Kentucky Basketball demolished Auburn Saturday afternoon 80-53. The Tigers never stood a chance once the Wildcats got hot on the floor.
It’s the Kentucky Basketball show, and we’re all living in it. Kentucky whooped up on Auburn and never gave the Tigers a chance. Even without Travis Reid, the Wildcats proved just how much of a force they are.
The Wildcats had to step up and play without Reid. Ashton Hagans finally found his rhythm again, Tyler Herro had a solid game, and my goodness Keldon Johnson on the defensive end of things dominated the Tigers.
However, it was P.J. Washington that stole the show, like usual. He had 24 points and six rebounds. He was 5-8 from the arch and 9-13 overall. It wasn’t the most accurate game, but those 24 points helped secure the win early on.
Hagans made 6-8 from the floor and 2-4 from the arch and scored 14 points. He also had five assists and one steal. Herro had 17 points making 6-12 shots and 3-6 from the beyond the arch. He had four rebounds and two assists as well.
Johnson had 17, yes you read that right, rebounds. He scored eight points and had five assists. The freshman may not have scored over ten points, but his ability to prevent Auburn offensive rebounds were essential to the team’s success.
The SEC will have a tough time deciding who gets SEC Freshman of the Week after the way these three played along with LSU’s Ja’vonte Smart.
There might be a four-way tie. Either way, the SEC is full of freshmen that make plays and show that the conference is more than a football one.
Kentucky hasn’t played this well in a long time. The Wildcats look like a complete team, and it’s coming at the right time. With four games left to play, Kentucky seems to be finding its momentum.
The Wildcats have a big week coming up with Arkansas at home on Tuesday to finish out an almost perfect February. Then they travel to Knoxville for another showdown with Tennessee. Kentucky’s final two games are at Ole Miss then the Wildcats finish out the regular season against Florida.
If today’s performance against the Tigers shows anything, the next four games could be rough for the Wildcats opponents.