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Ashton Hagans Propels Kentucky to 69-49 Victory over Georgia

Ashton Hagans threw a homecoming party in Athens.  The Kentucky point guard’s career night sparked Kentucky to a 69-49 win over Georgia.

Tom Crean’s squad kept it close in the first half by building an early 11-6 lead.  When Hagans left the halftime locker room, the game was over.

The Cartersville, Georgia native scored the first seven points of the second half to help Kentucky take a 13-point lead.  From that point on, the game never got closer than eight.  Hagans finished with a career-high 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.  He stole at least three passes for the sixth straight game, all while committing just one turnover.

Hagans received plenty of help in the second half from two unexpected sources.  Nick Richards and E.J. Montgomery, who played high school basketball in the state of Georgia last year, came off the bench to disrupt Georgia’s lengthy offense.  Richards grabbed five rebounds, blocked three shots and created two more turnovers by drawing a pair of charges.

Kentucky’s dominance extended into unfamiliar territory.  The Cats did it all without a point from Keldon Johnson.  John Calipari did not get any offensive production from his leading scorer, but he did see Kentucky play its best three-point defense of the season, holding Georgia to 4-of-27 from behind the arc (14.8 percent).

After messing around in no-man’s land for a few games, Kentucky blew out an SEC opponent in a feel good win at the perfect time, thanks to Coach Cal’s next superstar point guard, Ashton Hagans.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

67 Comments for Ashton Hagans Propels Kentucky to 69-49 Victory over Georgia



  1. ScottGreene22
    8:56 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    He is a STUD and our best player



  2. Kentuckybbnfan01
    8:57 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    I’m going to miss Ashton next season good defense good fight let’s go beat Auburn now



    • CoachCat
      9:20 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Why? Are you going somewhere. Miss him? He’s not going pro. I’m not sure if we have any lottery picks at the moment



    • Kentuckybbnfan01
      9:23 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      I think Hagans and kJ and probably pj are for sure gone plus Travis Hagans will go pro this team proved a lot tonight



  3. J-Dub421
    9:02 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Nick Richards had himself a game! Good win. Go Cats!



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      9:11 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yes he did, I’d like to see him get more playing time.



    • henderblue
      9:53 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      He was good JDub. He is earning more minutes. The bench was really good. Good road win. The process is proceeding.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:57 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Right now I like the way we look with Nick and EJ in the game. They seem to work better against the athleticism and lenght of the SEC.



    • henderblue
      10:02 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      You are right RCF…



    • trumpetguy
      11:06 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Ga. not a very good team and struggles to score, but big contributions by both Richards and Montgomery were nice to see. Also nice was UK’s aggression on offense, attacking the basket and seams. Hagan’s dad comment about pushing the pedal down is right on. Shouldn’t take UK with superior talent, to let others with less talent, dictate pace of the game. Nice win on the road. Be aggressive on both ends!



  4. BigolBlue
    9:03 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Nice win they needed that one for sure. Hagans is a little bulldog. Bandwagon comments below if needed.



    • catsarerunnin
      9:05 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBandwagon



    • Skooms
      9:06 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Crap, didn’t see your post BoB. Kinda ruins mine. Lol



    • Aar
      9:09 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      In this game, he was all WildCat!



    • StillBP
      9:22 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Hey remember a couple of days ago when you said we wouldn’t cover the spread even before you knew what the spread was? Yes? So do I. Just checking.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:29 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair, I’m a huge homer and I went in record saying we likely wouldn’t cover the spread. However, I’m happy I was wrong, bigolblue is probably kicking puppies right now.



    • StillBP
      9:43 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Bbb there is a difference in we “likely wouldn’t”, and “they won’t”. This is what I keep trying to point out to the bandwagoners. There is a difference between “the team is playing like crap” and “this team is garbage.” BoB, cking, other trolls keep stating crap like it’s a fact and not an opinion.



    • bigbluebanana
      10:11 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      True bp, I’m surprised we haven’t heard s bunch of “shoulda won by 40” from folks. Wonder where no excuses Cal tool is?



    • cking
      10:26 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Hey Bananas..you can pound sand too.



    • bigbluebanana
      11:26 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, okay! What are you, 90? Should I also “hit the bricks”, because I’m a “scallywag” and “whippersnappers” like me have no respect anymore? How about you go “suck an egg” and “get bent” grandpa?



    • BigolBlue
      11:28 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Shoulda won by 40



    • 4everUKblue
      11:29 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Pound sand??? Man that’s really creative. You think of that one by yourself cking? You must be Bigoldumbass’ little bro, cause you’re both imbeciles.



  5. catsarerunnin
    9:05 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Great win on the road. The 2nd half was a clinic by the Cats offensively and defensively. And where are you BigolBuffoon?????



    • mashburnfan1
      10:50 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      It was against UGA, a horrible team that likely will not even be in NIT. I want to see us beat some of the decent SEC teams we will play, schedule so far has given us the worst of the SEC. Lets see how we do vs all the decent and couple of good teams we have in the SEC.



    • J-Dub421
      11:05 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan, change your name to Laettnerfan or maybe Dukefan. You couldn’t stop defending Duke’s loss last night, now a 20 point road win isn’t good enough for you either. Bugger off.



    • catsarerunnin
      7:03 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      “bashburn” is a total waste of oxygen.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:31 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      If I were the real Mashburn I’d hunt mashburnfan down and beat his @ss for disrespecting my name. Apologizing for dUKe losing is unforgivable!



  6. cking
    9:06 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome Game!!!

    Very happy to see the progress happening even with Hagans, Baker & Quickley!!

    Going to be a fun one with Auburn!

    They win that one..watch OUT!



    • StillBP
      9:24 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah you mean the players you were saying sucked two weeks ago. And when I said they didn’t suck, you argued? Man, you and Bigol are clueless.



    • cking
      9:42 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      See below backwoods



    • StillBP
      9:46 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      You’re pitiful. How does crow taste?



    • cking
      9:52 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      What crow? GTFO



    • StillBP
      10:16 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      The crow you had a huge heaping of tonight.



    • Skooms
      11:35 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      SUcking, your best bet is to just move on and quit quoting Goodfellas. You’re a fair weather fan, and you’re own mouth has completely backed up that fact.



  7. Aar
    9:07 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome to see Hagans’ smilie all game long.

    Glad to see the bench production and minutes!



  8. KYjellyRoll
    9:07 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton hagans is a killer. I love this kid. Just to see him improve every time he steps onto the court. And he’s having fun doing it. Smiling at the free throw line. And not a single point from Johnson? That’s an improved team. Go Cats. In cal I trust.



    • michaelb
      11:59 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Nick got up like we knew he could , he plays like that he’s gonna be starting again jelly



  9. Skooms
    9:10 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Hey where’s “players first” Nomoreexcuses Cal at??



    • 4everUKblue
      9:15 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      They only show up to whine and complain just like UKProf, LeDocteur to name a couple more.



  10. Cletis75
    9:13 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    I remember his commitment, and his coaches saying he’s got some dog in him. Boy oh boy, he does! Really great point guards dominate both ends of the floor. His Defense is as impressive as I have seen at the college level for a guard. I just hope it’s contagious!



  11. KYjellyRoll
    9:19 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Great handles. Gets anywhere he wants to be. Just how high is this guys ceiling?!



  12. cking
    9:23 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    I think Hagans is going to be possibly better than Alexander!

    That’s saying something…

    Love the effort from this Team!

    Low points for Keldon & Herro..no problemo!!



    • StillBP
      9:26 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Seriously? Two weeks ago to said he sucked. When I pointed out his game stats (that were awesome) you continued saying he sucked because he can’t guard a 3pt shot. “fans” like you are the worst.



    • cking
      9:41 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Hey Still Backwoods..
      Hagans did suck that game, but he was awesome this game…hence the praise.
      It’s “aw shucks”/ ”stick with the team no matter what” fans like you that are the worst.

      It’s called criticism..

      Pound sand Buddy…



    • StillBP
      9:45 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Lol such an obvious troll douche. You didn’t say he sucked in that game. You said he sucks. You said the whole team sucks. Now you’re eating crow. Almost time for your mom to take your electronic device.



    • cking
      9:51 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Listen to your self buddy..arrogant self inflated self of what? Calling people out because they said an opinion you didn’t like.

      Your a putz…

      Why don’t you go back and have your mom bring you some more meatloaf.

      Then maybe you will bring some value to this site instead of your blabber.

      Now Go get your shine box.



    • bigbluebanana
      10:18 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah cking, people who always root for their team and fine the good are the worst type of fans. The real fans like you and bigolblue, the ones that shit in our team every time they’re not perfect, you guys are the best kind of fans. There are plenty of ways to express criticism and frustration with your team without resorting to saying a kid sucks.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:02 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      “you’re”, not “your”. Did you sleep through English class, or are you just too lazy to select the correct pronoun?



    • StillBP
      10:14 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Lol 8th grade English class is difficult for cking. Better get some rest, I’m sure the bus comes early.



    • cking
      10:25 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Uh backwoods you are the one that used “you’re” in your comment not me…

      So again pound sand.

      Dum dum



    • J-Dub421
      11:09 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      RCF was referencing “your a putz.” It should be you’re, as in the contraction for you are. Your is possessive. Dum dum.



    • bigbluebanana
      8:01 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Cking calls out someone incorrectly, how surprising! Read j-dubs comment to see where YOU messed up on your versus you’re.



    • J-Dub421
      11:02 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      No, actual fans are calling you out for being a bandwagon fan and a negative troll. There’s a huge difference between saying the team played a bad game, or that we need to improve in certain areas, and saying the team sucks and the players suck. You did the latter. Stop being such a negative whiner and just admit when you’re wrong, like an adult. Grow up.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:34 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      JDub nailed it as did Banana and BP. Have some humble pie cking!



  13. StillBP
    9:27 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    *you… Two weeks ago you said he sucked



  14. BlueWildcat_99
    9:34 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s time for Nick to get the start over PJ. Nick’s just playing better right now – particularly on defense. But overall a good team effort. Go CATS!



    • Kentuckybbnfan01
      9:41 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Honestly it’s 50/50 between nick and pj nick has proved me wrong this year though



    • JusSayin
      12:29 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Reid Travis is the weak link in the post right now. PJ was 4 for tonight and can block shots.



    • Aar
      7:34 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      I like all four bigs. They each bring a quite different game. Washington and Travis seem to “need” the start. As similar as they are, they get it done differently. Right now, it seems that Richards and Montgomery have built strong identities that are wrapped up in bringing energy off the bench. I’m good with all of them in those roles as long as BBN gets 80 effective post minutes per game.

      Winning a few more jump balls would be nice and could trigger faster starts, though.



  15. fish on
    9:43 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans! Thief! We hates it!



    • Ridge Runner
      12:33 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Love it



  16. michaelb
    12:00 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton is looking like SEC DEFENSIVE POY to me . We need to start looking at the uk freshman record for steals in a season . He’s on pace for like 100.



    • Ridge Runner
      12:32 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Had to look it up.. but Rondo with 87 in a season is the steal record.



  17. michaelb
    12:03 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

    I think Hagans is way better than SGA. He’s getting to be RJ Barrett level . Nick is capable of being what M Bolden serves Duke as . We’re gonna lay Duke out in the tourney ! I hope we get a chance to get em back



  18. Ridge Runner
    12:26 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

    I’m just getting in from attending the game. Live above 45 min from Athens. Cats were awesome and had a small post party with a few fans traveling from Ky. Yes, as you heard on tv… blue got in. Great win, great time.



  19. Miller45
    7:35 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Reminds me of MKGs effort and motor