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Sunday Quickies: Heart of a Wildcat Edition

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The Cats showed an incredible will to win in an insane environment last night

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

I’m still not sure how Kentucky won that game last night. There were so many times where Kentucky could have easily rolled over and let Texas Tech come away with a win at home in the most energy-charged home game they’ve played in in a decade.

But that’s a testament to the heart and resolve this team showed.

It would’ve been easy to completely fall apart when the Red Raiders went on a run late in the second half when Kentucky had held a double-digit lead. It would’ve been easy to feel deflated when Immanuel Quickley’s three-pointer from the corner — a shot that he is nearly automatic for — bounced off the rim in the final seconds of regulation. Then there was the offensive rebound off the missed free throw in overtime.

We won’t even begin to talk about the officiating in that game, but if you want to know how bad it was, look at Twitter. It’s one of the main talking points of the game.

So many times, the Cats could have let that game get away, but managed to find a way to win. The upperclassmen especially found ways to make plays in crucial moments to keep Kentucky in the game to pick up a win that will be huge come Selection Sunday.

Ashton Hagans didn’t play very well offensively last night, but he didn’t let that translate to the other side of the court where he played very well defensively, making several big plays on the defensive end including the game-saving strip of Davide Moretti, who had killed the Cats late in the game. Nick Richards came up with big basket after big basket and shot well from the free throw line. Immanuel Quickley was also huge at the free throw line.

Overall, this was a gutsy performance by the Cats in a game that they really needed to win to beef up their tournament resume.

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What a surprise this had to be for the Corbin football team.

Agreed.

Quickies

Nick Richards steps up big in Lubbock - Herald Leader

Nick played arguably his best game as a Wildcat in a big game.

Cats pick up gutsy win in overtime - Cats Pause

The win says a lot about this team.

Calipari appreciates that Texas Tech was a “classy crowd” - KSR

As opposed to some other road environments.

Kentucky’s statement win highlights major Saturday in college hoops - ESPN

The Cats highlighted a big Saturday for college basketball.

College Gameday coming to Auburn when Kentucky comes to town - Cats Pause

Expect another wild environment.

LeBron passes Kobe on all-time scoring list - ESPN

LeBron now sits at third on the list.

What went wrong for Hasheem Thabeet? - Bleacher Report

The former #2 pick is trying to make a comeback.

Peyton Manning doesn’t sound thrilled about teaming up with brother Eli on MNF - Yahoo

It’d be worth a shot.