The Kentucky Wildcats rebounded from a horrible shooting effort in the first half to beat LSU 79-76. The Wildcats continued to show up on the road, hitting 7/8 three-point attempts in the second half and hitting nearly 74% of all field goals during that time.
For the game, Kentucky shot 50% from deep and 75% from the charity stripe to build on their SEC lead. Immanuel Quickley led all scorers with 21 points, and Nick Richards had another monster game with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 blocks.
A big storyline to follow will be the injury to Ashton Hagans. He appeared to take a knee to the thy late in the second half and missed the last several minutes of play. Before the injury, he had 11 points, including 2 three-pointers, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds in one of his better performances in recent games.
Immanuel Quickley has become “the guy” for Kentucky. When things start getting tight, let Quickley take the ball to the rack. Need a big shot? Set Quickley up on the wing. Trying to keep a lead late in the game? Quickley is money from the free throw line.
Quickley finished the game at LSU with 21 points, hitting 2 three-pointers and shooting 5/6 from the free throw line. He scored 14 of those points in the second half and added 6 assists and 4 rebounds to complete his strong game.
Quickley did get beat up a little bit, taking several hard shots throughout the game. But every time he got knocked down, he got right back up and made the play his team needed him to make.
I continue to be surprised by the lack of NBA buzz for Quickley, whose game definitely looks like that of a next level player. He is the MVP of this game, and the Co-MVP of the season thus far along with Nick Richards.