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ICYMI: Yesterday was a wild day all around college hoops

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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Yesterday saw our beloved Cats snuff out an impressive rally from the Auburn Tigers, notching their first top-15 win on the road in the SEC in the Calipari era. But if that was the only game you watched on Saturday, you missed out on one of the wildest regular season days of college basketball that I can recall.

#2 Michigan fell on the road to Wisconsin, 64-54

Coming into Saturday, there were only 2 remaining unbeaten teams in college basketball. Neither would survive the day.

Michigan went first. The Wolverines couldn’t guard Ethan Happ, who scored 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Badgers to victory. At this stage of the season, with 6 losses already, Wisconsin was playing with the desperation of a team that was already on the March Madness bubble.

Michigan is objectively one of the more well-rounded teams in the country, but yesterday, the team that wanted the win more earned it. Kudos to the Badgers.

#3 Tennessee barely dodges Alabama, 71-68

Alabama continues to pester the top teams in the SEC. This time, they were perhaps just a pump fake away from taking down the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. But alas, Grant Williams showed why he was the preseason conference POY with a clutch block with just over a minute left:

Can’t say I’m looking forward to playing them twice. With Duke’s loss against Syracuse early in the week, Tennessee should take the #1 spot in the polls.

#7 Kansas drops the ball against West Virginia, 65-64

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Kansas is not the same team without Udoka Azubuike. Still, you would think they had enough firepower to take down a middling 9-loss Mountaineer squad. Apparently not.

Try not to get too overconfident for our matchup with the Jayhawks in 6 days.

Lastly, Duke overcame Virginia, 72-70

There will be no 40-0 team this year. Duke sped the Cavaliers up, but UVA kept pace with the young studs for the most part. But in the end, the Barrett/Williamson combination was too much for the final unbeaten team.

Also Zion did this:

I will never forgive him.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

11 Comments for ICYMI: Yesterday was a wild day all around college hoops

  1. az1006
    3:20 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    I actually like how we match up with Tennessee. They gave us fits last year because we had no real answer for Grant Williams. This year, Reid can body up with him in the post, and I think those two will largely neutralize the other. Other than maybe Scofield, we have the better talent and depth at every other position.

    • Aar
      5:33 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      I think the Cats match up well to the Volunteers top to bottom on a neutral or home court. Not that I think the Cats can completely contain their big two/three but can equal them. It’s against the rest of their starting five and reserves that I think the Cats win. Now, beating them on Rocky Top is another deal entirely.

  2. J. Did
    3:22 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    Tuh tuh tennessee is 4 real.

    I hate the vols.

    Mike is still servicing the refs & the committee……..nothing new here. The arrogant hoo haas fall back to normal town.

    Kant says; KAN’T. On the road , losing to a ‘conference team’ that is a fish outta the back wood crick..

    Does not bode well for UK (strictly from a retributive factor).

    UM got their arrogant arses handed to them. Thank goodness. Not a WI fan; although I do love Madison (the town and campus is amazing…a bucket list visit).

  3. BigolBlue
    3:27 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    Told you people everyone loses. The cats can still be a team that wins it all

    • ThatsAShame
      3:49 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Really? That’s what you have been telling us people?

    • catsarerunnin
      4:17 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBlew also said he wasn’t Slater.

    • BigolBlue
      8:39 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Never said I wasn’t slater runnin. S

    • bigbluebanana
      5:21 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Idk how to take this comment. You’re either trolling to save face, or you’re a big, fat phony.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:50 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Bigoldumbass is a liar, he’s Slater and combatmedic!

    • 4everUKblue
      6:54 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      He admitted it back around the UK/UL football game and if I cared enough I would go back and find it, but that idiot is not worth the effort.

  4. 4everUKblue
    6:53 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    Just an FYI, dUKe shot 31 free throws to Virginia’s 17 and still only won by 2. Cue the Mashburn excuses.