There may not have been any seniors to celebrate, but the Wildcats sent the Rupp Arena crowd happy for the final time this season.
And pretty exhausted.
Just three and a half minutes of game action to start the game took nearly 25 minutes, with one Rebel getting ejected in that span. In the first half alone, we saw 19 total fouls, four technicals, one ejection, and about an hour’s worth of time at the monitor.
In the second, we saw two more technicals and monitor checks, but the game sped up after the 10-minute mark, with the Cats extending the lead to double figures and never looking back.
The clock (finally) struck all-zeroes at 9:15 with the Cats on top 96-78.
Kevin Knox led all scorers with 22 points on 7-17 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist in 31 minutes of action.
The Kentucky backcourt put on a show tonight, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green combined for 35 points.
Quade Green finished with his best scoring night in conference play and three away from a career-high with 18 points, four assists, one rebound, and just one turnover.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wasn’t too far behind with 17 points, ten assists, and seven rebounds in the near-triple-double.
Wenyen Gabriel had his best game in weeks, finishing with 15 points on 5-8 shooting, six rebounds, and two assists.
Hamidou Diallo had yet another quietly impressive performance, finishing with nine points on 3-6 shooting and 2-3 from three.
This was the fourth straight games with five players in double figures, with two others scoring five or more points.
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