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Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s win over UAB

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The Cats’ bigs came to play on Friday.

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The Kentucky Wildcats came out swinging on Friday night and played solid in the first half. Besides their 13-point halftime lead, the most encouraging stats came from sophomore forward EJ Montgomery, who tallied eight points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.

UK’s other frontcourt starter, Nick Richards, also played well early by scoring eight points at the intermission, including several early slam dunks. With the absence of Nick Sestina for the foreseeable future getting solid play from Montgomery and Richard like the Cats did tonight will be crucial moving forward.

Ashton Hagans played arguably his best half of the season by dishing out eight assists and only committing one turnover. Hagans looked comfortable and at times showed signs of elite vision. Kentucky is a totally different team when Hagans is efficiently distributing the ball to his teammates.

The second half was much of the same as the Cats never really let the Blazers come within striking distance. It was a heavy dose of UK’s bigs as Richards and Montgomery dominated the game, mostly by finishing at the rim on assists from Hagans.

Besides the Michigan State game in the Champions Classic, this victory over UAB has to be the most encouraging game of this young season. UK played well despite only having access to a limited roster and never let the Blazers believe that they had a chance to win, and seeing Montgomery finally break out was big for his confidence moving forward. Kentucky simply isn’t going to be a legitimate Final Four threat without Montgomery playing like he did tonight.

Here is what Twitter had to say about Kentucky’s big win on Friday night.