It was another close game, much like last Saturday against Mississippi State. Dontaie Allen, while not dropping 23 points like previously, did have another solid game tonight and was able to spread the floor and hit his open threes when they were needed.
For BJ Boston, however, it was yet another game where the five-star struggled to get a basket. Boston once again found himself on the bench in crunch time when Kentucky needed a basket, instead going with Dontaie Allen, and rightly so. Olivier Sarr lead Kentucky with 24 points.
Davion Mintz hit a go-ahead three with around 45 seconds left to take the permanent lead.
After dropping six straight, the Wildcats have started 2-0 in SEC play, winning two close knit games. Nail-biter games might turn out to be a positive for this team later on down the stretch.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Kentucky’s second straight grind-it-out win:
UK survives after Davion Mintz HUGE three— Barstool Bench Mob (@stoolbenchmob) January 6, 2021
The fact that Kentucky was able to win that game despite being out rebounded by 13, having 6 fewer assists, making 5 less threes, and 4 less field goals is incredible.— Jake Adkins (@jakefromky) January 6, 2021
WHEW!!!!!— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 6, 2021
There's a lot to like about Jacob Toppin as he gains more experience. He plays hard. You love having that type of kid in your program.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) January 6, 2021
Just like the Louisville game, our Guards/Wings keep getting torched off the bounce— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 6, 2021
I'm still not sure Kentucky can pull this season out of the fire, but it's not hard to see some really solid pieces who *should* all be coming back and have a chance to turn into something together next year.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 6, 2021
If we’re going to volume shoot then maybe less of these? pic.twitter.com/rtTMxNO4FY— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) January 6, 2021
Safe to say decisions/drives/shots like that one are why fans have been so hard on Cal regarding Boston.— Braden Ramsey (@braden_ramsey) January 6, 2021
That one just wasn't good.
It could be 100 years from now and a bad Vanderbilt team will still come into Rupp and hit every bad shot imaginable— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) January 6, 2021
Brandon Boston Jr. failed to tell me this summer that the movie he's shooting about this season is a horror film.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 6, 2021
Get ready for a lot of close SEC games this season. This might be an every game thing.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) January 6, 2021
Vandy has outrebounded Kentucky 40-28.— John Clay (@johnclayiv) January 6, 2021
Crunch time and BJ Boston is on the bench again, this time with John Calipari coaching.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 6, 2021
Askew, Mintz, Allen, Toppin and Sarr are the five for Kentucky.
I don’t know about these calls on Sarr. Five fouls and I think 1 of them was an actual foul— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 6, 2021
Kentucky basketball is 2-0 in SEC play pic.twitter.com/VBdJ2yM4Cl— Cameron Newton (@morrisoncrying) January 6, 2021
Mintz onions, a recipe for success.— Alex Forkner (@Alex_Forkner) January 6, 2021
If Boston and Clarke can figure it out, Kentucky can be dangerous— Willie Hope (@WillieWYMT) January 6, 2021
LESSGOO!! 2-0— ashton hagans (@H23Ash) January 6, 2021
Officials called 45 fouls in the first 39 minutes of Kentucky-Vanderbilt. College basketball is broken.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) January 6, 2021
2️⃣-0️⃣ on the new season pic.twitter.com/4fG4FdaOlD— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 6, 2021