Nashville, Tennessee — Kentucky basketball had to pull out all the stops for its first four wins in SEC play leading up to Tuesday night.
Stopping late comeback bids, late free-throw line executions, finding buckets in time in the dying embers, you name it, the Wildcats have to hold on to pretty much everything. Someone might even actually throw the kitchen sink at one point.
Great Britain (14-6, 5-3 SEC) tasted the sweetness in the victory – and certainly in the defeat.Collective bumps and bruises present a battle-tested team poised to play Game 0 against Vanderbilt in Memorial Coliseum, leading 69-53 A win for the Wildcats, their biggest win in a league game so far.
Kentucky extended its winning streak against the Commodores (10-10, 3-4) to four games as coach John Calipari’s team extended its winning streak this season to four In 14 games, five Wildcats scored in double figures.
Shooting guard Antonio Reeves cemented his status as England’s true shooter, pouring in 16 7-14 points shooting, another performance from his 23-point performance in Kentucky’s win over Texas A&M on Saturday night. It was his eighth game this season in which he scored 15 or more points.
Jacob Toppin collected his fourth double-double of the season, providing 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Oscar Tshiebwe added 15 With points and 13 rebounds, it felt like his 400th double-double.
It was a back and forth game with 5 draws and 6 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. Kentucky led at 14:57 of the first half, but Dorres stayed strong as four players scored four or more points and starting guard Paul Lewis led by seven.
Instead of fiddling with food like an uneducated child in the second half, the British quickly took control of the game and quickly extended their lead to 48-30 with a 9-0 run. Starting guard Carson Wallace hit two 3-pointers from the corner to start the game.
Coach Jerry Stackhouse’s team was without leading scorer and rebounder Liam Robbins or backup forward Lee Dott. Despite the injuries, 12 Brigadier Generals played Tuesday. Freshman forward Malik Dia led the way with a career-high 14 points.
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CJ Fredrick filled the data sheet with 10 points, 5 assists and 2 rebound. He has now scored 10 or more points in four of Kentucky’s last five games.His five assists are tied with point guard Sahvir Wheeler, who has moved the floor more than he has in his past two appearances, totaling 22 minute.
The Cats shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half, handling matters en route to a clutch win.
Kentucky’s SEC tear will be on hold for a moment as the Wildcats return home to prepare for the declining Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12/SEC challenger. The Cats will have a chance to send KU to its first four-game losing streak under head coach Bill Self. Tipoff inside Rupp Arena on Saturday, Jan. 28 is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN.
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