Baylor and Kentucky Have a Chance at Redemption

By Trevor Lowry

The Baylor Bears and Kentucky Wildcats have not started the 2012-13 college basketball season off how they would have wanted, with both teams being 4-2 on the year, but they will have a chance at redemption this weekend. The only problem is this redemption will come against each other because the Bears and Wildcats will go head to head in Lexington on Saturday.

Baylor’s loss to the Colorado Buffaoloes was not a bad one, but a loss is a loss. However, the loss to the Charleston Cougars really hurts. Even the Auburn Tigers managed to beat the Cougars. Baylor started the season off on a high note by beating a very good Lehigh Mountain Hawks team.

Pierre jackson has been incredible so far, averaging 20.3 points per game and 6.7 assists per game. Not bad for a kid who is technically playing in his second year in college.

In case you missed it, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish just beat Kentucy by the score of 64-50. The Wildcats did not look like a team that won a national championship last season, but it is a completely different team and all. Kentucky also lost to the Duke Blue Devils at the beginning of the season, but that Duke team is literally beating everyone, including three teams from last year’s Final Four.

Kentucky’s losses are not bad at all, but this team had very high expectations coming into the season, and so did Baylor.

Well, only one of these teams can win against each other and whoever does will have a great victory on the resume. Kentucky will have the edge, since this game will be played in Lexington, but this should be a very good game, where either team could win.

The key matchup of this game will be against the two big guys. Both Nerlens Noel and Isaiah Austin are freshmen, both players will likely be lottery picks in the upcoming NBA Draft and both players are off to good starts this year.

Noel is averaging 12 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, 3.2 blocks per game and 2.7 steals per game. Austin is playing just as well, with 14.2 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game.

You would think that both teams would bounce back from sluggish starts because these teams are filled with young talent, but whoever wins this game will have the kick start over the other. Baylor and Kentucky will go head to head this Saturday. Last year these two teams met in the NCAA tournament. Kentucky won that contest, but both teams have different faces and names on the court this season. We will just have to wait and see which team gets its redemption.

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