With the game looking to be heading down the same route as Wednesday night’s loss to South Carolina, head coach John Calipari picked up a double technical foul and was ejected. From that point on, the Cats rolled and survived a massive road test at Arkansas by a final score of 73-66.
Here is the news you need to know to start your Sunday:
Quickley and Richards lead the way
This headline could seemingly be used every single game. With Ashton Hagans and EJ Montgomery dealing with foul trouble, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards stepped up to help lead the way.
For Quickley, he finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, the latter of which is a career-high. Over his last six games, the sophomore is averaging 18.0 ppg and shooting 53.1% from beyond the arc. John Calipari had said constantly that this is his best shooting team, for that to be proven true, Quickley has to continue on this tear.
Nick Richards led the team in scoring with 17 points and narrowly missed a double-double with 9 rebounds. If you haven’t gotten on the Richards’ bandwagon, I’d sincerely have to ask why not? He now has 6 straight games in double figures. After an abysmal trip to Vegas, Richards has been the Cats best player.
Keion Brooks with big line
Maybe the most underrated performance of the night was that of Keion Brooks Jr. The Ft. Wayne native finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The most impressive portion was him sinking four free throws late in the game to help clinch the victory for the blue and white.
Brooks has shown flashes of turning into a legitimate star, but this was one of his better all around performances statistically.
Wenyen Gabriel traded to Portland
Former Cat Wenyen Gabriel will be packing his bags and heading north to Portland after a trade on Saturday afternoon.
Portland has traded Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver and two second- round picks to Sacramento for Trevor Ariza, Wendell Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 18, 2020
This season, Gabriel’s playing time has been limited as he has 9 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in only 61 minutes of game action.
Can we write a Wenyen Gabriel story and not mention his best on-court moment while in Lexington? I still can’t believe this happened!
Vandy becomes latest victim of “three-less” game
During the 2018 tournament, Kentucky had their streak of consecutive games with a three pointer snapped in a win over Davidson. For an odd reason, there was a group of fans that were genuinely really mad that the streak was snapped.
Well, if there is a similar group of fans for Vanderbilt, they too can be frustrated as the ‘Dores failed to score a three in a loss to Tennessee.
Cue the sad Vandy fans… sorry Shannon the Dude
The crowd couldn't believe it…
Tennessee snaps Vanderbilt's streak of 1,080 consecutive games with a 3-pt made. pic.twitter.com/w2Q4LiRb9I
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 19, 2020
The two teams with the longest three point streak now? UNLV and… Western Kentucky. Go Tops!
Louisville takes down Duke
There is no weirder sensation that I feel than when Louisville and Duke meet on the hardwood. It is hard to find myself cheering for either one. It is like picking between stepping on a LEGO or smashing your toe on a chair leg. Neither one is pleasant.
If fans wanted a silver lining, seeding wise for Kentucky, a Louisville win would do the most to help in that case. The Cards traveled to Cameron Indoor and came away with a 79-73 victory over the Blue Devils.
SEC Basketball Scores
- South Carolina 81-67 over Texas A&M
- Florida 69-47 over #4 Auburn
- Alabama 88-74 over Missouri
- Tennessee 66-45 over Vandy
- LSU 80-76 over Ole Miss
- Mississippi State 91-59 over Georgia
Super Bowl will be set today
At the end of the day today, we will officially know the matchup for next month’s Super Bowl in Miami. In the AFC Championship, Drew’s Tennessee Titans travel to Kansas City. The Titans pulled off their second straight upset last week in Baltimore and will go for the trifecta against a Chiefs team that destroyed the Texans over the final three quarters.
In the NFC Championship, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers face the San Francisco 49ers. The two teams met back earlier this season with the 49ers rolling the Packers.
I would take my picks with a grain of salt, but I would lean towards picking a Chiefs/49ers Super Bowl. It should be an exciting day of football though!
That wraps up the news you need to know to start your Sunday. Go Cats!