Seven Kentucky players finished in double figures as the Cats finish the Exhibition season 2-0 with a 121-52 victory over the Georgetown College Tigers Sunday Night in Rupp Arena. Andrew Harrison led all Wildcats with 17 points, but that wasn't the only bright spot. Kentucky finished the game shooting 64% from the field and 44% from 3-point land.
Kentucky started out of the gate slow. With the "first platoon" starting again tonight (Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Alex Poythress), Georgetown started out with the lead at 2-0. After the first media timeout, UK was only up 5-2 and was getting out-hustled by the Tigers. The "second platoon" would come in after the timeout (Marcus Lee, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Dakari Johnson, and Trey Lyles). They would go on an 11-0 run before conceding a Tiger basket and at the second media timeout, UK was up 16-7. First platoon would come back in and go on a 16-0 run to push the score to 32-7. By halftime, Kentucky had pushed its lead to 60-24.
The 2nd Half was much of the same. A borage of dunks, flashy passes, and a Rec Ball player look-alike in Sam Malone would send the Rupp Arena faithful home happy with 121-52 victory. Dakari Johnson was the only Wildcat with a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds). Kentucky won the rebound battle 54-26 and comprised 32 assists tonight.
The Cats will begin the regular season Friday Night to kick off the Cawood Ledford Classic against the Grand Canyon University Antelopes. The 'Lopes won their lone exhibition game last Thursday over Western New Mexico 74-47. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. The game is set for 8pm and will be televised on the SEC Network.
UK (121): Andrew Harrison 17, Poythress 15, Lyles 14, Towns 13, Cauley-Stein 12, Johnson 12, Booker 11, Willis 7, Aaron Harrison 6, Lee 6, Hawkins 4, Malone 2, Floreal 2.
Without Green, I’m expecting a diet of Gio. At least 120 yards rushing for Gio to get the win….. At least my thoughts to start the game.
Sanu impress me virtually every week, he pulls something off every week that makes say “Wow!!! How'd he do that?”
Bengals score on opening drive, Gio stopped on two plays at the goal line. Here’s my question. Why no Jeremy Hill in that situation?
Defense is holding strong but not having Malauaga in the middle is hurting the Bengals. Flacco is living in the middle of the field with slants routes.
This quarter has been extremely boring. On the bright side, a referee did you the word erroneously to describe an inadvertent whistle! History being made!
INT by Lamur set the tone for Sanu on a very productive reverse
Defense continues to carry this team. Great plays by Lamur and Jones, gives the Bengals 10 points on turnovers at this point.
Offense laying a big ole fat one. Two straight turnovers.
Defense shows up with two big stops in the 4th, keeps the game within four as the Bengals trail.
Receivers playing a big role today, even after the injuries. Hello Greg Little! Welcome to Cincinnati.
Andy Dalton with the QB sneak gives the Bengals the lead with 00:57 left in the 4th. First career multiple rushing TDs for Dalton.
A win is a win, regardless how ugly it was. Found out after the game, it was Andy Dalton who called the QB sneak in the closing moments. Gutsy call by the offensive leader but someone needed to make it. Say what you want about Dalton but this offense is his and he was the primary reason it clicked. Mohammed Sanu, Gio Bernard, Jeremy Hill, and Greg Little played big roles, but Dalton was the reason this offense performed. Can’t deny the toughness of the defense, when they needed to make a play or have big stands, they did. Big team win by the Bengals, as they now sit atop the AFC North.
Have you been keeping an eye out on what's going on down in Berea with Madison Southern? Of course you have! It's where 4 star running back Damian Harris has been running wild all over defenders this season and has been gaining some big time attention for his efforts. Listen here as his head coach refers to him as the "Michael Jordan of running backs, from the last 20 years".
After a remarkable post season run last year, UK baseball is gearing up for another run and scrimmaging the fall is get the new crop of your talent ready for the SEC next spring. Eric and Dan are joined by head coach Gary Henderson to talk about not only last year's team, but the future, the impact of AJ Reed, and the potability of a new ballpark. Listen here!
Is it true that sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins is pound for pound, inch by inch the most gifted athlete on UK's talented roster? Only one way to find out and it's by listening to this exclusive interview between Dan Rieffer and Dominique.
One thing is for certain, UK's roster is packed with premier talent. Hard to argue, but one thing we are not so certain on is who will be a leader on this year's team. One name that has come up is junior forward, Alex Poythress. Take a listen here to this exclusive interview. Dan Rieffer, one on one with Alex Poythress.
Don't forget the 2014-15 Cats' Pause yearbook is out now! Order here!