There were a lot of great plays in last night’s rout of Ole Miss, but none quite like Kyle Wiltjer’s pick-and-roll for the slam dunk. The dunk was only Wiltjer’s fourth in 60 career games at Kentucky and it was his 26th point of the night, a new career-high. The play also sparked a Kentucky run that stretched the UK lead to 17 points in the second half.
Let’s relive the play and all its greatness…
Wiltjer caught an unsuspecting Marshall Henderson with a nasty pick to free up Julius Mays. Henderson stumbled, barely maintaining his balance, like he just finished off a 12-pack of Milwaukee’s Best at a house party and was trying to hit his Dougie in the kitchen.
By show of hands, who expected Kyle Wiltjer to dunk this? If your hand is raised, you’re a liar.
This is where we typically see Kyle Wiltjer sky towards the rim and gently float the ball into the basket. Not today. No sir. This is the new Kyle Wiltjer and the new Kyle Wiltjer is wrapping two hands around the rim after he throws it down.
As Wiltjer made his way back up the court, he turned to the bench to let them know he’s in the zone. ESPN cameras didn’t capture his expression, because producers were afraid it would frighten younger viewers.
A few observations:
— The first guy to leave his feet, by far, was John Calipari.
— Archie Goodwin got the most elevation but his reaction time was a little behind Hood, Malone, Lanter, and Long. They had fresh legs, I guess.
— Marquis Estill’s roar is terrifying.
— Co-Passion Award Winners: Jon Hood and Tod Lanter
— Stay down, Willie. Protect that knee.
ALL TOGETHER NOW