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Kentucky Rolls Over Georgia 62-49 into the SEC Tournament Semifinals

Playing without Jarred Vanderbilt, a late first half run ignited Kentucky to a 62-49 win over Georgia, Kentucky’s fourth SEC Tournament victory over the Bulldawgs in the last five years.

It wasn’t always easy for the Cats.  Georgia hung around until about four minutes left in the first half after Kentucky’s sluggish offensive start.  Yante Maten knocked down a pair of free throws to give Georgia a 23-22 lead.  The Dawgs did not make a shot for the next seven minutes, sparking an 11-0 UK run.

Georgia could not recover because the Cats successfully contained the AP SEC Player of the Year.  Using a group effort with smothering double teams, Maten was limited to just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting.

P.J. Washington stepped up in Vanderbilt’s absence to lead Kentucky in scoring with 18 points.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander knocked down his first five shots en route to a 15-point performance, while Kevin Knox added 15 more.

Many questioned if Kentucky could adjust without Vanderbilt.  Today’s game showed this team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to extend the season.  Now all they have to do is stop fouling three-point shooters.

Kentucky advances to play Collin Sexton and Alabama in the SEC Tournament semifinal tomorrow at 1:00 ET on ESPN.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

31 Comments for Kentucky Rolls Over Georgia 62-49 into the SEC Tournament Semifinals



  1. Parker_UKFanNC
    5:30 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    So much for Kentucky losing the first game of the SEC tourney.



  2. Parker_UKFanNC
    5:30 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Also are only two wins when we score under 70 points have come against Georgia. Lost the other 8.



  3. spincr4hire72
    5:34 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Nick Richards ?



    • Kevin C
      5:38 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      No shlt…..the poor kid is about as useless as limbless $5 whore with her holes sewn shut.



    • Kat4Life
      10:11 am March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Nice



    • gasman01
      5:46 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Hands of Stone!!



    • cats646
      5:57 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Ha. Dang Kevin C that’s brutal.



    • bigb
      6:00 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Y play him at this point?



    • Kevin C
      6:00 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      @ cats646

      The truth often is…



    • Bluebloodtoo
      6:04 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Brutal, crass, immature, inappropriate… I could keep going for a while.



    • cats646
      8:14 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Oh I agree totally Kevin. I was just laughing at it. I’ve never heard that before. Ha



  4. BigBlueNationDude
    5:50 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Good win. Gotta play better to advance.



  5. Kat4Life
    6:07 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Tough game for Quade, but PJ and SGA more than made up for it…….Knox as well. On to a red hot Bama squad, with their very own late-season Trea Young to show off…….should be a test in the backcourt, but we should be fine inside. Cats by 5……



  6. BBN_strive_4_9
    6:08 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Liked what I saw on defense. Good win. Now, beat Bama. Go Cats!!!



  7. roachey45011
    6:11 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Not a very good performance today but we will take the win. We are playing too passive it seems. Knox is still showing weakness in his drives to the basket. Hopefully we can hang onto a win tommorow and keep that 4 to 5 seed locked in. Then Vanderbilt can return



  8. kentuck1
    6:17 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    That was some of the best defense they have played all year. The way they doubled and tripled-teamed Maten, the POY in the SEC, was very, very effective.

    I really hate to see SGA is only going to be here for one year. He looked like one of the best guards in America today. An All-American.

    It was in question as to how the Wildcats would play without Jarred Vanderbilt in line-up. I don”t think any player played really terrible. I thought Hami played some of the better defense he has played this year.

    Quade Green missed all 8 shots from the floor, including 0-3 from the three. But, he still didn’t play that bad, in my opinion. He was the middle man in that beautiful 3-man pass to PJ Washington for the stuff. It was a quick touch of the hand.

    Kevin Knox was steady with 15 points. He also had 9 rebounds.

    It was a good game for the ‘Cats, considering one of their best players was on the bench.



    • catdaddyd
      8:52 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Quade missed 5 shots not 8.



  9. Kat4Life
    6:20 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t lose sight of the fact that we held them to 28% FG% for the game…….that is stout damned defense……not sure we’ve held many teams below 30% this year…….



  10. runningunnin.454
    6:36 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Has ESPN traded Trae in for Sexton? Sexton Sexton Sexton…they run anything into the ground.
    Anyway, UK v Bama…should be a good one.