Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cats Outlast's Missouri 69-53 in a Foul Fest

This was not one of the most impressive wins, but a win is a win. In the first half, Kentucky's largest lead was nine, but it felt like 20. It seemed like the Cats dominated the game from start to finish, even though they actually didn't, at least until the second half.

Which brings me to the second half...

The above picture pretty much sums up the second half. A million fouls was called and made the game pretty much a bore fest to say the least. What seemed like thirty seconds into the second half, there was a double technical foul called and then it was down hill from there as far as foul calls was concerned. Instead of complaining about the officiating on both ends, I'm going to do a quick hits of what I liked and didn't like about the Cats' performance.

First, Willie Cauley-Stein had probably his worst game as a Wildcat.

Devin Booker, it was clear he was trying too hard in-front of the school where his dad played and recruited him pretty heavily.

Our bigs didn't give us anything that we needed on a consistent basis; that's gotta change in hurry if Kentucky expects to make a deep post-season run. Our post play is going to judge how far we go in the "Big Dance" come march.

Kentucky's guard play was actually pretty good this game, especially in the second half and especially Andrew Harrison who had his best game of the season, in my opinion.

Karl Anthony-Towns Jr. is going to half to toughen up in the paint. Time and time again, Karl gets a rebound only to have it taken away by a much smaller/weaker opponent. His weakness in the post will end up hurting his draft stock and Kentucky's post season aspirations if he don't change his way in a hurry. NO ONE should take a rebound away from someone of Karl's size.

Other than all of that, this was a good road win as Kentucky moves to 20-0 on the season. Next game will be Saturday against, Alabama.

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