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November 23, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Kentucky game thread

IT’S OVER — UK 74-67.
OVERTON FOULS OUT — Overton is ejected after collecting his fifth foul. Lamb is going to the line. UK 69-67, 36.4 seconds.
ROMAR HEATED — Looks like Lamb caught Overton with a swinging elbow and Overton stopped playing for a few seconds. Romar is hot. He wants an explanation. UK 64-57, 3:49.
EARTHQUAKE IN OAHU — Apparently there was an earthquake – no sure how severe – in Oahu and we felt the shockwaves minutes ago. I barely felt it. I thought it was just the players racing up and down on the floor. UK 64-57, 4:29.
OVERTON COLLECTS A TECHNICAL — Overton picked up a technical foul for apparently shoving a UK player to the floor. Knight hit one of two FTs. UK 62-54, 6:20.
UK PULLING AWAY — Kentucky leads 61-54, 6:33.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to write the game story. UK 54-50, 8:30.
THOMAS MISSES TWO — Thomas could have gave UW the lead, but he rimmed out two free throws. At the other end, Jones made two FTs. UK 52-50, 9:05.
HOLIDAY TIES THE GAME — Holiday collected a steal and appeared to walk on a layup against Jones, but he got away with it. UW 50-50.
BIG BASKET — Wilcox drained a three-pointer. Maybe this can get UW started offensively. UK 48-46.
WILDCATS GETTING RESTLESS — The UK fans are starting up again. They’re all over the refs for calling a travel on the last possession. Seconds earlier, N’Diaye missed a hammer dunk that would have drew UW to three points. UK 48-43, 11:24.
NO ROOM FOR BRYAN-AMANING — Whenever Bryan-Amaning gets the ball down low, Kentucky is double teaming with the guy who was guarding N’Diaye. Washington hasn’t found a counter move just yet. UK 46-43, 13:09.
N’DIAYE MAKING A DIFFERENCE — Romar is playing N’Diaye alongside Bryan-Amaning for major minutes and it’s somewhat effective. Both teams have big lineups on the floor. UK 46-43, 13:45.
BIG LINEUP — Bryan-Amaning and N’Diaye are in the game. UW 41-39, 16:05.
GANT GOES OUT — Gant picked up his fourth foul and leaves the game. UW 37-36.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Plenty of momentum shifts in the first half. Gant (10 points) is the early star for UW, which is a testament of its depth. He’s been the beneficiary of good passes and he’s been open. But give him credit for knocking down 4 of 5 shots, including a three-pointer late in the half. Washington’s main guns have been swallowed up by UK’s defense or they’ve thrown the ball away.
Washington has seven turnovers, which isn’t so bad because Kentucky has eight. The sloppy play is a result of the tempo Washington creates. Most teams aren’t used to playing this fast and it can be a little erratic.
Gaddy has been better than solid. He looks very comfortable in this environment. He has six points, three assists and three steals. Bryan-Amaning is rushing things. He’s missed five of seven shots and has three turnovers.
Knight (12 points) started fast, but he cooled off. Jones never got going.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 35-34.

GUESS WHO UW’S LEADING SCORER IS? — Would you believe Gant. He has seven points.
ALL THE WAY BACK — Gaddy tied the score 30-30, 1:54.
JONES RATTLED — Whenever he touches the ball, the UW crowd boos. UK 26-24, 3:43.
HAS ANYONE SEEN JONES? — He has just two points on 1-for-4 shooting. UK 25-22, 5:11.
OVERTON-EFFECT — Overton checks in and scores on a difficult layup. UK 23-21.
UK’S DEPTH IS A CONCERN — The Huskies appear to have survived a tremendous opening-minute onslaught from Kentucky and they’ve battled back. They’re down six with just over seven minutes left before halftime. The Wildcats appear emotionally spent, while Thomas is barking and pumping his team up. If this stays close in the second half, UW looks like it will wear down Kentucky. Calipari, however, has used nine players. He normally uses eight. UK 23-17, 7:17.
THOMAS TAKES OVER — Thomas took a charge from freshman Doran Lamb and just started screaming. His intensity is contagious. Looks like momentum is changing. UK 23-17.
N’DIAYE — The big fella is playing an outstanding first half. He’s erasing mistakes, blocking shots and cleaning up the glass.
HIGHLIGHT — N’Diaye blocks a shot and Bryan-Amaning finishes the play with a highlight dunk. UK 23-17.
OVERTON SITS DOWN — Overton collected two fouls in just a few minutes and he’s out of the game. He was unable to slow down Knight who has 12 points.
MORE SUBS — C.J. Wilcox and Aziz N’Diaye checked in for Thomas and Bryan-Amaning. UK 21-8, 13:10.
FINALLY A POINT — UW had been scoreless for a long time before Holiday sank a pair of free throws. UK 20-8, 13:32.
FIRST SUBS — Venoy Overton and Scott Suggs are in for Gaddy and Gant. Overton picked up a quick foul on his first possession.
WILDCATS RUN — It’s a 9-0 run by Kentucky. Washington has committed three turnovers and it is rushing shots. Thomas is off early. He’s misfired on a pair of passes. Meanwhile, Kentucky is being opportunistic. Knight is driving and getting to the rim. Jones is active inside. UK 11-6, 15:40.
DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENTS — Holiday starts on Jones. Thomas has Knight. UW 6-6.
GOOD START — Kentucky two turnovers. Thomas sank a layup and Gaddy connected with Holiday on an alley-oop dunk. Quick timeout by Calipari. UW 4-0, 19:11.
WHO IS LOUDER? — UW fans are chanting “Let’s Go Huskies!” while UK fans are shouting “Go Big Blue!” It’s electric. Great atmosphere. This is why college basketball is amazing.
MIXED RECEPTION — Jones received a chorus of boos from the UW crowd, but it was partially drowned out by the applause from the UK faithful. Same for Wildcats coach John Calipari.
STARTERS: Same for UW: Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Holiday, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
F – Terrence Jones
C – Josh Harrellson
G – Darius Miller
G – Deandre Liggins
G – Brandon Knight
WARMUPS — The Huskies appear focused. No smiles. No jokes. Isaiah Thomas practically has a scowl on his face.
LOTS OF BLUE — The Kentucky fans are streaming in the building. I don’t know how they do it, but they seem to buy up the bulk of tickets wherever they go.
OFFICIALS — The referee crew is Ed Corbett (Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten), Tim Higgins (ACC, A-10, Big East) and Jeffrey Nichols (ACC, America East).
KENTUCKY — The Wildcats are on the court first.
FEELING CHILLY — Then cozy up to the laptop, TV or radio and warm up with some Husky hoops.

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