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Kentucky helped make Wofford star have “one of those days” where he couldn’t make shots

Fletcher Magee missed all 12 3-pointers he tried Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wofford senior Fletcher Magee thinks there were a couple of games this year where he didn’t make a 3-pointer — but he’s not sure.

However, Saturday against Kentucky he went 0-for-12 from 3-point range to set a NCAA record most 3’s taken in a game without a make. Considering he’s the NCAA all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 509, that was a testament to UK’s defense or just a really off night for Magee.

John Calipari was “happy” for Nick Richards

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After urging sophomore center Nick Richards to back up the confident talk he had Friday before Kentucky played Wofford, UK coach John Calipari was happy with how Richards played in Saturday’s 62-56 win.

Richards had three points, three rebounds and one blocked shot in 25 minutes — and stayed out of foul trouble. He also did not have a turnover.

Every time Kentucky needed him, Reid Travis delivered

Reid Travis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With PJ Washington the disabled list, Kentucky needed a big effort from Reid Travis against Wofford — and that’s exactly what the Cats got.

He had 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 4-fof-4 at the foul line, including two in the final minute, along with 11 rebounds, including three on the offensive end. More importantly, he stayed out of foul trouble and was able to play 36 minutes.

Defense does the job as Kentucky beats Wofford 62-56

PJ Washington celebrates Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Think about this — Kentucky missed its last six shots and seven of last eight and did not have a field goal the final 5 minutes, 12 seconds. Yet the Cats still beat Wofford 62-56 in the NCAA Tournament second round because of its defense that forced Wofford to miss six of last seven shots.

Welcome to the survive and advance mentality of March Madness.

Seniors Maci Morris, Taylor Murray lead UK to NCAA win over Princeton

RALEIGH, N.C. – Seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray each scored 19 points as sixth-seeded Kentucky held off 11th-seeded Princeton 82-77 on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum.

Kentucky (25-7) got 15 points from freshman Rhyne Howard and 12 from sophomore Tatyana Wyatt as the Cats advanced to the round of 32, where they will meet either host N.C. State or Maine.

As it has all season, Kentucky’s pressure defense was an important part of the team’s victory. The Cats forced the Tigers into 16 turnovers, and UK was able to score 22 points off those miscues. Meanwhile, Kentucky turned the ball over just seven times, leading to just eight Princeton points.

Wofford may get “ears pinned back” by UK but it will not be intimidated by Cats

Matt Young (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wofford coach Mike Young expected to have a good team this year and that’s why he had non-conference games with Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Mississippi State to help prepare the Terriers for a game like the one against Kentucky this afternoon in Jacksonville in the NCAA Tournament second round.

“I’m not having any trouble yet in getting those games. May not be the games I want,” Young said Friday. “I’m going to go to Duke next year, but I do like those games, and I do like challenging our team in November and December, and I think that pays huge dividends once you get into league play.

John Calipari wants confident Nick Richards to “back it up” against Wofford

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There is not a player taller than 6-9 on the Wofford roster and that would seem to give Kentucky a “big” edge going into this afternoon’s NCAA Tournament second round game.

“It’s a really good advantage for us,” Kentucky sophomore backup center Nick Richards said Friday. “They’re not really as athletic as all three of us. Their bigs are really skilled around the basket, they know how to move on the floor, but we’re just better than them overall, I think, so the advantage is our way, in my opinion.”

Wofford star shooter Fletcher Magee has green light — just like John Calipari did when he played

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari says it is obvious that Wofford senior Fletcher Magee has the “green light” to shoot the 3-pointer any time — and he has made over 500 to become the all-time NCAA leader going into Saturday’s game against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament second round.

I heard that he is absolutely in the gym hours on end shooting those shots that you’re talking about, that he’s in that gym, which is why the coach says, all the time you’re in there, and that’s the shots you’re taking, you deserve to be able to do it in a game,” Calipari said.

PJ Washington “really wants to play” but Calipari not ready to say that he will

PJ Washington (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Will PJ Washington play against Wofford Saturday or not?

No one seems to know.

The Kentucky sophomore missed Thursday’s NCAA Tournament win over Wofford after he sprained his foot in the SEC Tournament semifinals, according to coach John Calipari. Initially the UK coach said he would play Thursday after X-rays were negative and his foot was in a walking boot. Then Thursday Washington suddenly had a hard cast on his leg.

After the win over Abilene Christian Calipari said Washington might be able to play Saturday during his postgame press conference. Ten minutes later he told ESPN that Washington would not play.

Wofford players have “definitely watched” Kentucky play this season

Wofford players understand the challenge they face against Kentucky Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During the regular season Wofford played North Carolina, Kansas and Mississippi State — and lost to all three teams. Saturday afternoon the Terriers got a chance to play another one of nation’s elite teams — Kentucky.

Kentucky demolished Abilene Christian in Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener while Wofford pulled away in the final four minutes to eliminate Seton Hall, a team that beat UK in December.