The Kentucky Wildcats won their first true road game of the season on Saturday, topping the Florida Gators 87-85 in Gainesville. The No. 6 Wildcats picked up a quality win to start conference play and now improve to 11-2 overall.
While a lot of the team’s hype has been centered around their talented freshmen and freshman guard Reed Sheppard stepped up at the free throw line to seal the team’s victory, it was Kentucky’s two veterans who shouldered the scoring in big moments on Saturday.
Antonio Reeves led all Wildcats with 19 points (8/16 from the floor) in the win. He continues to be a reliable scoring option and a calming presence on the floor. His leadership is contagious, and the improvement in his confidence is clear.
Tre Mitchell wasn’t far behind Reeves, scoring 12 points of his own and adding 10 rebounds for a double-double. He was especially key in the first half, scoring buckets inside to keep the game within reach. His rebounding was also essential, considering how good Florida has been on the glass this season.
And we can’t forget about Ugonna Onyenso, who chipped in six points and five boards in 14 minutes. His presence in the paint was a huge boost with Adou Thiero out due to injury.
This Kentucky team appears to be built to win in March. They have talented freshmen, outside shooting, multiple ball handlers, several big men, and (most importantly) key veterans who know how to win big games away from their home court.
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