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First Scouting Report: Kentucky basketball vs. Michigan


Going into Tuesday night’s game vs. No. 3 Virginia, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard had a 66-33 record as Wolverines head man.

Going into Tuesday night’s game vs. No. 3 Virginia, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard had a 66-33 record as Wolverines head man.

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Game day: No. 19 Kentucky 60, Bellarmine 41

Click below for more of the Herald-Leader’s and Kentucky.com’s coverage of Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game between Kentucky and Bellarmine in Rupp Arena.

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A look ahead to the Kentucky Wildcats’ next men’s basketball game:

The opponent

No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) will face Michigan (5-1) on Sunday, Dec. 4, at The O2 Arena in London, England.

The game will tip off at 1 p.m. (EST) and be telecast by ABC (Channel 36 in Lexington).

Michigan faced No. 3 Virginia on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Going into Tuesday night’s game vs. No. 3 Virginia, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard had a 66-33 record as Wolverines head man. Carlos Osorio AP

Series history

Kentucky leads the all-time series with Michigan 5-2.

Most recent meeting

Aaron Harrison’s three-pointer from the deep left wing with 2.3 seconds left gave Kentucky a 75-72 victory over Michigan in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 30, 2014, and sent the Wildcats to their third Final Four in four seasons.

Power rankings

The CBS version of the NET Rankings have Kentucky No. 9, Michigan No. 27.

In the Kenpom Ratings, Kentucky stands No. 4, Michigan No. 47.

The Sagarin Ratings have Kentucky No. 15, Michigan No. 48.

Know your foe

1. Going into Tuesday night’s action, fourth-year Michigan Coach Juwan Howard had a 66-33 record at his college alma mater. Howard directed the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament round of eight in 2020-21 and to the round of 16 last season.

A member of Michigan’s famed “Fab Five” as a player, Howard played against Kentucky in the 1993 Final Four. A 6-foot-9 forward, Howard had 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Wolverines’ 81-78 overtime victory over the Wildcats.

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Kentucky star Jamal Mashburn tried to score in the lane against Michigan’s Juwan Howard in UK’s 81-78 overtime loss to the Wolverines in the 1993 NCAA Tournament Final Four. Howard is now the Michigan head coach.

Michigan went on to lose to North Carolina in the NCAA finals, the second straight season in which Howard and the rest of the “Fab Five” lost in the national championship game. Michigan fell to Duke and Christian Laettner in the 1992 finals.

2. A 7-foot-1, 255-pound center, Hunter Dickinson is Michigan’s best player. Going into Tuesday night’s game with Virginia, the junior from Alexandria, Va., was almost averaging a double-double — 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds — while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Last season, Dickinson averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds.

The Michigan star will be the second marquee big-man matchup of the season for Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe. Last season’s consensus National Player of the Year, Tshiebwe has already gone up against Gonzaga star post player Drew Timme this season.

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Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds through six games. Duane Burleson AP

Besides Dickinson, Michigan’s only other double-figure scorer is guard Jett Howard, (15.2 points, 43.9 percent on three-point attempts), a 6-8 freshman and son of the Wolverines’ head coach.

3. Going into the matchup with Virginia, Michigan’s sole loss of the season was a blowout defeat, 87-62, vs. Arizona State in the Legends Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The difference in the game was shooting — ASU hit 32 of 53 shots, 11 of 19 treys. Meanwhile, Michigan made only 21 of 62 field-goal tries, four of 22 three-pointers.

This story was originally published November 29, 2022 8:58 PM.

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Mark Story has worked in the Lexington Herald-Leader sports department since Aug. 27, 1990, and has been a Herald-Leader sports columnist since 2001. I have covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every UK-U of L basketball game but three since 1996-97 and every Kentucky Derby since 1994.
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