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Today on KSR: Close Call


Can you believe Kentucky won that game? Me neither.

The short-handed Cats only had one healthy point guard against a Texas A&M team that was finally at full strength.  A team that got out-toughed at Tennessee, Kentucky responded to their coach’s criticism by going toe-to-toe with the most physical interior in the SEC.  The 74-73 win was filled with flaws, but all that matters for now is that Kentucky survived.

One Crazy Final Minute

The Cats had a few chances to finish Texas A&M, but mistakes and missed free throws gave the Aggies one too many opportunities.  A Shai Gilgeous-Alexander turnover off a missed A&M free throw put them within striking range, but luckily the Aggies missed their target when the Cats left a man wide open for a corner three.  Their decision to make a risky full court pass almost worked, if the refs didn’t give Kentucky a break.

Did Wenyen foul Tyler Davis?  Yes. Did Isaac Humphries deserve a technical at Reed Arena. No.  After what’s felt like a month of being on the wrong end of bad officiating, it feels good to catch a break in the final seconds of a feel-good win.

UK Out-Rebounded A&M

The Aggies entered Rupp Arena ranked second in the country in rebounding with 44 per game.  The Cats won the rebounding battle 28-27.  Kentucky also had more points in the paint, 32 to A&M’s 30.  The  Aggies were supposed to have an advantage in the interior but Kentucky won the war inside.

We Saw the Old Kevin Knox

Knox finally got out of his funk.  The small forward was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor (2/2 3FG) to finish with 15 points.  It wasn’t a perfect game, but it was the game Kentucky needed from him to get the win.

If I have to pick one bone with his game, it isn’t the four turnovers.  Knox did not shoot a free throw until there was 2:44 left to play in the game.  He made a few more aggressive attempts to get to the rim, but not enough to get to the free throw line, a place where interior toughness is rewarded with a free shot attempt.

The Best of the Best

Gameday will Return to Rupp

During last night’s broadcast, ESPN announced the season premiere of College Gameday will be January 20 at Rupp Arena.  The hour-long show will be from the Rupp Arena floor at 11:00 a.m.  Later that afternoon Zion Williamson’s decision will preface Kentucky’s match-up with Florida.

Lonzo Can’t Hang with Fox, Again

Bullying Lonzo Ball is De’Aaron Fox’s favorite hobby.  He outscored Ball 15-5 and held Lonzo to 2-10 from the floor in the Kings’ losing effort to the Lakers.

Mike Edwards will Return to Kentucky

The Kentucky football team received unexpected good news yesterday afternoon.  Mike Edwards announced he will wait one more year to go to the NFL.  The safety led the team in tackles (96, No. 9 in the SEC) and interceptions (4, t-3rd in the SEC).  Later in the day we’ll break down what the returning underclassmen mean for Mark Stoops’ defense.

A Pair of New Podcasts

Your iTunes feed will be filled with two new wonderful podcasts from Aaron Torres and the KSR Football crew.  Things got a little outta hand during the Football Podcast so it’s taken a little longer to get to the public, but I promise it’ll be worth it.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 responses to “Today on KSR: Close Call”

  1. chrisg18

    Why does KSR keep saying A&M was at full strength when they weren’t?

    1. ClutchCargo

      Facts are optional.

  2. UK Big Board Update

    Anyone notice all of Luether’s subtle jabs at the Cats after last nights WIN? He is so mad. LOL

    He’s not taking the Louisville 29-point pounding very well. 😂

    1. 4everUKblue

      I’m still waiting for him to hear from his sources. I can’t rest until I know what they say.

    2. KYcats11

      I need to know what he’s hearing from his sources on the Jarred Vanderbilt situation

  3. Rod Crandler

    So Zion making the decision before our game with ESPN game day going on at UK?

  4. Booby Petrino

    I’m sure some will say I’m watching it through blue glasses, but I keep watching that final pass and I don’t really see what the foul is on Wenyen that everyone keeps saying should’ve been called. I even watched it in slow mo. I guess maybe he pushed him but I’m not really seeing it. Just thought dude didn’t land his jump right and fell. There was no way Davis could’ve caught that ball if you watch it and see how high that ball was thrown.

    1. 4everUKblue

      One poster who was at the game last night said it happened near him and the pass was uncatchable.

    2. Booby Petrino

      it was totally uncatchable…watch it at the end of the video above and pause it as the ball is going over him.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Yes, WG had his arm around the guy, but that scrawny arm would not have been nearly enough to hold Davis if he had a play on that ball. Good no call, imo.

    4. EdC

      Uncatchable is a football interference rule, not a basketball rule. You don’t have to be anywhere near the ball to get a foul in basketball.

    5. ClutchCargo

      You’re right, EdC. But the “uncatchable” comment is in response to those who say the “hold” prevented Davis from catching the ball. Either way, it’s a moot point. We had one go our way this time.

    6. Booby Petrino

      yeah Ed, just saying everyone acts like that no-call changed the end of the game and to me it was a good no call bc there wasn’t a lot of contact. Still don’t see the contact, his arm was behind him but doesn’t look like he’s holding or pushing him. Whatever people saw on Wenyen didn’t change the outcome of the game IMO.

    7. Booby Petrino

      no need to call a ticky-tack “foul” to affect the game when the ball is soaring out of bounds.

  5. EdC

    “If I have to pick one bone with his game, it isn’t the four turnovers. Knox did not shoot a free throw until there was 2:44 left to play in the game.”

    He also had 1 rebound until the last minute of the game when he got his second one. If he lives outside the 3 point line on offense he just isn’t going to get to the free throw line much and he isn’t going to get rebounds. He’s 6’9″ which makes him pretty hard to guard out there. That’s great. I get it but how does your 6’9″ forward with a strong build getting massively out rebounded by your point guard make a lot of sense?

    1. Rembrandt

      All along, there has been way too much hype about Knox as a perimeter player. The guy isn’t a bad shooter, but he is 6’9″ tall and his primary value is in and around the paint. Knox gets called “soft” by fans and even by Cal, but he should not have been hyped as a perimeter player in the first place. Knox is one of the youngest freshmen in the country, therefore impressionable. From the beginning, they should have prepared him mentally to play near the baseline. Now that Vanderbilt is nearly game ready, it’s time to get everyone’s roles straight.

  6. Smyrna_Cat

    Didn’t think that was CLOSE to a foul on Gabriel. Come on “Facts are Option” Nick.

  7. FrankySSSuper

    Kinda wish they would have left the Gabriel hold at the end out of the highlights video. As if we need a reminder of how luck saved us. Not saying we didn’t deserve a win. Would have just felt a little less gross about it. I’m a big proponent of a last call not determining a game. Sucks, but a one point game means that anything that happened before hand was just as important towards the final result.

  8. chrisg18

    I just don’t see a foul when watching the replay of that last play. Granted I didn’t see the ESPN footage as I was at the game. Maybe they had a better angle though than what I have seen online. Davis falls because he is off balance (which will happen when you are battling, fairly, an opponent for position) and he is reaching as much as he can for a ball he has no chance in catching. I don’t see Wenyen grab him or impede his ability to try to catch the ball.