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College basketball on television: Joe Dean, Jr. brings a little string music to Rupp Arena

Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis (35) defended Vanderbilt Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis (5) as UK hosted Vandy at Rupp Arena on Saturday Jan. 23, 2016 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis (35) defended Vanderbilt Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis (5) as UK hosted Vandy at Rupp Arena on Saturday Jan. 23, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Mike Morgan will be on play-by-play, Joe Dean, Jr. will be handling color and Laura Rutledge on sideline duty when the SEC Network telecasts the Kentucky-Missouri game at 9 p.m. from Rupp Arena on Wednesday.

Dean, the son of the late and legendary Joe Dean, Sr., was a Kentucky assistant coach who is now the athletics director at Birmingham Southern. Dean has been around the SEC for years and will on occasion replicate his father’s famous “a little string music” call after a made basket.

It’s a game that Kentucky has to be careful not to overlook, as Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader writes, before the Cats travel to No. 4 Kansas on Saturday for a SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup.

In the midst of a rebuilding job, Missouri is ranked No. 178 by kenpom.com. The Tigers are ranked 213th in offensive efficiency and No. 139 in defensive efficiency. Kentucky is 29th in offensive efficiency and 32nd in defensive efficiency. The Cats are ranked 22nd overall.

As for other games Wednesday night, SEC leader Texas A&M is at Arkansas for a 7:00 ESPN game. The Aggies, 17-2 on the season, have climbed to No. 5 in the AP poll. Arkansas is 9-10 overall.

Over on ESPNU, No. 17 Baylor is at Oklahoma State for a 9:00 game. Oklahoma State is just 2-5 in the Big 12 but the Cowboys have been known to be giant-killers at home. Travis Ford’s club whipped Kansas 86-67 in Stillwater last week.

Wichita State, which is a perfect 8-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference, plays host to Loyola of Chicago at 9:00 on the CBS Sports Network. Wichita has risen to No. 22 in the AP poll. Loyola is 2-6 in the MVC.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

▪ 7:00 - Auburn at Ole Miss (SEC)

▪ 7:00 - Texas A&M at Arkansas (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Rutgers at Michigan (Big 10)

▪ 7:00 - DePaul at Butler (CBS Sports)

▪ 7:00 - St. John’s at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 7:00 - Pittsburgh at Clemson (Fox Sports South)

▪ 8:00 - Tulsa at Houston (ESPN News)

▪ 8:00 - Louisville at Virginia Tech (WAVE-3)

▪ 9:00 - Stetson at Marquette (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:00 - Missouri at Kentucky (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Baylor at Oklahoma State (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Purdue at Minnesota (Big 10)

▪ 9:00 - Loyola (CHI) at Wichita State (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - Boise State at UNLV (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - California at Utah (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Tuesday

  • No. 1 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 91-67
  • No. 7 Xavier beat No. 10 Providence 75-68
  • No. 9 West Virginia beat Kansas State 70-55
  • Mo. 11 Virginia beat Wake Forest 72-71
  • No. 19 Indiana lost to Wisconsin 82-79 in overtime

Top 20 field goal percentage defense

  • 1. San Diego State 36.1
  • 2. Louisville 36.4
  • 3. Little Rock 36.9
  • 4. Valparaiso 37.1
  • 5. Purdue 37.2
  • 6. UConn 37.3
  • 7. UC-Irvine 37.4
  • 8. Michigan St 37.4
  • 9. Vanderbilt 37.9
  • 10. Northern Illinois 38.0
  • 11. Georgia 38.1
  • 12. Memphis 38.2
  • 13. Villanova 38.4
  • 14. California 38.4
  • 15. Arkansas State 38.5
  • 16. Mercer 38.5
  • 17. Florida 38.6
  • 18. Jackson St 38.7
  • 19. South Carolina 38.7
  • 20. Georgetown 38.8
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