Central Michigan (1-4) vs. 10th Kentucky (5-1)
Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, Kentucky; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 10 Kentucky presents a tough challenge for central Michigan. Central Michigan has only faced a ranked team once this season and has lost. Kentucky are looking to extend their five-game winning streak.
INTENSIFICATION: Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe averages 13.2 points and 16 rebounds while TyTy Washington Jr. has 14.8 points and five rebounds. For the Chippewas, Jermaine Jackson Jr. averaged 13.6 points while Harrison Henderson amassed 10.8 points and five rebounds.
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Sahvir Wheeler has directly created 41% of all Kentucky goals in the last three games. The Junior Guard has 15 field goals and 25 assists in those games.
STRICT SCORING: Kentucky has scored 85.8 points per game and allowed 57.4 in their five-game home streak.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create hoops more often than the Chippewas. Kentucky has assists on 50 of 98 field goals (51%) in its previous three games while Central Michigan has assists on 32 of 66 field goals (48.5%) over the course of his last three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Kentucky offense has scored 83.3 points per game this season, placing the Wildcats 25th among the Division 1 teams. The Central Michigan defense has allowed their opponents 84.2 points per game (ranked 239th).
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