Kentucky just finished off Georgia 70-58 during the second semi-final game of the Southeastern Conference tournament. UK will now face Florida tomorrow afternoon for the SEC Championship down in Cat-lanta!
It was a very fast start for Kentucky, going up double-figures on 6-7 shooting. This is one thing we are not used to seeing from this team who usually give up the early lead. It looked like the “tweak” John Calipari mentioned was carrying over from the LSU blow out. Also hit 5/8 three point attempts.
But, around the ten minute mark Kentucky shooting went cold, the passing stopped allowing Georgia back in the game. Free throws also helped the Bulldogs who made 12/18 while the Wildcats only made 7/14. UGA only trailing by four at the half, 36-32 after trailing by double-figures at one point.
Aaron Harrison led the way for UK in the first twenty minutes with 16 first half points on 5/6 field goals and 2/3 from three-point land. Aaron paced UK who needed it as the bench only contributed 4 points and James Young’s six were the next highest out put.
The beginning of the second half showcased back and forth ball between the two, regardless if it was pretty or not. Georgia would cut the lead then UK hover back to the four point lead before hitting their stride around the 12:30 mark, going back up ten.
Aaron Harrison continued to carry the team, knocking down two more three pointers during that small but effective run.
Young also found the groove while the bigs, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein contributed on one end of the floor or the other. Wrapping up the remaining 7-8 minutes, Kentucky did not allow Georgia back in the game. Extending the lead to a final score of 70-58 good guys.
Aaron lead all scorers with his 22 while his brother Andrew Harrison had a quiet but loud end to the game. Setting a career high for the second consecutive game in assists with 9 while scoring 14 and even grabbed 5 rebounds.
Teammates Young and Randle also added double-figures. Randle tallied double-double number twenty of the year. Only Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have done so at Kentucky.
All in all a solid victory for Kentucky who moves to 24-9 on the season. UK will now face the Nation’s top squad in the Gators in hopes to win their first SEC Tournament title since the 2012 National Championship team and improve on their NCAA Tournament seeding. Go Cats!
UK was dominant on the glass for the second straight game, outrebounding Georgia 36-21. Box score: pic.twitter.com/dKw6FUssg2
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) March 15, 2014