It was senior day in Rupp Arena, where the only senior Wildcat available for action was Jonny David. David recorded his first start as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats, whereas Reid Travis was unavailable due to injury for the 5th straight game.
However, you can always speculate that this will be the final game in Rupp Arena for some underclassmen. PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson are likely gone, and Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans will have big decisions to make.
After a solid start, the Cats looked just about as bad as they could on both ends of the court to end the first half. They went into the locker room trailing the Gators 31-30. But thanks to a second half surge by primary scorers PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson, the Cats were able to surge to a 66-57 victory in the final game of the regular season.
This was a tough one. The scoring was spread out, and different guys took over the game in spurts. But down the stretch, Tyler Herro really stepped up and delivered when the team needed him the most.
Herro had ten of his team-leading 16 points in the second half, doing all of his work while hitting zero three-point shots. In fact, he only attempted one for the game. He also had six rebounds and two assists to add to his many impressive baskets, including his perfect 4-4 performance from the free throw line.
Many speculate as to whether this would be Herro’s last game in Rupp Arena. He has gone from the afterthought of the 2018 recruiting class to a potential first round pick in the NBA Draft. Will he strike while the iron is hot and enter his name into the draft, or will he follow the PJ Washington model and come back for another year to improve his stock?
If today was his final game playing in Lexington, he certainly ended on a high note.
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