It was starting to look ugly towards the end of the first half, but Kentucky answered in the second half in a big way. Tyrese Maxey (17 points and 7 rebounds) and Nick Richards (17 points and 7 rebounds) led the way for the Wildcats putting up phenomenal performances en route to the Cats’ first true road win of the season.
The recipe for success for Kentucky seems to be Tyrese Maxey playing great and Nick Richards putting up his (now usual) 17 points and around seven or eight rebounds per game.
This was a big step for the young Cats as they got a big road win to improved to 2-0 in SEC play, and they now get Alabama at home on Saturday.
Here’s what social media had to say:
That’s a really nice SEC road win!— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 8, 2020
Great 2nd Half!!!!
Kentucky has been at less than full strength in 9 of 13 games this season, have gotten next to nothing from EJ Montgomery, Kahlil Whitney and Johnny Juzang and are 11-3 overall with a pair of top-3 wins and just beat a Georgia team coming off a top-10 road win at Memphis.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 8, 2020
Georgia celebrated the first-half victory, while Kentucky celebrates the game victory.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 8, 2020
Ashton Hagans has absolutely applied the clamps this half. On a bum ankle. Or not, I guess.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 8, 2020
Ashton Hagans has some of the best hands I’ve ever seen.— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 8, 2020
I’m the better athlete and the trophies get dusted every weekend https://t.co/4OPxSdvCUv— Leah Edmond (@leahedmond13) January 8, 2020
College refs are terrible— Paul Washington Jr (@PJWashington) January 8, 2020
My new favorite short story. pic.twitter.com/C5FEtdaSW8— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 8, 2020
Georgia forgot there was a second half. Oh, and that they were playing Kentucky. What a damn half. pic.twitter.com/XSaw9IOp6I— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 8, 2020
I love watching Nick Richards hoop.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) January 8, 2020
Another great touch pass in transition, this one by EJ Montgomery, and another fine catch and finish by Nick Richards. pic.twitter.com/VLP7Ut2kma— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 8, 2020
Kahlil Whitney played zero minutes in the second half. Keion Brooks did not play the final 8:39. EJ Montgomery did not play the final 5:32.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 8, 2020
When the game is on the line, Calipari trusts Hagans, Maxey, Quickley, Sestina and Richards. As he should.
Kentucky is way ahead of schedule. Bad news for everyone else.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 8, 2020
Tyrese Maxey— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 8, 2020
17 pts (7-15 FG)
4 blks pic.twitter.com/3mAWbGJr04
That’s a hell of a win for Kentucky. John Calipari found a lot out about his team tonight.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) January 8, 2020
Ashton Hagans letting Anthony Edwards know it ain't happening tonight. pic.twitter.com/gVTbxq3xaq— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) January 8, 2020
Calipari looks shocked as he sees on the stat sheet that Maxey has eight assists. "And we were on him because he wouldn't pass it!" (Six of the assists were in the second half.)— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 8, 2020
Let's quit wasting time with slow starts and just make this the starting five. https://t.co/kmmBlNy1x9— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) January 8, 2020
Tonight was the 7th time in the John Calipari era that Kentucky shot 50% or worse from the free-throw line with at least 20 free-throw attempts. Kentucky's record in those 7 games is 5-2.— Corey Price (@coreyp08) January 8, 2020
In back-to-back losses to Utah and Ohio State, Immanuel Quickley scored 13 total points, made 6-21 FG and 1-9 3PFG.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 8, 2020
In his last 3 games: 18.7 points, 14-30 FG (46.7%), 9-17 3PFG (52.9%).