Popular Post SWSiouxMN Posted November 14, 2018 Popular Post Share Posted November 14, 2018 Despite a furious comeback in the last 5 minutes, aided by a few bad turnovers by the road team, UND was able to survive and get a nice road win against Milwaukee. They stay on the road for their next matchup against #10 ranked Kentucky. Kentucky is coached by John Calipari, who is known for getting as many one and done players as he possibly can, sending them to the NBA, and repeat the process. While this has lead to an NCAA Title in 2012, some have wondered if he has underachieved with all of that talent. The first two games haven't been the greatest for the Wildcats. First, they played Duke and got the breaks beat off them by their super freshman players. Their second game required more effort than they would have liked against an pesky Southern Illinois squad. If they have serious aspirations for an NCAA title this year, things need to start turning around and fast. They might look at an inexperienced UND squad as a good launching pad. UND has a weird stretch where after Kentucky, they have 2 non-d1 games before they finally jump back into competition against some low to mid-major teams. It might be hard to see what we have in this team until later in the month. Odds are they will be 4-1 when they take on UVU. The players to watch: Keldon Johnson 6'6 Guard Freshman This Freshman guard is the cream of the crop of the one-and-done incoming freshman. In a normal year, he might be in the consideration of the best player in the nation. With Zion and RJ at Duke, however, he does get lost a little bit in that shuffle. No doubt about it, this guy will be a lottery pick in the NBA this year and UND doesn't have anybody that can match up with his creative scoring ways. Reid Travis 6'8 Forward Senior The Stanford Grad Transfer was referred to as many experts as a coup for Kentucky and the missing piece for a potential NCAA Title run, an experienced player to go along with those talented freshman. He will be a tough task in the post, where he will do most of his damage, but he will not be afraid to put up a couple of 3's in a game. Key Questions 1) How will UND handle the environment? Rupp Arena is one of the cathedrals of college basketball, there might be a lot of wide eyes going into this game. UND needs to keep their heads on a swivel and not let the home team get off to a fast start. 2) Who will continue their growth? So I'll be honest, UND has 99.99999% chance of not winning this game, so I will be focused on the growth of this inexperienced team, which of our newcomers continues to take some steps forward, like Davids, Jal, and Rebraca. The Call: The players will have a great time, that's about it. Hope for some growth and no injuries and hey... maybe they can pull a shocker, but it should be a run away. Wildcats 90-65 Game will be on ESPN+ (their streaming pay service that charged $4.95 a month, althought they do offer a 7 day free trial) 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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