UK to face road test after two big wins


Kevin Knox drives against a Vanderbilt defender during the game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won in overtime 83-81 | Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Hayden Hooper

The Cardiac Cats will be back in action on Saturday, as they will hit the road to face the upset alerting Missouri Tigers.

This matchup between the Cats and the Tigers will be the first of two matchups this current season as UK seeks to build off the momentum from close wins against West Virginia and Vanderbilt. The Cats are two games back from first place in the SEC standings and the game in Columbia can stand as a great road win. 

On the other hand, the Tigers are building up momentum of their own as they went to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night and beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 69-60 behind Senior guard Kassius Robertson’s 22 points.

Kentucky has never lost to Missouri as the Cats are 10-0 all-time against the Tigers, with three games coming from Mizzou Arena. Although the Cats took the double-digit win last year in Columbia, both programs look like different teams as fans see star freshmen on both sides and a new head coach in Cuonzo Martin for the Tigers.

This won’t be Martin’s first rodeo with the Cats as he’s faced UK five times before his stint at Missouri, losing four of those games.

After Tuesday night’s overtime win over Vanderbilt, there is a buzz in the Commonwealth as fans see the next test for the young Cats in a hostile crowd.

Scoring has not seemed to be a problem in the recent week as fans have seen back-to-back 30-point games from two separate players. After Kevin Knox scored 34 on West Virginia, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander responded with 30 against Vanderbilt.

This is the first time since 2008 that two Kentucky players have had back-to-back 30-point games as we saw Jodie Meeks score 46 on Appalachian State on Dec. 20 and Patrick Patterson score 33 vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 22.

Even with the absence of No. 1 ESPN Top 100 player, Michael Porter Jr., the Tigers look dangerous at home as the Cats seek experience in a different atmosphere at 2 p.m on CBS.