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UK postgame notes, numbers

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. MEGA BEMAX
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 11, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 1,329
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 100, Mega Bemax 64

This was Kentucky’s third exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will wrap up the tour on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at the Atlantis Imperial Arena. That game will be televised on the SEC Network and on the Watch ESPN app.
UK improved to 133-12 all-time in exhibition games and 8-1 in the Bahamas. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their previous trip to the Bahamas in 2014.
Kentucky has won its last 12 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.
A total of 1,329 fans packed Atlantis Imperial Arena, a Big Blue Bahamas high thus far.

First-Half Facts
Kentucky started Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the third straight game.
UK, as it did the first two games, got off to a fast start. Ignited by a Green layup to start the game, the Wildcats ran out to an early 7-2 lead. After Mega Bemax answered with five straight, Kentucky reeled off eight consecutive points and a 19-1 overall run, ignited by 3-pointers from Quickley and Green.
The Wildcats were great defensively against a physical team. UK held Mega Bemax without a field goal for 10:38 of game time (17:37 to 6:49).
After the game was tied 7-7, UK outscored Mega Bemax 40-22 the rest of the first half.
Kentucky had more free throws (11) than Mega Bemax had points (10) midway through the first half.
The Wildcats limited Mega Bemax to 8 of 34 from the field, a paltry .257 percentage.
Green (nine points), Washington (nine points, six rebounds), Reid Travis (eight points, four rebounds) and Johnson (eight points) starred for Kentucky in the first half.

Second-Half Story
Johnson came out firing in the second half. He scored seven points in the first 3:45 of the second half, all of the emphatic variety. After knocking down a 3-pointer, he threw down two powerful dunks, including an alley-oop slam from Green.
The Wildcats led by as many as 39 points (97-58).
After a quiet first half, Tyler Herro caught fire once again and scored 12 points. He made both of his 3-point attempts in the second stanza.
Richards also had a strong second half with 11 points after halftime.

Team Notes
The Wildcats reached the 100-point threshold for the first time in the Bahamas.
Ashton Hagans reached that point for UK with a breakaway layup with 29 seconds to go.
UK is averaging 92.0 points through three games.
Kentucky made 7 of its 14 3-point-attemp. After UK shot 7 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc in game two of the Bahamas trip, UK has shot 54 percent from long range in the past two games.
Six Wildcats scored in double figures for the second game in a row.
UK led for all but 20 seconds of the game.
The Wildcats won the battle of the glass again, although by the slimmest margin of the Bahamas trip, outrebounding Mega BeMax 48-44.

Player Notes  

PJ Washington recorded the first double-double by a Wildcat in the Big Blue Bahamas with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was also a menace defensively, racking up game highs in both blocks (4) and steals (4).

Keldon Johnson scored 16 points on an efficient 7-of-8 day from the floor.

Quade Green scored 10 points and went 4 of 6 from the floor. After going 1 of 11 in the first game, Green has made 8 of 10 shots over the last two games.

Tyler Herro scored in double figures for a third straight game with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He continues to lead Kentucky in scoring in the Bahamas with an 18.0 average.

Nick Richards scored 15 points with a 9-for-11 night from the line.  He just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds. The Wildcats were plus-32 on the scoreboard with Richards on the floor, the best mark on the team. He’s averaging 14.7 points and shooting 82.4 percent from the floor and 84.2 percent from the line over the three games.

Immanuel Quickley had another solid floor game with 12 points, five assists and no turnovers. He’s registered 14 assists with no turnovers through three games.

2 comments

  1. On Friday, Mega Bemax played Argentina to a 1 point game, so those two opponents are very similar in terms of basketball strength. Kentucky handled each of them with more ease than anyone could have anticipated. Is that a slam on these two international teams, or a statement by this UK team.

    I believe it is a statement by this UK team. Very few college teams would have been able to withstand the very physical play that Mega Bemax tried to use against the Cats last night, but these Cats did not wilt but stood toe to toe with them and handed it back to them in spades.

    I have heard that later this month, Michigan will play this Mega Bemax team. We will see then how another distinguished college team handles that style of play and this opponent. Michigan may prove me wrong, but I don’t see anyway Michigan beats this group of Serbians by double digits, and may not get out of town with a win against them.

  2. Wow. At this point the team looks very, very good. They played without a very significant couple of players in Montgomery and Baker. And they have blown out some high quality teams. It was obvious Bemax did not expect a bunch of college kids to come at them the way they did. Their players appeared to be used to throwing their weight around. They tried but UK’s players just weren’t where they could be bullied. And it made the Bemax players very frustrated.

    So much could be said about the play of the individuals but even more impressive was their team play. They played like they have been together for a couple of years. They have some very smart players on the team and they seem to be learning a lot as they go.

    Some things do stand out about the individual players. Richards is not the same player he was last year. He is very good. Washington is a much better player too and he was already good. Travis looks like he can dominate games at will once he really gets used to the UK style of play. And Johnson was off the charts good. But the one play that amazed me more than the posterizing dunks was the way Washington blocked the shot on the guy shooting from behind the 3 line. PJ was a good 10 feet away when the guy started into his shooting motion. And out of nowhere it seemed Washington blocked his shot. I don’t understand how that is even possible. So many things impressed me, the left hand shots, the team play, the smart play, the hustle (Johnson and Hagans are crazy active), the speed of Hagans, the improved footwork and soft hands of Richards, the heady play of Green – they all looked good.

    This team has a real shot at true greatness. They are very, very good.

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