LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Kentucky men’s basketball team beat Kentucky Wesleyan, 95-72 in last Friday’s exhibition game. The Wildcats have one more preseason showdown before the regular season starts next week.
Miles College makes its way into Rupp Arena on Friday night to take on the Wildcats, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. in downtown Lexington.
The 95 points they scored against Wesleyan is the most Kentucky has chalked up in an exhibition games since 2017, when they beat Thomas More College, 103-61. While the offense looked sharp, some of the players mentioned the improvement they need to make on the defensive side of the floor.
“Last game we saw that our interior defense isn’t all the way there so that’s something that we can prepare and move forward,” Kentucky redshirt-sophomore guard Dontaie Allen said. “Our team did a lot more posting up and had that emphasis. You can do the arm bar now and we did not know that rule so that’s what we used in practice.”
Kentucky gets the regular season started on Tuesday in the Champions Classic, set to take on Duke at 9:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Before they head to the bright lights, the players say this Friday’s exhibition against Miles is a valuable tune-up opportunity.
“It is preparation to get us ready for Duke, our first game,” Kentucky junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe said. “We’ve been working on the mistakes we saw and we’re getting better. We’re trying to get everybody’s mind straight, stay focused, locked in and be ready to go.”
“We’re working on our chemistry, playing with space,” Kentucky graduate-senior guard Davion Mintz said. “Just being able to see things and play against different people is actually really fun. Going up against the same guys every day, guys that know your game, it gets tough.”