8th ranked Kentucky hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies at Rupp Arena on December 16, 2017 in Holiday Hoops.
VT with the first basket of the game they lead Kentucky 2-0. Hokies with a 3 pointer to extend the lead to 5-0 but Nick Richards lobs it up and gets the Cats on the board, 5-2. Kevin Knox with a basket to get Kentucky within one and Hamidou Diallo with a 3 pointer and the Cats lead 7-5 on a 7-0 run. Make that a 9-0 run for the Cats as Nick Richards get another basket, 9-5. Hokies with a 3 pointer to get within one, 9-8. Shai Gilgeous Alexander with a 3 pointer to extend the Cats lead to 12-8, Virginia Tech with a 3 pointer but Kentucky gets a basket to lead 14-11. Hokies back in the lead after getting within one and then having a 3 point play to lead 16-14, but Kentucky ties it up. Hokies take the lead over the Cats and keep it until Wenyen Gabriel hits a 3 pointer to give the Cats a 1 point lead, but Hokies go back up front, 25-24. Quade Green with a 3 pointer for the Cats, that gives them a 2 point lead over the Hokies. Kevin Knox makes his free throw and the Hokies get a 3 pointer then a basket to be up 30-28. Quade Green with this second 3 pointer, making it Kentucky’s 5th 3 of the game, make that 7 3 pointers after Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo makes one each for Kentucky. Cats on a 9-0 run with 3 three pointers, VT hits a 3 pointer and a basket to tie it up but Kentucky answers with a basket, VT ties it up again and Blackshear hits a 3 pointer to lead 42-39.Another Hokies 3 pointer gives them a 45-39 lead over Kentucky, their largest lead over the Cats. Virginia Tech leads 47-41 at halftime.
Kerry Blackshear with a basket to start off the second half, Kevin Knox with a basket and then a free throw for Kentucky. Hokies with another basket, Kevin Knox responds with a 3 pointer and the Cats are within 4, 51-47. Kevin Knox with his own 9-0 run for the Cats to get the Cats within one and Nick Richards scores to give Kentucky back the lead, 52-51. Kentucky with a basket, VT with a free throw then a basket of their own to tie it up with Kentucky, 54-54. Virginia Tech back up two after they get both free throws, Diallo for Kentucky with a basket tie it up again. PJ Washington with a 3 pointer, the Cat’s 9th of the game and Kentucky is up by 5 but the Hokies get within one but Quade Green makes both free throws, and they do it again, 67-66.Virginia Tech is still trying to stay close to Kentucky but they always have an answer as they get their 10th made 3 pointer in the game, VT yet to make one in the second half, Kentucky leads 80-74. Virginia Tech finally makes a 3 pointer here in the second half, Kentucky still leads. Hokies now within three of the Cats but they make it two with another 3 pointer, Hamidou Diallo with a 3 pointer to extend their lead, and their 11th made 3 of the game. Kentucky defeats Virginia Tech 93-86.