It’s a great day to be a Kentucky Wildcat. The Cats demolished Alabama by 23 points to advance to Sunday’s SEC tournament final against Tennessee. The Vols have swept the season series against Kentucky, but that was a different team than Rick Barnes will see in the tournament final. John Calipari is masterful at getting his teams to peak at the right time, and this squad is proving to be no different.
The semifinal showed Kentucky fans what this team can be as post season play continues.
Saturday day will forever be Wenyen’s day. The sophomore from South Sudan went 7-7 from three point land and scored 23 points. This was a UK record for most consecutive three point makes in a row without a miss. It was one of the those moments that Kentucky fans will remember for a very long time. Gabriel has now made a three in 7 straight games. That allows spacing within the offense to open up scoring lanes.
Here is what Calipari had to say about how Wenyen making shots may alter his game plan going forward:
“Well, what’s happened is with Wenyen playing as one of five guys, we now have four or five three-point shooters. So he can just space the court, and the guy guarding him is usually a bigger guy, and he’s not going to go out there, and that’s what happened a five, obviously. But that’s what we put him at because of his length. When we go with that lineup with him and P.J.and Kevin Knox, I mean, we are 6’9”, 6’9” or 6’10” and 6’8”, but that’s not our big lineup.”
Wenyen Gabriel from 3: 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌
Wenyen Gabriel is the #1 Trending topic on Twitter in America right now
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 10, 2018
Kentucky will play Tennessee today at 1:00 pm on ESPN. The Volunteers have out toughed UK in the two losses this season.
We can not have a rocky top hat trick!
Rebounding will be the biggest key as it is unlikely Jarred Vanderbilt will play. The Vols hit the glass hard led by Admiral Schofield. Tennessee has out rebounded Kentucky 69-62 in the two meetings this season.
Rick Barnes is the SEC coach of the year for a reason. He will have his team ready to execute and play physical.
Kentucky needs to get this win and cut down the nets in St. Louis. After that, it will be the waiting game for NCAA tournament seeding. The Cats are projected in the 4-6 range. It is proposed that winning or losing in the SEC championship has no bearing on NCAA seeding. I don’t know if I believe that. But I do know I want to win. Go Cats!