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Looking at the Kentucky basketball schedule in the preseason there were only two nonconference games that stood out. One of those games is against Louisville and will be played in a couple weeks. The other game was played tonight against Georgia Tech, who also plays in the ACC with the Cardinals. The anticipation for the game showed by the size of crowd that filled the stands of Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats played with energy the entire game to give the Cats a 67 to 53 victory. However, they didn’t play a very clean game. The energy they played with caused them to rush on the offensive end of the floor and they turned the ball over 16 times. The accounted for 24.6 percent of their possessions.
Ashton Hagans, who scored a game high 21 points on 8-10 shooting, alos struggled with turnovers. He accumulated 6 turnovers to go with 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley also was impressive with his 16 points and 3 rebounds.
E.J. Montgomery and Tyrese Maxey both struggled in today’s game. They shot for a combined 0 for 13 from the field. Mongomery’s bad performance is just one game removed from his best game of his career when he scored a career high 25 points.
Kentucky played well defensively and blocked 5 shots and stole the ball 8 times. They also forced the Yellow Jackets to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 16 points off those turnovers. They also limited Georgia Tech’s possessions by out-rebounding them 34 to 25.
The victory gives the Cats a win against a major conference opponent and will look good to the NCAA Selection Committee in March. The next stop for the Wildcats is Las Vegas, where they will face Utah in a late-night tip at 11 pm. They game can be viewed on ESPN2.