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Highlights, MVP, and Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s fun win over Georgia

Big Z makes a larger-than-life debut as the Cats cruise to a 106-95 win.

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The No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats entered Saturday’s matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs as a 14.5-point favorite, ultimately winning by a 105-96 margin.

The expectation was that the Cats would handle a solid 13-4 Georgia team on their home floor. But second-season head coach Mike White’s Bulldogs aren’t exactly a sexy matchup, and the 6 pm ET SEC Network tipoff was helping add any fuel to the fire.

Then news broke that Big Z was officially cleared to join the party - and what a party it became.

In his first five minutes as a Cat, Zvonimir Ivisic electrified the Rupp Arena floor with a block and behind-the-back pass for an Antonio Reeves’ 3-pointer. It wouldn’t stop there. He’d go nuclear for 11 points on 4-4 shooting and three treys in the first half. It was a jaw-dropping performance for the 7-foot-2 stud.

UK would lead by 54-35 at the break and never look back.

It was an old-fashioned butt-kicking from start to finish as Kentucky had 96 points at the under 8-minute timeout.

This Kentucky squad was already loaded with depth and now adding Big Z has added yet another layer of difficulty for the opposition.

Kentucky would put on an offensive clinic tonight with multiple players having huge statistical nights.

The Cats are now 14-3 on the season and will next face South Carolina on the road on Tuesday night.

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The best part about this team is their versatility and depth. On any given night there are about 7-8 Kentucky players who could be chosen for Player of the Game accolades. Whether it’s scoring or impacting the game in other ways — UK has a plethora of options to choose an MVP from each game.

Tonight, though, there would be no other choice — Big Z would not be denied.

Stats aside, the big man brought the goods in his debut as a Cat. The first few minutes of his career will go down in history as some of the most exciting regular-season basketball that you’ll ever see.

Ivisic would finish 5/7 from the field, 3/4 from three tallying 13 points. For good measure, he’d add five rebounds and two assists.

Also, a shoutout to Tre Mitchell, who scored a team-high 23 points on 8/10 shooting with five boards and four assists vs. one turnover.

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