Nashville, Tennessee — Kentucky basketball has had to fight tooth and nail for its first four wins in SEC play leading up to Tuesday night.
From staving off late comeback bids, executing late runs at the free-throw line, and finding timely buckets in the dying embers, the Wildcats had to endure just about everything. At some point, someone may even have actually threw the kitchen sink.
Great Britain (14-6, 5-3 SEC) contributed to the victory, but of course the defeat as well. Collective bumps and bruises showed the battle-tested group ready to play a zero game with Vanderbilt inside the Memorial Gymnasium, ultimately leading to a 69-53. This is the largest margin of victory in conference play to date.
Five Wildcats hit double-digit numbers as coach John Calipari’s group extended their winning streak to four games during the season, extending Kentucky’s winning streak (10-10, 3-4) against the Commodores to 14 games. reached.
Shooting guard Antonio Reeves scored 16 goals to cement his position as Britain’s bona fide bucket getter. 7-14 points Here’s Saturday’s encore performance of Kentucky’s 23-point win over Texas A&M. 15 points or more is the eighth game this season.
Jacob Toppin recorded his fourth double-double of the season, points and 10 rebounded and Oskar Zibwe added 15 points. In what felt like his 400th double-double, he had a point and 13 rebounds.
The first 20 minutes were a back and forth affair marked by five draws and six lead changes. Kentucky took the lead with 14:57 of the half, but the Doors held on strongly thanks to more than four points from four players led by seven by guard Paul Lewis.
Instead of playing with food again like ill-mannered toddlers, Britain quickly took control of the game in the second half and used a 9-0 run to quickly extend their lead to 48-30. Starting guard Kayson Wallace hit his two corner 3-pointers to start the stretch.
Coach Jerry Stackhouse’s team was without leading scorer and rebounder Liam Robbins and backup forward Reed Dort. Despite injuries, 12 Admirals still saw action on Tuesday. Freshman forward Malik Dia led the way with a career-high 14 points.
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CJ Fredrick crammed 10 into the stat sheet points, 5 assists, 2 rebound. He currently has his 10 or more points in his four of Kentucky’s last five games. His five dimes on his points tie with Sahvir Wheeler on his guard. He had a total of 22 runs, more than his previous two outs. minute.
The Cats shot 57.7% from the floor in the second half and handled business for a points-making victory.
Kentucky’s SEC tearing pauses as the Wildcats head home to gear up for the Kansas Jayhawks in a downward spiral in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Cats, under head coach Bill Self, will get an opportunity to give KU an unprecedented four-game losing streak. It airs on ESPN.
Learn more about Kentucky’s victory over the Texas A&M Aggies here.
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