UK Squeaks Out a Win Over Vermont 73-69

Henrietta Strickland
November 14, 2017

"No, when the guy goes like this with the ball, you give him space with a high hand", Calipari said. "I'm telling you, honestly, this thing, I'm fighting to get my mind set in that I've got to stay in the moment of all this and I've got to be as positive for these guys as I can". I didn't realize how good (Vermont) was until I watched the tape. "I mean, they're who they always are".

The Wildcats, playing their second game in three days to open the season, missed seven of their last eight field goals and held off a late surge by the Catamounts. But the Catamounts never got closer than three points inside the final minute. The Wildcats defeated Utah Valley 73-63 Friday night in their season opener. United Kingdom shot 45% while holding Vermont to 32% from the field.

Diallo led the Wildcats with 18 points in the opener and picked off where he left off against the Catamounts. Quade Green had a nice driving lay-up then found Hamidou Diallo for an alley-oop lay-in and Washington had a shot in the lane and just inside the three point line for a 13-4 lead. Washington scored nine points in the first half and wasn't surprised by Vermont's late surge.

"This is going to be a really hard game for us to win", Calipari said. Atrocious", Calipari said. "We're just getting beat on the dribble by everybody. Next comes freshman Kevin Knox at 11.5 and freshman P.J. Washington at 11.0.

"This", Calipari said, "is going to be a really hard game for us to win". "Everybody is a victor".

"I love it when we win", he said.

The first miss was from Harrison graduate Ernie Duncan.

"We're not as good - well, we were (Sunday) because PJ (Washington) rebounded", he said., "I thought we'd be that kind of rebounding team that we were yesterday". "They're trying to grasp what we're doing".

West Virginia shot just 34.3 percent and made 12 three-pointers, but those came on 40 attempts.

Calipari also is anxious for his team's matchup against Kansas Tuesday. "They will play fast, bang bang, shoot threes and their guard play's unbelievable". Thirty. If we don't fight - because this team flies - you have to fight to get back and, you ready, and find shooters. ". If our guards can't stay in front of them, we'll get beat by 30 up there".

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2. "Where is a freshman team, playing on the road, against a team like that, where are we now".

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had four points, while Wenyen Gabriel and Nick Richards each had two points to round out the scoring for Kentucky. Admon Gilder and DJ Hogg both had huge games off the bench, and Tyler Davis added 23 points and 13 rebounds as Texas A&M pulled away in the second half.

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