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Reid Travis and PJ Washington were “dominant” vs. Kansas

Once Kansas lost Udoka Azubuike for the season, it was clear Kentucky was going to have a size advantage in tonight’s game. Despite Dedric Lawson’s best efforts, Kentucky owned the inside, with both PJ Washington and Reid Travis turning in double doubles. Kansas finished with only 20 points in the paint, its fewest in the last two seasons. As Bill Self said afterwards, it was often two Wildcats against one Jayhawk.

“Obviously their bigs played very well,” Self said. “Even Nick [Richards] didn’t play very well but blocked five shots and impacted the game. But Reid and PJ were the dominant players. It certainly was two against one in there a lot.”

Reid kept Kentucky in the game when Kansas went up early, scoring seven points in less than two minutes to pull Kentucky within three. PJ took over in the second half, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds, much to the delight of John Calipari.

“Today, PJ had a spirit about him. He had a spirit about him. He had a confidence about him. There was no tentativeness. I’ve been waiting a year for that.”

Lawson had 20 points and 15 rebounds, but without another player over 6’9″, the Jayhawks just couldn’t handle Reid and PJ, whom Self called “men.”

“We’re obviously very light in the butt, to put it mildly,” Self said. “And going against big heavy bodies, men. You’re going against a fifth year guy, and PJ is beyond his years physically and Nick is as well and of course EJ is going be terrific. Obviously, we’ve got one guy ready to go against that and that’s an awful lot to ask from him.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for Reid Travis and PJ Washington were “dominant” vs. Kansas

  1. No more excuses cal
    9:14 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    That’s the way pj should play every game.

    • Wade
      10:00 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

      Pj had lapses again and keeps doing that runner and throws a laser at the free throw line which he never makes. Just stop that and get your rebounds. If it’s not there PASS. Good game! And I’ve noticed he ain’t diving for any loose balls I’m not sure but I’m guessing that’s how he hurt his finger last yr? I can’t remember!

    • CellarDoorx06
      9:40 am January 27, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. If PJ and NICK would show up…PJ, mostly offensively but again He’s a big guy that can disrupt the opposing Team’s offense while within the paint, and Nick simply being the defensive prowess of which He CAN BE; blocking and altering shots on D – just with His presence being down there defensively in the paint, while also adding in a couple of His absolutely pretty hook shots settle nicely at the bottom of the net….THAT COMBO along with everyone else doing what they’ve each shown that they’re able to do…Damn. “That Team” would be one absolutely that would have just as high of a go at winning it all as the Sports media darling, can do no wrong, Duke Blue Devils!

  2. Ridge Runner
    9:25 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed Ms T.
    Just a shout out to Hagans and another 3 steal performance too. He will not typically turn the ball over on silly miscues as we move forward, but he did very well going against that backcourt of talent.

  3. Wade
    9:58 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    Kansas should develop that big mccormick they have! Blue the hairpiece of those gayhawks!