The KSR office is running on fumes today after the world’s longest basketball game kept us up way past our bedtime and the post-game obligations kept us up way later than that. But the coffee’s hot and the takes are hotter, so let’s get right to them in this speed round of morning takeaways from the game.
Jarred Vanderbilt:Â Finally, the speculation is over! Vanderbilt entered the game with more energy and excitement than Ryan Lemond at a t-shirt giveaway, but once he settled down and got those nerves under control, dude looked good. He’s going to need some time before he’s caught up, but we got a little taste of what he can become when he’s ready, and he is just what the team needs.
Officiating: No comment, per company policy.
Hamidou Diallo:Â The hell is he doing? Between that idiotic foul and forgetting he has teammates whenever he has the ball, Diallo was South Carolina’s second best player last night. It’s too bad Kentucky doesn’t have another guard right now because Diallo needs to take a seat until he can get himself under control. Archie Goodwin thinks he’s too selfish.
Diallo’s Foul:Â South Carolina outscored Kentucky by 22 points after Diallo committed the foul, which he then denied to Calipari on the bench, like we didn’t all see it.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander:Â Worst game since the haircut.
Quade Green:Â Come back soon.
20 years:Â It has been 20 years since Kentucky committed that many fouls (32) in a non-overtime game. Three Wildcats fouled out and three others had four.
Chris Silva:Â South Carolina’s sophomore forward was as good as advertised and more. He should really consider the NBA this spring because I don’t have any interest in seeing him in a UK-South Carolina game again. What he did to poor Wenyen was just wrong.
What the f*** are you doing:Â Cal seemed to be mad at someone when the TV camera went in for a close-up in the second half.
Nick Richards:Â Richards had his second best game in the scoring column; unfortunately, his missed dunk overshadows his five made baskets.
Free throws:Â No team deserves to win when it hits only 23 of 36 at the stripe. To make matters worse, South Carolina’s big guy with the funny hair hit four in a row when he hasn’t hit four in a row in his entire life.
Three-point shooting:Â I can’t remember sweating out the streak so far into a game. Luckily, Knox hit a three-pointer to keep it alive; on the contrary, Knox was the only player to hit a three-pointer and he went 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. This team is in desperate need of a steady outside shot.
Florida:Â Saturday is a must-win game now. It was a need-to-win game until last night; now a Kentucky victory is aÂ must.Â UK can’t drop any home games from here on out and it’ll need to steal a couple of road wins, too.