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#3 Kentucky vs. Maryland (Nov. 9th)


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Time: 8:30

TV: ESPN

2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN

3 Nerlens Noel F 6-10 228 FR Everett, MA

4 Jon Hood G 6-7 212 JR Madisonville, KY

5 Jarrod Polson G 6-2 189 JR Nicholasville, KY

10 Archie Goodwin G 6-4 198 FR Little Rock, AR

11 Twany Beckham G 6-4 202 SR Louisville, KY

12 Ryan Harrow G 6-2 170 SO Marietta, GA

13 Sam Malone G 5-11 185 SO Scituate, MA

15 Willie Cauley-Stein F 7-0 244 FR Olathe, KS

22 Alex Poythress F 6-7 239 FR Clarksville, TN

32 Brian Long G 5-9 155 SO Dumont, NJ

33 Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 239 SO Portland, OR

34 Julius Mays G 6-2 192 SR Marion, IN

2012-13 Maryland Terrapins

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN

0 Charles Mitchell F 6-8 260 FR Marietta, GA

2 Logan Aronhalt G 6-3 210 SR Zanesville, OH

4 Seth Allen G 6-1 190 FR Woodbridge, VA

5 Nick Faust G 6-6 175 SO Baltimore, MD

10 Jake Layman G-F 6-8 190 FR Wrentham, MA

11 Varun Ram G 5-9 150 SO Clarksville, MD

12 Conner Lipinski G 5-10 155 FR Gambrills, MD

15 Spencer Barks F 6-9 225 SO Poolesville, MD

21 Pe'Shon Howard G 6-3 185 JR Los Angeles, CA

23 John Auslander F 6-7 225 JR Herndon, VA

24 Jacob Susskind G 6-5 180 SO West Orange, NJ

25 Alex Len C 7-1 225 SO --

32 Dezmine Wells G-F 6-5 215 SO Raleigh, NC

35 James Padgett F 6-8 225 SR Brooklyn, NY

44 Shaquille Cleare C 6-9 270 FR --

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One thing is for sure, there isn't much experience in this game. That actually opens up a little space for Maryland, I think. They're going to be out-talented by Kentucky, but if they can play with composure and poise, I think they actually have a shot. Either way, this game will be good to get the team going. Hopefully we can play them close and get our confidence up going forward.

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Here are the returning players for both teams including transfers Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt for the Terps. I hope I have this correct. Sorry I don't know how to format this better.

Maryland Game Statistics

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%

Dezmine Wells 32 26.1 9.8 4.9 1.1 0.7 0.3 1.3 .504 .675 .377

Logan Aronhalt 30 31.4 13.8 4.3 1.0 0.7 0.6 1.9 .402 .889 .355

Nick Faust 32 27.7 8.9 4.0 2.1 1.0 0.3 2.5 .374 .619 .271

James Padgett 32 23.6 8.8 5.8 0.6 0.1 0.3 1.4 .515 .564 .000

Pe'Shon Howard 14 32.9 6.5 3.7 3.7 0.9 0.1 3.2 .369 .655 .270

Alex Len 22 21.2 6.0 5.4 0.6 0.2 2.1 1.5 .553 .587 .000

John Auslander 14 6.6 1.0 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4 .385 .429 .250

Spencer Barks 8 2.0 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 .000 .750 .000

Arnold Richmond 8 2.6 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 .000 .500 .000

Kentucky Game Statistics

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%

Kyle Wiltjer 40 11.6 5.0 1.8 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.7 .438 .815 .432

Sam Malone 6 2.2 1.0 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.7 .500 .000 .000

Brian Long 12 1.4 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .000 .500 .000

Jarrod Polson 11 2.8 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.5 .000 .250 .000

Twany Beckham 16 2.8 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 .000 .000 .000

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While I don't know what to expect from us this Kentucky team is not one that will be as dominant as last years. Lots of talent but the freshmen they have brought in are pretty raw. Noel is FAR inferior overall to Davis. He will have an impact on defense but I think he will struggle offensively all year.

Anyways, I have no idea what will happen in this game and don't think it really matters in projecting how good either of these teams will be by the end of the year (and in future years). Both of these teams will be at a completely different point come March.

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Hopefully, we'll see more of this:

This game could be easier than expected, based on this - "Kentucky's freshmen worked a little harder for Monday night's exhibition victory over Transylvania." We should press them and play uptempo. They may tire in the second half, as they will be a little low on blood.

This is a young MD team, so be patient. There will be times when they look really bad, but they have talent. It will be fun to see how they develop this year.

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One thing we do have is size to bang with Kentucky. That's something they won't encounter much this year. It was a huge weakness for Maryland last year. Size can often be a determining factor in these early games, because they are rarely pretty.

Should be interesting to watch!

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So pumped that Wells won the appeal. Turgeon has just done an unbelievable job of recruiting in his brief tenure.

While I'm not sure what goes down tonight, I think we crack the top 25 this year and then take a big jump with next year's class. I think we're in for a really nice run under Turgeon.

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Ok,1st half thoughts:

- Obviously Maryland has shot the ball terrible. They have to be better than this. They are just not ready for this kind of prime time stuff yet, but you can see some talent on this team.

- Len has a chance to be a beast for us this year. He's not getting a lot of help inside but he's shown some nice touch and work inside rebounding. He's much improved and will be fun to watch.

- Allen is already better than Howard at the point. He creates better and moves better wit the ball.

- Faust is a slasher and they to find way to get him the ball while he's moving to the basket. He's not a good long range shooter and needs to stop thinking he is. He's also the worse Shooting guard FT shooter in the NCAA. ;)

- Wells has a lot of talent, but he's not on the level of some of the Kentucky players. He's going to be fun to watch this year.

- Call me crazy, but I liked what I saw from Mitchell in his limited minutes. Cleare was pretty blah.

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