For the third consecutive game, the Kentucky Wildcats dominated the competition and looked like a true threat in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Kentucky defeated Missouri 87-66, and it was arguably the team’s most complete performance of the year, impressing both offensively and defensively.
Tonight for the first time in SEC play, in fact, Calipari was able to unload the bench at the end of the game.
And Brad Calipari hit a three. It was that kind of night.
Six Wildcats finished the day in double figures, led by Kevin Knox with 21 points on 6-13 shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander followed it up with 15 points, eight assists, and five rebounds in yet another well-rounded performance.
Hamidou Diallo also finally found his groove shooting the ball, finishing with 11 points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc, and one monster slam in transition.
Quade Green was the perfect offensive spark off the bench, finishing the night with 12 points on 5-6 shooting, two rebounds, three assists, and a steal. When the game was going back and forth late in the first half, Green’s big buckets allowed for the Cats to extend the lead and complete the blowout.
We also saw the best game of Jarred Vanderbilt’s young career. Late in the second half, the talented forward had a stretch with a strong slam on one end, and followed it up with two consecutive demoralizing blocks at the rim. He finished the day with 11 points on 4-4 shooting, 15 rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and just one turnover on the day.
As a team, the Cats shot 55% from the field and 63% from three. They also converted at the line, shooting 73% on 30 attempts.
Kentucky outrebounded the Tigers 36-32, finished with ten more assists, three less turnovers, and the UK bench outscored Mizzou’s 38-15. Complete and utter domination.
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