Sure, the Cats locked up at least a share of the SEC Regular Season title with their comeback win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday…
But who wants to share a championship, am I right?
The “comeback” theme continued on Saturday, when UK overcame an early deficit of 15 points to take down Texas A&M in College Station, locking up sole possession of the championship. The Aggies stymied Kentucky’s offense early, but a certain player spurred the Wildcats back into the game.
Dominique Hawkins brought the Cats back from the brink.
The entirety of Dominique’s points, 8, and assists, 3, including two smooth alley-oops to Bam Adebayo, came in the first half, setting off a 28-9 run that put the Cats in the lead going into the half. Billy Kennedy’s squad kept nipping at UK’s heels, but to no avail, as The Comeback Cats 2.0 got the win, 71-63. Dom’s efforts did not go unnoticed, either. Coach Cal after the game teased Hawkins earning a starting position: “So, maybe Dom starts. Then, which one of you three is coming off the bench?” Cal said, laying down the challenge to the rest of his backcourt in Fox, Briscoe, and Monk.
Can’t argue with Hawkins’ efforts as of late.
As of now, it seems 5 SEC teams will go dancing.
Ever pesky Vanderbilt managed to take down the 12th ranked Gators in Nashville, 73-71, pushing them into Joe Lunardi’s Last Four In. If everything holds, Vandy will join Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, and South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
But before then… the SEC Tournament bracket is now set.
Kentucky will meet the winner of Georgia/Tennessee on Friday at 1pm ET
The UK Hoops team couldn’t overcome South Carolina, falling 89-77.
The ladies gave USC another good shot, but couldn’t pull off the upset, despite 31 points from Makayla Epps coupled with 24 points and 11 boards from Evelyn Akhator. The remainder of the UK Hoops season is now in the hands of the NCAA selection committee.
The Bat Cats picked up a W against #23 UC Santa Barbara, clinching the series.
Saturday’s 3-2 win gave Nick Mingione an early feather in his cap, clinching a big series win over a quality opponent. The Cats go for the 3-game sweep today at high noon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Wednesday. The SEC Tournament. See y’all in Nashville.