It got a little scary there at the end, but Kentucky saved us all some embarrassment and finally put away Northern Kentucky by a final score of 79-70. The Cats let the Norse hang around for far too long, due in part to another cold night from Malik Monk, who finished with only 12 points (many of those in the final minutes off foul shots) off 3-11 shooting, 0-6 from behind the three-point line. If Kentucky is going to accomplish anything in this tournament, he’s gotta warm up fast.
De’Aaron Fox led the way with 19 points, but had six turnovers to only three assists. Bam Adebayo had a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Isaiah Briscoe had 17 points and 8 rebounds, and, as often happens, when the Cats were out of sync, became Kentucky’s only source of scoring.
Sure, Kentucky could have been playing to its competition, but man, they can’t afford to play like that on Sunday vs. Wichita State or it will be a very short March.
By the way, the Wichita State game will tip at 2:30 p.m. following Louisville/Michigan game at 12:10 p.m. Both games will be on CBS.