Kentucky Basketball: Gritty, odd, bazaar win but Cats win another grinder

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe ( Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports) /

Oscar Tshiebwe isn’t a machine and proves he sometimes is human

Oftentimes this year people have referred to Oscar Tshiebwe as a machine. The big man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has said that is not true he is just Oscar.

Coach John Calipari has said his players are not machines they are human beings and just kids.

That proved to be the case against the Tide who physically beat on Tshiebwe all game long, kept him away from the glass and the big man missed what seemed like an endless amount of gimme dunks.

To expect him to get 15 points and 15 points a game is an average. You can’t have an average without some detractor games where you have less than the norm. Such was the case Saturday.

In fact, his double-double average was in jeopardy until the closing minute when he was able to slam down point number 10. He flashed a big smile down the court after the basket which is true Oscar. No sulking. No frustration. No anger.

There will be games like this and his friends helped pick him up.

Lance Ware, Jacob Toppin, Daimion Collins, and Keion Brooks all did their jobs and then some to help.

That’s what is special about this team. They know their roles, have chemistry, and take it game by game, minute by minute.