Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

It will be Virginia Tech's first game in six days and its most challenging nonconference opponent following an early-season schedule that began Thursday ranked 339th out of 351 Division I teams, according to KenPom.com. Justin Bibbs is leading the Hokies with 17.5 points per game while Ahmed Hill is adding 16.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said it was more that United Kingdom made 11 3-pointers more than Diallo making four. "This will be a hard game for us", Calipari said. We were not playing specific to one player.

The Hokies made six straight shots late in the game when United Kingdom had an 80-73 lead but Calipari's Cats had enough offense to hold on for the win.

Tech shot 58.2 percent from the field and made 10 treys. Kentucky shot 48.5 percent overall (33-for-68) and was 11-for-22 from 3. He failed to get a hand up to contest a Ahmed Hill three-pointer that reduced what was an eight-point United Kingdom lead less than three minutes earlier to 85-83.

Quade Green, despite playing with sunglass/goggles to protect his injured eye, had 17 points and five assists. The Hokies had 11 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Down 32-28, Kentucky made three straight 3-pointers to grab a 37-32 lead with 5:13 to go in the first half.

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P.J. Washington was just 4-for-10 from the field but hit a key 3-pointer late in the game and finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Virginia Tech will have a fairly efficient day shooting the basketball, but Kentucky's athleticism and size will give VT problems and limit some of their transition scoring ability. "We're going to learn as individual players where guys are and as a team where we are".

A 47-41 halftime lead for the Hokies evaporated when Knox, a projected National Basketball Association lottery pick according to several mock draft websites, scored 11 points during a 13-2 run. "They're not going to come in here with all this respect, go back and play a zone or sag".

The first half was competitive and entertaining.

Kentucky head coach, John Calipari talked about that in his post-game press conference. As a team, the Hokies shot 62 percent, which is the best an opponent has shot against United Kingdom in a half all season. Hamidou Diallo added some cushion back to Kentucky's lead by hitting his fourth three-pointer of the game with 50 seconds remaining.

"I think the only chance you have at beating Kentucky is limiting their second shots and doing everything possible regardless of your scheme to try to force them to take shots outside the paint", Williams said. That marked only the third halftime deficit of the season for the Cats. "But we're not trying to make it a bigger deal than it is".

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