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Gilgeous-Alexander: “We don’t win without Hami”

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Hamidou Diallo was spectacular in Kentucky’s win over Buffalo on Saturday. Diallo was so good, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team’s leading scorer with 27 points, said Kentucky would be going home if not for how Diallo played.

Personally, I don’t think we win tonight without Hami,” Gilgeous-Alexander said after the game. “He played huge for us down the stretch. We went to him a little bit in a set, and he had like four baskets in a row that were really big. He works really hard, and when you work hard, good things are going to happen for you.”

Diallo scored 22 points, the most he’s had since he went for 23 in the Garden back in December, and 18 of those 22 came in the second half on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. But it wasn’t just the scoring he provided that helped his team win, Diallo also had eight strong rebounds and two big blocks on the defensive end. He did it all, which led Kevin Knox to say, “That’s the Hamidou we need for the rest of the tournament.

Quade Green added, “He’s the best defender in the country if he’s locked in like that.”

If that version of Hamidou Diallo continues to show up, Kentucky is as good as anyone in the tournament.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for Gilgeous-Alexander: “We don’t win without Hami”

  1. dhard
    9:21 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    I am so happy for that kid. Well done.

  2. Big Meech
    9:21 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    So proud of him, it hasn’t always been fun for him. Hated reading on the site when our fans talked terrible about him like they knew what he was going through. If he fights the way he did tonight, then there’s no stopping another final four. Good Job big fella. Keep it up

  3. J-Dub421
    9:33 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Well done, Hami! He played a great game at both ends of the floor.

  4. 4everUKblue
    9:35 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Proud of you Diallo. Those rebounds were spectacular, so was the windmill dunk.

  5. chris43
    9:46 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    He played hard. Very proud of him. Keep the effort up while playing under control and the stats will come.

  6. TreyTingle
    9:49 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Cal previewed at the beginning of the season how dangerous this team could be defensively. We are all starting to see that now. If they all can stay engaged like they were today…watch out!

  7. catfanjd
    10:27 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    His head was above the rim on a couple of those rebounds

  8. Aar
    10:40 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    When he was in a funk, the Cats in a losing streak and lots of BBN harshing on Diallo, I posted support for him constantly and said we would need him in the dance. Told ya so! Really happy for Diallo and our Cats!

  9. dballrb
    11:26 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Nice to see everyone praising Hami after he’s been verbally thrashed by fans ALL year…?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. codeblue270
    12:02 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    So glad to see this team loving each other playing for each other having each other’s back when things stack up against you — that is Kentucky basketball & that’s when we will back you always

  11. katmandue2you
    12:59 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Hami…I confess that i did get on here and blast you one night after one of you’re more lackluster performances. Can’t tell you how proud I am of you and the way you played. I want you to know that though you were on fire shooting the ball and scoring, what made me most proud and what impressed me the most were the intense defensive effort plays, the outrageous blocks and the “otherworldly” rebounds. You keep playing like you did tonight (even if you don’t score double figures) and you and your Wildcat brothers can very well find yourself’s playing for a championship on April 2nd. As Clark Kellogg would say…”well done young fella!!!”

  12. KYJelly
    1:51 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    That boy at eye level with the rim in that pic

  13. ClutchCargo
    2:25 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Dear unreasonable fans: this is why Cal keeps giving more chances to the guys who are struggling but are on the verge of a breakthrough.

    • Mathlete
      9:36 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

      That, and Cal sees them in practice and knows what they’re capable of. Hami has all the physical gifts he needs and never quit trying, sometimes he even tried too hard, and that’s why he kept playing.