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Missouri at Kentucky: Wildcats come into league opener leading SEC in scoring

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Missouri at No. 18 Kentucky

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

Series; Last meeting: Kentucky leads 13-2; Missouri 75, Kentucky 70, Feb. 3, 2021

Records: Missouri 6-6, Kentucky 9-2

TV, radio: SEC Network,

About Missouri: The Tigers were last seen getting trounced in the second half of the Braggin’ Rights Game, an 88-63 loss to Illinois on Dec. 22. MU’s losses to Florida State, Liberty, Kansas and Illinois were decided by an average margin of 27 points. … MU opens SEC play ranked last in the league in scoring (67.5 points per game), 3-point shooting (24.7%) and 3-point field goal defense (38.8%). … Forward Kobe Brown remains MU’s best all-around player, ranking ninth in the SEC in scoring (14.8), third in rebounding (8.9) and third in shooting percentage (52.9). … Assistant Cornell Mann will serve as acting head coach after Cuonzo Martin tested positive for COVID on Sunday.

About Kentucky: The Wildcats have recovered from a Dec. 11 loss to Notre Dame with wins over North Carolina and Western Kentucky by a combined 64 points. ... UK leads the SEC in scoring at 83.3 points per game ... Oscar Tshiebwe, a 6-9 West Virginia transfer, leads UK with 16.1 points per game and leads the nation with 15.5 rebounds per game. … Point guard Sahvir Wheeler, a Georgia transfer, leads the SEC with 7.7 assists per game. … The Cats don’t make many 3-pointers — only 22.6% of their points come from behind the arc — but Kellan Grady, a transfer from Davidson, leads the SEC in 3-point accuracy at 47.5%. He’s shot 11 of 16 from 3 over UK’s last two games. … UK is 5-0 against Missouri at Rupp Arena since the Tigers joined the SEC, winning by seven, 49, 34, 21 and 12 points.

- Dave Matter

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