Basketball Season Coverage
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 03rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm
After weeks of little to no information, we finally got our first update on the injury status of Kentucky shooting guard Jemarl Baker.
During his weekly call-in radio show, John Calipari announced the redshirt freshman has been upgraded from “out” to “limited” at practice, working harder and getting more active on the floor with his teammates.
Good news, right? Well, not exactly.
When asked whether or not Baker would play at all this season, Calipari said he wasn’t exactly sure.
“You know, I don’t know,” he said. “It went from “out” on the (practice) sheet to “limited.” Being on the court for a long period of time, he just hasn’t done it.”
That’s not to say he’s pessimistic about his chances, however. In fact, he said Baker has been happy with his progress, just needs to get the conditioning right in practice without the flare-ups.
“Hopefully, though,” Calipari said. “He’s saying he’s getting better, now we’ve just got to get him to the point where he can stay up with these guys. You get behind the action, haven’t been in games like that.”
For a group Calipari deemed his “best three-point shooting team” since he arrived in Lexington, the Kentucky head coach is hopeful one of his best shot makers can return to game action sooner rather than later.
“Let’s hope, we could use one more guy, especially a guy that can make outside shots,” he said.
On November 23, Baker told former Kentucky legend and UK Countdown to Tipoff co-host Rex Chapman that he hoped to be cleared by Wednesday, November 28, and at the very latest, Saturday, December 1.
Two days after his announced deadline, and his status for the entire season is now up in the air.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 03rd, 2018 @ 6:00pm
With wins over Monmouth and UNC Greenbsoro, Kentucky improved to 7-1 and moved up a spot in both the AP and Coaches Polls. The Cats’ position in the KenPom, Sagarin, NET, and BPI ratings also improved from last Monday, in some cases dramatically:
- AP Poll: 9 (Previous: 10)
- Coaches Poll: 8 (Previous: 9)
- Ken Pomeroy Ratings: 16 (Previous: 19)
- Jeff Sagarin Ratings: 25 (Previous: 48)
- NET Rankings: 23 (Previous: 61)
- ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI): 15 (Previous: 23)
What about their opponents? As we will every Monday through the season, here’s a look at where Kentucky’s foes rank in college basketball polls and metrics:
|Team||Result||AP Poll||Coaches Poll||KenPom||Sagarin||NET||ESPN BPI|
|Southern Illinois||Win, 71-59||NR||NR||96||110||105||90|
|North Dakota||Win, 96-58||NR||NR||275||295||302||258|
|Tennessee State||Win, 77-62||NR||NR||281||253||333||250|
|UNC Greensboro||Win, 78-61||NR||NR||69||73||60||58|
|Seton Hall||Dec. 8||NR||NR||58||59||86||65|
|North Carolina||Dec. 22||14||12||7||8||18||4|
|Texas A&M||Jan. 8||NR||NR||78||109||149||116|
|Vanderbilt||Jan. 12, Jan. 29||NR||NR||71||67||66||76|
|Auburn||Jan. 19, Feb. 23||8||9||8||4||7||7|
|Mississippi State||Jan. 22, Feb. 9||22||25||23||33||32||31|
|Florida||Feb. 2, March 9||NR||NR||24||31||65||20|
|South Carolina||Feb. 5||NR||NR||85||115||174||78|
|Tennessee||Feb. 16, March 2||7||7||13||15||12||8|
|Ole Miss||March 5||NR||NR||66||60||71||112|
— According to the KenPom and Sagarin ratings, Seton Hall will be the toughest team Kentucky’s played since Duke. The Pirates lost to Louisville by five at home on Saturday, but like UNC Greensboro, have a hot-shooting guard in Myles Powell, who averages 24 points off 46% from the floor and 36% from three. Louisville beat Seton Hall by limiting Powell to 6-19, 2-12 from beyond the arc. Ashton Hagans, here’s your next assignment.
— Speaking of the Cards, they’re up to No. 27 in the Sagarin ratings and received votes in the AP Poll. December 29 doesn’t look nearly as easy as it did before the season began.
— After debuting to mixed reviews last week, the NCAA’s NET Rankings are starting to make a little more sense. Kentucky is up to No. 23 from No. 61 last Monday. There are still some outliers (Arizona State and Buffalo in the top 15?) but hopefully as the sample size grows, the rankings will continue to stabilize.
Kentucky’s wins over Monmouth and UNC Greensboro were enough to move them up one spot in the latest AP Poll. The Cats are now No. 9, right behind fellow SEC brethren Tennessee (No. 7) and Auburn (No. 8).
The top four of the poll remain the same: Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke, and Virginia. Michigan moved up two spots to No. 5 after shellacking North Carolina, which dropped to No. 14:
I’ll have a breakdown of where the Cats and their opponents stand in all the rankings and ratings in just a bit.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 02nd, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Legendary Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday, and the University of Kentucky wanted to do their part to join in on the fun.
During the Wildcats’ 78-61 victory over UNC-Greensboro yesterday afternoon, Coach Hall received a tribute video from several former Kentucky stars wishing him a very happy 90th birthday.
Take a look at the video featuring appearances from Sam Bowie, Jack “Goose” Givens, Kenny Payne, and John Calipari:
Happy 90th birthday to Coach Hall, who was just honored here at the game and presented with a ? pic.twitter.com/oaZPLamhrh
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 1, 2018
And what’s a birthday celebration without cake?
The UK cheerleaders presented Hall with a specialized Kentucky basketball cake, #JoeBBy90 inscription and all:
Here’s the presentation:
Kudos to UK for helping this man celebrate his 90th birthday with what else… a basketball cake pic.twitter.com/ZT2rq3PYaB
— Steve Moss (@smosswkyt) December 1, 2018
Happy 90th Birthday, Coach Hall!
By TJ Walker on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Well, that was a fun two hours. It wasn’t the prettiest game but UK’s late push closed out UNC Greensboro 78-61.
Here are five takeaways from Kentucky’s win.
1. The Win:
I know some fans will continue to panic and a lot of you all think UK stinks, but today was fun. It was good basketball between two tournament teams. The tempo was fun, the officiating was terrible and the atmosphere was the best we’ve seen at Rupp Arena all season.
Credit the fans at Rupp on Saturday. The opponent wasn’t a sexy name. It was an early start. It wasn’t a sellout crowd and the weather may have kept some folks away. But the 21,000+ fans that were there made a difference. Also, five-star forward Matthew Hurt said he wanted to see a good atmosphere and he saw a great environment tonight. Well done, UK fans.
As for the game itself, it was more of the same with different details. UK played a mix of average, bad and mediocre for about 32 minutes, but the final eight minutes I thought UK was mostly great. That team, the team that finished the game on a 14-2 run, is the group that can make the Final Four and beat just about anyone in the country.
2. Reid Travis:
You gotta be happy for the grad-transfer big. He came to UK to play in front of crowds like today and in his first “true” Rupp Arena experience he had his best game as a Wildcat. He finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
It’s not fun to imagine this team without Travis, so let’s not and instead focus on what he did well today. He’s obviously not going to play above the rim, but I have to imagine his opponents are black-and-blue after trying to guard him for the duration of the game. He outworks defenders and is completely relentless. UNCG had plenty of talent, but they didn’t have the muscle to handle Travis.
Reid Travis is like a sweat-stained t-shirt. He doesn’t go away. It may not always be pretty, but he’s always there and at any moment he’s going to get noticed. Persistent.
3. Keldon Johnson:
Something you all need to remember is that Johnson has a flavor for the extreme. He has a little MKG to him so when he goes down with an injury it doesn’t matter if someone stepped on his toe or it’s something major, it’s going to appear he’s in a great deal of pain. So, I wouldn’t expect any long lasting injuries from Johnson.
He clearly has the highest ceiling on this team and it’s already evident that the Cats are reliant on his energy and ability to create offensively. Things slowed down a bit when he went to the locker room.
13 points was below average, but no concerns offensively from Johnson. However, I was blown away by the 11 rebounds. A lot of those were clutch boards in traffic, too.
I said it last week but he can be the type of guy to lead UK to four, five or six wins in March.
4. Some negatives:
All-in-all it was a nice win for Kentucky, but things are only going to get tougher moving forward and the Cats will have to be cleaner. Here are a few negatives:
- PJ Washington: He just has to be better. Kenny Payne called him out yesterday and it was a bummer he didn’t respond. Nothing wrong with nine points and eight rebounds, but we continue to ask why we only see dominant PJ for short stretches. At this point Travis and Montgomery are better frontcourt options until PJ can become more consistent.
- Turnovers: Still too many and this team is still too careless with the ball. 17 turnovers which led to 12 UNCG points (could have been a lot more). Washington had four and Herro had three. I still think the game is still going a little too fast for the freshmen, but not idea what’s up with PJ turning it over so much.
- Free Throws: 17-24 isn’t atrocious, but UK had been better this season. I don’t think you see Herro miss two in a game again anytime soon, so I’m not overly concerned, but it seemed like for a portion of this game free throws would matter so it can/should be better.
- Defense: More of the same for the majority of the game. UK was lost at times switching and late closing out on the perimeter.
5. Moving forward:
Things get tougher but I think UNCG was a great introduction into this tougher stretch. UK won’t be able to blowout teams playing average basketball for 40 minutes. There has to be great stretches from UK and moving forward there will need to be great stretches longer than 5-8 minutes.
Seton Hall had the lead the majority of the game against UofL before falling late. Utah isn’t great but they will be pumped to play at Rupp Arena. Then it’s UNC in Chicago and that will be a defensive nightmare for the Cats with how things stand right now. Then it’s the Louisville game at the KFC Yum! Center, where I’d guess the Cards would be the favorite as of today.
Things are going to be tough and Kentucky has to be better. But a positive spin is that UK played average/below average for 32 minutes and despite only playing well for eight minutes they beat an NCAA Tournament team by 17 points.
More of that team and the Cats will be in business.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 8:00pm
Kentucky pulled off their first true quality win of the season against UNC-Greensboro, winning by a final score of 78-61.
After the game, Kentucky guard Tyler Herro, forward Reid Travis, and wing Keldon Johnson each talked to the media about their team’s performance on Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Herro talked about the crowd rallying the team, how happy he was with Kentucky’s play against a tournament team, and Ashton Hagans’ impact on the defensive end of the floor:
Reid Travis talked about playing a season-high 37 minutes, Hagans’ impact on defense, and playing a team as talented as UNCG.
And finally, Keldon Johnson talked about his ankle injury, whether or not he plays up his injuries, and how his team managed to slow down UNCG’s Francis Alonso.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 6:15pm
Five points (1-3 shooting), two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block. Solid numbers, but certainly nothing that blows you away on first glance.
Watching Kentucky’s 78-61 victory over UNC-Greensboro, however, it became obvious freshman point guard Ashton Hagans took a major step forward. In fact, it might have been a performance that solidified his spot as the team’s lead point guard.
Whether it be poking balls loose, diving on the floor, jumping the passing lanes, or being a pest on the ball, Hagans dominated on the defensive end of the floor. It was the exact kind of performance we were told we might see before he even arrived in Lexington.
Back in April before Hagans committed, Kentucky guard Tyler Herro told KSR the Covington, GA native was a defensive superstar and whoever signed him would be “lucky.”
“The way he picks up 94 feet, full-court defense. He gets downhill a lot, as a point guard, he gets downhill. Comes off in transition, makes the right play. To have him as a point guard, whoever gets him, they’re lucky,” said Herro.
Keldon Johnson agreed.
“I’d say he’s definitely a dog, picks up 94 feet, steps up on defense,” he said.
We’ve seen spurts of elite play out of Hagans on the defensive end of the floor, but it’s been inconsistent at best. To make matters worse, the Kentucky freshman has struggled immensely on offense, making it hard to keep him on the floor for long stretches of time.
Over the last two games, however, we’ve seen an uptick in production on both ends of the floor. He finished with a career-high seven points on Wednesday against Monmouth, and then followed it up with an absolutely phenomenal defensive performance against UNC-Greensboro star guard Francis Alonso.
Guarded by a combination of Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro, Alonso finished the first half shooting 5-6 from the field for 19 points. From there, Hagans allowed Alonso to shoot just 1-6 for three points the rest of the way. In fact, the star Spartan guard finished with more turnovers in the second half (two) than total baskets.
“It’s not even what he did offensively,” head coach John Calipari said after the game. “We put him on No. 10. We said we can let the kid get 60, or we can put Ashton on him.”
Kentucky forward Reid Travis said the Wildcats knew Francis Alonso was a talented scorer going into the game, and it’s a relief to have a player on his team that can slow down a hot hand.
“(Alonso) is a talented scorer, he’s a good player, and we knew that going into the game,” he said. “He can score in a lot of different ways, but it’s nice to have a guy like Ashton that can take it on himself. We knew that when (Alonso) got going, we could put Ashton on him and have success. He really took a lot of pride in stopping him and shutting him down. He knew that was going to help us win the game.”
And that’s not even to discredit the progression the Wildcat freshman has made offensively as of late, either.
Last game, Hagans drilled an open three-pointer in the corner, his first make from deep of the season. There was zero hesitation, the form was smooth, and he looked comfortable taking it. For a player with shooting concerns coming in, it was absolutely a step in the right direction.
Today, however, the newest Wildcat guard pulled out a trick we saw quite often as a high schooler in Georgia. It was one that forced recruiting analysts to compare his speedy style of play to former Kentucky stars John Wall and De’Aaron Fox.
On one instance, Hagans got the ball in transition and took it coast-to-coast going three-on-two. The defenders sagged off onto the other Wildcats, leaving an open lane for Hagans to make a play. Instead of hesitating like we’ve seen throughout the season, the Kentucky point guard shifted gears, cutting through the lane and going up for a reverse and-one layup. The Rupp Arena crowd erupted for easily the loudest moment of the afternoon.
Calipari says Hagans played the situation perfectly and was proud of the progression out of his bright-eyed newcomer.
“Here’s his job: Catch that ball and look ahead. If somebody is ahead, throw it. If they’re not ahead or they’re guarded, that means the court is spaced. So I look (left), he’s guarded; I go the other way, he’s guarded, I’m shooting a lay-up. So you’re doing this on the run,” he said.
Travis said the defensive talent is obvious, but when he’s aggressive on offense, Hagans can be a truly special basketball player.
“He’s obviously disruptive on defense, and he can facilitate on offense,” he said. “But when he picks his spots and he gets in there, I mean, that finish was something you could see all the time. Really, if he has an aggressive mindset, he can get in there and make free throws and get and-ones. We’re all happy for him.”
The offense is coming along, but there’s no question Hagans’ defense is what’s quickly separating him as the most impactful point guard on the Kentucky roster. Quade Green has been solid shooting the ball, and Immanuel Quickley has been a solid facilitator, but they’re not forcing opponents to gameplan against them when they enter the game the way they have to with Hagans. He’s a much-needed energy boost when the team just needs a spark on both ends of the floor.
UNC-Greensboro head coach Wes Miller said Hagans will be able to put on a show defensively against “just about anybody.”
“His on-ball pressure in the backcourt is where it starts,” he said. “He makes it difficult to bring the ball up the court. … That was the main thing we talked about in scouting, the impact he has on the game defensively. I think he’ll be able to do that to just about anybody in the country this year.”
With defensive struggles elsewhere on the roster, it’s a breath of fresh air when Hagans steps on the floor. It’s so much of a breath of fresh air that John Calipari has officially decided the Kentucky guard will be in charge of guarding the opposing team’s best player going forward.
“He’s physical,” Calipari said. “He’s more athletic. He can stay in front of people. He gave (Alonso) one shot, if you remember, in front of their bench where he guarded him with his hands down and the kid made a three. Short of that, he guarded him, and I told the team after the game, so what’s just been proven is if another team gets going with an individual player, what are we going to do as a team? We’re putting Ashton on him.”
By Nick Roush on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 5:15pm
Q. Just looking at the stats sheet, there will be a lot of other guys to ask you about, but Ashton to me seemed like maybe this was a breakthrough for him today.
JOHN CALIPARI: I would say we needed to adjust the press attack because we worked on it, but until you go against the other team’s stuff, you don’t know, and when we put PJ in the middle, it kind of took off the pressure. So Immanuel started and had to go against it, looked uncomfortable, didn’t look confident, not his fault. We had to adjust a little bit.
But what I liked with Ashton, it’s not what he did offensively. We put him on No. 10. We said, we can either let the kid get 60 or put Ashton on him, and then Ashton made him work to get shots and run, and all of a sudden you’re into their legs. They had to take him out a few times.
Now, I will tell you Ashton was cramping up, too, and he said, I’ve got to come out, my leg is starting to cramp. But he’s played that hard.
I thought the way at the end we rebounded the ball, you know, Keldon I thought just — he fought like crazy. We made some shots. We’re getting better. It’s just going to take — look, I’m going to say it again. I’ve got to get less into result and more into the process, and I’ve got to stay the course.
We’ve all gotten used to winning all the games and all that. Well, guess what; we have a ways to go with this group. We do. And there’s going to be a lot of tweaking, and basically what I did is I went with the seven guys who were really going pretty good. I just said, we’re playing seven. That’s kind of like old-school stuff. But whoever was really competing and fighting, that’s who I left in the game. Then I don’t — listen, I don’t have to coach that now. Now I can coach basketball.
Q. Just wanted to ask you, do you think your kids were a little surprised at how aggressive and defensive-minded UNCG was to come out in stretches in the second half?
JOHN CALIPARI: Well, here’s what I would tell: Wes has done an unbelievable job. I watched a lot of tape. One, their press can get you out of sync. The second thing they do, they’ve got some guys that can play the ball and make it hard, and they deny, so they try to take you out of the spaces you want to play in, and it took us deep into the second half to get more control of the game. They controlled it. And the second thing is offensively they run good stuff. They didn’t even run what I would call their snap play where they hit it, hand it off and — I thought out of that time-out for sure they were going to run it.
But they are a team — you talk — they’re an NCAA Tournament team, and I told the guys, I said, they will be in the tournament. You’ve got those guys and Furman both really good basketball teams, veteran players, and like I said, I told Alonso after, I said, man, you shoot the ball, and he just smiled.
But we needed this game, believe me. The next one, all the games coming up now become harder and harder and harder and harder. It team needs it, and we’ve got to find out who can play in those type of games, like when the stuff is really on, who can make plays.
Q. Nick Richards didn’t come into the game until a little bit less than 13 minutes in the second half. Can you just explain why that was?
JOHN CALIPARI: I’m playing three bigs right now, and if the three bigs are all playing well, I’m just going to leave them there. You know, we’ll have practice this week. If Nick steps up and he steps in front of one of those guys, one of those other guys won’t play. If there’s foul trouble, be ready. If there’s — we go with you, be ready. He went in and blocked a shot, and I just decided, you know what, this game is too tight. I’m not going to mess with it now. And I thought EJ did some good things. I thought EJ wore down. You know, they were physical now. They banged and they were not going to back down. That’s a veteran team. That’s an NCAA Tournament team that had Gonzaga beat last year, and this is the same kind of team.
By TJ Walker on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 4:30pm
There was a scary moment near the end of the first half when Keldon Johnson went up for a rebound and came down awkwardly on his ankle. Putting minimal weight on his left ankle he hobbled with support to the locker room.
Luckily for UK, things weren’t as bad as they looked.
Because according to John Calipari things looked really bad. Maybe even fatal.
“From where I was sitting it was like he was shot by a sniper and then he got right back up and started running around,” Calipari joked. “I didn’t see it. I thought maybe he stepped on somebody and then they told me that he did not step on anybody. And in the second half he said, ‘I’m ready to go.'”
Johnson doesn’t have a long history of injuries, but he did suffer a nagging ankle injury during his senior year of high school. It was the same ankle he tweaked today.
“He had an ankle sprain back in high school,” Calipari said. “He had that high-ankle sprain and maybe he tweaked it. But I told him we have three days off. He has the rest of today off, we’ve got tomorrow off and we’re only doing individual (workouts) on Monday, so he should be fine.”
Johnson’s trainer and former coach, Jeremy Grubbs (who now coaches at First Love Christian Academy) was at the game watching Johnson.
He provided more information about Johnson’s history of “dramatic” injuries.
“Everything Keldon does is loud so of course when he gets a little banged up it can be a production sometimes,” Grubbs said. “But as you saw when it comes down to it he’s gonna battle through it to win.”
And that’s exactly what Johnson did. When the second half started Johnson was ready to roll. He scored eight of his 13 points in the second half and pulled in eight of his 11 rebounds, too.
He also had two impressive dunks that helped fire up an already raucous Rupp Arena crowd.
But Johnson wouldn’t stand for the slander.
“I wouldn’t say (I’m dramatic),” Johnson said. “It hurt but I had to bounce back and get out there.”
Johnson’s recount of his injury isn’t overly thrilling or gripping. He went up, came down, rolled his ankle and was in pain.
“I came down and tweaked, rolled my ankle,” Johnson said. “That’s about it. I just came down on it wrong and rolled it.”
Johnson said it’s still sore but after treatment over the next few days it shouldn’t be an issue moving forward.
It seems like Keldon Johnson has another thing in common with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist than just being a great player for UK. We need to get used to “intense” injuries every so often. But hey, when you throw your body around like Keldon or MKG, bumps and bruises are bound to happen.
“Keldon played really hard,” Cal said on his postgame radio show. “He played really hard. Again, he has the fight. You’ve gotta fight. You’ve gotta fight to win games. You’ve gotta have the pride in stopping people. You’re not here just to play basketball to show what you can do. You’re here to fight and win, and by doing that, you show what you can do.”
We’re all glad he’s OK.
By Nick Roush on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Kentucky’s stats did not dramatically change after their eighth game of the season. The Cats shot just below their season average against UNC-Greensboro at 48.3 percent. More importantly, the Cats limited the Spartans to just 35.8 percent from the field.
Take a look at the entire season-long stat book:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 3:43pm
The secret to Kentucky’s comeback was simple: defense. In the first half, UNC Greensboro’s Francis Alonso had 19 points; in the second half, he only managed three. Ashton Hagans took over guarding Alonso and held him scoreless over the final fifteen minutes.
“I would say [it was a breakthrough],” John Calipari said of Ashton’s performance. “What I like with Ashton, it’s not what he did offensively. We put him on No. 10 [Alonso]. We said, ‘We can either let the kid get 60 or put Ashton on him.’ And then Ashton made him work to get shots and run and all of a sudden, you’re into their legs. They had to take him out a few times. I’ll tell you, Ashton was cramping up too and said, I have to come out, my leg’s cramping. But he played that hard.”
“I was trying my best,” Hagans told Mike Pratt. “I was just trying to see what he was doing and I finally figured out he was just running around trying to get open. When I had him I was trying to make sure he didn’t get a shot off because he was making everything today. I was just trying to play my defense.”
Hagans said the key to Kentucky’s defense in the second half was better communication, perhaps inspired by the new “Kill” system Calipari implemented in practice.
“It wasn’t really Cal, it was my teammates pushing me, just telling me to play defense, stay on him so we can get this W. Really, my teammates just kept me going. Quade, Immanuel, PJ, Reid. We talked way more this game than we talked the other games. The kills, we added the kill thing. Three stops, that’s a kill. That’s all we talked about when we huddled on the court, just trying to get better on the defensive side of the ball.”
Spartans’ head coach Wes Miller said his team prepared for Hagans, but couldn’t get past him in the second half.
“We saw that in scouting that when he checks in the game, they build their pressure out to 94 feet. He’s got active hands. That’s the main thing we talked about in scouting was the impact he has on the game defensively and I think he’ll be able to do that to just about anybody in the country this year.”
What makes Ashton so good defensively?
“I think his on-ball pressure in the backcourt is where it starts,” Miller said. “He’s got long arms and great feet. He makes it difficult for you to get the ball up the floor and enter the ball into your offense. We do quite a few things where we try to bring Alonso and others off of screens and it puts some pressure on our point guard to handle the ball. ”
“When a guy like Hagans checks in, it’s really difficult.”
By Nick Roush on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Relive the best moments from Kentucky’s 17-point victory over UNC-Greensboro with highlights from KyWildcatsTV.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 3:10pm
John Calipari is about to recap Kentucky’s 78-61 win over UNC Greensboro. Watch below courtesy of our friends at KyWildcatsTV:
By Nick Roush on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Kentucky survived a hard-fought Saturday afternoon battle against UNC-Greensboro.
The Rupp Arena atmosphere did not intimidate the Spartans. UNC-Greensboro sprinted out to an early 5-0 lead and kept the pressure on Kentucky. At halftime the Cats trailed 40-37.
It took ten minutes of second half struggles before Ashton Hagans injected energy back into the Wildcats. The freshman point guard’s And One in transition sparked a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes that ultimately decided the game. The Cats closed the game on a 20-4 run.
Kentucky defeated the 2017 SoCon tournament champions 78-61. Reid Travis led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Herro kept pace with 18 points and Keldon Johnson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, even though he missed significant time in the first half after he rolled his ankle.