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Kentucky Opens 2020-21 Season with 81-45 Win over Morehead State

The Kentucky Wildcats got off to a fast start in the delayed 2020-21 basketball season by running away from Morehead State with an 81-45 win in the opening game of the Bluegrass Showcase.

Like most season-openers, it was not exactly crisp in the first few minutes. Nevertheless, Kentucky was able to clean it up and take a 15-4 lead after eight minutes. That comfortable lead was extended for good once UK went on a 16-4 run at the beginning of the second half.

Unlike a typical preseason that features multiple exhibitions, the BBN did not get a chance to see the team operate in a live game setting before Wednesday night. They were greeted with a few pleasant surprises.

Isaiah Jackson had a pair powerful blocked shots at the rim. Davion Mintz was money from long range, knowing down a couple of threes. Terrence Clarke showed off his ball-handling, getting to the rim to finish with a dozen points. Cam’Ron Fletcher was a pleasant surprise, hustling on defense and shooting confidently from the midrange and behind the three-point line. As expected, B.J. Boston looked like a future star, recording 15 points and seven rebounds. Four players finished in double figures and ten players received significant minutes.

Kentucky’s length on defense was a problem for Morehead State, forcing 19 Eagle turnovers. John Calipari has so many exceptional ball-handlers, the Cats were quick to move in transition, scoring 16 fast-break  points. When Morehead State tried to slow them down with a zone defense, Kentucky never flinched.

There’s a lot to like about this Kentucky basketball team and they’re just scratching the surface without Keion Brooks.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Kentucky Opens 2020-21 Season with 81-45 Win over Morehead State

  1. U22JBK
    7:57 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    1-0 ATS. Only thing that matters!

  2. theSpectre_
    8:01 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    It looked like Jackson hurt his ankle and that’s why he checked out of the game. He seemed to be limping back to the locker room. UGH! I hope it’s not serious because he’s going to be special.

  3. nocode96
    8:13 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Not hyperbole at all when I say they looked really, really good!

    • YeahIsaidIT12
      8:43 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with u and considering this team did this without one of their vet guys in Keion is even more reason to be excited about this team can’t wait to see the test against Richmond bc even this was against a lesser team in Morehead state this team showed they still dnt have an identity but with that showed a will to win

  4. Nickerbocker05
    8:15 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Hey KSR crew… can we talk about how freaking big Boston jr’s feet are!!! I mean he is on ski’s

  5. Rick_S
    8:18 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    I didnt see anything i liked from Ware

  6. Rick_S
    8:19 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    By the glad rex was fired…I think trump has messed his head up

    • spincr4hire
      9:12 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink


    • City shuffle
      9:44 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Really hate to see it, he’s turned into a complete wacko on twitter.

    • michaelb
      12:18 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      What was he fired from?

  7. YeahIsaidIT12
    8:33 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Over and under set at 2.5 for how many times Coach will kiss TClarke this season

    • michaelb
      12:14 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Yep , Clark could play in the nba this year , he’s comparable to mkg and Alex p

  8. YeahIsaidIT12
    8:36 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Y’all see my boy Cam Fletcher out there?? Yeah I called that. I knew he would be tremendous for us coming into the year and may play himself into the draft after this season but I believe ultimately he needs to hang around for at least his soph year but go Cam make us Cams proud!!

  9. Cats79
    8:40 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Come on guys that’s complaining. Let these guys grow and take it from there. I saw more up side than down side. Sunday game willgive us a test Richmond is real good.

  10. Aar
    9:17 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t tell whether Sarr is really good at sealing and boxing out or has trouble holding position then recovers well. Otherwise, really like his play and fit in the team.

    Askew appears to be a true point and Mintz a true combo – both as advertised. I like the three guard look of them plus Clark.

    Did not like Boston’s ball stopping, rushing threes (took most, made none) and “getting his” in garbage time. This team will step up a level when he starts making the extra pass more frequently.

    Playing time and +/- tonight very much align with where players belong in the rotation

    • michaelb
      2:05 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Mintz is under rated and undervalued right now , he plays really well with Saar we saw . I like his passes better than askews right now

  11. michaelb
    12:13 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

    This team will avg 5+ steals and 6+ blocks per game