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Six Cats hit double digits in 100-64 blowout win

Kentucky had a lot to celebrate in Saturday’s win. (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember that it is Aug. 11. It’s still almost three months until Kentucky officially opens the college basketball season against Duke in Indianapolis.

Still, it’s hard not to look ahead to just how good John Calipari’s team might be after the 100-64 beatdown it put on Mega Bemax of Serbia, a team Calipari genuinely believed would not only test but might beat UK, Saturday night in the Bahamas.

Once again Kentucky had six players in double figures led by P.J. Washington’s 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and two assists.

Tyler Herro was Tyler Herro. This time he had 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 at the foul line. Keldon Johnson also had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

Nick Richards continued his resurgence — possibly the best part of the exhibition trip for UK — with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

The player who really continues to impress me is freshman guard Immanuel Quickley, a solid stat-stuff. He two four shots from the field but had 12 points — he was 6-for-6 from the foul line and 2-for-2 on 3-pointers — along with five assists, three rebounds and one steal. He did not have a turnover in 21 minutes.

Quade Green went 4-for-6 from the field and had 10 points.

Kentucky was 29 of 56 from the field, including 7-for-14 from 3-point range, and got to the foul line 48 times and made 35. The Cats held the Serbians to 23 of 76 shooting.
Kentucky made its first six shots, led 47-29 at halftime

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  1. Wow…..what a great time to be a dedicated follower of UK basketball. The first 10-12 minutes of the game were the best all around play I have seen in a long, long time. This team gets an A+ in chemistry class and another game of 6 guys getting doubles. Not sure when the last time was that happened. There is not a weak spot with the newcomers and TH continues to be my favorite by slight margin over KJ. Very proud of Richards increased confidence and production and ditto for Washington and Green. My only slight disappointment is that Travis not quite the shooter we all thought but his physicality and FT shooting will allow him to increase his productivity. He will just find the SEC more challenging that PAC 10. What is there not to like about this team?

  2. Hello Mike, I agree with your comments about our team and in my opinion once Reid Travis gets comfortable in his new role with the team. He will take off like a missile. I think we as a fan base will need to be patient with him. Just my two cents worth. Enjoy your day Sir!

    Respectfully,

    Tim

    1. Tim…….I think you have nailed it. Travis will be a beast once he gets used to the conference etc. We will have him, PJ, and KJ doing inside muscle work and you know that TH will not shy away from inside contact either. It is just so refreshing that finally Cal has a team capable of keeping foot on pedal once they get a team down.

      1. Oh man I love TH and the whole team for that matter, but TH game is incredible. Especially since this is my first time seeing him outside of his high school days. To me one if the most impressive traits of this team thus far, is their unselfishness, ability to shoot and defend.

  3. They really show no major weaknesses except some unforced T.O.’s and maybe shooting too quickly. They looked a little tired first half but got better near the end…will take 20 pt. halftime lead anytime.

    1. Mike, Mr. Travis shooting that 3 ball. Nice touch on his shot. I have a feeling that the coaching staff changed his game from inside to outside. So that he can get comfortable with the ball in his hands. Just for this game I should add. Man, I love watching this team play! Their energy and effort is noteworthy.

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