Kentucky/Ohio State Predictions

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    This is not a double digit game. UK is the best team that OSU has played.
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    If I'm not mistaken doesn't OSU only go 6 or 7 deep also?

    Quote Originally Posted by UNDERTHEBRIDGE View Post
    My head says Ohio State by about ten points.

    My heart says Kentucky keeps this one close and its any one's game at the end.

    Ohio State is older than us, has more bodies than UK, has the best big man in the game and probably nation. They run a rough and tough style of ball and go hard for the boards. They can shoot, they defend well, they play hard.

    Still, UK has lots of talent. Brandon Knight will potentially be the best guard on the court (this is said without any disrespect to Lighty or any other Ohio State player). Terrence Jones isn't chopped liver, the kid has game, he is big, physical, and could be a huge factor throughout. UK has Doron Lamb and Darius Miller who are both talented scorers who can drop points in spurts. Josh Harrelson may not be Sullinger, but he is big, physical, and probably has practice against a center that ranks at or higher than Sullinger in Kanter everyday at practice. No I don't expect Josh to simply shut down the big man, but I do think given the right help defense Josh can contain him in spurts and give him some frustration. Deandre Liggins brings intense in your face defense, and has a long frame to keep shooters from getting off uncontested shots.

    UK lacks the depth of big bodies down low and will have to play great all around team defense next friday. Furthermore, they will have to hits shots early and often as a team. What I'd like to see is a lot of going to the basket early to draw fouls and perhaps lull the Buckeyes into the paint and open some three pointers up. On defense I'd say defense by comittee. Josh has the frame to post up Sullinger, but Jones has the athleticism (when in the right mind set). Biggest keys for UK on defense is move their feet, hands up, no silly fouls, and REBOUND REBOUND REBOUND!!!

    In the end i won't say if it will be enough or not. Its the NCAA Tournament. Anything can happen, no it would not be crazy to see UK win this one. As I said before, UK has a lot of talent on the court. It will be the little things such as hustle, turnovers, steals, assists, offensive rebounds, and simple desire that can really determine this one.

    GO CATS1

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    Honestly, I would like to see UK win, but in my mind I know this game is OSU's to lose. Therefore, the pressure is not on us, it's all on OSU. What do we have to lose? Nothing, we sent 5 of our players to the NBA last year and are pretty much starting from scratch. With that being said, don't think we don't have a shot to win this game, OSU has got to shoot lights and the big boy better stay out of foul trouble. If any of those two things goes wrong, you are in for a CAT fight and it's anybody's game... GO CATS!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Koun Dog View Post
    This is not a double digit game. UK is the best team that OSU has played.

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    Nantz/Kellogg-Another shocker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanEmpire View Post
    Nantz/Kellogg-Another shocker.
    I think it is standard to send the Final Four tandem with the top overall seed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by READYMADE View Post
    Honestly, I would like to see UK win, but in my mind I know this game is OSU's to lose. Therefore, the pressure is not on us, it's all on OSU. What do we have to lose? Nothing, we sent 5 of our players to the NBA last year and are pretty much starting from scratch. With that being said, don't think we don't have a shot to win this game, OSU has got to shoot lights and the big boy better stay out of foul trouble. If any of those two things goes wrong, you are in for a CAT fight and it's anybody's game... GO CATS!!
    There's always pressure to win when you're wearing Kentucky across your chest. Doesn't matter how much better the other team is.

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    When I first looked at the brackets, I said this is terrible for UK. With Sullinger leading the way, I just thought this was the worst possible match up for UK. But the more I look at it, I think UK matches up very well ... as long as Harrelson can just stay on the floor and make Sullinger work for everything. OSU is a perimeter oriented team like UK and they aren't deep. My whole game plan would be stop the threes. I think that is the key to OSU's game. I would put Liggins on Diebler and tell him to stay in his pocket - don't leave to help anywhere. That would be my basic game plan with the three perimeter guys. I would tell Jones to hang in the paint and double Sullinger down low. No one else double on Sullinger. Harrelson focus completely on position, beat Sullinger to his spots, play behind him at all times and keep Sullinger off the offensive boards. I don't care if Sullinger gets his points. My goal would be to keep the shooters from getting any good looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I think it is standard to send the Final Four tandem with the top overall seed.
    I was somewhat surprised that they weren't in Cleveland and Charlotte instead for the opening weekend.

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    I would not put Liggins on Diebler... I'd have him on Lighty with either Lamb or Miller on Diebler. Lighty has the ability to create his own shot and take over a game. Diebler is mostly a catch and shoot guy, who I think can be guarded very well by Lamb or Miller. Only if he starts heating up do you switch Liggins over to him, IMO.

    This shouldn't be a terrible matchup for UK. The teams are very similar in style. OSU just has a better post presence and UK has the better backcourt. I'll give OSU the edge, but this game can go either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    When I first looked at the brackets, I said this is terrible for UK. With Sullinger leading the way, I just thought this was the worst possible match up for UK. But the more I look at it, I think UK matches up very well ... as long as Harrelson can just stay on the floor and make Sullinger work for everything. OSU is a perimeter oriented team like UK and they aren't deep. My whole game plan would be stop the threes. I think that is the key to OSU's game. I would put Liggins on Diebler and tell him to stay in his pocket - don't leave to help anywhere. That would be my basic game plan with the three perimeter guys. I would tell Jones to hang in the paint and double Sullinger down low. No one else double on Sullinger. Harrelson focus completely on position, beat Sullinger to his spots, play behind him at all times and keep Sullinger off the offensive boards. I don't care if Sullinger gets his points. My goal would be to keep the shooters from getting any good looks.


    I'd start Liggins and as you said, tell him not to let Diebler get a shot off. Be in his grill from tip to the final horn.

    I agree 100% on Jorts. He's big enough and probably strong enough to body Sullinger, he just needs to worry about getting good positioning, and keeping Sullinger off the boards.

    I think UK has a decided advantage with the Knight/Craft matchup. I'd try to exploit that as much as possible on both ends.

    That leaves Lighty and Buford. I'd stick Miller on Lighty and much like Liggins tell him to stick him all night. Don't switch on anything. By default I'd have Jones on Buford.

    The main thing that worries me about this game is that unlike almost every UK game this season, OSU actually has a guy in Lighty that Miller doesn't cause a mismatch for. On the other hand, I don't see anyone on OSU that matches up with Jones in any way, shape, or form.

    In order to win this one, the Cats will have to get top-notch performances from Jones and Knight. Liggins and Miller will have to turn in very good defensive performances. Sullinger will get his, and that's fine as long as they can stop the perimeter game. Hopefully Jorts can do a nice job making it a bit difficult for Sullinger.

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    Who's guarding Lauderdale in all this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanEmpire View Post
    Who's guarding Lauderdale in all this?
    Him and Sullinger aren't in the game at the same time that often. Even if he was, Jones would just have to beef up for the time being and try and contain him.

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    I will pull for Kentucky to win for two reasons. I don't like Ohio State and I live in the state. Only reason I don't like pulling for Kentucky...the fans!
    That being said I think Ohio State wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Magic View Post
    Him and Sullinger aren't in the game at the same time that often. Even if he was, Jones would just have to beef up for the time being and try and contain him.
    I thought Lauderdale started yesterday. I am just wondering if Matta will go with his small lineup or his big lineup on Friday night. Most people believe that they are better with 4 guards and Sullinger on the floor. However, I could see Matta going with the same starting five that he used yesterday to try and exploit UK inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanEmpire View Post
    I thought Lauderdale started yesterday. I am just wondering if Matta will go with his small lineup or his big lineup on Friday night. Most people believe that they are better with 4 guards and Sullinger on the floor. However, I could see Matta going with the same starting five that he used yesterday to try and exploit UK inside.
    I say go for it. Who's Lauderdale going to guard? Jorts? Then who's Sullinger on? Jones? If they're both in, it creates a huge mismatch in UK's favor either way IMO.

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