One of the big topics in Lexington this week was the play of Brandon Boston, as well as fans booing him during Tuesday’s win over Vanderbilt.
The Kentucky Wildcats rode a two-game winning streak into Saturday’s clash with Florida, but everyone knew Boston had to step up if his team was to keep winning.
The freshman guard did just that in Kentucky’s 75-58 blowout win over the Gators. For the first time this season, Boston did not commit a turnover while also dishing out three assists and grabbing a game-high four steals. He still struggled with shooting efficiency, but he did contribute 13 points (tied with Davion Mintz for team high) on 3/8 shooting while converting all six of his free-throw attempts, several of which came in the final minutes to ensure Kentucky’s blowout win remained intact.
However, my favorite play from him was also my favorite play from the game. It came with Kentucky on defense up 18 with 34 seconds left and the W already locked up.
But Boston treated the possession like it was a tie game, diving on the floor for a loose ball and kicking out to Askew to run out the clock.
I’ve shown some of my least favorite BJ Boston clips from the season so now here’s my favorite. Up 18 with under a minute to go. He said it himself this week that he didn’t need sympathy. Uh oh pic.twitter.com/OQ5cKZlF7r— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) January 10, 2021
Kentucky’s biggest issue during its six-game losing streak was going on painfully long lulls that allowed opponents to take command. John Calipari has been hammering home his players’ inability to fight and execute for 40 minutes.
This play was a great sign that Kentucky is making progress there, and in quite a hurry.