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Cold Shooting Did Not Slow Down Immanuel Quickley

© Nelson Chenault | USATSI

© Nelson Chenault | USATSI

Immanuel Quickley’s heater ended in Arkansas, yet he still accomplished something he had never done before in a Kentucky uniform.

Entering the matchup with the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Quickley had hit ten of his last 13 three-pointers. Once he got inside Bud Walton Arena, Quickley went cold. The sophomore guard made only one-of-five threes. Inside the line, he couldn’t buy a bucket. His floaters that are typically money, and even his easy put-backs, would not fall. He finished only 3-of-14 from the field.

Despite his offensive shortcomings, Kentucky would not have won without Quickley’s contributions.

“Immanuel Quickley had ten (rebounds). I thought he did a great job,” said Kenny Payne. “I thought he did a great job down the stretch of leading us, being a leader. At the end of the day, our veterans have to be good. Look across the country and you’ll see teams — there’s not a lot of wiggle room for anybody. Nobody’s more talented than anybody else. We say this everyday, we can beat anybody, or we can lose to anybody. We got sophomores and juniors for us, at Kentucky that’s veterans. Those guys have to lead us and they did a great job tonight.”

Quickley made six free throws to finish with 13 points and 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double. When he wasn’t cleaning the glass, he was locking up Isaiah Joe. The SEC’s fourth-leading scorer (17.8 ppg.) made his first two threes, then hit only two more shots the rest of the game. Quickley’s defense was a big reason why Joe only scored 13 points.

“He’s a pro’s pro,” said Tyrese Maxey. “He sticks with his training. His shot’s not falling. He’s gotta do something else to stay on the court. He played really good defense on No. 1 (Isaiah Joe) and got every single rebound that came off, so I’m proud of him.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for Cold Shooting Did Not Slow Down Immanuel Quickley

  1. Collie
    10:25 pm January 18, 2020 Permalink

    As with every calipari team we have rooted for, the potential is there. He has done everything he said he was going to do since his introductory news conference. Goes after the best of the best, missed on more than one, walked away and dodged the bullet on as many. Is he a good coach or a great recruiter? Never have heard that debate at any other school or from another fan base. His philosophy from day one was his acknowledgment that he was coaching Kentucky. He has embraced the Kentucky past and tradition. He’s a boss. Cares about his “employees”/players, gives them the freedom to grow and make the business/team better. On the job training creates the best employees most of the time. This team is still in training and hopefully will continue to learn from the “to the wolves” experiences that Kentucky basketball has always been. The talent as always with cal teams is there, the mix of freshman and upperclassmen is special this year. Excited to watch this teams season play out.

    • CrystalBall
      11:23 pm January 18, 2020 Permalink

      You sound like an intelligent person. Well said.

    • 4everUKBlue
      1:33 am January 19, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed, well said. And some of those recruits we missed on could help K beat LittleBrother on their home court.

  2. michaelb
    10:29 pm January 18, 2020 Permalink

    There’s not a better back court in the ncaa than hagans, Max & quickly . That alone will keep us in most tourney games

  3. Jeffrey_M
    11:25 pm January 18, 2020 Permalink

    Great comments. I couldn’t agree more.

    As far as Quick, I’ve really enjoyed watching the young man grow. He has really “brought it” this year, and especially the last five-or-so games. Watching him shoot free-throws is a hoot. Closing his eyes, deep breaths – you can tell that he’s working hard to clear his mind and focus. His intensity is incomparable and he wears it on his sleeve. That, in and of itself, makes him a great leader.