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Nick Richards “unbelievable” with overall play against Georgia

Analyst Jimmy Dykes said it is a “game changer” if Nick Richards can hit this jump hook consistently. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just do what you do. Run, block shots, rebound.

That’s the message on Monday that Kentucky coach John Calipari said he gave sophomore Nick Richards and Richards added that if he could be a rim protector, then UK could win the national title.

UK-Georgia postgame notes, numbers

Jemarl Baker(Vicky Graff Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY at GEORGIA

STEGEMAN COLISEUM | ATHENS, GA.

JAN. 15, 2019
ATTENDANCE: 10,523

Final Score: No. 12/14 Kentucky 69, Georgia 49                                                     

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improved to 13-3 overall, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is now 9-7, 1-3 in the SEC.
  • UK leads the series 127-26, including 43-17 in games played in Athens, Georgia.
  • Kentucky extended its winning streak over Georgia to 12 games, which is now UK’s longest active winning streak vs. an SEC opponent

Ashton Hagans had to “put on a show” for his family and did he ever in win over Georgia

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He got booed almost the entire game and even called a traitor when he was at the foul line. But if anything bothered Kentucky freshman Ashton Hagans Tuesday, it sure didn’t show in a Kentucky’s 69-49 win over Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Hagans, a one-time Georgia commit, had a career-high 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in his return to his home state. After missing six of his first seven shots, he made eight of his last 11. He also had three or more steals in a sixth straight game to extend his own UK record.

What a snowy, scenic drive in the Smoky Mountains today (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photos)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What a fun day in the Smoky Mountains today. Left Pigeon Forge and ended up driving about 13 miles up into the mountains because the snow was so gorgeous. Even ran into two 22-year-old hikers who left Georgia Jan. 1 on the Appalachian Trail and hope to be back home in Pennsylvania by March 1. Notice that one even had his shoes and socks off letting his feet warm up in the sun at Newfound Gap — where the temperature was 28 degress.

Enjoy the photos I took.

John Calipari has “always respected” Tom Crean

Tom Crean and John Calipari will battle on and off the court again. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One thing Kentucky coach John Calipari won’t do is make it personal against another coach no matter who the Wildcats are playing.

“If I make it personal, I don’t do as good a job. I really don’t. You coach against friends, the problem is somebody has to lose,” Calipari said Monday. “You hope it’s him, but sometimes it’s you. If it’s him, you feel really good in the game and then you look at him and shake his hand and you feel bad for him.”

Playing at Georgia will be “hard” game for Ashton Hagans

Ashton Hagans (Mont Dawson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky  had to overcome double-digit deficits last week to beat underdogs Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, but those wins still vauled UK to 12th in the AP national rankings this week because so many other teams lost.

Now UK has to go on the road to play Georgia tonight and Auburn Saturday.

“Tough week for us. I’m anxious to see how we respond because we’ve got two tough opponents,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Monday.

Nick Richards: “If I’m a rim protector, we’re probably going to win a national championship.”

Nick Richards (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s first Southeastern Conference road game didn’t end well as the Cats lost to Alabama despite a furious rally late in the game.

Now Kentucky plays at Georgia tonight. The Bulldogs are 9-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play for first-year coach Tom Crean, the former coach at Indiana.

Sophomore Nick Richards hopes the UK freshmen learned something from the loss at Alabama.

“We all talked about on the plane ride back how it’s kind of hard to play in the SEC. It’s not like a non-conference game. It’s one of the biggest conferences in the country, so guys have to get ready to play every possession,” Richards said Monday.

Calipari proud of Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Knox

Devin Booker (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky plays Georgia on the road Tuesday night but John Calipari’s press conference Monday started with a non-game related question.

He was asked if he was more proud of Devin Booker donating $2.5 million to charity or Karl-Anthony Towns for his remarkable game with 27 points and 27 rebounds?

“Proud of both of them. It is kind of amazing,” Calipari said by really giving the answer would expected and understands.

But that just got Calipari on a roll?

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