Missouri Win Was a Momentary Cure for Ailing ‘Cats [VIDEO]
It was a good type of game to win. Kentucky was playing a good Missouri team that was trying to prove it could beat a team on the road that wasn't woeful Mississippi State (7-19). But in the meantime, Kentucky was trying to prove that it could beat a team that was going to the NCAA Tournament.
UK's mission won out thanks to a solid TEAM effort from the 'Cats. Coach John Calipari--a sleepy coach as you will see in the post-game press conference video below--had mentioned, after last Saturday's Tennessee debacle, that there were a couple of players who were just doing their own thing regardless of what he said.
That's never good to hear.
But whoever they are--and I have my opinions--they were on script Saturday night. Archie Goodwin, despite his recurring tendencies to get carried away on the fast break, scored 18 points. Alex Poythress--FINALLY getting aggressive in the low post--put up 21. Willie Cauley-Stein, who now has to be everything for the Wildcats Nerlens Noel was, provided 12 rebounds for UK. And Julius Mays, God bless him, went 50% from the three-point line. That effort contributed to his team-high 24 points and a 90-83 overtime victory against SEC newcomers, the Missouri Tigers.
In fact, it came as little surprise that UK/Mizzou went an extra session. It was the fourth SEC game THAT DAY to go into overtime--the first time that's happened in 34 years. Clearly, there were a lot of tired coaches.
One, in particular, was anxious to answer some questions and go to bed: