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It wasn’t a game that you could call a “blowout win”, but a win tonight against the UAB Blazers was never in jeopardy. The final score of 69 to 58 indicates a much closer game than what was played on the court. The Wildcats held a double-digit lead for most of the game and was looking at a 20+ victory, until a game ending 11 to 2 run by the Blazers allowed the ending score to be much closer.

Kentucky was led tonight by its more experienced players. Nick Richards and E.J. Montgomery led the team with 16 points each while combining for 17 rebounds. Many of Richards’ and Montgomery’s points came from passes by Ashton Hagans, whom tied his career high in assists with 12. When you include Immanuel Quickley’s 9 points, the four players scored 50 of the team’s points.

Kentucky has been struggling with injuries all season and tonight was no different. Nate Sestina was out tonight after breaking his hand at practice earlier in the week. It was important for the team to rebound after losing one of the big men and the Cats answered by grabbing 39 total rebounds and only allowing UAB to gather 26.

The Blazers shot 41% in the game, which is higher than John Calipari would like to see. The Cats only blocked three shots, even though they had a height advantage at almost every position. Perhaps the focus on rebounding had the players worrying about being in rebounding position or maybe Calipari wanted them to play less aggressive without having Sestina to substitute in.

The team should be improved by the time the Cats take the court Next Saturday against Fairleigh Dickerson University. Calipari will have 6 days of practice to work on the team’s weaknesses and find the best way for this team to play. The FDU game will be a 4 p.m. tip and can be viewed on the SEC Network.

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