The RedHawks can beat Washington despite Szczerbiak's sore knee, but they won't get past Utah.
Player to Watch
Following 22-and 31-point efforts in December wins over Indiana and Maryland, respectively, Heshimu Evans, a 6'6" senior forward, went into a ghastly swoon, scoring in double figures once in his next nine games. He still hasn't regained his shooting touch—he converted just 27.7% of his three-point attempts this season—but he had success in the last six weeks by mixing it up inside.
The Wildcats' decline started around Groundhog Day. They went 3-4 in February, mostly because of a dearth of good shooting. Kentucky was the third-worst team in the SEC in three-point shooting (32.3%), a deficiency that invites defenses to sag on big men Michael Bradley and Jamaal Magloire. The Wildcats have size and depth, but if they don't start shooting straight, they're headed for an early spring vacation.
Coach Tubby Smith
Team scoring 75.8 (FG%: 47.5) (3-pointers: 196-607, 32.3%)
Opponent scoring 62.3 (FG%: 37.7)
Rebound margin +6.0
Team FT% 62.7
Whom not to foul
Ryan Hogan (88%), Heshimu Evans (73%)
Whom to foul
Michael Bradley (45%), Jamaal Magloire (56%)
Maryland 103-91; Auburn 72-62, 69-57
Defending champs will win two before Utah prevails.