(Sporting Alert) — No. 1 Kentucky will look to build on their impressive start to the season when they face Boston University in one of the NCAA men’s basketball top 25 games on Friday night.
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The top ranked Wildcats (3-0) have made a solid start to the season, and if the 72-40 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday night was anything to go by, then it will be difficult to see anyone taking them down on the term.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari used a “platoon system” to stifle the Jayhawks for the most part of Tuesday’s game, with a strong emphasis being on defense.
The Wildcats are averaging just 76.0 points per game, which really isn’t scaring anyone at the moment, but its defense is what’s frightening.
“We were good today,” Calipari said after Tuesday’s dominating performance. “What we did was we defended and it makes your offense a lot easier when you guard the way we did.
“I’m blessed to have a group of guys like this, that they’re talented yet they’re selfless enough to do this.
“We have guys who watch us and say I wouldn’t want to do that, basically just say I would be out of rhythm, I want my 35 minutes.
“And these guys are performing at a high level, accepting it and cheering for each other and comfortable in their own skin.”
Calipari is now planning for his next test and it will come against a Boston University team, which has been working all week on trying to play at a slower pace in an attempt to disturb the rhythm of the hosts.
Nathan Dieudonne and Cedric Hankerson will be two of the main contributors for the Terriers (1-1), but coach Joe Jones knows that it will take an overall team performance if they are to upset to country’s top ranked program.
Boston picked a 71-63 victory at Norfolk State on Wednesday to bounce back from the season opener defeat against Northeastern at TD Garden in Boston.
DUKE IN ACTION TOO
Playing on the night as well is No. 4 Duke and they will face Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Blue Devils (3-0) knocked off No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 on Tuesday night, with veteran guard Quinn Cook leading the way with 19 points and six rebounds.
The senior was solid in scoring on the night for Duke, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski was also satisfied with his leadership qualities on the court.
“Quinn’s presence was really, really big for us,” Krzyzewski said. He and Tyus have developed a great relationship, then Tyus took off in the second half.”
“I really thought the play of Quinn, his leadership throughout the game, was a huge factor for us,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Williams were also all double digit contributors, which leaves Krzyzewski delighted with the balance in his team this season.
Temple (2-0) comes into Friday’s contest on the back of wins against Louisiana Tech and the American Eagles and the Owls have a sense of belief heading into this fixture.
In action as well on the night are No. 7 Louisville, which take on Marshall, No. 8 Florida battle with UL Monroe, No. 9 Virginia tackle George Washington, while No. 10 Texas will play California.
Elsewhere, defending champions and No. 17 Connecticut go for its third win of the early campaign against Dayton, while No. 23 Syracuse, after being stunned 73-59 by California on Thursday night, will hope to bounce back against Iowa in the 2K Classic.
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOP 25 GAMES ON NOV. 21
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV TV CHANNELS
2:30 PM Dayton vs (17) Connecticut* ESPN 2, Watch ESPN
5:00 PM (23) Syracuse vs Iowa* ESPN 2, Watch ESPN
7:00 PM George Washington at (9) Virginia
7:00 PM (10) Texas vs California* ESPN 2, Watch ESPN
7:00 PM Loyola (IL) at (19) Michigan State Big Ten Network
7:00 PM Boston Univ. at (1) Kentucky Fox Sports Net, ESPN 3
8:00 PM UL Monroe at (8) Florida SEC Network, Watch ESPN
9:00 PM Marshall at (7) Louisville ESPNU, Watch ESPN
9:00 PM UC Riverside at (25) Utah Pac-12 Network
9:30 PM Temple vs (4) Duke*