The Kentucky Wildcats advance to 3-0 in conference play with a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 76-67.
Kentucky led by as many as 15 early in the second half, but the Tide clawed their way back, eventually making it as close a three-point game late in the second half.
It was an off night for Tyrese Maxey, but business as usual for Ashton Hagans, (15 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) who was just one board and one assist away from the fourth triple-double in UK history.
Nick Richards also was up to his usual antics with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots, while Immanuel Quickley had 19 points and five rebounds, including a late dagger three to ice the game.
Kentucky is on the road next Wednesday at South Carolina.
Here’s what social media had to say:
3-0 in the @SEC this year. 1,000-281 in @SEC regular-season games all-time | #TGT pic.twitter.com/XmChXeEs9Q— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 11, 2020
Kentucky shot a season-high 54.5% from 3 today. Its nine made 3s were the second-highest total of the season (Lamar, 10).— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) January 11, 2020
Kentucky won by making 3s and Alabama controlled the Offensive glass— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 11, 2020
Nothing ever makes sense
#BBN WE DID THAT!!! pic.twitter.com/TXLobsL5t8— (@The_A1_God) January 11, 2020
In the matter of FOUR GAMES, Immanuel Quickley has raised his season 3-point percentage from 30.8 to 42.6.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 11, 2020
Immanuel Quickley has entered the 5th Level of Consciousness pic.twitter.com/fNWr3q1V74— . (@LilJoeBHall) January 11, 2020
Something I never thought I'd ask - how many true bigs across the country are playing better than Nick Richards?— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 11, 2020
Quickley is just money in big moments— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 11, 2020
Immanuel Quickley with his FIFTH 3 pointer off the inbounds play. pic.twitter.com/7R5wqiF04S— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 11, 2020
Back go back gritty wins for UK.— All Things Kentucky (@BBNWonka) January 11, 2020
That's 12 consecutive games with at least five assists by Ashton Hagans, over which time he's averaging 8.2 assists per game.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 11, 2020
Kentucky volleyball great Leah Edmond shows me the feather duster Nick Richards uses to dust her trophies. Richards will have some trophies of his own to dust after his season. #goodsports @leahedmond13 @UKAthletics @KentuckyMBB pic.twitter.com/MWRBuDd8wX— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 11, 2020
Nick Richards total points scored:— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 11, 2020
FR - 189 (37 games)
SO - 147 (37 games)
JR - 195 (15 games)
Nick Richards & EJ Montgomery are becoming a lethal duo inside, they combined for:— Big Blue Nation (@BigBlue9ation) January 11, 2020
- 21 points (9-17 FG)
- 17 rebounds
- 6 blocks (Richards had 5 )
They each finished with one turnover, and one foul. That’s the production UK will need from them inside. pic.twitter.com/sO5QyYJdVF
Don't look now but Kentucky has found its shooting stroke. Since going 2 of 17 in the loss to Utah, the Wildcats have now made 33 of 81 over its last five games (40.7%) while making at least six 3s in four of its last five.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 11, 2020
Nate Oats on Nick Richards' five blocks and defensive impact down low: "That's NBA rim protection."— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 11, 2020
Kentucky is on a four-game win streak - in those four games, Immanuel Quickley is averaging 18.7 points per game, is shooting 60% from beyond the arc, and is 21 of 22 from the foul line. Kid has been spectacular. And is this team's X-factor going forward— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) January 11, 2020
Kentucky won despite getting outscored 44-20 in the paint, its worst paint differential in the last 5 seasons, including 24-10 in the second-half. pic.twitter.com/hUH0GHCNBy— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2020
Kentucky just won by a score of 76-67.— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) January 11, 2020
This has happened before. pic.twitter.com/6GJnGQ3zkF
UK x @SEC = 1K all-time regular-season wins.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 11, 2020
Talk about #TGT: he reatest radition pic.twitter.com/ZWUWstzDd2
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