Basketball season is here folks. According to UK Athletics, 12,016 fans saw the game live in Rupp Arena. Officially, the score was Blue: 89, White: 88, but the players mixed and matched throughout the game. The game finished in dramatic fashion, with both teams trading free throw opportunities. The big winners of the first half had to be Willie Cauley-Stein (14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks on the night) and Julius Mays (13 first half points).The game started with the presumed “reserves” matching up against the “starters.” Early on, Julius Mays and Willie Cauley-Stein impressed, leading the way to an early “reserves” lead.
Freshman Archie Goodwin led the way with 32 points (11 of 22 shooting), showing a wide variety of offensive weapons– hitting from long distance as well as displaying his athleticism around the basket. Alex Poythress started the game quietly, yet showed flashes of just how explosive of a player he can be. Poythress finished with 25 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Kyle Wiltjer finished with a steady 16 points, including one of his signature baby hooks.
Nerlens Noel appears to have some work to do on the offensive end, as many speculated previously. With that said, in the end, Noel flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots).
Calipari concluded the event by saying, “Folks, let me just say this. Thanks for being here tonight. Can you see how far we have to go?”
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P.s. Tod Lanter will be a KSR favorite by tomorrow. Mark it down.