(Ehh, not quite, ESPN)
Is it really only November? That game had a post-season feel from the start. Sparked by a 9-0 run late in the 2nd half, the young Kentucky Wildcats nearly climbed back into it to take the game from a veteran Duke squad. Kentucky found themselves trailing by 14 late in the game, seemingly on the verge of a lopsided finish. The Alex Poythress we’ve been waiting to see was the catalyst for Kentucky’s late run, which came up just short after pulling within 3 points. On a crucial late game possession with Kentucky down 5 and needing a basket, Archie Goodwin was called for a travel. Duke was then able to essentially ice the game from the free throw line. The final margin was 75-68 in favor of the Blue Devils. Seth Curry was virtually unstoppable on the night for the Blue Devils, leading all scorers with 23 points. Alex Poythress paced Kentucky with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Although Kentucky came up short, the fight this team put up to claw back into the game, along with the emergence of Alex Poythress, will be areas to build on moving forward.
Stay tuned for more on the game later…