In a breakout game for Johnny Juzang, Kentucky pulls away late from the Vols to get their eighth SEC win of the season.
Juzang, Maxey, and Quickley were all lethal in the backcourt for the Wildcats today and Nick Richards was up to his usual antics, posting yet another double-figure effort against one of the better, and more annoying, forwards in the country in John Fulkerson.
Kentucky gets a much needed win to keep them in a three-way tie atop the SEC with LSU and Auburn.
The Cats are on the road at Vanderbilt next Tuesday night.
Here’s what social media had to say:
Ended up with 41 fouls and 49 free throws in that game. I'm going to need to look up how many one-minute stretches we got without a whistle. Gonna guess not many.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 8, 2020
GREAT game by Johnny Juzang. Happy for the kid— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 8, 2020
Go Big Blue chant at Thompson-Boling. Ya love to see it.— Evan Hatter (@ehatt493) February 8, 2020
Johnny Juzang starting to look pretty comfortable out there...— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) February 8, 2020
The last time Kentucky won in Rocky Top Devin Booker led the way with 18.— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) February 8, 2020
77-64 Cats win today.
Immanuel Quickley led the way with 18 points.
Kentucky, Auburn and LSU all a top the conference with an 8-2 record
Last time Kentucky won in Knoxville went to the Final Four hey just saying— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) February 8, 2020
Where are all those chesty Tennessee fans that usually love to tweet?!?! pic.twitter.com/8QP6lMr3sP— John Robic's Hair (@JohnRobicsHair) February 8, 2020
Today was Kentucky's 2nd best free-throw shooting performance against Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena (min. 15 att.)(22-25, 88%). On January 13th, 2009 Kentucky made 90% of their 20 free-throw attempts.— Corey Price (@coreyp08) February 8, 2020
Right before the teams walked off the floor, John Calipari walked to Johnny Juzang and congratulated him on a big game today.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 8, 2020
Johnny Juzang comes across the lane to rebound the missed free throw and puts it in. pic.twitter.com/TXli8fAbyL— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) February 8, 2020
My man Ian Eagle said “Maxey pads the stats”— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 8, 2020
That was definitely on purpose
First win for Kentucky in Knoxville since 2015. It wasn’t pretty, and Tennessee is not good, but it was a big one. GO CATS!— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 8, 2020
Today was Kentucky's 2nd best free-throw shooting performance in a true road game in the John Calipari era (min. 25 att.)(88%, 22-25). The Wildcats made 90% of their 30 free-throw attempts at Ole Miss on February 18th, 2014.— Corey Price (@coreyp08) February 8, 2020
Johnny Juzang on how he got through the early struggle at Kentucky: "If you have a clear vision or goal in mind, you're going to keep pushing through."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 8, 2020
Fantastic finish at the rim by Ashton Hagans. pic.twitter.com/AJkay8RBlt— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) February 8, 2020
Tfw you get a career high 13 points from Johnny Juzang and a career high 9 rebounds from Keion Brooks in Knoxville. pic.twitter.com/1ozk8Wr5ti— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) February 8, 2020
When looking forward to next season, everyone thinks of Clark, Boston, etc.— Travis Graf (@Trav_Graf) February 8, 2020
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who will have a season of figuring things out under his belt, is going to be a very, very good player.
SEC 6th Man of the Year in 2021.