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Kentucky Rolls Over South Carolina 76-48

Kentucky cruised to a 76-48 victory at Rupp Arena over South Carolina behind dominant post play to win its ninth-straight game.

The Cats struggled with the Cocks’ physicality at the start of the game.  Kentucky could not finish easy buckets at the rim, while South Carolina uncharacteristically knocked down shots from long range.

Even without Chris Silva in the lineup, who was sidelined for most of the first half with foul trouble, the Gamecocks hung around for a while.  That all changed with seven minutes to play.  Trailing 24-22, Kentucky closed the half on a 17-4 run to take control of the game for good.

Kentucky made its money on the offensive glass.  The Cats turned 21 offensive rebounds into 18 second chance points.  Just like Carolina, Kentucky struggled with foul trouble in the frontcourt.  It was never a problem, thanks to E.J. Montgomery.  The freshman grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored 11 points in only 19 minutes of action.

P.J. Washington’s transformation into one of the best players in the country is almost complete.  He finished with 20 points, his fourth 20+ point performance in five games, to lead all scorers.  Tyler Herro added 11 points, while Reid Travis recorded 11 points, nine boards and three steals.

Kentucky is still not quite clicking on all cylinders, yet they easily handled the fourth-ranked team in the conference.  The fun has just begun.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

48 Comments for Kentucky Rolls Over South Carolina 76-48



  1. Kentuckybbnfan01
    8:54 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Good win pj played great again as well as ej keep playing good defense and we will be unstoppable



  2. BBNBRIAN
    8:55 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    EJ with the 11 – 13 double double!



  3. Jarisn02
    9:01 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    EJ stole PJ’s double double



  4. catsarerunnin
    9:02 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Defense and rebounding. That’s what this team is about. Great win. Go Cats!



    • Ridge Runner
      9:05 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Yes sir..



    • BlueWildcat_99
      10:14 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Good game, but like the article said, we’re still not hitting on all cylinders. We MUST consistently get to that 34%/35% 3 point percentage if we’re going to win it all. I believe only two teams since 2000 have won it all shooting less than percentage from 3. The good news is Puke is only hitting about 30% for the season. But this team is definitely coming together and improving every game. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds. GO CATS!



  5. CATandMONKEY
    9:03 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    EJ finding his game!

    This bodes well for UK come March.



  6. bigbluebanana
    9:03 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Great game! EJ looked phenomenal. Nick played well. PJ is looking like the All American we all thought he could be. Ashton with some extra turnovers, but his defense is crazy. How great has our defense become? Wow!

    Also, I don’t wanna brag, but I’m the article posted yesterday about U.K. being an 18 point favorite, I called an 86-59 win. I got the points wrong, but was off by only one on the total margin. Do I get free water at KSBar as a prize?



  7. michaelb
    9:05 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    That was a super awkward game. Every wide open shot was a brick lol but we still dominated . Frank Martin recruits in orthodox players and coaches the same way I guess that’s why the game was so weird



  8. CATandMONKEY
    9:05 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Mash will be commenting soon:

    “We beat a barely .500 team by only 28. Duke would have beat them by 6,342!”



    • StillBP
      9:12 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Hahaha true



    • ClutchCargo
      9:27 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair… it’s like a running joke when mash continues to bitch while the team is catching fire. It’s really comical.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:49 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Over the years I had somewhat respected Mash’s opinions regarding UK football and not accepting mediocrity but this Bball season. . .just, Wow.



    • bigbluebanana
      10:34 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Me too c&m. I’ve even defended him a lot this season. It’s almost like the better we get, the more he turns into bigolblue…complaining just to complain. Can’t say one nice thing about the Cats or Cal.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:50 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair Mr. Cargo hit the nail on the head.



    • 4everUKblue
      10:31 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Now that’s funny as hell C&M!



    • mashburnfan1
      11:35 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Actually I have said it is great we are doing to these bad teams what we should be doing and it does show improvement. USC is trash, lost by 20 at home to Wofford, lost to Stony Brook {who is that} lost to Wyoming who should be Division 2, lost to Okla State, lost to Prov and only decent SEC teams they played they lost by 20 plus. They feasted once they got to the weak SEC. I also admit I was never a Cal fan but have said numerous times he does a lot of great things in teaching these young men life lessons, Samaritan Feet, tonight coming out for Special Olympics kids, serving dinners, visiting hospitals etc. Still not convinced we are a title contender but, like I have said, there are no great teams in college basketball anymore. Mich tate hit the wall after losing Langford, KU can’t win on the road and got hit by injuries, UNC is dangerous but can also lose to anyone decent from round of 32 on {I think we might fit in this category as well}, dUKe looks good but depending on youth is scary as WE know from the last 10 years. They don’t have much veteran leadership but do have Coach Kufnuerbguwrhgueubniwebbnvtwlcvpysky and like him or not he is good and while depending on young talent is scary they have the very best of the young talent. Michigan could be tough with last years experience and solid coaching as well. Won’t count out Nova but they were not prepared for losing the guys that left early and it hurt them.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:55 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      Nice try bashburn but you’re just a troll.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:14 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair he’s season tickets holding troll.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:25 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair, K is SO good with young talent that last season he didn’t make it out of the elite 8 with the best talent top to bottom. The season before the he didn’t make it out of the round of 32 and the season before that he didnt make it out of the sweet 16. But he’s really good with young talent.



  9. Ridge Runner
    9:06 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    “The Cats struggled with the Cocks’ physicality at the start of the game”

    Ummm… I may have rephrased that…
    😉



    • bigbluebanana
      9:10 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Lol!!



    • RealCatsFan
      9:54 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Well, at least he didn’t say we struggled with the Cocks’ penetration.



    • bigbluebanana
      10:35 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Or how big and powerful the cocks are inside.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:20 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      Is anyone old enough to remember when USC cheerleaders had “go cocks” written on their undershorts that only showed if they bent over?



    • satcheluk
      9:13 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      We used to sell Beat the Cocks T-shirts when they came into town.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:40 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      RealCats and BBB….that is funny. Reminds me of that football player several years back, a QB with last name of Dick. Believe he was in the SEC as well, maybe Ark. There were many puns for that and my High School Officiating said them all.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:41 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      officiating crew



    • satcheluk
      9:12 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      I was listening in to the huddle when Cal said he wanted to man up against the Cocks on the perimeter and he wanted a body on every Cock when they get a shot off. Awkward.



  10. BigolBlue
    9:11 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    This team has the eye of the tiger. Cal is bringing home #9.



  11. bankshot
    9:14 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Cal needs to give travis minutes to ej if he wants to win a ship…



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:16 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t know about all the minutes.

      We need BOTH EJ and Reid to play well if a ‘Ship is in the cards for 2019.



    • michaelb
      9:31 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Seems like they need to reduce Keldon Johnsons minutes right now if anyone’s . Yea ej does need to build off this



    • Aar
      10:19 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Travis had 11 & 9 in 22! Johnson had a +/- of 18! Washington’s and Montomery’s performances speak for themselves in this game. How to make a case against any of them.

      IMHO, the Cats have 9 players who are finding ways to help this team win while growing at the same time. Yeah, they all have growth opportunities. Cal and the Cats are doing a great job right now of using players strengths while working on their weaknesses. Pop quizzes Saturday and Tuesday with a mock final exam the following Saturday. Go Cats, win in StarkVegas!



    • J-Dub421
      11:26 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Travis held South Carolina’s best player to 4 points and 4 rebounds, way below his average.



  12. Good Times
    9:20 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s see if ESPN keeps Mich St. ranked above us again this week. They lost…. again…. to Illinois.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:31 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      The current top highlight on espn.com is a Zion missed dunk. Let that sink in.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:32 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Also, Illinois is 8-15 after this win. Was that guy MSU lost that damned good?



    • J-Dub421
      11:24 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      BBB, no, and MSU had already been playing without him for a couple of weeks.



    • bigbluebanana
      12:04 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

      Hmmm, wonder what’s happening with them? I’ve only watched them play almost two full games this year a month or so ago, they looked really solid then.



  13. RealCatsFan
    9:57 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Ball movement in the 2nd half was very good. We had a lot of excellent wide open 3 point looks. Just couldn’t get most of them to fall. After Cal talked about us hitting 95 threes in practice… well, let’s just say we might want to save some of them.



  14. Bluebloodtoo
    11:19 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    You got all the way to the second paragraph before you pulled out the cats/cocks reference, huh roush? Smh…Lol



  15. JASUN74
    2:57 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Just an incredible win! With their big cocks not preforming very well, (hahahahaha) ( sorry), anyway, we just bullied them and took any thoughts they may have had coming into the game away! We are looking like the best team in the country in my eyes and getting better every day!! We expect and except, well most of us, that we may struggle a little at the beginning of the season. Almost every year with new players learning to play together it just happens. The way This team has
    come along so fast and they way they play with joy, is just a pleasure to watch. This group of guys truly like each other and it’s easy to see how much fun they have playing for one another. They’re quickly becoming one of my favorites ever and could possibly be by the end of the season. I’ll say this, and it’s just my opinion, “ If the Cats keep improving at the rate they are, and we continue to stay healthy, they are going to win the Championship!”
    Now, I hate making predictions, but this team is becoming special. The Duke Loss was the best thing to happen to us since UMASS beat us in 96 at the beginning of the season.

    I hate when our games get to halftime, and the Reason is because I know we only have another half to watch till next game. Hahahahaha. Love this team.