Kentucky came out ready to play from the start. The first half was likely one of their best offensive halves this season. They were moving the ball, making shots, and getting assists. The Cats took a 35-29 lead into the break.
After the half, Kentucky absolutely took over. It was an amazing performance and this team finally started looking like what we all expected them to be before the season. The chemistry was there, and they looked like an actual team.
Davion Mintz was excellent once again, which we’ve become accustomed to this season. He scored from all over and dished out a few assists. Dontaie Allen proved that he wasn’t just a flash in the pan with another solid performance—on both ends of the floor I might add.
Isaiah Jackson looked much more comfortable on the offensive end, and of course, he was a man on the boards and lockdown on defense. Olivier Sarr didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but it was a solid performance. And finally, BJ Boston wasn’t perfect, but he did look better.
What a performance by these Cats!
Next up, Kentucky will return to Lexington to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Tuesday night.
Nobody really dominated tonight, so this wasn’t an easy choice, but I have to go with the guy who looks like an absolute gamechanger—Keion Brooks.
Brooks saw his first action of the season tonight after missing the first nine games due to a calf strain. And man, he looked good.
He finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists while shooting 6-8 from the field. He also had one steal and one block.
Keion looked much stronger than he was last season and also looked a lot more confident. He was attacking the basket, backing down defenders, sharing the ball, and rebounding. It was really a great all-around game for the only returning player from last year’s team.
Brooks just brings a different dynamic to this team and his versatility was evidence immediately. Kentucky looks like they’re turning things around and KBJ will be a big part of that going forward.
Welcome back, Keion!