By Ricky Blair
This is what the Kentucky fan base has been waiting for all year long, a team that plays with confidence and swagger. For the second straight game in the SEC tournament in Atlanta, GA, that is exactly what the fans received.
The Wildcats disposed of the third seeded Georgia Bulldogs 70-58. This time, it was the Harrison twins that led the way. Aaron finished with 22 points, 15 of those came in the first half. Andrew, who is playing his best basketball of the season, had 12 points and set a career high in assists for the second straight game with 9.
Kentucky went up by as many as ten during the first half, but settled for only a 36-32 lead going into the locker room. Georgia cut the lead down to two early in the second half and this young team started to pick up some of their old habits according to Coach John Calipari, who said “when the lead was cut, they came to the sidelines and were pouting……I told them to just go out and have fun”. The team responded to the message and went on a run that put them up by double digits. Once the Wildcats went back to work, they put the throttle down and looked sharp, finishing with an 18-point victory.
This was a total team effort. In addition to how well the Harrison’s played, Julius Randle had another double-double, going for 12 points and 11 rebounds. James Young was also solid again, putting in 14 points, going 6 of 8 from the field.
Kentucky moved on to play Florida in the SEC championship game.