After a rough and rocky start down in Gainesville for the Kentucky Wildcats, they went into the intermission down eight and struggled to get anything going offensively outside of Tre Mitchell.
In the second half — a much different story. The guard play helped propel a Kentucky win, highlighted by Antonio Reeves, Reed Sheppard and DJ Wagner combining for 31 in the second half.
But, another story emerged in the second half as well — Aaron Bradshaw.
After being a no-show in the first half and struggling to connect with Rob Dillingham on multiple possessions, leading to a turnover. Bradshaw could not get it going.
The second half for AB? A complete 180.
Bradshaw played 15 minutes and had 10 points, six rebounds, one block, two steals, zero turnovers, and shot 3/5 from the field, including the biggest shot of the season for this young Kentucky squad.
With 1:25 left in the ball game, DJ Wagner hit his Camden high school teammate Bradshaw off a roll in sync, and Bradshaw buried his first and only 3 of the game to give Kentucky the permanent lead.
Art in its purest form.
AB 3 FOR THE LEAD pic.twitter.com/GJ6XPLWnIc— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 6, 2024
What was on Aaron Bradshaw’s mind after he hit that big 3?— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) January 6, 2024
“Get back on defense” pic.twitter.com/RXvup6xdIY
Was this a star-making performance for the potential future lottery pick?