The Kentucky Wildcats fell from their No. 1 spot in the rankings by losing at UCLA on Saturday. But the Wildcats are still in the top five as they welcome the Eastern Kentucky Colonels to Lexington on Wednesday.
The Colonels are 7-2 and lead the Ohio Valley conference. This is the third in a stretch of four straight road games for them. After losing at Western Kentucky, the Colonels won 74-71 at Savannah State as the forward duo of Jarrelle Reischel and JaVonte Hawkins combined for 40 points and 15 rebounds.
The Wildcats will have to contend with those two after falling 77-87 at UCLA. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated. Isaiah Briscoe dropped 20 points, but the Wildcats shot 37.9% from the field. More alarmingly, they allowed the Bruins to shoot 52.8%. The Wildcats are now fifth in the rankings.
These two have met six times with Kentucky winning all six. Five of those games have been in Lexington with one meeting coming in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, which Kentucky only won by eight points. The Wildcats won last year’s meeting 82-49.