After a six-day layoff (thanks double bye!), the Kentucky Wildcats finally opened the Big East Tournament on Friday afternoon and... they looked like a team that had nearly a full week of rest, defeating Georgia with a wire-to-wire, 70-61 performance.
53 of Kentucky’s 70 points came from Isaiah Briscoe (20), De’Aaron Fox (20), and Bam Adebayo (13, to go along with 10 rebounds.). The trio combined to make 19 of Kentucky’s 23 field goals on the afternoon. Malik Monk’s first career SEC Tournament game saw the Bentonville, Arkansas native struggle, going 1-7 from the field for just two points.
As noted, though, Monk’s struggles didn’t faze Kentucky, who were tied or leading for all 40 minutes of this game, including pushing the lead to as many as 18 points in the second half.
For Georgia, it was the same story as usual. Keith Frazier and Yante Maten performed well, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Derek Ogbeide grabbed 15 rebounds, tying a career high.
The Bulldogs fall to 19-14 with the loss, as they now face a stressful 48 hours leading into Selection Sunday, while the Wildcats will advance to Saturday’s semifinal where they’ll face Alabama.