#9 Cats Roll Sooners 76-64

The boys in blue came out once again firing on all cylinders scoring 21 points in the first 5:00 minutes of action leaving no doubt who the more superior team was. Oklahoma played tough and cut the UK lead numerous times to single digits but it never got closer than 6. Kentucky shot the ball well from the floor again and looked good getting to the rim at will against their most athletic opponent to date. A few quick individual notes:

  • Terrence Jones once again looked dominant. The 6’9 wing/forward took over in the second half scoring 17 of his 29 in the second frame. He also grabbed 13 boards which is his second “20,10” game of the season. T-3 really was a man-child out on the floor tonight and it’s performances like this that the Cats will need without Enes Kanter eligible to play.
  • DeAndre Liggins aka Mr Do Everything once again filled up the stat sheet to the tune of 12 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, and 3 stl. A solid line for DeAndre who injured his right shoulder late in the ball game but said afterwords that it was sore but he definitely expects to play Tuesday night.
  • Brandon Knight didn’t have his best game in a Kentucky uniform but luckily it wasn’t needed on this night. Knight had 5 turnovers to go along with 3 assists. The Dribble Drive Motion Offense keys off of the point guard putting it in to motion and Knight did a fairly decent job of doing that tonight, he just needs to stay under control in certain situations but in the key moments he did what was needed. Knight will always be compared to John Wall but the one aspect of Wall’s game that was underestimated I think was Wall’s ability to seal wins by hitting his free throws down the stretch of ball games. Knight was 1-4 from the charity stripe in that situation tonight. He is a good free throw shooter so hopefully this was an abnormality rather than a trend.

Kentucky improved to 3-0 tonight and will move on to the semi-finals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational to face the winner of Washington/Virginia at approximately 9:30 on ESPN. Overall a good night for the Cats and we’ll get to see them in the winners bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Go Big Blue!

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