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Cats fend off challenge from the Vols, improve to 24-1 with 73-62 win

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Yes, that is Kenny Walker in short shorts at today’s Gameday get-together

In a game that was a struggle for long periods, Kentucky took charge down the stretch, finishing the game on a 23-10 run to dispose of the Vols 73-62. DeMarcus Cousins looked human for the first time in weeks as his double-double streak came to an end on a frustrating night for the big fella.  Cousins finished with five points and 12 boards and hit only 1-of-8 from the line. Instead, tonight it was Boogie’s fellow freshmen John Wall and Eric Bledsoe who led the finishing charge for the Wildcats. Wall had 24 points and three assists and scored six straight to start the decisive run for the Cats, while Bledsoe had 16 and 4 including 10 straight of his own to stretch the lead far enough where Tennessee couldn’t recover.

While Wall and Bledsoe did the heavy lifting in terms of scoring, it was guys like DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton and Perry Stevenson who brought the energy the Cats needed to get past a tough Tennessee team. Liggins has been a revelation lately as his energy has been a huge lift to the team and tonight was a glowing example. The game was played at he Vols’ pace for long periods but Kentucky amped up the intensity on defense in the second half, thanks in large part to Liggins, and that allowed the Cats to get into transition more, something for which the low down dirty snitches had no answer.

There was no question who was the more talented team, but Tennessee’s gameplan allowed them to make a contest of it until Kentucky took over down the stretch like they have in so many big games this year. We’ll be along with more tomorrow but for now, enjoy a good win against a Vol squad that gave the Cats their best shot. It just wasn’t good enough.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.