This game was dominated by Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery as the two combined for 39 points and 19 rebounds. Richards had two points going into the second half and looked like he would continue his struggles against good big men. He would then put up 25 second-half points and took over the game.
EJ might have had his breakout game tonight, as well. EJ looked like he was comfortable on the floor and played with a sense of confidence. Let’s hope he has turned the corner, much like Nick did earlier in the year.
Kentucky heads to Knoxville on Saturday where they haven’t won since 2015.
Here’s what social media had to say about the game:
Best half of the year for EJ Montgomery!— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 5, 2020
Great job by the big fella on both ends
Are we watching EJ Montgomery's best performance as a Wildcat? Certainly feels that way. Doing it all on both ends of the floor. https://t.co/Z23um8Qj4q— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) February 5, 2020
It’s like EJ woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and finally realized he was 6’10— Grant Peters (@GP_Tre_Ball) February 5, 2020
John Calipari with a fist pump after that last move by EJ Montgomery.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 5, 2020
EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards tonight: 27 points, 15 rebounds. pic.twitter.com/3I6KmuJuFJ— Michael Whitlow (@couldbelikemike) February 5, 2020
Five star EJ Montgomery is here! pic.twitter.com/DZtbRY1vrR— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) February 5, 2020
Few things are better than seeing the game “click” for a player, especially a five-star that returned to UK for a sophomore season. EJ Montgomery deserved every second of that standing ovation from the Rupp Arena crowd.— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 5, 2020
Immanuel Quickley has now reached double figures in 11 straight games.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) February 5, 2020
Single-game record for made free throws in a game is 18 by Dwight Anderson in 1979. Quickley moves into the top 10 with 14 (of 14) tonight.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 5, 2020
If the NBA scouts wanted to see Nick tested vs first round talent Reggie Perry, he passed— Hey Kentucky! (@hey_kentucky) February 5, 2020
Career high 27 points for Nick Richards.— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) February 5, 2020
He had 2 at halftime
Nick Richards and Immanuel Quickley are a combined 25 of 27 from the free throw line tonight.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) February 5, 2020
It is 11:05 pm on a Tuesday stop fouling pls @HailStateMBK— Brent Rainscott (@BrentWainscott_) February 5, 2020