The Kentucky Wildcats open the 2019-20 season with a win over the Michigan State Spartans, 69-62, snapping a two game losing skid in the Champions Classic.
I have two words fo you: Tyrese Maxey. Maxey introduced himself to the college basketball world going full on scorched earth in the final five minutes of the game. A full-on take over. 26 points and five boards for Maxey on the night.
The Kentucky defense held steady as well, forcing turnovers and missed shots and Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey are the anchors of that UK defense.
Your Cats are now ranked No. 1 in the nation. We’ll see you Friday as Kentucky returns to Rupp to take on Eastern Kentucky.
Here’s what social media had to say:
DOWN GOES NO. 1!— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 6, 2019
No. 2 @KentuckyMBB gets a big win in the Champions Classic pic.twitter.com/xB4BTeCiSO
L1— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) November 6, 2019
Tyrese Maxey is the first Kentucky freshman to score at least 20 points against an opponent ranked #1 in the AP Poll— Corey Price (@coreyp08) November 6, 2019
TYRESE MAXEY. CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/IAmhmTOB2A— ESPN (@espn) November 6, 2019
I said Maxey would be the best scorer on this team sooner or later— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 6, 2019
Well it’s sooner
Maxey Cold— Hamidou Diallo (@hamidoudiallo) November 6, 2019
Squad pic.twitter.com/MB6oz8VhVq— . (@LilJoeBHall) November 6, 2019
I hope UK brings out Tyrese Maxey for interviews. I have one question: Can I have your autograph?— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) November 6, 2019
@TyreseMaxey pic.twitter.com/jYqQ0riFH0— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 6, 2019
This is astounding folks pic.twitter.com/WJz55WaJcM— Keith Garrett (@B3KeithG) November 6, 2019
Didn't take long for Tyrese Maxey to establish himself as Kentucky's go-to-guy. He's been terrific tonight. Showed why he was arguably the top NBA prospect playing at MSG heading into the night.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 6, 2019
OH MY GOODNESS!— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 6, 2019
TYRESE MAXEY HAS DECIDED TO SCORCH THE EARTH!!!!! pic.twitter.com/PBMWkF6ZJF
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 6, 2019
(Cc: @KentuckyMBB, @UKAthletics) https://t.co/4kyDh39hRQ
A legend, it’s born. Wall against UConn shit.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) November 6, 2019
FEELS APPROPRIATE pic.twitter.com/jVDfj6QkBi— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) November 6, 2019
TYRESE SHUTTING DOWN MSG— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) November 6, 2019
Tyrese Maxey now has the most points ever by a Kentucky freshman in their first career game at the school (26)— Corey Price (@coreyp08) November 6, 2019
This kid is a stud. Can’t wait to watch him in Rupp.— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) November 6, 2019
John Wall. Having a good time. pic.twitter.com/omwVl2oZJO— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) November 6, 2019
Look at this beautiful sequence by Nate Sestina that brings John Wall to his feet. pic.twitter.com/IiYKE5eN7A— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 6, 2019
John Wall is about to go on the court I’m telling you. pic.twitter.com/pH9CjYDvha— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) November 6, 2019
Nick Richards playing well in a game we wasn't sure he'd be able to play in. Good stuff from him so far tonight. https://t.co/pTSg0RQ3Ma— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) November 6, 2019
Win No. 1#WeAreUK #TGT pic.twitter.com/cpJW9c3ll9— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 6, 2019
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