Coming into tonight, the marquee matchup was Ashton Hagans vs. Tremont Waters. Hagans was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, but in the second, struggled against the LSU sophomore, finishing with only four points and one assist to Waters’ 15 points and five assists.
When asked his team needed to do down the stretch, Calipari couldn’t help but mention Ashton’s poor play.
“You can’t, you know, it’s — if you think you’re going to win the game down the stretch like this as a team, I mean, Ashton didn’t play well today. Didn’t play well at all.”
With Hagans in foul trouble in the first half and struggling in the second, Immanuel Quickley provided valuable minutes on defense. Quickley had some issues on offense, but all in all, was more effective vs. Waters.
“I thought Immanuel played well. Really guarded and did a pretty good job, but Ashton couldn’t stay in front of anybody, so every time they ran downhill, they got whatever they wanted and they were doing it to him.”
If we’re going to do this, we need you, Ashton.