A great weekend for the Cats as both the football team and the basketball team picked up
wins. The football team went down to Vanderbilt and won a convincing 34-17 game. The
basketball team hosted Robert Morris and won 100-60. Both teams looked great. Each team were
coming off a loss but bounced back strong. Let’s look into how each game went.
Kentucky football was needing this win to help save the season. Yes, the team is 7-3 and
bowl eligible, but to go from potentially being in the race for the playoffs to not being a Top 25
team is a drastic fall for a team not used to being highly touted. Luckily, the whole team clicked
over the weekend and got the win. Chris Rodriguez Jr. was the star for the offense this game. On
16 rush attempts he gained 114 rushing yards with a touchdown. Jutahn McClain also provided
the Cats with a great game as he rushed for 69 yards on 10 attempts. Defensively, Sophomore
Jalen Geiger had a pick-six in his first career start. The team also had four sacks. Josh Paschal
gave us two, Justin Rogers snagged one, and Davonte Robinson got himself one as well. A great
game all around for the Cats heading into their cupcake end of the year game against New
Mexico State who sits at 1-9.
The basketball team bounced back with a huge game against Robert Morris. The team
played well all-around, and the scoring was spread out. Leading the team in points was Kellan
Grady with 19 with his pure shot. Oscar Tshiebwe has himself another 20-rebound game, which
already puts him in Kentucky’s record book since his first two games with us has resulted in 40
total rebounds. Damion Collins gave us a spark late with a group of monster dunks to seal the
win. Collins dropped 14 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Sahvir Wheeler led the team with
12 assists, giving him back-to-back double digit assist games. Dontaie Allen finally got some
time as well, where he dropped 8 points. His shooting can be a HUGE factor for the Cats if Cal
gives him time. It does not matter if his defense lacks a bit, his shot will provide us many points
if correctly used this season. This team gives me more hope than the last few teams Cal has had
combined. If the team continues to grow, this team will be there in the final weekend of the
tournament. Tonight, the Cats will take on Mount St. Mary in Rupp @ 7:00.
As one season is getting close to the end, the other is just starting, The football team has one more game until they go down the road to face their rivals, the Louisville Cardinals (L’s down). The basketball team looks to continue their growth and prepare for the meat of their non-conference schedule. They will also take on Ohio this Friday. A lot of action is left for BBN, so let’s be prepared to support both teams. And as
always, GO CATS!
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Devin Hall is a columnist for MESPORTS digital. A University Louisville graduate who loves good music, good games and good times. He can be reached at DHall@maineventsports101.com. Follow him on Twitter @Mista_Hall25