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Kentucky won by 20 with zero points from Keldon Johnson

If I told you Kentucky would be able to beat a team on the road by 20 without a single point from their leading scorer, would you believe me? Well, it happened tonight.

Keldon Johnson, who leads the team in scoring this season with 14.6 points, was 0-6 in 27 minutes tonight. He did have three rebounds, two assists, and a steal, but that zero in the points column jumped right out at John Calipari when he glanced at the box score in the postgame press conference. In true Cal form, he turned it into a positive.

“Oh, he had a goose egg. Ewww! He didn’t have any. Oh, man. Isn’t that great? Because he’s one of our best players. But you have these nights. You know who went in and played well for him? Jemarl Baker. Played well. Here’s what I said last night to them. Here’s the greatest thing about our team is we’ve got guys. And if one of you guards doesn’t play well, we have another guard that can play well. If one of you bigs isn’t playing well or two of you, we still have enough guys.

“So you have to worry about getting yourself ready to play for our team. If you’re playing that well, we’ll have a little rotation, maybe some guys get a little less minutes than the other, but the great thing about this program historically, last ten years, is numbers doesn’t matter. If you can play, it isn’t how many points or shots or rebounds. Because of Keldon played this well, no one will think less of him. He had no points and they’re gonna still say, that kid is one of the best in the country. He had no points. That’s the greatest thing about here.”

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17 Comments for Kentucky won by 20 with zero points from Keldon Johnson



  1. unbridled
    9:46 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Keldon, Travis, and PJ need to work their way out of the current funk they find themselves. Saturday would be a phenomenal time to do just that.



    • unbridled
      8:28 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Add Herro to that list. Kinda forgot about him.



  2. Mathlete
    9:50 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Get almost nothing from your second and third best players and crush a hungry team on the road… Our young squad is starting to figure out how to play within themselves and win.

    There was a stretch from about 5 minutes left in the first half until just under 13 to go in the second half where Georgia didn’t make a single basket from the field. Some of that is that Georgia is not a good team, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The Cayts’ defense (especially Hagans, Richards, and Montgomery) just smothered them. If Travis is struggling to find a rhythm, Cal should feel great about putting either Nick or EJ in based on the way they’ve been playing.



  3. dcforuk
    9:58 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Roles are evolving. The scenery is changing some as each player feels their roles and applies that John Michael Montgomery lyric “Life’s a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Don’t worry about what you don’t know, life’s a dance you learn as you go.” Replace the word “life” with Kentucky basketball. They are feeling what their evolving roles look like as Ashton starts scoring more.



  4. henderblue
    10:01 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Nick and EJ are HUGE pieces of the puzzle. The process is evolving..



    • mashburnfan1
      10:45 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      UGA is not even an NIT team. Still good we beat them soundly and only had 10 turnovers but this shows nothing about our teams future success. How many times did UGA just throw us the ball, UGA can’t shoot, they are just bad. We have been very lucky that the SEC schedule has given us the worst possible teams to start the season. Maybe build some confidence before we play some decent teams and the couple good SEC teams.



    • bigbluebanana
      11:18 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      Alabama is a more than decent team and that’s a tough place to play at. Georgia will for sure be an NIT team. Us, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, and before it’s over…Florida and Alabama would like a word about your “couple good sec teams” comment. Tennessee could beat anyone in the country most nights, and though we aren’t there yet, if we reach our potential, so can we. Now, don’t be like bigolblue and make it seem like I’m saying 100%, for sure we are winning it all, because I don’t think that at all at this point. However, to act like our team isn’t improving, that tonight’s win in a hostile road environment, or that the SEC only has a couple good teams is asinine. Duke looks like they lost their only PG for a bit, top ten, and more regularly top twenty teams are getting beat every single night. NC state, a very solid team, went down to Wake Forest tonight. How some of you folks are adults and still do not understand that the season has highs and lows across the board every year is baffling. Especially these last few years. Can’t comprehend that some of you fans only ever say negative things about our team no matter what they do. Can’t y’all just enjoy the ride? No team in the country right now is a runaway favorite to waltz home with a trophy.



    • BluejayK
      6:32 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Shut up



    • ClutchCargo
      11:20 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

      And we beat the shit out of them, as we should have. What’s your point mashburnfan?



    • catsarerunnin
      7:00 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      He has no point. He’s pointless. Just another whiner.



    • henderblue
      7:37 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan, why don’t you just TRY to enjoy the process. It’s a step forward for this team to win by 20 on the road in the SEC. It’s a step forward for this team to get valuable minutes from the bench.



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      11:17 am January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Oh look, Mashburn, the dUKe apologist is back. He is now neck and neck with slater/combatmedic/bigoldumbass for biggest [email protected]



  5. makeitstop
    10:06 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    EJ and Nick both had some hops and that was encouraging. Nick can stand around and EJ can look lost and tonight they seemed to find it. Needed a game like that from EJ. They were quick, active, confident. I’d throw Baker in there too as a good sub for KJ in the rare times he’s off. Saturday is the bellweather: how good are we against a good, experienced, well coached team on the road?



  6. Luether
    10:28 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s hope Keldon bounces back strong…



  7. ukkatzfan
    10:33 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    Rumor is….Back in 2012 Anthony Davis was the 15th leading scorer on the team.



  8. michaelb
    11:52 pm January 15, 2019 Permalink

    There’s a reason for the goose egg that’s being passed around . The team is / operates differently now . When you have a trustworthy ball dominate offense starter as we do in Ashton now – the guys are gonna take turns with the feast or famine carousel. Depending on the matchup type we have depends on who’s getting the post game interview . It’s not a bad thing either , coach will set em straight on it . We’re just doing things differently. All is good . Don’t worry bout having games where ya don’t score 15. Still play your part and don’t get down



    • Aar
      7:13 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. When a team’s play evolves, it’s best players frequently are the last to adjust. While many saw Washington and Travis as having bad games last night, I saw them both doing a much better job trusting their teammates and getting lost within the team. For example, Travis was more willing to match up when switched onto guards. He knew his teammates had his back and they did. Not always but more often than we would have expected. As the best early season player, Johnson is the last to figure out that he needs to adjust. At the same time, I love that the bench killed it last night. I know Montgomery was not much celebrated after the game but I think he made the most progress in this game. Not to take anything from the other 8 players but he finally showed a little of the game that made him the Cats’ highest ranked recruit headed into this season. I want more of Montgomery’s relatively positionless game.

      Yes, Hagans was the star last night. He definitely should have been the star on his homecoming in front of family and friends. It was appropriate for him to call his own number instead of racking up dimes. Gorgeous game. It was great for his teammates to defer to him and celebrate his coronation.

      My question now is this – Who steps up on Saturday? Winning on this Auburn team’s home court is going to take a start that is at least as fast as last night’s, really good play from 7 of the 9 players, excellent teamwork and icy confidence in the face of adversity. Bruce Pearl will have his players, that entire fan base and possibly the entire state of Alabama foaming at the mouth to make certain that the Cats do not get a win inside their borders this season. If the Cats have any success, it will get chippy. There will be silly calls that go against the Cats. These young guys need to keep their wits and just ball to chalk this game up on the left side of the dash.