Yesterday, we finally saw Kentucky show some incredible defensive ability. Against teams like UCLA, North Carolina and Louisville, UK’s defensive holes showed. But against Texas A&M, the ‘Cats utterly dominated the Aggies in every aspect of the game. Especially defense. A&M scored just 58 points. In an average college basketball game, that’s not bad, but when your opponent scores 100, that means that you had way too many possessions to only score 58 points. Kentucky forced 25 turnovers, and managed to just barely out-rebound A&M, 30-28. It was one heck of a game for the Kentucky defense.
Tweets of the day
Cal should send this to everyone he recruits.
Svi wins it for KU at the buzzer -- with contact. It is near-impossible to steal one from Kansas at the Phog. pic.twitter.com/b85I4ttPt1— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2017
...lot of steps there...
Highlights from the blowout of Texas A&M - Kentucky Wildcats TV
Check out all the highlight plays from Kentucky’s blowout of A&M. There were plenty of high-flying impressive plays, which is pretty normal for this Kentucky team.
Two No. 1 ranked recruits playing in Kentucky this week - Herald-Leader
Mustang Madness will feature Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton and uncommitted prospect Charles Bassey.
There are smoke machines on the baskets at Rupp now - KSR
The fireworks and the light show weren’t enough for team introductions, there’s now a fog/smoke dispenser on the baskets.
Trust is key for Kentucky basketball - SEC Country
In order to play the style that Kentucky plays, the players have to trust each other as teammates. This is especially true for Wenyen Gabriel and Derek Willis.
Boom Williams’ draft stock: three NFL comparisons - SEC Country
When looking at Williams’ body and his play style, Joe Mussatto was able to find three backs with similar skills that have (or had) longevity in their NFL careers.
Svi Mykhailiuk hits buzzer-beating layup to help Kansas survive - ESPN
He took at least three steps, but it was a clutch shot nonetheless. It sure is hard to get a win in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas State gets it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t realize his coach was a legendary player - Yahoo
Sure, Jason Kidd’s prime might be a little before Giannis’ days, but it’s hilarious that he really had no idea how good Kidd was.
Brock Osweiler to start regardless of Tom Savage’s status - NBC Sports
Despite benching Osweiler during the regular season, the Houston Texans are going to start him in their most important game of the year, regardless of whether or not Tom Savage is cleared from concussion protocol by then.
NFL Mock Draft - Sports Illustrated
Now that all the teams who missed the playoffs know their draft fate, the mock drafts really start to matter. Here’s where SI thinks all the teams who’re gone fishing should turn when they’re on the clock.
Raiders prepare to ride Connor Cook into the playoffs - Fox Sports
After suffering injuries to both their first and second-string quarterbacks, former Michigan State star Connor Cook will lead the Oakland Raiders into the postseason, hoping to keep them afloat long enough for Matt McGloin to come back (who will then try to keep them afloat long enough for Derek Carr to come back, which would be Super Bowl week).
A Post-Mortem of the Denver Broncos’ season - Fox Sports
The Denver Broncos went from world champions to not even making the playoffs. Here’s a look back on how that happened.
NHL names All-Star captains - FanSided
Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Carey Price and P.K. Subban have been named the captains for the 2017 All-Star teams.