LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Miami University women's basketball team has a significant challenge in front of it as it travels to Lexington Wednesday for a meeting with ninth-ranked Kentucky. The game features a special matinee start time of 11 a.m. due to an Education Day promotion by the Wildcats. Tim Bray has the call and audio broadcast can be hear live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
RANKED OPPONENTS: This will be the first time the RedHawks have taken on a ranked opponent since the last time Miami faced Kentucky, on Nov. 14, 2010 in Millett Hall. In that game, the RedHawks were extremely competitive with the ninth-ranked Wildcats, taking a 34-33 lead early in the second half. Kentucky would use a run to take the lead to double digits, but Miami would fight back to pull within eight with 5:35 to go. The Wildcats would hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for an 84-71 win. Miami's last win over a ranked opponent came on Mar. 4, 2009, when it defeated 25th-ranked Bowling Green, 45-40.
EARLY NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS: It is still very early and there isn't much data to go on, but the NCAA released its first statistical rankings of the 2012-13 season on Monday. Miami ranks 47th nationally in field goal defense, holding opponents to a .339 shooting percentage. It is also 64th in the nation in steals, averaging 11.4 per game. Individually, Courtney Osborn ranks 72nd in the country in scoring with 18.0 points per game and 27th in assists with 5.8 per game.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Kentucky is 4-1 on the season and ranked ninth in the latest AP Poll. The Wildcats have won their four games by an average of 44.5 points per game, including a 73-37 win over Morehead State last Friday and a 100-34 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Sunday. Kentucky's only loss came to defending national champion and then top-ranked Baylor, 85-51, on Nov. 13. The Wildcats return four starters from a team that went 28-7 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. They are led by senior All-America guard A'dia Mathies, who averages 14.6 points per game. Another key player has been sophomore guard Bria Goss, who was the SEC Freshman of the Year last season. She averages 9.4 points per contest.
Series with KENTUCKY: The Wildcats hold a 15-2 lead in the all-time series with Miami and have won the last five meetings. The teams last met on Nov. 14, 2010 in Oxford. In that game, the RedHawks were extremely competitive with the ninth-ranked Wildcats, taking a 34-33 lead early in the second half. Kentucky would use a run to take the lead to double digits, but Miami would fight back to pull within eight with 5:35 to go. The Wildcats would hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for an 84-71 win. Miami last defeated Kentucky, 73-64, on Dec. 5, 2001 in Oxford.
MIAMI VS. SEC: The Southeastern Conference is one of the premiere conferences in women's basketball, with several of its teams in contention for the national title each year. Miami is 3-26 all-time against the current members of the SEC. In addition to the 2-15 record against Kentucky, the RedHawks are 0-5 against Vanderbilt, 1-1 against Georgia, 0-2 against Missouri and 0-1 against Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Miami has never faced Mississippi, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU, Arkansas or Texas A&M.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The RedHawks return home for their next two games. On Saturday Miami will take on Massachusetts at 2 p.m. Then on Tuesday it is the annual Class at the Court game against Wright State at 1:30 p.m. Over 1,500 elementary school students from the Talawanda School District will be in attendance. Both games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access.