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EJ Montgomery got his chance against Georgia, and he took advantage of it

Lost in all of the Ashton Hagans and Keldon Johnson talk (which happened for two totally opposite reasons, of course), was EJ Montgomery, who played a very solid game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

The big man played just 14 minutes, but he came away with six points, six rebounds, three steals and an assist. He was well-rounded and contributed across the board for the Wildcats.

Before the game, John Calipari touched on Montgomery’s talents and what he has to do to earn more playing time.

When I watch the tape, he’s never bad – I watch the tape of EJ, and he’s not bad,” Calipari said. “But like, I’m saying to him, ‘There are games I’m just trying to win, and it’s not who hasn’t played enough. We get on a roll; I’m not worried about that. We gotta win the game.’”

Against Georgia, Montgomery helped the team do just that. But he wasn’t alone. Three out of the team’s four bigs had solid nights in Athens: Nick Richards stole the show (four points, seven rebounds, three blocks), while PJ Washington finally started to get back into his groove (ten points, six rebounds). Reid Travis still struggled a bit, but having Montgomery’s contributions to pick up the “slack” was huge for Kentucky.

“The advantage we have with the number we have [is] you’re not pressured to play great because if you just don’t play great, we’ll play somebody else and we’ll be fine,” Calipari said before the Georgia game. “So whether it’s Nick [Richards] playing instead of Reid [Travis], whether it’s EJ [Montgomery] playing in front of PJ [Washington]… They have to perform when they get their minutes and when they get in.”

EJ Montgomery got his minutes yesterday – in fact, he saw more minutes against Georgia than he’s seen against any SEC opponent so far. And he took advantage of it.


Article written by Maggie Davis

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5 Comments for EJ Montgomery got his chance against Georgia, and he took advantage of it

  1. Aar
    9:40 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Travis struggled? Offensively, he was the reason this team’s start was not as slow as recent starts had been. Defensively, he did a much better job defending smaller players than he had.

    When one player goes off, it takes from others. Travis was frequently ready to catch or rebound when Hagans went for the bucket instead of the dime (not critical, it was Hagans’ night). Travis was also right there celebrating Hagans’ success. I was really happy to see Travis and others get lost in the team last night.

    Yes, I agree Montgomery was very efficient last night. Would love to see his per 40 number (or whatever number of minutes is a “thing”). Prolly really good.

    • BlakeBlueNation
      7:30 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Travis struggled. He was getting blocked too many times and was not able to protect the rim

    • Wade
      9:43 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      It’s time to Limit Travis minutes and let nick and ej get after it more! It will pay off come March. The bigs are key to a championship

    • Steven
      10:50 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Good points made @Aar…Travis set plenty of screens that allowed Hagans to get to the basket or pull up shots. Those and other things that you can’t see on a stat sheet never gets credit in here

  2. Brad
    1:21 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Yes travis struggled throughout. He always does vs length but its expected since he isnt super athletic