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Kentucky vs. St Joseph’s: TV/Streaming Info, Keys to the Game, and Predictions



Kentucky Wildcats cheerleads perform during the second half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Stonehill Skyhawks at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.
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This Kentucky basketball team is exciting and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to watch them again. They will take the court again on Monday against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The programs have matched up just twice in their history, most notably in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen, with Kentucky coming away with both wins.

The Hawks are one of the more storied mid-major basketball programs in the country. With 21 NCAA tournament appearances, Saint Joseph’s has four Elite Eight appearances and a Final Four (1961). That said, they have not made any postseason appearance since 2016.

This season, the Hawks return all but one player from last season’s rotation, including their top three scorers. Yet, that doesn’t solve the defensive issues that have plagued them under head coach Billy Lange, who has yet to have a .500 season in five seasons.


This will be a step up in competition over New Mexico State and Stonehill. Let’s take a closer look at the matchup.

Defend the Three

One of the biggest frustrations of a Kentucky basketball fan is when opposing teams come into Rupp Arena and turn into the prime Golden State Warriors. Saint Joseph’s has the ability to do just that.

Averaging 31.3 three-point attempts per game, the Hawks shoot threes at the sixth-highest rate in the nation. Shooting 32 percent, they are somewhat efficient as well. The biggest threat is Erik Reynolds, who leads the team in scoring, but also shoots 42 percent from three.

The Hawks also move the ball very well, averaging more than 17 assists per game. With their ability to shoot and move the ball effectively, Kentucky’s backcourt must show discipline and stick to their assignments.


Rebounding Battle

Despite a lack of size, Kentucky has won the rebounding battle in all three of their wins. Of course, that will be a key against Saint Joseph’s.

The Hawks do rank top 50 in the country in rebounding. However, looking at their roster, it’s not the effort of just one player, as there are five players averaging more than four rebounds per game. On top of that, they do have two seven-footers.

For that reason, for Kentucky to win the rebounding battle, each player must focus on doing their part for the collective.

Shoot and Make the Three

John Calipari has completely transformed his offensive philosophy. After shooting just 18 threes per game, 315th in the country, the Wildcats are shooting more than 30 per game this season, good for 11th in the country.


While that number is certainly to be closer to 25 as the season progresses, the willingness to shoot threes is there. With that, Saint Joseph’s is a team that gives up the three as well. So given that, Kentucky will have looks. If they can carry their shooting performance over from the Stonehill game, it could be another explosive scoring outing.

No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats (3-1) vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks (3-1)

  • Time: 7 pm ET on Monday, November 20th
  • Location: Central Bank Center at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Online Stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
  • Announcers: Not Announced
  • Radio: Tom Leach and Jack Givens have the UK radio network call on the UK Sports Radio Network.
  • Replay: WatchESPN and the SEC Network (check local listings).
  • Rosters: UK | SJU
  • Stats to Know: UK | SJU
  • KenPom: UK | SJU
  • Odds: ESPN’s matchup predictor has the Wildcats as a heavy favorite to win at 88.7%. Bart Torvik is slightly higher at 90%.
  • PredictionsBart Torvik and Haslametrics is in agreement, going with a 79-66 win for the Wildcats.

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Chin Coleman Talks About Kentucky’s 2024 Recruiting Class



Kentucky Wildcats assistant coach Chin Coleman goes into detail about the 2024 recruiting class.
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Kentucky basketball assistant coach Chin Coleman recently spoke with the media. While talking about the game, Coleman was asked about Kentucky’s current signees in the 2024 class, which now sits No. 2 overall, all of whom signed this in the early signing period.

Somto Cyril

“A freak of nature, Coleman says. He says he has to get better with his skill-set, but that he does things that no one else in the world can do: “He’s a freak of nature. Obviously, he’s gotta get better with his skill set, right, but he does things that no one in the world could do, not even guys in the NBA could do some of the stuff that he does in terms of pure shot-blocker, pure vertical spacer. He gets way over the rim, and that gives you something that a lot of teams don’t have.”

Boogie Fland

With Boogie Fland, he says he’s the best point guard in the country, and that he is expecting to give the keys to him when he arrives: “You talk about Boogie, who’s the best point guard in the country,” Coleman said. “We got the best, in Boogie, and we’re expecting Boogie to come in here and have the keys to the Lamborghini and drive it the right way.”


Jayden Quaintance

Talking about Jayden Quaintance, Coleman calls him a “prodigy”: “You have a prodigy, who is probably–arguably one of the best players in the country regardless of class. ’24, ’25, it doesn’t matter,” Coleman said. “He too has some force and some physicality, but he’s very, very, very, skilled. He’s 6-10 245-250, and he plays like a guard,” Coleman said. “The crazy thing about it is, two years, think about that. Jayden Quaintance for two years, that’s unheard of.”

Travis Perry

Coleman also dove in on Travis Perry, saying, “Hometown kid. His parents obviously share some relationships with the university. All he knows is blue. He wanted to go here no matter how many people recruited him. This is where he wanted to be.”

On the recruiting class as a whole, he calls it a “unique” class that is different in its own way. Kentucky is on a hot streak in the 2024 class and beyond, and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Check out Coleman’s answer in the video below!


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Kentucky Targets Play In Made Hoops Derek Smith Invitational



Kentucky basketball recruiting prospect AJ Dybantsa going up for a dunk,
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The city of Louisville had some of the nation’s top high school prospects in town this weekend at Saint Xavier High School for the Made Hoops Derek Smith Invitational. A few of the nation’s top high school teams were there as well, and they featured some very notable names.

Headlined by 2024 Kentucky signee Jayden Quaintance, who did not play in the event, there were a few major Kentucky targets in Louisville this weekend. The top player of 2025, AJ Dybantsa, who is a generational talent, put up a great game against Link Academy on Saturday, which features 2026 Texas signee Tre Johnson and 2025 Top-15 prospect Jasper Johnson.

Dybantsa finished with 25 points, and his teammate, 2026 Top prospect Tyran Stokes, is another major Kentucky target. He had 12 points. Jasper Johnson ended with 10 points for Link Academy, coming up short in the loss to Prolific Prep.


Sunday featured Prolific Prep vs. St. Xavier, where Dybantsa struggled, but Tyran Stokes made up for it. Dybantsa is known as an athletic finisher, who is long and can really score. That wasn’t clicking on Sunday. Instead, it was Stokes who was playing very aggressively attacking the basket. He even threw down a few monster dunks. Stokes had a full head of steam attacking the rim all day. Kentucky’s staff was in attendance.

Dybantsa spoke after the game on Sunday to talk about Kentucky and what it means to him to be offered by Kentucky.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “High-major school, you know, multiple NBA players, a lot of college championships.” He spoke about playing with other elite talent right now, and eventually at the next level, “I know how to blend well. I know how to get my teammates involved.”

Dybantsa also went on to about what he is looking for his role to be at the next level: “Like a point forward or just play shooting guard at my height.” He then talked about things he has to do to be his best at the next level: “Get all my ball-handling right, limit turnovers, and just making the right passes.”


Dybantsa is a generational talent, and there was a lot of talent this weekend in Louisville. A notable win from the weekend was Fredrick Douglass’ close win against St. Frances, who is a nationally known team. A lot to like about this weekend in Louisville.

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Recap And Takeaways From Kentucky’s Stunning Loss To UNC Wilmington



Kentucky Forward Justin Edwards reacts to an foul call at Rupp Arena.
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Kentucky looked like a totally different team on Saturday when they faced UNC Wilmington at Rupp Arena, losing to a score of 80-73.

Kentucky played a very sloppy game, putting up a season-high 14 turnovers, also as a result of very good defense from UNC Wilmington.

Let’s dive into the takeaways from the game.


Kentucky Ties A Season-High 14 Turnovers

Kentucky did not look like the team we have watched to start the season. Playing very sloppy, and making questionable passes, Kentucky ended up with 14 turnovers, which ties a season-high.

The Cats had 9 turnovers in the first half alone, cleaning them up a little bit in the second half. Kentucky’s assist-to-turnover ratio took a big hit tonight, with only dishing out 14 assists.

Kentucky Struggles From Three-Point Range

Kentucky’s offense had struggles all night, with turnovers a big part of it from making questionable passes. But, Kentucky also struggled from deep. Not putting up as much threes as usual, Kentucky only attempted 17, and hit 5 of them.

Besides Reed Sheppard, no one else could get it going from behind the arc. Sheppard was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 25 points on 3 of 6 from deep, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and added 2 steals.


Kentucky Looked Out Of Control

Kentucky had a lot of silly turnovers, especially in the first half, and played a very sloppy game on the offensive end, which ended up affecting the defensive side too.

There were times were Kentucky was forcing passes, which ended up in turnovers, but cleaned those up in the second half.

Overall, Kentucky looked like a much different team tonight, but will look to get their bearings after a week off, when they face Penn in Philadelphia on December 9th. No need to fret, BBN, we’ve got a good team.

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