While I am writing this I am still shaking so bare with me, but WOW what a game for the our young Wildcats. Kentucky looked like the more experienced team in the last 5 minutes, and Archie Goodwin was huge on the defensive end.
Florida extended the lead to 7 with 8 minutes left in the game, and all the energy was sucked out of the crowd at Rupp, but the players never stopped fighting. I love the energy everybody played with today, and the crowd once again pushed us over the top. Cal sent out a tweet yesterday, and wanted everybody in Rupp to stand for the final 8 minutes of the game, but I honestly don’t think they ever sit down.
Ryan Harrow had a horrible game the first meeting between the two, and even got called out by teammates calling him scared. Harrow was huge today in running the offense, but also chipped in with 13 points, and 4 rebounds. When he decides that he wants to take over a team, and be a leader that is when Kentucky is at its best.
Now, lets get back to talking about Archie Goodwin, and the performance he had today. Archie ended the game with a team high 16 points, but the energy and passion he showed today was huge for us to come back from 7 down late in the game. Goodwin takes the most heat of any player on the team but he scored 5 straight points to cut the lead to 57-55 with 5 minutes to go. I love Archie, and I will always take up for him, because he wears the blue and white, but he can be frustrating to say the least. Today though he was the reason in my opinion we won the game.
John Calipari simply out coached Billy Donovan once again, and that bold move that may have won the game for Kentucky was when he gambled by putting Willie Cauley-Stein back into the game with 11 minutes to go, and 4 fouls. Stein never picked up his 5th, and was huge at the defensive end all day.
Kentucky now has the win they needed to get their self back into the tournament, but I still feel like they need one more win in the SEC tournament next week to feel safe. Nashville will be fun, and if the Wildcats can play with this much heart anything can happen.