Michigan State Vs. Kentucky Live Radio Broadcast: College Basketball 2013 (LISTEN/WATCH)
Nov 12, 2013 04:49 PM EST
No. 1 Kentucky hosts No. 2 Michigan State in a battle of the nation's top-ranked teams. After cruising through their first two games, Wildcats coach John Calipari acknowledged Michigan State will be the first true test for his young team.
"It's a hard game to play this early," Calipari said, via ESPN. "This is not like you're going to steal, sneak by. You're going to have to ball. For us, it's just a bar of where we are right now. We've got a long way to go. ...
"We're still trying to figure out how to play fast, how to get in the lane, how to post up, how to cut. Trying to figure out defensively how we need to play. We're still not right."
Kentucky boasts six freshmen this season, including the highly-touted Julius Randle. The talented forward is already gaining the attention of NBA scouts, some of who believe Randle could go first overall in the 2014 NBA draft - even over Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
Randle averaged 22.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in his first two games with Kentucky. Despite his great debut, Randle admitted he needs to do better at the free throw line, where he's shooting 77 percent from.
"I'm still missing some opportunities," said Randle. "(There were) a lot of balls I didn't come up with. I just have to learn from it and improve."
Spartans coach Tom Izzo, whose team is 1-0, isn't reading into Kentucky's inexperience on the court.
"We're going to have some problems with (Kentucky) matching up and they might have some problems with us," Izzo said. "(Kentucky) looks like an NBA team. It's a big, big team. Talented team. Well-coached team. Can't wait.
"No matter what the outcomes of the games are, I think all teams will benefit in some way, shape or form."