I would like to dedicate today’s post to our diamond in the rough, Mr. Derek Willis. He has been playing way better than most of us knew he could play as of lately, which has earned him a spot in the starting lineup each of the last two games. I think it’s a pretty safe to say Derek will be a starter for the third game in a row this upcoming week after the performance he had against Vanderbilt yesterday.
Willis led the team in rebounding, again, and made some big plays throughout the game that give credit to the amount of time on the floor he has been receiving. Willis may not be a heralded star, but the Bullitt East product has come very far in his three years at UK, and we can’t wait to see more of it. Keep it up, Derek.
Cats roll past Vandy, 76-57
Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, and Jamal Murray accounted for 55 of the team’s 76 points yesterday, and Vandy only scored 57. UK looked has looked dominant in consecutive games for the first time in SEC play and the Cats are hitting their stride just a week before the showcase road matchup against Kansas at Phog Allen. UK shot 55% from the field and held Vandy to only 16-50 shooting for the game.
Archie hits a game winner in Phoenix
Archie Goodwin had a game-high 24 points, 4 assists, 2 steals & 2 blocks in Suns’ 98-95 win over Hawks last night. With Bledsoe out for the season, young Booker and Goodwin have earn extended roles in the lineup and they’re taking advantage of it. Here’s Archie’s dunk from the fourth quarter of the same game, don’t geek.
Jamal Murray on track to own freshman scoring record
Jamal Murray has had the greenlight since he first stepped on campus as a very late signee in the class of ’15. Murray has averaged 17.8 points per game through his first 18 games, and is on track to break Brandon Knight’s UK freshman scoring record (657 points).
Assuming the Cats make it to the SEC championship game in Nashville in about a month or so, and they can make an appearance in the Elite 8, Jamal Murray would surpass Knight by one point if he continues scoring at his same record pace of nearly 18 a game.
— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2016
So nice you needed to see it twice. This dunk by Karl Towns last night was absolutely vicious. Rarely do you see big men with athleticism like that, but Towns destroyed that rim.
Since you’re already here, check out this sequence by Cauley-Stein from last night’s game against the Pacers. You’re welcome, friends.
And how about DeMarcus Cousins with the career-high 48 points to go along with 13 rebounds! Rajon Rondo recorded his sixth triple-double setting the Sacramento single-season record.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 24, 2016
NFL Matchups on today
3:05 pm – Patriots vs. Broncos
6:40 pm – Panthers vs. Cardinals