Kentucky moves on to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday after beating Princeton on a last second shot by Brandon Knight 59-57. It was Knight’s only points of the game but when it mattered most coach Cal wanted the ball in the hands of his most productive player.
Knight didn’t have the best game, 0-7 from the floor until that final basket. He seemed to be rattled all day long by the Princeton pressure.
But, what the freshmen didn’t do the veterans did. Senior Josh Harrellson, Junior Darius Miller, and Junior DeAndre Liggins answered when they were called upon to produce.
Harrellson finished with a double double, 15 pts, 10 rebs, and a career high 4 steals, arguably his most important performance outside of the Louisville game.
Miller was phenomenal. He created his own shot all day and scored a team high 17 points.
DeAndre Liggins didn’t have his best defensive performance but he hit shots at critical times in the game to keep the Cats in it. Liggins finished with 8 points.
All season long we wondered how this team would preform when the freshmen stars were off. Today we got our answer. Knight had 2 points, Jones had 10 and Lamb had 7.
It’s on to Saturday (time TBD) to get the rematch on West Virginia, a team that ended the Cats dreams of a final four run last season. West Virginia knocked off Clemson 84-76 to advance.