Amidst a reconstructed Rupp Arena that was a quarter full of fans and cardboard cut-outs, Kentucky dominated Morehead State 81-45 to begin their 2020-21 season with a victory.
Even without a single player with meaningful minutes tonight having any prior experience in a UK uniform, the Cats looked really fluid offensively and stout defensively.
Led by freshman forward BJ Boston who scored 15 points on 7/14 shooting from the field, the Cats had seven players with 7+ points. Overall, they shot 56% from the field, and 38% from the three-point line (6/16). Freshman guard Terrence Clarke was extremely effective attacking the rim, drawing at least nine fouls through the course of the game (finished with 12 points on 5/9 shooting). Creighton transfer Davion Mintz and freshman guard Devin Askew were also efficient, combining for 22 points on 7/13 shooting from the field including 4/6 from downtown and seven assists.
Maybe the most impressive aspect of Kentucky’s performance however was defensively. Their length and athleticism smothered Morehead State, as they held the Eagles to just 34% shooting from the floor and 14% from downtown. The Cats forced 20 turnovers, and scored 20 points off of them.
UK also combined for six blocks, including this rejected dunk by freshman phenom Isaiah Jackson:
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 25, 2020
It was just the first game, but Kentucky looked really impressive, and will only get better when sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. returns to the court. The Cats next take on sneaky Richmond on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.