Men's Basketball

No. 8/10 Kentucky Wildcats (7-1)
William & Mary Tribe (3-4)

Wed., Dec. 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky returns home riding high after a thrilling 60-58 victory over rival Louisville Saturday. The Wildcats face William & Mary for the first time in school history in the team?s final game before the Christmas holiday.

Junior Patrick Sparks was clutch for Kentucky on the road Saturday, pouring in 25 points, including 18 in the second half, to help Kentucky overcome a 16-point halftime deficit for the win. Sparks nailed three free throws with less than a second remaining to provide the winning margin and tie the school record for largest halftime deficit overcome.

The victory over the Cardinals was Kentucky?s first in three years. Tubby Smith earned his second victory over former boss Rick Pitino before a Freedom Hallrecord crown of 20,088 fans.

The Cats will enjoy a short holiday break before returning to campus to prepare for next week?s battle with Campbell. Another week-long break follows before UK opens Southeastern Conference play against South Carolina Jan. 5.

Scouting the Tribe

William & Mary visits Lexington with a 3-4 record after a Monday night loss at UNC Greensboro. The Tribe has lost four of its last five games, including two consecutive road contests.

Edwin Ofori Attah leads a trio of double-figure scorers for the Tribe with 13.0 ppg. Hawley Smith adds 12.3 ppg, as does Corey Cofield. Cofield also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.4 rpg.

Head coach Tony Shaver is in his second season at William & Mary.

Probable Starters

 Pos. # Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Notes F 44 Chuck Hayes 6-6 242 Sr. 11.1 9.8 6 pts, 9 rebs, 4 assts vs. UL F 24 Kelenna Azubuike 6-5 208 Jr. 14.1 4.8 Leads team in scoring C 33 Randolph Morris 6-10 266 Fr. 8.8 4.4 Season-low 2 pts vs. UL G 4 Rajon Rondo 6-1 171 Fr. 6.5 *2.0 Season-high 4 rebs vs. UL G 22 Patrick Sparks 6-0 180 Jr. 13.6 *4.8 National Player of the Week WILLIAM & MARY Pos. # Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Notes F 45 Corey Cofield 6-6 220 So. 12.3 6.4 10 pts, 5 rebs at UNCG F 21 Hawley Smith 6-5 215 Jr. 12.3 6.0 Leads in FT (31) and FTM (38) F 13 Laimis Kisielius 6-8 215 Fr. 7.6 3.6 Team-high 15 pts at UNCG G 1 Edwin Ofori Attah 6-4 205 Fr. 13.0 3.1 Frosh leads team in scoring G 10 Nick D?Antoni 6-0 185 Sr. 3.3 *3.0 Leads team with 21 assists *assists per game

Online Coverage:

– Regional Live

William & Mary Tribe Information

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