road Games)74.233.327-5746.7%10-2739.1%11-1378.9%3161716492
Stats Against (All Games)67.630.724-5543.7%8-2435.2%11-1667.7%31713165112
vs opponents averaging72.63426-5844.4%7-2134.5%14-1971.2%35914177123
Stats Against (Road Games)70.731.925-5545.2%9-2436.9%12-1769.3%32713164103

KENTUCKY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-10+8.216-1720-1376.736.147.0%38.670.333.240.6%33.9
Road Games8-8+0.68-79-773.234.546.0%37.672.233.440.4%35.3
Last 5 Games4-1+34-14-177.635.648.7%35.468.432.638.8%35.2
KENTUCKY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.736.127-5847.0%5-1536.1%17-2569.7%391113196135
vs opponents surrendering70.432.725-5842.2%7-2233.9%14-1971.0%35912196133
Team Stats (Road Games)73.234.526-5746.0%6-1634.2%15-2368.4%381113205135
Stats Against (All Games)70.333.225-6140.6%8-2629.9%13-2069.0%341013206124
vs opponents averaging75.335.726-5845.1%8-2236.0%15-2172.2%37914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)72.233.424-6040.4%8-2532.8%15-2171.7%351114197114
Average power rating of opponents played: DAVIDSON 76.1,  KENTUCKY 81.9
DAVIDSON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/3/2018@ GEORGE WASHINGTON87-58W-7W134O30-6149.2%381021-5240.4%2611
2/6/2018ST JOSEPHS91-62W-10.5W144O34-6254.8%331122-5242.3%2814
2/9/2018@ RHODE ISLAND59-72L5.5L143U24-4949.0%231027-5549.1%3211
2/14/2018@ VA COMMONWEALTH74-63W-2W148.5U25-5446.3%32723-5541.8%3010
2/24/2018@ DUQUESNE71-60W-7W140.5U22-4746.8%31622-5639.3%309
2/27/2018@ ST BONAVENTURE113-117L2.5L145.5O34-7545.3%441634-7346.6%4211
3/2/2018RHODE ISLAND63-61W0W144.5U22-5639.3%38825-6240.3%407
3/9/2018*SAINT LOUIS78-60W-7W125.5O28-5154.9%26520-4643.5%2311
3/10/2018*ST BONAVENTURE82-70W-3.5W144.5O28-5056.0%25528-6145.9%346
3/11/2018*RHODE ISLAND58-57W2W138U19-5038.0%321220-5238.5%3714

KENTUCKY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/27/2018@ W VIRGINIA83-76W10W149O26-5844.8%491627-6839.7%346
2/3/2018@ MISSOURI60-69L2.5L140.5U21-6731.3%401219-4146.3%3620
2/10/2018@ TEXAS A&M74-85L5.5L141.5O30-6645.5%431231-6647.0%409
2/14/2018@ AUBURN66-76L9L156.5U25-5446.3%361422-6036.7%347
2/20/2018@ ARKANSAS87-72W5W155O31-6746.3%461125-6339.7%299
2/28/2018OLE MISS96-78W-9W154O31-6250.0%431230-7440.5%3512
3/3/2018@ FLORIDA67-80L5L143O24-5841.4%361328-5749.1%3410
KENTUCKY: Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Who's back: F Wenyen Gabriel. The 6-foot-9 sophomore started 23 of 38 games before his minutes dwindled in the postseason but returns as the Wildcats' top scorer (4.6 points) and rebounder (4.8); Fs Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, both 6-10, look for bigger roles this season.
Who's new: G Hamidou Diallo. The mid-year enrollee who dressed but didn't play flirted with entering the NBA Draft before deciding to return and get actual minutes. Calipari offset some of the departures with his usual crop of high school All-Americans: G Quade Green (6-0) and Fs Jarred Vanderbilt (6-9), Nick Richards (6-11), Kevin Knox (6-9) and P.J. Washington (6-7). Gs Jemarl Baker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were top-100 players as well.
The Skinny: The Wildcats' latest roster turnover has left Calipari with perhaps his youngest group since arriving in Lexington eight years ago. With no veteran upperclassmen, Gabriel, Wynyard and Killeya-Jones must provide leadership while competing with the newcomers for minutes. Calipari's immediate task is finding a floor general like John Wall and Tyler Ulis, but his history has shown things often work out. Having so much high-level talent is a problem any coach would love to have, though Calipari warns it might be ugly early on.
Davidson has three chances vs. Kentucky

BOISE, Idaho -- Kentucky coach John Calipari is fond of saying that if an opponent makes 15 3-pointers in a game, you tip your hat to that team and move on to the next game.

One problem. There is no next game if Kentucky allows that to happen in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Fifth-seeded Kentucky (24-10) meets No. 12 seed Davidson (21-11) on Thursday in a South Region game at Taco Bell Arena.

Davidson, winners of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, rank No. 10 in the nation in made 3-pointers at 10.7 per game. Davidson is 24th nationally with 27.3 attempts per game and 28th in 3-point accuracy at 39.1 percent.

"My guess is they're going to shoot 30 threes, maybe more," Calipari said. "It's how they play. When you play a team like that, they can move back and back and back. You can't cover them out there and if they're making them, you lose. It's just how it is. It's a dangerous team."

Davidson made 26 3-point baskets to open its season Nov. 10 in a 110-62 rout of Charleston Southern. On Feb. 6, they made 20 in a 91-62 victory over Saint Joseph's.

In winning three games to capture the A-10 Tournament last weekend, the Wildcats made 47.1 percent of its 3-pointers, making an average of 11.

Calipari conveniently ignores one fact. Kentucky ranks fifth in the nation at defending the 3-pointer, holding teams to 29.9 percent.

"To play Davidson in the first round, wow," Calipari said Monday. "Davidson is a good team. They're well coached. They won their tournament, which means they're playing their best right now."

Said Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley, after his club lost to Davidson 58-57 in the A-10 final Sunday: "Whoever is going to draw them is not going to want to see their name next to them."

Senior forward Peyton Aldridge tops Davidson at 21.5 points and 7.8 rebounds and led the team with 76 3-pointers. Freshman guard Kellan Grady averages 18 points and sophomore guard Jon Alex Gudmundsson scores 13 per game.

"From a technical standpoint, he shoots it better than I imagined," Davidson coach Bob McKillop told reporters about Grady. "From an emotional standpoint, he's humble and mature and tenacious as we could want. I never realized the tenacity that he had in terms of his thirst for winning.

"He doesn't have that look, but he's a killer -- just the way he comes to practice, the way he digests film, and believe me our freshmen are hit with a barrage of new information and different vernacular and techniques. He's made some mistakes, but rarely does he make it more than once."

Davidson has its own challenges, however, defending a long Kentucky team that has come into its own with three wins in three days to claim the SEC Tournament title.

Kentucky, which has won 24 of its last 25 NCAA Tournament first-round games, is coming off a 77-72 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander topped his MVP weekend with 29 points.

Kentucky's top five scorers are all freshmen, led by Kevin Knox at 15.6 points per game. Next comes Gilgeous-Alexander at 13.9; PJ Washington, 10.6; Hamidou Diallo, 10.0; and Quade Green, 9.6. Sophomore Wenyen Gabriel averages only 6.8, but is coming off his best weekend, hitting 11-of-15 3-pointers to make the all-tournament team.

"It's what we've built for," Calipari said. "It's what we go through the steps of. So, happy for the kids. I'm happy for Wenyen. Happy for Sacha. Quade's playing better. PJ's playing better. They're all playing better."

But will it be enough as Kentucky is paired with Davidson and No. 4 seed Arizona should it advance.

"It's been thrown at us," said Calipari, a vocal critic of the Selection Committee's seeding most years. "'You're not advancing. Everything we can throw in front of you, we are. Have at it!' And what's better than that?"

It all starts with Davidson, which is loose and ready to spring an upset in the Wildcats vs. Wildcats matchup.

"We won and we're going dancin' and I couldn't be happier for my guys and for everybody," Davidson senior guard Rusty Reigel told reporters. "I just can't wait to get there next week."

Last Updated: 12/14/2018 12:57:23 PM EST

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