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Highlights, box score & MVP from Kentucky edging Ole Miss

A gutsy win for the Cats that felt like an NCAA Tournament game.

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The Kentucky Wildcats returned to Rupp Arena after back to back road game to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.

Defense was the story of the first half, as neither team was able to get much going offensively.

At the under 12 timeout, Kentucky held a slim 10-7 lead after a jumper by Tyrese Maxey.

The Rebels eventually got a few shots to fall and was able to take the lead and held a 22-18 lead with just under 4 minutes left.

Neither team ended the half strong, but Kentucky trailed 27-22 with under a minute left. That was when Johnny Juzang hit a three to end the Cats rough 0/11 start from deep.

Despite the struggles on offense, Kentucky was locked in defensively as they held Ole Miss to 36% shooting in the half. The problem was Kentucky shot 30%.

Kentucky was able to hang around due to that defense and found themselves trailing 27-25 at the break.

In the second half, it was obvious that the game plan was to pound the ball down low and get away from shooting so many threes.

However, the Rebels got off to a great start, as they scored 10 in the first four minutes to push the lead to 37-31.

Kentucky would find a rhythm and went on a run to make it 37-37 with 14 minutes remaining forcing Ole Miss to take a timeout.

The timeout worked as the Rebels answered with a run of their own by crashing the offensive glass which led to them take a 44-38 lead into the under 12 break.

The Cats found themselves down 47-40, then turned it on going on a quick 7-0 run to tie it up.

With just under 7 minutes to play, the Cats and the Rebels were in a battle with Ole Miss holding a 52-49 lead.

Tough shots by Immanuel Quickley and Maxey followed by two big free throws gave the Cats a 55-54 lead, forcing a Rebel timeout.

Coming down the stretch, each team exchanged big shots as the lead changed multiple times.

However, Kentucky made the plays needed down the stretch and were able to overcome a poor shooting night to get the 67-62 victory.

The Cats will be in action again Tuesday night at 9 PM when they take on the LSU Tigers on the road.

Box Score

Game MVP

Even though Quickley was outstanding in the 2nd half, one guy was solid throughout and did a lot to help us get the narrow win and that was Tyrese Maxey

Maxey was doing a little bit on everything as he finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

Against Vanderbilt, Maxey had an outstanding performance but what Cal was raving about was the toughness he showed playing through contact.

He continued that today with a number of tough drives that resulted in baskets. However, he was also very locked in on defense making life hard for the Rebel guards.

Maxey is getting better and better each time he takes the floor and that is a great sign as we get closer to March Madness.

Highlights

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