It has been almost 48 hours since our beloved Cats ran wild on Duke in the Champions Classic. I don’t know about you, but I’m still riding high after watching Kentucky roll in its marquee matchup on the regular season schedule. I’ve yet to come down from how UK dominated that game.
So tonight, before we put the win completely in our rearview and move on to Wright State, let’s take one last look back on some of the best moments in the game.
All video courtesy of ESPN; hand-picked and edited by yours truly for your viewing pleasure.
Marcus Lee caught two long lobs in two minutes.
As fans of Kentucky basketball, we’ve grown used to seeing lob after lob after lob, with so many athletic bigs over the last few years. But that doesn’t mean we’ve grown tired of them.
Marcus Lee picked up right where Willie Cauley-Stein left off, catching two lobs in a brief, two-minute span in the first half, and throwing them down for easy scores.
Coach Cal wanted Jamal Murray to drive the ball.
Murray took an ill-advised three-pointer with 19 seconds on the shot clock, early in the game. The shot bricked, and Coach Cal was quick to let Murray know it was a bad shot.
Isaiah Briscoe is this team’s high-five leader.
Following his pretty layup to close out the first half, Briscoe showed off his secret handshake with Tyler Ulis. Jamal Murray and Alex Poythress got boring ‘ol high-fives.
Alex Poythress punched Isaac Humphries.
Common case of the big brother playing too hard with the baby brother. Big brother doesn’t know his own strength sometimes.
John Calipari skied for a putback with Poythress.
If we had a dollar for every time John Calipari said he wants Poythress to be an elite athlete, we’d all be filthy rich — like, John Calipari rich. That’s all he asks of the senior forward this year.
Cal tried to help Poythress out with his athleticism after a missed Tyler Ulis shot, when he elevated off the floor with him. I use the word ‘elevate’ very loosely there.
Tyler Ulis couldn’t be stopped.
In the wise words of the Bilastrator, “If you’re good enough, you’re big enough.”
What was that, Coach K?
He mad. He real mad.
Jamal Murray is a head-rubber.
On the way to the halftime locker room, Jamal Murray sprinted ahead to get his hands on Isaac Humphries and Tyler Ulis. Then after the game, Murray gave Ulis another rub during the postgame interview with Shannon Spake.
Play of the Game: Jamal Murray splits two defenders and hits Alex Poythress for the dunk.
It’s going to be a fun year, Cats fans.