Despite a lot of great efforts in Kentucky’s upset win over North Carolina, it’s hard to pick a better performance than the one Ashton Hagans put together.
Hagans may not have been Kentucky’s scoring leader, as he only dropped seven points, but no one did more defensively.
After a stat correction made late Saturday night, Hagans finished the game with eight steals.
That stat correction was an extremely significant one, as it put Hagans in elite company.
Only Rajon Rondo in 2005 and Wayne Turner in 1997 ever recorded eight steals in a single game for the Wildcats.
Now Ashton Hagans can say he did as well.
“His defensive presence is amazing,” teammate Keldon Johnson said of Hagan’s performance. “You seen it all, he was locking up, making plays, big stops and you could just see it rubbing off on everybody.”
The starting point guard role was very much in the air entering the season as Immanuel Quickley had the edge over Hagans. However, after last night there’s little doubt who Kentucky’s point guard is going forward.
One other stat correction that UK made: A block at the 10:56 mark that was credited to Reid Travis should have been given to Nick Richards.
Better late than never.
Ashton Hagans doing what he does. pic.twitter.com/ZHC947zPBz— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 22, 2018