Kentucky vs Maryland
11/9/12..Fri. 8:30 (ESPN)
Barclays Center Classic (Brooklyn, NY)
(UK leads the series 7- 5)
Playing at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon
Career Record: 267-175 (60.5%) 14 Seasons
At Maryland: 17-15 (53.1%) 1 Season
2011-12 Record: 17-15
2011-12 ACC Record: 6-10
2011-12 Postseason: None
2012-13 Record: 0-0
Maryland 73 Indiana University (PA) 61 (Exhibition)
Coach Mark Turgeon has the challenge of following Gary Williams as the Terrapins coach. Last year Turgeon's 1st at Maryland resulted in a winning season...barely. Solid recruiting and transfers are being counted on to bring Maryland back to the national stage. This season should be an improvement, but next season is being counted on to show great success.
The Terps lost their 2 top scorers from last season.....Terrell Stoglin who led in scoring with a 21.6 average.....and Sean Mosley who averaged 10.2 PPG. Importantly, however, Maryland does return two solid starters in Nick Faust and James Padgett.
Nick Faust, a 6'6" soph guard averaged 8.9 PPG last season and was voted to the ACC Freshman Team.
A very important addition to the Terps roster is transfer Dez Wells from Xavier who has been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Wells is a huge pick up for Maryland and at 6'5" can play guard or the 3 position.
Possible Starting lineup (as it is very early)
Nick Faust-G 6'6"Soph
Dez Wells-G/F 6'5" Soph
James Padgett-F 6'8" Sr.
John Auslander-F 6'7" Jr.
Alex Len-C 7'1" Soph
Other Key Players
Pe'Shon Howard-G 6'3" Jr.
Logan Aronhalt-G 6'3" Sr.
Shaquille Cleare-C 6'10: Fr.
Although Maryland is not ranked, they are not without talent and certainly the addition of Dez Wells makes the Terps a dangerous opponent.
UK enters the season as arguably the most inexperienced in UK history, but they also have one of the most talented UK teams. As coach Cal has said, this young team is a work in progress and while they have improved in their practices and exhibition games....they still have a long way to go. Frankly, I would have liked to see an easier opponent to open the season, but it is an honor to play Maryland in the new Barclays Center.
It has been reported that Ryan Harrow is questionable for the game as he apparently is recovering from the flu. Also, Julius Mays is questionable because of his recent knee injury. Both may or may not play. Obviously, not having one or both available would be a huge hit for this young UK team and leave UK with only Polson and Hood to go along with Goodwin at the guard positions.
This opening game will be very interesting and a definite challenge for these young Cats. Lineups are still being shuffled, so we need to see who starts and importantly....who finishes.
I'm picking UK by 7 points over the Terps.....GO CATS!