Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Can the 'Cats Carry Momentum into Saturday's Game?

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Feb 20, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s 74-70 win over Vanderbilt marked an end to Kentucky’s two game losing streak. Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Ryan Harrow were the heroes of the night. It seemed like the Wildcats were again having fun playing basketball despite all that has happened and a late Vanderbilt charge. They got the vicotry and were happy to once again be on the winning side of things.

But there isn’t a lot of time to celebrate. The Missouri Tigers are headed to town with the ESPN College Game Day bus right in front of them. The Tigers just upset the Florida Gators in Missouri. Florida had previously embarrassed Missouri in Gainesville 83-52; but that seems to be the MO of the Tigers. They are tough to beat at home but are terrible on the road. They are 1-5 in SEC road games this season, including losses at LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

It’s a good thing the ‘Cats are catching this team in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena.

Feb 20, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Ryan Harrow (12) shoots the ball against Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kevin Bright (15) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As I previously mentioned, Ryan Harrow was one of the big time players in last night’s game. The much maligned point guard had lost his starting spot to former walk on Jarrod Polson against Tennessee but instead of sulking, like he seemed to be doing against the Vols, he went to John Calipari to ask for his starting job back.

He admitted that he was nervous before asking Cal but found the courage to do it. This team will continue to slide without solid play from the point. Ryan Harrow’s 12 point, four assists, no turnover performance is defintely a step in the right direction.

No matter what you feel about Harrow, the fact remains that he is needed if the Wildcats hope to put together any type of run to make it to the tournament. He has a tall order ahead of him on Saturday against Phil Pressey, one of the better point guards in the SEC. As much as we love Jarrod Polson, he doesn’t possess the skill set to keep up with a player of Pressey’s caliber. Harrow does, but will he continue to have the heart to do it?

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