- Shoutout to Lavar Ball!!! Lavar Ball continued his absurd comments that he has made all year before the game even tipped off. “Fox can’t handle Zo” Lavar said. And “I don’t think he is a top 5 pick in my mind.” Thank you, Mr. Lavar Ball. We, the BBN, all very much appreciate it. Those comments seemed to get around to De’Aaron Fox, as he put up 39 points to Lonzo Ball’s 10, outplaying him for the second time this season.
- Monk is BACK: Malik Monk had 2 points with 2:02 to go in the 1st half… He came out firing and finished the game with 21 points. He can still do much better than 21, but it is relieving that he had a good game tonight; maybe he can bust out for 47 points again when Kentucky plays North Carolina on Sunday at 5.
- Willis & Dom: The seniors came up big tonight. Dominique Hawkins went 4-5 from the field and finished with 11 points. On the other hand, Willis had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and also managed to dish out 4 assists.
- No Bam? No Problem. Bam was in a very different form of Bam tonight. He was essentially irrelevant tonight. He had only 2 points and 4 rebounds, but he did have 5 assists. I do not think we will see that Bam ever again. But it was great seeing the Cats get the win against a very talented team in UCLA without Bam making an impact.
- DEFENSE: The Cats streak of suffocating Defense continued again tonight against arguably the best offensive team in the tournament. UCLA was held fifteen points below their average tonight, scoring 75 points against Kentucky’s ELITE defense.
- Humphries & Gabriel… Although I bashed on them for their play against Wichita State last Sunday, they played solid tonight. They gave Kentucky valuable playing time when they got their chance. I think it was very good for the Big Blue Nation’s confidence, Coach Cal’s confidence, and most importantly, their own confidence. I hope they continue to be good in critical times of the game that they are in!
- Briscoe: Isaiah Briscoe has still quietly been great during the tournament. Briscoe tallied up five points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Briscoe also played great defense throughout the game.
- Lonzo Ball, lol: In the first match-up in December, Ball played pretty good (14 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 turnovers [season high]), but Fox still outplayed him although the Cats lost (20 points, 9 assists, 2 turnovers). Today was much of the same. Fox showed Lonzo Ball up, again. Ball finished with 10 points, eight assists, and four turnovers. Fox stole the show with 39 points, four assists, and only one turnover.
- Lavar Ball MIGHT Stop Running His Mouth (Until the NBA Draft): SURELY Lavar Ball learned his lesson tonight. He puts way too much pressure on his kids, Lonzo especially. Surely, he learned his lesson tonight. And hopefully, on behalf of EVERYONE, he will stop running his mouth. At least until the NCAA tournament ends.
- Kentucky Wants It, Bad. You can see in this team’s body language, they want to win. NOT just win the next game. NOT just make it to the Final Four. They want to win the National Championship. The team as a whole hasn’t gotten very excited yet. They weren’t very excited when they beat Wichita State and they weren’t very excited when they beat UCLA tonight. That is a good sign. These Cats want Number 9.