After an atrocious first half, Kentucky got it together and put away Utah Valley 73-63 to start the season 1-0.
Like John Calipari, a lot of us had both feet on the panic button after the Cats trailed by nine at half thanks to 22% shooting, but an 18-0 run regained momentum, spurred by the 2-3 zone. Hamidou Diallo led the way with 18 points, 13 in the second half, followed by Shai Alexander with 13 and Kevin Knox with 12. In the second half, Kentucky found its shot, connecting on almost 60% from the floor.
In short, tonight, we learned that Calipari wasn’t exaggerating when he said this team has a LONG ways to go; however, more often than not, their talent and athleticism will carry them through. That being said, Vermont and Kansas scare me.
More coming from Cal in just a moment…