That picture doesn't really have anything to do with last night's game, but it is no less awesome. Speaking of awesome, WHAT A GAME last night. It had everything - lead changes, runs, surges, thunderous dunks, an ejection, a desperation three as the final Kentucky possession expired, and a choke job by Nick Calathes at the free throw line. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?!?! Seriously, I don't know what could possibly be more satisfying in terms of one league basketball game unless it also locked up the SEC regular season title for the Cats. Wow, wow, wow.
KSR and A Sea of Blue along with your local newspaper will be able to give you better recaps and stat packages than I will, but here are my thoughts:
- Kevin Galloway had a breakout game. He reminded me of a younger Joe Crawford out there with a better sense of control. Galloway was able to drive the lane on fast breaks, made a few really nice passes, and that dunk from the middle of the paint was the single best cram I've seen from a Kentucky player since Kelenna Azubuike's put-back dunk at Vanderbilt his junior year. It was just thunder.
- I hope Patterson's ankle injury isn't serious. The team didn't do a very good job of getting him the ball, but to Florida's credit, they had guys draping all over him for most of the night. It's tough to exploit a team's interior weaknesses defensively when they're not afraid of anyone else scoring. I thought Harrelson did a really nice job picking up the slack, however, and he's starting to a better job of rotating on switches.
- Florida did a great job of getting the defensive looks they wanted from Kentucky, with Stevenson guarding Calathes on the perimeter a good portion of the time. I said yesterday that was just ridiculous, but my buddy Will pointed out that Calathes is like 6'6" so it's not quite as bad of a matchup. He still lit the Cats up for 33, so there you go.
- Meeks had a pretty tough game, but that three at the end was just electric.
- F Walter Hodge.
- Porter shot the ball, and his shots actually went in. He did not defend particularly well and he had a couple dumb turnovers, but he played pretty well while he was in the game. The kid should never be allowed to attempt another layup in transition, however.
- Speaking of turnovers, GAH. 14 in the first half, and I haven't even seen the game totals yet.
- Liggins was a sideshow to Galloway.
- Free throw shooting for Kentucky was terrible.
- It was great to see Rupp filled to capacity at the end of the game last night, which is highly unusual given that it was a late game and screwballs like to leave early so they can get out of the parking lot alive. Best atmosphere I've been around at a Kentucky basketball game for quite some time.
In other news, Vanderbilt's two-sport star Jamie Graham is moving down to a one-sport star, football. [MORAL VICTORY!]
Chris Low, ESPN's SEC football blogger, has a list of newly inked recruits we can expect to see on the field next year. I think he's wrong about Kentucky's guys, as Newton will likely redshirt and I don't even know who Mark Crawford is. [Chris Low]
In site news, I think we'll be having a new contributor here at Anything but Gatorade soon...you'll know it when you see it.
Lastly, via Threadbombing, this is pretty funny to watch: