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Today on KSR: Big Second Half leads Cats to big win over Tennessee


Wow. Quite possibly the only word I can use to describe last night’s performance. Kentucky opened up the second half on a 14-0 en route to an 86-69 win over #1 Tennessee. Now for the stories to start your Sunday morning:

PJ Washington continues to roll

As Jay Bilas said during the second half, PJ Washington has flipped a switch over the last ten or so games and has been playing better than anyone in the country.

The UK sophomore finished with 23 points on 9/11 shooting while also pulling down 5 rebounds. Washington paced the Cats in the first few minutes of the game by scoring their first 7 points. Much of this team’s success over the past month and a half has been due to the emergence of the player that we all thought Washington could be.

If he keeps this up, and helps lead Kentucky to a deep run in March, he very easily could be looking at getting himself in to being a lottery pick; something that he desperately wants and it shows.

Herro on the Glass

One of the more surprising stats from the victory was Tyler Herro’s rebounding total. The Wisconsin native finished the game with a career high 13 rebounds which was 5 higher than the next highest total on either team.

While this is not something he will need to do every game, just showing that he has the ability to do so is something that should scare teams across the nation.

The stat was also impressive for this point:

And it gets better:

Ashton Hagans returns to form

For about the last five or so games, Ashton Hagans has not been the same player that he was since the Utah game. Last night, he got back on the right track with an excellent performance. Although only having two steals, Hagans finished with 9 points and 7 assists and more importantly only 1 turnover.

Everyone of Cal’s elite teams have had good point guards. When the point guard struggles, the team usually will as well. Hagans is extremely important to the success of this team come March and if he turns in similar performances to last night, we could be in for a fun ride.

Student becomes Legend after hitting half court shot on Gameday

One of the more popular College Gameday segments is when they give a student a chance to hit a half court shot for a chance to win X amount of money.

Kentucky has never had a student hit the shot… until yesterday.

Yeah, the language is maybe a little NSFW, but hey, if I just won $19,000 I’d probably act the same way and I am sure you would too.

Multiple Former Cats return to Rupp

With it being the NBA All Star break, multiple former Cats made their way to Rupp Arena to take in the big game. Players like Alex Poythress, Isaac Humphries, Kevin Knox, and Wenyen Gabriel all were in attendance and served as the honorary “Y.”

Knox was interviewed during the game and spoke about how Cal “put him out of his comfort zone,” which in turn helped make him a top 10 pick.

Hamidou Diallo wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

One player that was not in Lexington for last night’s game was Hamidou Diallo. The former Cat was competing in the popular NBA Slam Dunk contest that saw him take home the top prize!

The dunk that everyone is talking about is this one… it still leaves me speechless.

Here is the champ:

Hope you enjoy your Sunday. It is definitely a GREAT day to be Wildcat!

Article written by Sam Gormley

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11 responses to “Today on KSR: Big Second Half leads Cats to big win over Tennessee”

  1. bigblue2284

    Great game for the Cats! The only time UT made a run was when they switched to zone. IMO when a team goes to zone Cal should turn up the defense with pressing and trapping, speed the game up to avoid half court offense against the zone.

    1. J. Did

      Agreed.

  2. BeejeCat

    Don’t forget MKG was there too!

  3. TheAssman

    Great to see the former Cats back and great reception for them by the crowd. BBN!!

    1. StayBlue

      Agree

  4. Ridge Runner

    Just to add another note to Hagans game, his hands caused multiple deflections as well that don’t end up in the “steal” category but are huge in causing defensive havoc.

    1. StayBlue

      So true Ridge

  5. J. Did

    As CAL always says…..the first couple of possessions and minutes at the start of 2nd half are crucial.

  6. IrishCat

    They aren’t over rated, but they can’t match up w/ us when the CATS are on. PJ is a better version of Grant Williams. I like our chances in Knoxville.

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    1. catsarerunnin

      Will there be hot chicks there??