Kentucky Basketball: Blue Blood domination of KU behind Tshiebwe, Brooks

Kentucky Wildcats forward Jacob Toppin (Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kentucky Wildcats forward Keion Brooks (Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

Keion Brooks showed up big time with a career-best highlight night

Where had you gone, Keion Brooks? Well, he never really left but dipped a bit from the limelight.  Wherever it was we are glad to have you back doing what you do best – ball.

Before Tuesday night’s12 point performance Brooks had scored in double figures just once in the previous seven games. He seemed to have disappeared.

John Calipari has told Keion over and over that it’s not always scoring that the coach is interested in seeing from Brooks’ game.  Exactly what that is we aren’t completely sure, but grabbing the first two rebounds of the game and then translating that into a career-high 27 point outburst let’s just say well done. I’d say your coach is quite pleased with your efforts.

His run was so fierce it was hard to keep up with Brooks. That was until he set his career-high with 25 points after he scored 13 straight Kentucky points to lead 66-48  midway through the second half. He was responsible for the next bucket as well before Kellan Grady broke his streak with a 3 pointer.

When the final horn sounded it was Brooks with knocking down 9 of 16 field goals, 9 of 10 free throws, and ripping down eight boards.

It’s his defensive pressure, ball clearing, and putback plays that make him the valuable asset that he is.