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Nick Richards named NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week

The accolades are beginning to pour in for Nick Richards. Andy Katz just named Richards the NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week for his performance in Kentucky’s 76-74 win at No. 18 Texas Tech.

On Saturday, Richards played a career-high 39 minutes, finishing with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The only other player in the John Calipari Era with that stat line? Anthony Davis (vs. Arkansas on Jan. 17, 2012). In fact, Richards has one up on AD because he did it against a ranked opponent. He also had 20 points and eight rebounds in Kentucky’s win over Georgia earlier in the week.

Richards’ double-double was his eighth of the season and ninth of his career. He shot 7-10 from the field and a career-high 11-14 from the free-throw line, including 5-5 in overtime. He’s averaging 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last eight games. Kentucky is 11-0 this season when Richards has eight or more rebounds, 4-0 when he gets at least 20 points.

The SEC’s weekly awards will be announced in a few hours, so keep making room in that trophy case, Nick.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for Nick Richards named NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week

  1. BobbyBlue
    11:49 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Cal is getting all of the credit here, and it is well deserved, but
    I believe a lot of the credit should go to Kenny Payne for Nicks awesome improvement, and unprecidented success.
    Some big program like a University of Texas is going to come after KP, and let’s hope it is not soon.

    • Aar
      12:44 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

      I wish for the best for KP but selfishly want him to remain at UK. To that end, Having Zan Payne as a Wildcat can not be underrated. Also, head coaches do not do the things that KP is renowned for – conditioning collegiate and professional players and teaching them how to perform their best when completely exhausted. He is well paid by UK, maybe more than any other collegiate assistant, and he has the facilities and prestigious location to bring his NBA clients for workouts. All of those assets may be very difficult to duplicate anywhere else. I hope it’s enough to keep him at UK rounding Wildcats into shape and teaching them how to play the game at the highest levels for years to come.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:53 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    So happy for Nick! Glad to see that here is reaping benefits of all his hard work. He deserves all of this!