Finally, the Cats found a way to will the win in a scenario that has played out ever so often this season. UK fought hard against the Vols, despite foul trouble and poor first half shooting, to come back and get the win in Knoxville 64-58. To the victor goes the spoils and most importantly the Cats locked up the #2 seed for the SEC tournament. They will play on Friday @ 3:30 vs. the Ole Miss/South Carolina winner.
The star of the game for the Cats has to be Brandon Knight. Knight was 0-6 from the field until the final the final seconds of the first half, making a runner in the lane just as the horn sounded. The Cats went into the half within 7. Out of the gate Knight hit 3 difficult contested 3’s to give the Cats the lead. A lead they would not relinquish. Knight finished with 17 in the second half and 19 overall.
Miller and Liggins played well, a half a piece, Liggins the first and Miller the second. Miller hit some big shots late in the game and finished with 15 on 5-10 shooting. Liggins had two drop step slams in the first half along with hitting a couple jumpers but the key takeaway was the he held the Vols’ leading scorer Scotty Hopson to just 2-10 from the floor. Liggins fouled out with just under 5 minutes remaining but was still in Hopson’s head the rest of the way.
Harrellson didn’t necessarily have a great game, however he snagged some critical rebounds at key points of the game. Josh finished with 5 rebounds and no points.
Terrence Jones played aggressively, something that has come to fruition of late. Sure, he gets his shot blocked but it’s good to see him take it up strong against the defender. Jones didn’t have the best game but finished with 15 and 12, hitting some key free-throws in the final minutes.
– Kentucky outrebounded UT 32-30 and 12-8 on the offensive glass
– The Cats only shot 35.8% from the floor to UT’s 38.3%
– UK had 10 assists to 19 made baskets
– Kentucky shot 19-27 for 70.4% from the charity stripe
– The Cats lock up the 2 seed in the SEC tourney, play Friday at 3:30 vs. Ole Miss/South Carolina winner