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Today on KSR: Juzang, Quickley lead Cats to Road Win Against Tennessee

© Randy Sartin | USATSI

© Randy Sartin | USATSI

For the first time in five years, the Kentucky basketball team picked up a win against Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena.

A total team effort sealed the victory as five players reached double digits in the 77-64 win. Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards played efficient games to lead the Cats to an impressive 13-point road win.

The victory improves Kentucky’s record to 18-5 (8-2 in SEC) and puts the Cats in a tie for first place in the conference with LSU and Auburn.

The Johnny Juzang Game

Johnny Juzang played the best game of his young Kentucky career, finishing with a career-high 13 points on 4-4 shooting including 3-3 from long range. The freshman guard is starting to feel comfortable in his role, and it showed on Saturday as he played a career-high 24 minutes.

Coach Calipari is proud of Juzang for the attitude he kept when times got tough this year.

“He’s building my confidence in him. You guys are saying, where did this come from? I’m watching it and I haven’t seen it, kind of a little bit. You’ve got to own your performance if you want to change. You have to come every day and know there’s no easy way to do what I’m trying to do.”

Keep it up, Johnny.

Strong Performances from Quickley and Richards

Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards are playing at a high level as the pair continues to provide consistent production for each game.

Quickley provided the dagger:

He finished with a quiet 18 points (5-9 shooting, 6-7 FT) while Richards finished with 15 points (5-5 shooting, 5-6 FT) and 7 rebounds. The dramatic improvement from both players is incredible to watch as the confidence each has is becoming increasingly clear.

UK Hoops Travels To Arkansas for Top-25 Matchup

The 15th ranked Kentucky Women’s basketball team faces a difficult test as they travel to Bud Walton Arena to face the 25th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The game is set to tip-off at 4 P.M. and will air on ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Steffi Sorensen on the call.

The Wildcats have been without leading scorer Rhnye Howard the past three games as the star guard recovers from a fractured finger. The team is 2-1 without Howard as guards Sabrina Haines and Jaida Roper have played well in the absence of their star teammate.

Matthew Mitchell is 14-1 against Arkansas in his career as UK’s head coach.

Austin MacGinnis and Jeff Badet Debut in XFL

The Dallas Renegades are set to begin their season this afternoon as they face the St. Louis BattleHawks in Globe Life Park. Two former Kentucky Wildcats will be playing in the game as kicking legend Austin MacGinnis and receiver Jeff Badet are both on the Renegades.

Former Oklahoma legend, and brother of Mark, Bob Stoops, is the head coach for Dallas. The Renegades are Vegas’ favorite to win the inaugural championship at +350 odds.

Early returns from the XFL have been positive as the league is positioned to stay around for at least a year or two. For players like MacGinnis and Badet, the goal is to use the opportunity as a stepping-stone to the NFL, and I highly doubt either of them take that for granted.

Tune into ESPN at 5 P.M. for the game.

Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

7 Comments for Today on KSR: Juzang, Quickley lead Cats to Road Win Against Tennessee

  1. JohnnyCat
    10:57 am February 9, 2020 Permalink

    Seeing this “breakouot” by Juzang and how much his singular growth helped this team further reinforces the fact that Whitney may have made a mistake of a lifetime. His family and handlers did not serve him well in their terribly short-sighted advisement. Sad.

    • Bluehender
      11:26 am February 9, 2020 Permalink

      It is sad. Whitney’s posse let him down. But at the same time, Juzang and Brooks benefit and the team becomes better for it.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:30 am February 9, 2020 Permalink

      Whitney actually crossed my mind during that game, and I was slightly annoyed thinking we could have used some depth as the fouls piled up. But Whitney’s loss was Juzang’s gain, it appears now.

    • JohnnyCat
      11:40 am February 9, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. Fouls are going to be a problem several more times this year. This team has a little habit of hand checking and holding…irrespective of the poor officiating. The key question may be whether or not the refs call it tight in the tourney. Usually it becomes a little more “let them play” especially when it is non-SEC refs. Hopefully.

  2. RealCatsFan
    12:00 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

    I think they really need to revise how they call fouls if they want to salvage the watchability of this game. In particular, changes need to be made with the block/charge call and the way they call it when the offensive player initiates contact when trying to score. For the B/C, the burden should be on the defender to establish position well before the offensive player leaves his feet. And when a defender is standing with his hands raised and the guy with the ball initiates the contact while shooting, it should be a no-call. That should NEVER be a foul on the defender. Likewise the incidental contact that does not affect the shot. There are way too many touch fouls being called, and the result is a FT shooting contest. No fan wants to pay to see that.

    • CrystalBall
      5:22 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

      Agree with you RealCatsFan. Especially when the offensive player initiates contact. I remember when Allen Houston played for
      Tenn. He would jump into the closest defensive player and draw the foul. Always initiated the contact. Shot 20 free throws per game.
      The player who initiates contact should be called for the foul. Mike Pratt has voiced this several times.

  3. ScoggDog
    12:33 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

    We listened to it on a long drive back from a jobsite. It was good to hear Juzang and Brooks get their name called so much. I think Kentucky got a little bit better yesterday.