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Fox Ices Frazier to Squeak Past Georgia, 82-77

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Just like the first time these two teams met, it was a hard-fought, knock down, drag ’em out, that ended with Kentucky leaving victoriously.

Georgia ran J.J. Frazier off ball screen after ball screen to score 36 points, but his adversary had the last laugh.  De’Aaron Fox struggled with foul trouble and often failed to finish at the rim, but when Kentucky needed him most, Fox delivered.

Trailing by two with 1:12 remaining, De’Aaron Fox kissed one off the glass to tie the game.  Frazier responded, but Fox didn’t back down.  Fox was sent to the free throw line.  His first shot drew iron three times before rolling through the rim.  From there, Fox was good to go.  Fox hit six free throws in the final minute and scored eight of the Cats’ last 11 points to ice the game.

Fox and Malik Monk led the Cats in scoring with 16 apiece, Derek Willis tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and Bam Adebayo finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.  The full box score:

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

68 Comments for Fox Ices Frazier to Squeak Past Georgia, 82-77



  1. Luether
    8:31 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Whew! We’ll take it…



  2. JusSayin
    8:32 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    This was a really solid win. Our weaknesses showed. But our strengths made up for them. UGA is not an easy place to play.



    • WeareBBN
      9:08 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      It was not a tough place for Bama, they won at UGA by 20. Marquette won at UGA by 10. Overrated USC won at UGA by 6. They beat horrible Texas and Mizzou teams by 2 and 5 points at UGA. Beat powerhouse Furman by 6. That is 6 of their home games and vs bad teams. AND they played this game basically without their best interior player who got hurt in minute 2. I like Fox and think he is a good coach, really thought he would do better there. It was a win but we did not play well enough on offense. The defense is moving better on help and secondary help but, dang, we still give up so many drives for layups and dunks. Willis was huge on the D boards and once again Monk was not, 2 rebounds but he did not sit the bench as we were told would happen if he did not rebound. Did love seeing Monk driving hard to the hoop instead of settling for so many jumpers, that was nice. Bam tracked down a huge rebound late. All had a part in the stretch run so that is a plus.



    • AGSlater
      9:53 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      ohhh you just wait till Big Board sets his eyes on this. He will not be pleased. I thought you made valid points and agree with you. We beat a bad team.



    • JusSayin
      9:21 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Teams play harder against us. They pack the arena when we come. 5’10 point gaurds play the best games they’ve ever played.

      It’s always like that

    • Everybody’s Super Bowl.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:04 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Slater meet wet blanket.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:09 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Georgia is not a bad team; they beat Georgia Tech, who beat Notre Dame and Florida State, by 17.
      They only lost to Kansas by 11, and were snake bit with several close losses.
      They could easily have an NCAA tournament resume’.



    • AGSlater
      10:37 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      15-11. Shoulda woulda



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:51 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  3. jim tom
    8:34 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    I need to be hit with some AED pads



  4. Ridge Runner
    8:34 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    What a game by Frazier. But yes.. we’ll take it



  5. Kevin C
    8:35 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but we’re a better team without Briscoe on the floor. He’s become more and more aggressive…in a bad way…and is too prone to playing thug-ball. He’s nearly 2 full years into college, but still acts like he’s on the playground in Brooklyn.



    • JusSayin
      8:40 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Lol it never fails. Incoming Briscoe hate.

      He shot a better percentage than every gaurd other starting gaurd. Hit his free throw and was the third leading rebounder.

      That playground edge that makes him fight is the same one that makes him rebound and play tough defense. Double edge sword.

      Plus he has a very high +/- rating. Making your comment literally wrong.



    • AGSlater
      8:56 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      He should come off bench and never should be allowed to shoot jump shots unless there is 1 second on shot clock



    • blackmilk23
      9:05 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Why shouldn’t he start because he not a good shooter? Classic UK fan. Been hearing that since Joe B. Hall days. There are other things you have to do on the basketball court all of which he does well.

      He’s not killing our spacing. He’s shooting over 30% from the 3 which is higher than Hawkins and Fox. And he singlehandedly iced the game last week.



    • Skeps
      9:41 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, only a classic UK fan would like guards that could actually shoot. That’s crazy talk.



    • blackmilk23
      10:04 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      There is a difference between wanting good shooters and judging players solely based on their ability to shoot.

      Most shooters aren’t dynamic play makers. It’s a trade off. Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer were very good shooters and they didn’t help us very much in the season that shall not be spoken off.



    • AGSlater
      10:10 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Not just bc of his jumpshots. He commits a ton of turnovers and slows our offense down bc if you space us out and use dribble drive he is unable to knock any open shot down.



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:52 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  6. AndTheDevil
    8:35 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    How does Willis play that many minutes and only take one 3?



    • EdC
      8:41 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      12 rebounds. Crashing the boards all night.



  7. maximumscott
    8:35 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Super proud! Great win! UK faced adversity in the form of Officiating again!

    If I have to watch another game with that many whistles I will contemplate turning it off! I watch so many ACC games and there is so much more natural game flow. Why is the SEC officiating this bad!

    This team needed a game like this l. They found a way to win, they wanted to win, they wanted it more! We’ve seen the effort, the passion, improved half court offense and now we witnessed a growth of the mental kind! Toughness, grit and intensity. I loved Briscoe being like that I think it created a fire under the team!



    • Kevin C
      8:39 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      I disagree about Briscoe. If you really look at replays of MOST of the fouls/altercations he’s been a part of in his career, he’s typically an instigator, and plays pretty dirty. He’s a more physical version of Gayson Allen, and UK doesn’t need that.



    • JusSayin
      8:43 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Every team needs a guy like Briscoe. An enforcer. I don’t mind him getting tangled and mixing it up. At least he’s playing hard.

      Grayson Allen trips people on blow bys that is not the same as throwing elbows and mixing it up on reblunds.



    • EdC
      8:43 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t like UK players mouthing at the other team and I don’t like dirty play. I’m seeing a lot of both from Briscoe. Love his heart but hate his thug side.



    • JusSayin
      8:47 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      We were playing softball as cotton before that happened. You show me a team with no enforcers… I show you a bad team.

    • Not to mention Grayson kicking a dude in the groin.



  8. Kevin C
    8:36 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Oh yeah….”DOWN GOES FRAZIER!”.



  9. AGSlater
    8:37 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Nice win. It wasnt looking likely they were going to win, but they pulled it out. What will the negative nancies say ?



    • Luether
      8:39 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      You mean little bored cupcake?



    • kenny
      9:01 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      They’ll Probably say “nice win, it wasn’t looking like they were gonna win”. Btw how’d that bet go? The one where you bet your house we’d lose to Bama.



    • AGSlater
      9:12 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      not good. I live in a box.



    • kenny
      9:21 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Lol, serves you right!



    • runningunnin.454
      9:45 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      AG, you sounded a little tense in the “live blog thread”. How’s your blood pressure these days?
      You know, watching UK basketball just might be hazardous to your health.



    • AGSlater
      9:59 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      funny you said this because Ive always said I will die from a heart attack watching UK. I truly wish I wouldnt take the games so serious. I am actually better now than I used to be



    • catsarerunnin
      10:05 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Wow bet you’re a real pleasure at parties and such…



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:53 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:04 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Luether, U MAD?



  10. kenny
    8:39 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry to all the “fans” that root against this team. I know y’all were hoping they would lose so you could dog all the coaches and players out. I’m glad this team kept fighting and got the win. I also seen the first ever charge called with a player in mid air.



    • JusSayin
      8:44 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Lol right you know they had their “Briscoe sucks” and “Willis is soft” posts ready.



    • AGSlater
      8:59 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      I wanted them to win for sure I was yelling at my TV. You guys are the one who thinks we are the greatest after a win vs a 15-11 team w/o one of their best players



    • kenny
      9:17 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Judging from previous comments you are the “negativel Nancy” you spoke of. It doesn’t take much effort to go to previous post and see you saying Cal can’t coach, he can only recruit, or I’d bet they’ll lose to bama. Every fan is different, I personally would never bet against my cats, probably why I always put UK winning in my bracket, I just can’t bet against them. I don’t think this team is great, but I’m not gonna bash them either, kinda like you said Briscoe and Hawkins suck, I guess you are the type of fan to dog your players and coach, to each his own I guess.



    • AGSlater
      10:01 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      no joke i am, It was a joke



    • maximumscott
      1:46 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      This team was great. They just got exposed. They are building back up after being decimated with brutal losses, illness and injury. Give em some time. They will be playing great in March. They are playing better every game.



    • catsarerunnin
      9:02 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      We ARE the greatest. Most wins in college basketball dude.



  11. EdC
    8:49 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Hawkins deserves a lot of love for his heart and hard play, especially in the 2nd half.



  12. catsarerunnin
    8:50 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Great road win. Gritty performance. Go Cats!!!!

  13. It was actually MARK Fox who iced Frazier by not giving him the ball on the one late play where Bam blocked the shot. That’s what I thought the headline meant at first.



    • Blue Jesus
      9:11 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      UK doubled Frazier so he passed it to the open man who tried to make a play. It was the smart play, Adebayo just made an even better play.

    • I guess I didn’t catch that. Dickie V was questioning the play call too. Either way, CATS WIN!!! CATS WIN!!! CATS WIN!!!



  14. ukfan4388
    9:11 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    In my opinion, the play of the game was made by Willis. With the score tied with about a minute left in the game, Willis came out and double-teamed J.J. causing him to give up the ball after the last several possessions where he was able to easily drive the lane.



  15. maximumscott
    9:27 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    This was an excellent win! Yall are crazy! Briscoe I love it! You all scream “play with more passion” amd u have someone playing with too much passion and you complain.



    • Skeps
      9:53 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      I know right! He’s got so much passion that he bodyslams a guy. Get with it people! We need more WWE moves here!



    • maximumscott
      1:38 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      He shouldnt have done that, but he caught a pretty nasty elbow from a guy that had 3-4 inches amd 50 lbs on him. Id be pissed too. I wouldnt body slam, but i like the nasty streak. Im more concerned with his travelling.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:08 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      N….W….O



    • runningunnin.454
      10:18 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      That move was straight from Newark, NJ.



  16. runningunnin.454
    9:51 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Funny headline; really the only ice J.J. Frazier needs is for his shooting hand; I’m sure it’s sore after pumping in 36 points.
    Have to say, it was a gutsy performance by the little guy.



    • AGSlater
      10:11 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      he was good for sure



    • Cals Hoverboard
      11:16 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, hats off to Frazier. That dude is a stone cold killer. Told my buddies when Maten went down, Frazier is going to step up and take over for Georgia. Wow, did he ever!



  17. maximumscott
    1:40 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

    This game was huge. Besides being at UGA it had a NCAA tourny feel. Game is back and forth, one guy going nuts hitting ridiculous shots. Slow paced game with no huge runs. This benefited UK mentally more than anything else. I would take this win over a blowout.



  18. maximumscott
    1:44 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

    Also, for those that say we should have beaten them worse. I say, look at that Arena, ish was sold out and rocking. Now, look at Wash St playing Arizona and they had maybe 2000 people in the stands. Teams will perform better when they have a supportive crowd it happens all the time in every conference. UK plays all their road games under these conditions. Of course their will be games when someone goes off! If Maten played then JJ doesnt go for 36. Also, the team was more involved and played as a unit. I would go out amd say we win by 10 if Maten does play. The crowd got even rowdier with JJ going off. Its not every day they get to see something like that.



  19. madarchitect
    12:00 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

    The arena was easily 30% Kentucky fans.



  20. chris43
    8:01 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

    If this team gets hot I could see them having a good chance to win it all. But sadly it also wouldn’t shock me if we got beat out second round or sweet 16. You just never know with them. But lack of depth inside is hurting us a lot.