UK holds off Utah Valley in season-opener, 73-63

11/10/2017 08:54 PM

John Calipari tried to tell everyone that his team wasn’t quite ready for high-level competition and they proved him right in the first half of Friday’s season-opener against Utah Valley. Kentucky trailed by nine, 34-25, at the half before using their defense to create offense and walking away with a 73-63 win.

The Cats struggled on both ends of the floor in the first half, looking like the young group that they are and often looked a step slow against the veteran Utah Valley team. But a commitment on the defensive end, which included a 2-3 zone look, finally gave the Cats a spark and they pulled away for the win.

Freshman guard Hamidou Diallo led the way with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Nick Richards and Kevin Knox also scored in double figures.

Kentucky returns to the floor Sunday at Rupp Arena for a game with Vermont.


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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