Kentucky came out fast and loose, basically with the attitude of a team that had nothing to lose. Of course, it wasn’t always pretty, but being down 36-35 at the half wasn’t so bad.
However, after the break, the Hogs went on a big run, just like every other team. Despite getting it close late in the game, UK wasn’t able to pull out the victory.
Keion Brooks continued playing well tonight. He scores in a variety of ways and rebounds at a high rate. Isaiah Jackson also played well, of course blocking shots, but he also made some nice drives when guarded by the Hogs’ 7’3” big man, Connor Vanover.
Jacob Toppin also left it all on the floor. He threw down a nasty tomahawk dunk and made several other hustle plays. He probably shouldn’t dribble as much as he does, but if he’s able to improve that and his shooting, he could be a force in a year or two, a la his brother.
Olivier Sarr gave some mixed feelings. He played decent overall, finishing with a double-double, but he did struggle in many areas, including defense and being bullied on the block. Stats don’t lie and Sarr’s play gave UK a chance, but personally, I wasn’t as thrilled with his performance as the double-double might make it seem. He also turned it over to end the game.
Next up, the Cats will take on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
BJ Boston was the only one who really came to play Tuesday night. Boston did a little bit of everything in his most efficient game as a Wildcat.
Boston scored, rebounded, and even passed much better than normal. He shot the deep ball with confidence and even ran the point when Devin Askew went out with an injury and Davion Mintz was in foul trouble.
Boston played extremely well, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while shooting 6-10 from the floor and 4-5 from three. He didn’t force his shot and let the game come to him.
It wasn’t his highest scoring game, but it might’ve been Boston’s best game of his short Kentucky career. Let’s hope it continues going forward.