After a hard-fought battle against fourth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night in Chicago that ultimately resulted in a 65-61 loss, Kentucky bounced back to a 78-61 victory over East Tennessee State in Rupp Arena Friday.
Trailing by 10 through the game’s first eight minutes, the Cats looked a little hungover from their trip to Chi City earlier in the week, but thanks to a clutch performance by freshman point guard Quade Green, they went up 36-30 by halftime.
Some takeaways from the evening:
Quade Green went off.
Quade Green has been terrific tonight....I didnt know he could score like this— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 18, 2017
I didn’t either. He did it all, scoring wise. He hit three three-pointers, one more than his total amount of triples in the first three games. Green only had three assists, but shot nine of 13 from the field.
I mean if I’m shooting over 80% I’m not passing.— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) November 18, 2017
(Also he got his first on the pass to Knox) https://t.co/tF0tIBDKpz
Sacha Killeya-Jones is better than Nick Richards
At this very moment, I don’t see how you could argue otherwise.
Stat lines through first four games:
Nick Richards: 61 minutes, 16 points, 19 rebounds, 11 fouls, 5 turnovers
Sacha Killeya-Jones: 81 minutes, 22 points, 23 rebounds, 10 fouls, 4 turnovers
Richards will get better as the season goes along, I just want to see more effort from the freshman...like now-ish. Sacha has been impressive. Nice to have some competition in there.
UK’s field goal percentage was nice...free throws were a different story.
The Cats shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the field in Friday night’s victory.
The Cats shot a horrendous 20 percent (3-of-15) from the free throw line. Are you kidding me? Could you imagine if UK shot like that in an SEC match-up? Not going to get it done. They’re a young team. Hopefully they figure it out.
The three-balls were flying. Nine to be exact.
Entering Friday’s game, the Cats had only made 10 total three-pointers through their first three games. On Friday they hit 9-of-16, good for 56.3 percent. Knox leads all Cats with eight total trifectas on the year.
Kentucky turned the ball over 22 times, including 13 in the second half.
Yikes. A lot of them were on offensive fouls, but still. Their season-high in the turnover category was four more than they committed against the fourth-ranked team in the country earlier this week.
At the end of the day...
I’ll take a 17-point victory over a team that made the NCAA Tournament last season. Next up: the Cats take on Troy on Monday night at 8p.m. in Rupp.
Now, enjoy some highlights of the win!