How about them ‘Cats? Your No. 12 University of Kentucky Wildcats didn’t just beat the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes tonight, they walloped them 95-73. On the first night of the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, Kentucky made a statement to the college basketball world that the Cats are back, which is pretty remarkable when you consider DJ Wagner went down with an injury in the first half (no update yet on his return).
Even before DJ went down, Reed Sheppard was on his way to a special night. As the lead point guard in the second half, Reed shined, finishing with a team-high 21 points (8-13 FG, 5-9 3PT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 30 minutes. He finished with a ridiculous +35 in plus/minus efficiency.
It was a game of runs. The Canes went on an 18-2 run in the first half to go up 29-23 with 7:49 left in the first half. From there, Kentucky outscored Miami 72-44 for the remainder of the game. Tonight’s 22-point margin of victory is Kentucky’s largest against an AP Top 10 opponent since the 32-point beatdown of Kansas in the 2014 Champions Classic. It’s the largest margin of victory vs. an AP Top 10 opponent in Rupp Arena ever.
There is so much to enjoy from this one. If you missed it live, hit play and enjoy below.
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