Slowly but surely, the Kentucky Wildcats are finding themselves.
That was evident in a big way, as once offensive-driven Wildcats are becoming a defensive juggernaut that has held back-to-back opponents to under 50 points.
After holding Vanderbilt to just 47 points last Saturday, Kentucky’s defense controlled the game once more in Athens, driving the Wildcats to a 69-49 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.
Ashton Hagans was the star of the show, as the Georgia native scored a game-high 23 points reached double figures for the fifth game in a row. He also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Wildcats, who are now 13-3 and 3-1 in SEC play.
Tyler Herro finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while PJ Washington chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.
Kentucky’s bench came on strong against a veteran Bulldogs team, as Nick Richards, Jemarl Baker, Immanuel Quickley and EJ Montgomery combined for 18 points, 14 boards, three assists and four blocks.
Six Wildcats finished with 5+ rebounds while out-rebounding Georgia by a 43-35 margin. The Bulldogs came into the matchup ranked No. 9 nationally in rebounding (41.6 per game).
Next up for the Wildcats is one of their toughest stretches of the season, which begins with a game Saturday at No. 14 Auburn — the first of three straight games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. No. 24 Mississippi State and No. 7 Kansas come to Rupp Arena next week.
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