By TINA COX, Contributing Writer
It Begins … kinda
The Georgetown Tigers made the short trip to Rupp Arena as the first guests (victims) of this year’s teams. This was a game fans knew would be lopsided and while the Tigers are NAIA National Champions, they were just a warm up for the competition Kentucky will face this upcoming season.
Give the Tigers credit. They played hard and pulled within 12 early in the second half only for the CATS to answer with blocks, threes and defense in an 80-53 loss to the Cats.
The results or stats of this game will never be recorded in the books but the “feels” it caused amongst the Tigers were were the reason Cal scrimmages in-state schools every year. The chance to be on the big stage.
My takes from the game:
Nick Richards: The main difference noted in Richards this year, he never let his head hang down. Then the second half happened. Early in the second half Richards went down with a possible ankle injury. There have been no updates to this point. However, this team needs Richards and EJ Montgomery and a serious injury could be detrimental.
Immanuel Quickley: Quickley has definitely taken his game to the next level. Rumors leaked of his improvement over the summer and those were confirmed tonight. His level of confidence in his game has elevated itself as it should to match his play on the floor. He had 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting, three assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes.
Tyrese Maxey: It is going to be really difficult to not have him out on the floor. His defensive skills and ability to see the whole floor will possibly land him MVP of this years team. He had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
EJ Montgomery: EJ has work hard in the off season. His shoulders are broader and his body stronger. In other words he knows looks like semi older Tayshaun Prince. He had five points, five rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
Ashton Hagans: Hagans should have not trouble competing again for defensive player of the year in the SEC. He now knows the system and what is expected of him. He also had 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, six assists and four steals.
Keion Brooks: Brooks is everywhere. Under the basket, over the basket, right side, left side this guy is an energizer bunny. He finished with eight points and four boards.
Today was fun. Today was for the fans and the Georgetown Tigers.
Final score: Kentucky 80 Georgetown 53
Reality hits next Tuesday, Nov. 5th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. See ya there.