Yesterday was the opening of the college basketball season, and both the men’s and women’s Kentucky Basketball teams picked up season-opening victories to kick off the 2020-2021 campaign.
The UK women’s team, under interim head coach Kyra Elzy, picked up a win over Murray State 86-60, despite news that the team’s leading scorer Rhyne Howard and key starter Tatyana Wyatt would be suspended for the game just hours before tipoff.
Instead, it was senior Chastity Patterson that filled the void for the Wildcats, scoring 30 points and adding eight steals and six rebounds to cap off an impressive performance.
Blair Green came away with 13 points, while freshman Treasure Hunt scored 12 in her Kentucky debut.
In the men’s game, the Wildcats were able to easily defeat Morehead State by 36 points, with a final score of 81-45, despite being without sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr., the only current player who played at all last season for the Wildcats.
With so many new faces, the Wildcats looked like they had plenty of chemistry on the floor while taking care of business against the Eagles behind a 15-point performance from Brandon Boston while freshman Devin Askew and Terrence Clarke added 12 each in their Kentucky debuts.
Nothing is guaranteed this season as COVID-19 seems to threaten the possibility of a college basketball season, but it was good to see both Kentucky teams hit the floor yesterday with solid performances.
Hopefully the season will be able to continue because there is a lot of talent on both of these teams and both have the potential to make some noise during this season and the postseason.
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A good season-opening win.
Kentucky’s length is going to cause a lot of problems.
Rupp Arena certainly looks different in 2020.
Kentucky still was able to come away with a 26-point victory.
One game in, it appears as though this Kentucky team may be much deeper than most gave it credit for.
“(I’ll do it) as much as the team needs me to do it,” Clarke said of any future point guard responsibilities. “I think we have a great point guard in Devin Askew, and Davion Mintz is our backup point guard too, but I’ve been playing the two here and whenever the team needs me to play the one, I’ll be as comfortable and confident as I need to be.
It’s good to once again hear Tom Leach calling a Kentucky basketball game.
So I guess no Thanksgiving night game.
This is cool.
Above all else, we at A Sea of Blue wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!