The Kentucky Wildcats narrowly edged out the VMI Keydets Sunday night 92-82.
The Keydets couldn’t seem to miss as the Wildcat defense was nowhere to be found. VMI finished 19-38 from three-point land. It was an unbelievable offensive performance.
The Cats pulled out the win, but it wasn’t pretty. It was the first time the two teams have faced off since 2008, when the Keydets came into Rupp Arena and beat the Billy Gillespie-led Kentucky team 111-103.
Kentucky’s offense played well, but VMI’s Bubba Parham was simply unconscious. He finished with 35 points after knocking down 10 three-pointers. The whole team was spraying threes from all over the court and Kentucky had no answer defensively.
However, the Cats somehow withstood the defensive onslaught and came out with the win, which is all that matters.
It is a reminder, though, that this team is still very flawed and has a long way to go.
Good thing they have a lot of time to get things together.
PJ Washington was a force tonight. PJ and Reid Travis did whatever they wanted down low.
Washington was all over the place and held the Cats together when it seemed they may fall apart.
He finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, notching his first double-double of the season.
It’s nice to see PJ put together two great performances following his slow start to the season.
Hopefully, the rest of the team follows suit.