It is late as I sit in the press room and write this. The halls of Madison Square Garden are echoing with C-A-T-S cheers. Basketball season has begun and the University of Kentucky Wildcats knocked off the #1 Michigan State Spartans.
The story of the night will be the debut of Tyrese Maxey. Maxey ended the game with 26pts., 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. One heck of a debut. He was poised and in control and when the CATS needed a big basket he responded both offensively and defensively. He is the first freshman in Kentucky basketball history to score 20+ points against the AP #1 team.
The second story of the night should be the play of Nick Richards. With doubt lingering if he would even play tonight he showed large glimpses of what “Junior” Nick Richards could be. There was no head hanging just focus. He was a force in the paint, a rebounder and a shooter. Time will tell but it was a good start for Richards.
Enjoy this win and get ready for a great perhaps even special season.