March 12, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Ulis, Murray, Briscoe key in Wildcats win against Georgia
The Kentucky Wildcats advanced to the 2016 SEC Tournament Championship to face the Texas A&M Aggies Sunday at 1pm ET, after defeating the feisty play of the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday in the Semi-Finals.
SEC Player of the Year Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis had 25 points and 5 assists, Jamal Murray had 26 points and 6 rebounds, while Isaiah Briscoe chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the No 2 seeded Kentucky Wildcats to a hard fought 93-80 win over the (6)-seeded Georgia Bulldogs in front of a sold out crowd pro blue crowd in downtown Nashville, TN.
Derek Willis contributed 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Kentucky (25-8), which used a 23-7 run during a tightly contested 2nd half to go from being down eight points, to up 12 points for a chance at the school’s 29th SEC Tournament Championship. Alex Poythress started the game slow but finished the 2nd half strong ending with 10 points to help UK advance to the revenge game against Texas A&M.
Sophomore forward Yante Maten led the way for Georgia (19-13), with 20 points 4 rebounds, while J.J. Frazier helped the feisty Bulldogs out with 19 points and 2 rebounds. Kenny Gaines who turned his ankle late, but was able to return finished with 16 points and 3 rebounds in the defeat against the Wildcats.
Kentucky shot 45.2 percent of its first-half field goal attempts, but trailed the Georgia Bulldogs by five points (49-44) at halftime. The Georgia Bulldogs hit on a blazing 61.3 percent of their shots from the field on 19 of 31 shooting during the first half.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field, and was 42.9 percent on 9 out of 21 shooting from the 3-point range. The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 49.1 percent from the floor, while managing to shoot (16-of-21) from the free-throw line in the defeat to the Wildcats.
Kentucky won the rebounding edge by two (31-29). Both the Bulldogs and the Wildcats had 13 offensive rebounds a piece. Sunday’s showdown between No. 1 seed Texas A&M and No. 2 seed should be a good one, although it won’t have an outcome of the seed of both teams in the NCAA Tournament.
“We needed a team to punch us and chase us, so that’s what happened.” John Calipari during the post-game.
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