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Immanuel Quickley tied a Kentucky Basketball record tonight

Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery will dominate the headlines after Kentucky’s 80-72 win over Mississippi State, but it’s worth noting that Immanuel Quickley tied a school record.

With a 14-14 performance from the free-throw line, Quickley tied the mark for most free-throw attempts without a miss in a single game in Kentucky Basketball history, joining Louie Dampier (vs. Oregon State, 12/22/1966), Ramel Bradley (vs. Gardner-Webb, 11/7/2007), and Jodie Meeks (vs. Tennessee, 1/13/2009). He wasn’t the only one making his free throws. Nick Richards was 13-15 from the line, bringing their combined total to 27-29. That’s really, really good.

Quickley finished with 21 points tonight despite hitting only three field goals, which also has to be some kind of record. He’s scored in double figures in 11 straight games and has 20+ points in three of the last four. He’s currently shooting 92.5% from the free-throw line, which is tied for third nationally through Monday’s games. As a team, the Cats are making 78.3% of their free throws this season, the best percentage of the John Calipari Era.

“Those last eight or ten fouls, they fouled purposefully, but we made free throws,” Calipari said afterwards. “That’s big. We went up and knocked free throws down. Nick made his, Immanuel made his, Ashton [Hagans] made his. When a team is trying to foul you, you’ve got to be able to say, ‘You’re not winning this way. We’ll make these.’ That was big for us.”

Who knows what will happen come March, but if Kentucky keeps hitting free throws like this, I like my team.

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7 Comments for Immanuel Quickley tied a Kentucky Basketball record tonight

  1. RealCatsFan
    11:49 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    Nick and Ashton get most of the headlines, but IQ just quietly gets it done. He is the most consistent player on the team.

  2. Han
    12:01 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    The only flaw in IQ’s game was that he couldn’t buy a 3 after that first one. Of course, no one else on the team could, either. If we can fix that, look out.

  3. michaelb
    12:06 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    This team is so built for the ncaa tourney … I’m betting on them to win it ths yr

  4. BigTimeOwen
    1:41 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    I was like “that’s cool” until I saw Gardner-Webb and now I can’t shake that horrible feeling

  5. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:35 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    Why are there so many teams good at the free throw line but terrible from the three point line and vice versa? Baffling stuff.

    • CrystalBall
      10:55 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe it’s the Twilight Zone effect.

    • ColoradoCatFan88
      1:07 pm February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe because they aren’t being defended while shooting free throws.. lol plus, the three point line was moved back prior to the season. I’m sure that’s affecting every team’s outside percentage.