It was a very gritty win for the Wildcats in a tournament-style game that should certainly help their seeding come March.
Nick Richards played arguable his best game of the season with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks. Folks, Nick Richards has elevated himself to SEC Player of the Year contention. He has been consistently dominating teams this season and has not had a bad game since the Las Vegas trip.
This win also came off a game in which Tyrese Maxey did not play well, and did not hit any big shots. Ashton Hagans struggled defensively as well, but came up with a big deflection that went off Texas Tech with .04 seconds remaining.
Big win, Cats.
Here’s what social media had to say:
Free beer? Camping out for 51 hours? Don't give a shit. Kentucky turned the corner. Hagans/Maxey played awful and won in Texas Tech's Super Bowl.— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 26, 2020
I just saw the stunned scorekeeper screaming back at Robic, but a Texas Tech staffer in between us said it was, "You cheating MFer!" Robes from the top rope. https://t.co/9VXylzATzl— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 26, 2020
Gritty win— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 26, 2020
Love sending all the Texas Tech students home sad
Texas Tech fans paying $300+ to watch their team lose. pic.twitter.com/KFudYAW6Ni— Keg. (@GratefulKeg) January 26, 2020
Nick Richards.— Brent Rainscott (@BrentWainscott_) January 26, 2020
That’s the tweet.
Immanuel Quickley from half court to end the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/09Svnaxt0s— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 25, 2020
I know u waited 2 long years to tweet this https://t.co/myS0Og9R8C— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) January 26, 2020
I don't care if you're for Kentucky or Texas Tech or neither, but you can't feel good about what's ahead in March after watching the officiating blunders in this game. So many new and tweaked rules. Who cares. Just make the right calls, especially in crucial moments.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) January 26, 2020
But is he wrong though? https://t.co/uo5DYZS7QZ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) January 26, 2020
Nick Richards has made himself an absurd amount of money this season. Gonna be a special moment seeing him walk across that stage this summer.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 26, 2020
Nick Richards on his incredible emergence as a junior:— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 26, 2020
"Everyone has their own story. Over the past three years, I've had the best time of my life."
Send me your Nick Richards jokes. I want all of them. pic.twitter.com/kd7KiAvirM— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) January 26, 2020
FINAL: Kentucky 76, Texas Tech 74.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 26, 2020
That was one hell of a game.
Kentucky's alignment of Hagans/Maxey/Quickley/Sestina/Richards is good enough to win the whole damn thing.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 26, 2020
Great spacing. Great flow.
Wildcats win by split decision in Lubbock.#BBN
I did not enjoy the officiating in OT of Tech/UK. Even though UK won on the last FTs they had three awful calls against them in OT.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) January 26, 2020
I assume NFL fans that complain all day on Sunday don’t watch CBB.
Abandoned in the Texas Tech student section. pic.twitter.com/FsczwTGgGW— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 26, 2020
How about this for a stat: In the John Calipari era, Kentucky is a perfect 10-0 in games in which they commit at least 20 turnovers! unbelievable— Corey Price (@coreyp08) January 26, 2020