Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kentucky vs Stephen F. Austin....A Preview

Kentucky vs Stephen F. Austin….11/11/16 
Friday 7PM (SEC Network)
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland Conference)

Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Enrollment: 11,623
Arena: 7,203

Head Coach: Kyle Keller
Career Record: 1st year as HC

2015-16 Record: 28-6 
2015 Southland Record: 18-0
2015-16 Postseason Record: NCAA 1-1

Possible Starting Lineup:

Ty Charles-G 6’5” Jr.
Dallas Cameron-G 6’3” Sr.
Jovan Grujic-C 7’0” Soph
TJ Holyfield: F 6’8” Soph
Nathan Bain-F 6’6” Soph

The Lumberjacks have won the Southland conference the past 3 years going 53-1 in conference play. They also went to the NCAA 3 straight years. Unfortunately, Stephen Austin lost it’s 3 top scorers and 5 seniors along with their HC..Brad Underwood….who replaced Travis Ford as HC at Oklahoma St. 

Kyle Keller, who was assistant coach at Texas A&M, takes over as HC. Keller also was an assistant under Bill Self at Kansas for 3 years. The Lumberjacks return two starters along with several returning players off the bench. Importantly, Coach Keller has also brought in 7 new players including JC transfer Leon Gilmore. 

This is an opening game for both UK and Stephen A Austin so we will have to wait for the announcement of starting lineups. Although the Lumberjacks lost a lot through graduation they still will have some experience and decent size. This should be a good opening game for UK that will likely expose a number of areas the Cats need to work on. I see a UK win by 20-25 points….GO CATS!

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