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

Davion Mintz of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Davion Mintz of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /
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Kentucky Wildcats forward Jacob Toppin (left) and forward Lance Ware (Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports) /

Kentucky’s healthy roster can beat you in a variety of ways and points

One this is certain with a healthy roster Kentucky can beat you by scoring 100 points which have down twice or 90 which they have done 4 times. When not at full strength they lost twice by scoring in the sixties. Today they reverse that.

it just doesn’t matter the manner in which the game is played it matters that this team if focused, driven, unselfish and fun to watch even in games like Alabama. When some struggle others step up. Wheeler didn’t run the point well but Washington stepped in at times and it was fluid.

What about the lineup on the floor of Washington, Kellan Grady, Davion Mintz, Collins, and Jacob Toppin who in two minutes outscored Bama 6-0 for a 47-37 lead with 11:48 to play. That was a very high-flying and energetic group.

Grady was locked down much of the night by Bama’s defense but still shook free for 10 points on 2 of 3 shooting from long range. He never sulked but always delivers when UK needs that dagger basket.

The graduate transfer, Grady also converted an old-fashioned 3-point play that stoked UK to a 50-37 lead that capped off a 9-0 run.

While on the surface it was a strange and unexpected game to watch, Kentucky actually played well other than getting down 9-1 to start the game. They were poised, confident, and having fun while battling, scrapping, and ultimately hanging a loss on another SEC foe.

It’s back on the road again Tuesday night when the Wildcats travel to Columbia, SC to take on South Carolina (13-9, 4-6) at 7 PM on ESPN.

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