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Arkansas could not rattle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Vicky Graff Photo)


When Kentucky needs him most, it seems like freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander almost always comes through.

“That’s what we need him to do. He’s a point guard. He’s gotta make the decisions and the ball’s in his hands,” teammate Kevin Knox said after UK’s win at Arkansas Tuesday.

“Tonight, he did a great job at the end finding people in the lane, finishing at the rim and that’s what we need from him at the end of the game because the ball’s in his hands.”

Apparently Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was not expecting Gilgeous-Alexander to play nearly as well as he did, especially against a pressure defense.

“I thought the Gilgeous-Alexander kid, he did a good job of controlling the game and getting the ball to the right people,” Anderson said. “Our defense didn’t really rattle him as much as we thought it could have.”

Gilgeous-Alexander and Kentucky will play again Saturday night against Missouri. A win will keep UK tied for third place in the Southeastern Conference and in position to earn a double bye in the upcoming SEC Tournament.

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