The Cats came out ready to play. It was a hostile atmosphere, but Kentucky wasn’t scared.
Immanuel Quickley continues to give good minutes off the bench. Jemarl Baker gave good defensive minutes off the bench.
Reid Travis was an absolute beast down low. Auburn had no one to stop him, and it was apparent.
Keldon Johnson started off slow, but he woke up very quickly. After being held scoreless against Georgia (0-6 FGs), Johnson responded in a big way. In a tough road environment, he came out firing. But it wasn’t without a bit of encouragement from Ashton Hagans.
Ashton Hagans telling it like it is. pic.twitter.com/QtlYRCwlz7— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 19, 2019
Ashton Hagans building up Keldon Johnson during a timeout. pic.twitter.com/zdp8JUWWeY— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 19, 2019
Regardless of what it took, Johnson woke up.
PJ Washington played well and Ashton Hagans had a good overall performance.
This was one heck of a win and a huge resume booster for Kentucky.
The Cats will look for another top-25 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Tyler Herro was excellent. He had a hard time getting open looks, but continued to get the ball to the basket and score.
This was a tough choice between Travis, Johnson, and Herro, but Tyler came up big every time Kentucky needed it.
But he didn’t just score. He distributed the ball, showing his continued improvement in that area, and he rebounded.
He finished with 20 points, three rebounds, four assists. He shot 50% from the field, 3-6 from three, and 5-5 from the free throw line, including the game-leading free throws.
It was a great performance by the entire team. And Herro just so happens to love being the villain in the spotlight.