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Wednesday Morning Rapid Fire: Kentucky’s Improbable Vanderbilt Victory

How?  “I’m happy we won, but I don’t know how we won this game.”  Calipari’s brief postgame remarks to Laura Rutledge summarize last night’s game best.

A Win Undeserved? You might be thinking, ‘This team didn’t deserve to win.’  That does not mean it’s UK’s win is a bad thing.  Many believe you need to lose to learn from your mistakes, but it’s much easier to correct what went wrong after a win.

Quade’s Game-Winner: It’s even better with the Titanic music.

Holy Shai:  When UK needed somebody to be the man, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the man.  The Commodore killer became just the eighth Calipari player to score 30 points in a game.  His career-high performance increased his season total vs. Vandy to 52 points.

That First Half: Vandy packed in their man-to-man defense and the Cats couldn’t do anything to create offense.  Without any offensive penetration, there was not ball movement.  The result was ugly basketball.

LaChance’s Mustache: Can you see it?  Me neither.

LaChoke: That’s what we have to call him now, right?

Foul Them Out:  Riley LaChance played more than 12 minutes in the second half and overtime with four fouls.  Jeff Roberson played the final 8 minutes and overtime with four fouls.  The two Commodores combined for 36 points and Kentucky could not foul them out. Come on man!

Knox Put Em in a Box: It was a cold start, with a strong finish (which sounds like an ad for an alcoholic beverage).  Six of Knox’s 18 points came in overtime, including an And One with a minute to play.

Florida Lost: Now Kentucky is tied with the Gators for second place in the SEC.  The Cats are just two games behind Auburn in the SEC race.

New Intro: It’s dope (but only if you click to watch it full screen).

Sick Cal: The poor guy looked like he was going to keel over after the final horn sounded.  He had to leave the shoot-around early and did not stick around for the postgame press conference.  Whatever Cal has, he better keep it away from his players.  Until he’s good to go, the team is in Kenny Payne’s trusted hands.

Team No Sleep:  Everyone deserves an extra cup of coffee this morning.

The Streak: It’s still alive.

Meanwhile in Washington: Corporal Matthew Bradford was a guest of the President at last night’s State of the Union address.  Prior to the speech at the Capitol, he visited Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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12 Comments for Wednesday Morning Rapid Fire: Kentucky’s Improbable Vanderbilt Victory



  1. CatstopWontstop
    9:28 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Was that awful “and 1” Knox got last night on a clear charge recompense for the awful no call Washington didn’t get against Florida? Either way I’d be very unhappy if I were a Vandy fan.

    As a Kentucky fan, I’ll take a bad call finally benefiting the cats late!



    • Smyrna_Cat
      9:30 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      You mean the refs made a questionable call? That is a first. And it didn’t go against us? Cool.



    • Booby Petrino
      9:45 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      Are you talking about his and one in near the end of OT? If so, there was no clear charge. You would have a better argument saying there was no foul at all (even on the defense) but I don’t see where you would get a charge out of that. I keep watching it on the highlights posted on KSR and I don’t know what charge you’re talking about, unless it wasn’t the OT play.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:59 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      I was at the game, and I commented at the time that it could have gone either way. Yes, Kentucky was fortunate that a charge was not called in this instance, as it frequently gets called. But this type of play is very much a judgement call – I would wager that it goes the other way (as a block call) a lot of the time. There were at least two plays where it looked like LaChance traveled as well, with no call. The foul on PJ was indisputable. No question about that one, and NOT a judgement call. They simply swallowed their whistle on that one. Apples and oranges.



  2. Alleykat16
    9:56 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    I really like this teams will to win the last 5 that was on the floor but those are this teams dogs they refuse to lose but what about dude missing free throws again for Vandy WOW



  3. RealCatsFan
    10:00 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Is that Matt Jones standing there talking to LaChance? 🙂



  4. Eazy
    10:39 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    F Drumpf. That no courage loser is an embarrassment to this great country.



  5. EdC
    10:50 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Yes … LaChoke but not just him for Vandy. I believe Roberson missed a key one as well. Their seniors were schooled by UK freshmen when it came time to hit pressure free throws.



  6. az1006
    11:01 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    It’s hard to foul guys out when they go zone…It was a smart move by Drew to do it, because with LaChance at the top of the zone, there’s little chance he’d be involved in a fouling situation. And any time he was, he backed away. Yeah, we weren’t able to foul him out, but his foul trouble certainly impacted his play down the stretch, and allowed us to get some easier buckets than we would have otherwise.



    • EdC
      11:44 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      It also was a strategy not to go at him to foul him out, setting him up to choke again 🙂



  7. sincitycat
    1:25 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    If that’s a mustache then Riley also has a chin.



  8. Kevin C
    3:47 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Riley LaChance or Corporal Matthew Bradford…whose night sucked worse?