For the first time since Nov. 5th, the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats (8-1) are set to play away from Rupp Arena as they’ll play two games in Las Vegas this week.
The first will come Wednesday night when they’ll take on the Utah Utes (8-2) in a late-night match-up. Kentucky defeated Utah at Rupp Arena last season by a score of 88-61. All-time, the Cats, are 10-2 against the Utes, including defeating them in the 1998 national championship game.
Despite Utah not being ranked in the AP poll, they are ahead of the Wildcats in the NET rankings as the Utes rank 54th with the Wildcats at 58th. Utah also put together one of the most dominating performances in college basketball history earlier this season when they defeated Mississippi Valley State by a score of 143-49.
After the Cats take on Utah, they’ll prepare for a heavyweight fight with No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) Saturday. Ohio State seemed prime to enter Saturday’s match-up as the nation’s top-ranked team, but they were upset by Minnesota Sunday for their first loss of the season.
Saturday will mark the first match-up between Kentucky and Ohio State since 2015 when the Buckeyes defeated the Wildcats in Brooklyn. All-time Kentucky is 11-9 against Ohio State.
Before heading to Las Vegas head coach John Calipari, Tyrese Maxey and Zan Payne met with the media to preview the match-up. Hear from all three Wildcats below courtesy of The Boot Store.