3 main reasons I see Kentucky beating UCLA Friday nite

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  1. KWilt43atbuzz

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    1. Memphis --game will be a defacto home game for UK and UCLA will have to come half way across the country while UK could virtually bus to Memphis.

    UK fans will own the arena.

    2. Revenge. UCLA beat UK in Rupp snapping a long home winning streak for the Cats.
    Never easy beating UK twice in the same season.

    3. Defense. When UCLA beat UK it was way back in early December. UK has since amped up their D while UCLA really has not.
     
  2. NCukcat62

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    I hope you are correct. I'm nervous as hell to say the least but excited. Wish it was already Friday
     
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    Gonna be another nerve racking game for me. UCLA will be very tough and I'm sure they will have fans there despite the distance.
     
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    I'll give you the last two...

    They beat us in Rupp already, doesn't get more home than that.
     
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    To me it's going to come down to rebounding. Gotta limit them to 1 shot. Plus with as many threes as they take there is a chance for long rebounds that lead to run outs.
     
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    "Home court" with a much improved team. I don't think UCLA has gotten any better. I think they have regressed somewhat. Arizona beat them twice this year.
     
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    I hope you are right OP. I hope the cats come ready to play. Will be a hard fought game. Another thing is we won't have any SEC ref's to deal with.
     
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    don't misunderestimate them. They should have been a one seed. UCLA, UNC, and KU to get the championship game if we win three in a row. Let's go give it our best shot!!!
     
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    You act like it's a bad thing to lose to Arizona. That AZ team is legit. I saw them live last week and they are very impressive.
     
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    Maybe because Arizona is a damn good team? Just a thought. Funny to read that UCLA hasn't gotten better, but UK has. It's like do y'all even watch the game?

    It's gonna be a good game. Someone other than the freshman will have to have a good game.
     
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    I think we can defend them much better but we're going to need to score 75 at minimum, in my opinion.

    If we lose to Welsh 15 footers again I'm going to put a hole in my wall. A big one.
     
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    Memphis is 427 miles from Lex. I hope they aren't taking a bus.
     
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    We're just repeating what we here and what the efficiency numbers suggest. They all suggest UCLA can't spell defense. They also agree that Kentucky's defense has vastly improved from where it was in December. And yeah, you can better believe we watch THE game.
     
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    I see another close game that UK squeaks out at the end. They will be in trouble with UNC though if they don't start playing better.
     
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    Yeah cause unc really whipped Arkansas and UK struggled with ark lol. Point is unc better play better or they in trouble too
     
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    i think uk, ucla, and unc are all top 5 teams right now, just happen to be in the same region. uk will need to play its A or A+ game this weekend, something we have not seen in a while, maybe all year.

    ucla is just sooo good offensively. while they arent great defenders, they dont really foul so you have to finish plays and make shots, they arent going to put you on the line much. and they dont turn it over. you dont get anything cheap on them.
     
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    I am betting that UNC will have its hands full with Butler
     
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    This^^. 6 hours in a bus is no walk in the park.
     
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    4.) UCLA had one of its best all around games against us the first time for everyone not named Ball. Shot over 50% from 3 and their role players did much more than be role players. I doubt that happens again.
     
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    UCLA hit 11 threes last night and averages about 8-9 a game. It is not a fluke when they shoot well.

    They have 2nd rated offense in America
     
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    Do you think the people in Memphis is going to welcome Cal and his team? Still, it will be blue, uh, Kentucky blue....
     
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    No matter how many times you repeat this, it just isn't true. Their role players did what they've done all season. No one played over their head that day.
     
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    Kentucky is a very different team now. We are scoring much less, but our defense is better now. We've also won a lot of tough games in a conference that is tougher than anyone outside of the SEC wants to admit. I hope the grind through the SEC has prepared Kentucky in a way UCLA is not prepared for.

    None of it will matter when the ball is tipped. This game will be back and forth, a possession by possession battle that swings back and forth until probably the final play. I wish it was going to be easier than that, but it probably won't be.

    We desperately need Bam to stay out of foul trouble and we need to avoid WG out there chucking bricks and dickfingering around like he did Sunday.
     
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    I like the way you think...
     
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    I don't think 1 and 2 play a big part but they will play a part but 3 is the reason we will win. We are a great defensive team for the most part now and we can stop UCLA some while they can't stop us .
     
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    How many 1-2 foot shots do you think bam misses this time?
    How many times you think Briscoe steps on the line?
    How many 3 point shots dose Briscoe take?
    How many 3 point shots for Fox?

    We do need monk to show up on offense. But Bam is playing hell of a lot better. Briscoe won't be taking 5 shots from 3 and fox won't be taking another 4.

    As far as their zone, we have faced zone all year now. I think the team be fine if UCLA switched to zone. There are other ways to break the zone other then shooting.
     
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    gotta hope someone can get hot for us. We are playing better defense but we need Monk to get hot and either Willis or Gabriel, UCLA has fire power. Even if we slow them down we are going to need to put up some points.
     
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    They can barely get fans at home games. We should have a huge advantage in that area.
     
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    Is the FedEx forum a 'shooter friendly' arena?
     
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    If we win, yes!
     
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    UCLA is really good IMO. I hope we win, and I think we can. Honestly I think UNC would have a harder time defending UCLA than we will.
     
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    My opinion here but I think UCLA is just as good if not better than UNC.

    UNC, ZONA,UCLA,UK...not any huge differences among those 4 besides style & personel.
     
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    UCLA looked better than UNC did last night. We will need our A game to play with the Bruins.

    Fox and Dom will have to play 40 mins of defense on Ball and Im sure we'll see Dom on Alford too some, maybe a lot. Malik will have to step it up on the defensive end as well.
     
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    1. so UCLA beat UK at Rupp and you think memphis is a better home venue....revenge factor? 2. UCLA beat UK the year prior so wasn't there already revenge on UK's mind from the previous year when they played in December? 3. So you believe UK is the only team that has improved from December? hmm..... UCLA by 8!
     
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    KWilt, as usual I agree with you. Some people down play the revenge factor. I do not. Cal I believe has only lost to one team twice in the same season since he has been here. I may be wrong I didn't look it up. But I believe we lost to fla 3 times in same season. As far as I can remember that is the only team to beat us twice in same season.
    I know it will be a nail biter game. But I believe we pull it out by 5-7 points.
    If Carolina beats Butler I will be more worried about them than I will be Ucla.
    We beat Carolina on a buzzer beater. They will be out for revenge.
     
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    Didn't Uconn get us in Maui and then again in the championship or somewhere in the tourney?
     
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    Yep your right they did. That makes two teams. There may be more but it don't happen to a Cal coached team often. Not saying it won't but I like our chances against Ucla.
     
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    I bet DOM didn't play the first game. Have to look. Nonetheless, DOM is needed to lock down Bryce Alford.
     
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