Before I begin with stuff about the game, I want to sincerely apologize to my dad, dogs, neighbors, and my throat for my actions during this game. I terrorized my dogs, woke my dad up many times, probably pushed my neighbors to the verge of calling 911, and my throat hurts really bad right now. But it was all worth it, because…….
Kentucky beat the dirty Cards. 78-70.
I was really nervous going into today’s game and probably the most nervous I have been for a UK/UL regular season game.
It was a lot more stressful than I wanted it to be. I have been watching Kentucky basketball for a little over a decade now and have been through some very, very, very stressful games. But, for some reason, experience as a fan doesn’t help. At all.
Anyways, let’s talk a little about the game.
It’s a W
After dropping two straight games in Vegas and that Evansville loss still looming, today’s game was really important. Not only was it the Louisville game, but if Kentucky lost, they drop to 8-4, and really need to pick it up in SEC play to comfortably make the tournament.
I hope this will be a turning point in the season. Huge win that was much needed.
Hate to bring something negative in. But my goodness, EJ Montgomery was terrible today.
Four points, five rebounds, and four fouls.
That from a kid we thought would make a huge leap and become one of, if not Kentucky’s best player this season?
Okay, back to the good stuff.
Lottery Pick Nick Richards Abdul-Jabbar was a huge part of Kentucky’s win tonight. And the L’s down at the end was pretty awesome too.
Richards had 13 points, 10 rebounds, hit a couple of huge free-throws, and played most of the second half with four fouls.
I never thought Nick Richards would be a big men that could produce for Kentucky, especially after last season. He has definitely proved me wrong.
After going 4-21 from the field and 1-9 from three in Vegas, Immanuel Quickley was the Immanuel Quickley we all want him to be.
Quickley had 18 points, three rebounds, and two huge three’s.
For people who say these kids don’t care and only care about the NBA, he proved you wrong tonight. Did you see him making multiple efforts to calm himself down at free-throw line at the end of the game? Hell, I was shaking on my couch. Not only that, but he swooshed every free-throw at the end.
Saved the best for last.
Kentucky was not going to win today’s game without a big performance from one of their guards. They got a huge performance from someone who should be this teams best player.
Maxey had 27 points, seven rebounds, and went 4-5 from three. He can definitely shoot the ball, but has struggled all season and tonight showed everyone what he’s capable of.
It’s almost January and this team is 9-3. SEC play starts in a week and Kentucky has a lot of momentum.
Now, let’s go win the Belk Bowl.