I’m not sure I have ever been happier to have a Kentucky basketball game on a Saturday afternoon. Take out the fact that I was able to make my first trip to a game in over two years with my dad; it was nice to get the bad taste out of our mouths from the Seton Hall game last weekend.
Yesterday’s game was arguably the Cats’ best performance of the entire season. After Utah started the game on a 10-2 run, it was all Kentucky in a game that had great offense from players like Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro and Reid Travis while also forcing turnovers, and more importantly, capitalizing on those turnovers on the opposite end.
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Jemarl Baker CAN Shoot
In a game where Keldon Johnson was 6 of 7 from three, his performance was overshadowed by Jemarl Baker in the closing minutes. When he checked in the game, I felt like I was cheering on Brad Calipari or Jonny David, chanting with the crowd for him to “SHOOOOOOOOT,” and shoot did he ever.
Baker could turn into an X factor on this team. He obviously isn’t going to shoot 100% from beyond the arc every game (wouldn’t that be awesome if he did though?!), but he could turn into a legitimate spark for the offense.
Keldon Johnson was the Man
I was talking with a colleague earlier this week about how this team will go as far as Keldon Johnson carries them. You’ve heard Matt talk about it on the radio show all year long, every great UK team has an elite player. Johnson has the opportunity to be this team’s elite player and turn them into the great team everyone expected them to be.
The Kentucky freshman started off the game red hot from three. He started 5-5 before finally missing one which turned out to be his only miss of the night. Keldon must play well for this team to be great and last night might have been his best performance yet.
The ’93 Final Four Team was Honored at Halftime
The 1993 Final Four team was honored at halftime of the game. While they were before my time, I recognized almost every name from the team. Not surprisingly, Rick Pitino did not make the trip for the reunion with the team, but John Calipari said that he did ask him to come.
Whether Pitino should have or not is another story, but I think it was perfect for UK to honor a team that doesn’t get the same amount of love as other teams over the history of the program.
Josh Allen serves as the “Y;” Football Team Honored during Timeout
Quite possibly the loudest part of the game was when representatives from this year’s Kentucky team came onto the court to be recognized. No cheers were louder than for Josh Allen and Benny Snell.
Allen later returned to the court to serve as the honorary “Y” for the game. The linebacker will go down as quite possibly the greatest defensive player to ever suit up for the Blue and White and yesterday was just the first time that Allen will be recognized by Kentucky fans for his recent accomplishments.
Kentucky Women get by MTSU
As a WKU alum, I have a special dislike for Middle Tennessee so it was nice to see the Cats knock them off yesterday in a game at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky was led by Maci Morris, Taylor Murray and Blair Green who all scored in double figures in the 72-55 win over the Lady Raiders.
You’ll have two opportunities to see the Cats at home this week with Western Carolina coming to town on Tuesday and Murray State making the trip across the state on Friday morning.
Cats in the NFL Schedule
- Packers at Bears (Danny Trevathan)– 1pm
- Bucs at Ravens (Za’Darius Smith)– 1pm
- Cardinals (Corey Peters) at Falcons– 1pm
- Titans (Wesley Woodyard) at Giants– 1pm
- Patriots at Steelers (Bud Dupree)– 4:25pm
Last night, Avery Williamson has 4 total tackles in the Jets loss to the Texans.
That wraps up your news for today! Hope you have a great day! It is officially UNC hate week. Go Cats!