Kentucky runs away from Illinois-Chicago, 107-73

11/26/2017 10:54 PM

Over the course of a season that has seen his young team struggle on nearly every time out on the floor, John Calipari has been consistent in the message he’s preached to the team. For them to make a jump forward, they will have to do it together and each individual will have to play to their potential. On Sunday against Illinois-Chicago, the Cats got closer to that ideal than they have at any point this season.

UK raced out to a 52-35 halftime lead, thanks to a balanced scoring attack and Calipari’s willingness to let his group change defensive looks every couple of minutes. In the second half, it was much of the same story as UK used multiple defensive looks and high-percentage shots at the basket to shoot 66% for the game and walk away with a 107-73 win.

Kevin Knox was the high scorer with 25 points, but five other players also scored in double figures. Hamidou Diallo finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, while PJ Washington added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists off the bench. Quade Green (12) and Nick Richards (11) also scored in double figures.

Be sure to watch KSTV on Monday for a full recap.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.


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