LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky and Troy basketball tip off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, at Rupp Arena. Stay here for live updates, including the latest box score at each media timeout, and analysis.
Kentucky-Troy live updates, box score
FINAL: No. 8 Kentucky 70, Troy 62
The Wildcats crushed the Trojans on the glass and Troy shot the ball terribly, jacking up and missing threes left and right, and yet it was still a struggle. Because Kentucky’s half-court offense is a mess and the home team turned it over a dozen times in the second half. There are some real red flags going up about this team.
Kentucky 68, Troy 59, 2:57 2H: Hey, this just got interesting. Remember when UK led by 21 early in the second half? That lead is just nine after Troy sank its fourth 3-pointer in 26 tries. The Cats are still a total mess in half-court offense. Gonna have to grind this one out now.
Kentucky 66, Troy 47, 7:56 2H: Kevin Knox drains his first 3-pointer of the night and is up to 15 points and 4 rebounds. Looking increasingly likely he’ll be the Cats’ leading scorer this season. On a solid three-game run now.
We wish Cal was mic'd for this game. Last timeout, "I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!"
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 21, 2017
Sixth Man Award: Wenyen Gabriel continues to give Kentucky a big lift off the bench. After a nice drive and finish, he’s up to 12 points, 6 rebounds and a block in 19 minutes. He’s 3 of 4 from the field — he made his only 3-pointer — and 5 of 6 from the line. And probably leads the team in energy.
Kentucky 59, Troy 42, 11:02 2H: The Cats led by 21 with 17:51 to go, then turned it over four times during a 10-2 Trojans run that got Calipari stomping and stewing again. Quade Green’s deep corner jump shot got Kentucky back on track and Nick Richards has come through with a nice flurry: offensive rebounds and bucket followed by a post-up, turnaround jump hook. He has 8 points and 7 rebounds. The latest box score:
Kentucky 51, Troy 36, 15:39 2H: Quade Green drained a three to open the half and Kevin Knox followed Calipari’s first-half command to drive and delivered a nice finish in the lane. The Cats briefly led by 21 before a sequence of bad offensive and defensive possessions. This game is all kinds of blah. Nick Richards fumbled away a ball that hit him in the hands and PJ Washington was beaten badly on defense, continuing the downward trend for both.
HALFTIME: No. 8 Kentucky 39, Troy 25
The Wildcats went 4:22 without a made field goal — seven straight misses — during which time Troy was 1 for 9. It was ugly basketball. But then Wenyen Gabriel swished a 3-pointer and Quade Green, out of a timeout with 5 seconds left, dribbled down and drilled a pull-up jumper to beat the buzzer. Just like that, the Cats hit the locker room feeling pretty good. Here’s your complete halftime box score:
Kentucky 30, Troy 19, 3:55 1H: It’s exhausting just to watch John Calipari coach this team. He’s on his feet nonstop, pacing and stomping and spinning and screaming. He’s laying into Kevin Knox during one timeout and Sacha Killeya-Jones the next and every one of his guards the next. The Cats are dominating the glass, winning comfortably and Troy is shooting 27 percent (1 for 12 from deep) — but it just isn’t really sharp basketball and UK has missed its last five shots.
Kentucky 23, Troy 13, 7:58 1H: To my earlier point, Richards needed just four minutes to pick up two fouls — both over-the-back fouls on the offensive end. And he’s up to 13 fouls in 65 minutes this season, which works out to exactly one foul per five minutes of action. Not good.
Brad Calipari Sighting! This is a surprise. With 9:48 to go in the first half and none of UK’s guards in foul trouble, John Calipari put his son Brad, a walk-on, into the game. The Wildcats were only up by 10 points. Seems like Coach Cal was trying to make a point to his scholarship guards about their defense to this point. Or he has something to make up for at home.
Kentucky 16, Troy 10, 11:48, 1H: Mercy, Hamidou Diallo. Coast to coast, behind the back dribble in stride, split defenders, up and in, plus the foul. But the Cats have missed their last four shots, which would hurt more if Troy wasn’t on a 1 for 8 skid. The visitors are shooting 28.4 percent from the field. Here’s an extended home box score so far:
Kentucky 14, Troy 8, 14:53 1H: The Tucker Bad Prediction Indicator is working like a charm. Proclaim that SKJ should start over Richards and watch him score the game’s first bucket in the paint and grab four rebounds (three offensive) in the first two and a half minutes of action as the Cats open up an 8-3 lead. Of course, then he picked up another early foul and was replaced by SKJ — who quickly scored a nice bucket inside of his own. Kevin Knox drained his first jumper of the night and just got the crowd fired up with a big slam off a Quade Green lob. Since his 1-for-6 shooting start last game, Knox has made 8 of 11 field goals.
Starting five: Fourth straight game Kentucky is going with these five freshmen as starters: Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards. A little surprised sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones still doesn’t get the start over Knox. He has played far better this season.
Kentucky-Troy game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
Vegas line: Kentucky by 20
What TV channel is Kentucky-Troy on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Troy on the SEC Network. Here’s an easy way to find what channel that’s on with your cable package or satellite provider.
How can I watch Kentucky-Troy online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Troy on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Troy on the radio?
Kentucky and Troy will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 381 and Sirius channel 134.
- Freshman forward Kevin Knox was 1 for 6 shooting with 4 turnovers in the first half Friday against ETSU. Then he sank 5 of 7 shots — 3 of 4 on 3-pointers — in the second half and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. “I think I was trying to do too much in the first half. I think I wasn’t focused,” Knox said. “In the second half, I started the half off with a block and three straight rebounds and next thing you know my shot was falling.” Assistant coach Tony Barbee has been preaching to Knox that defense and rebounding will lead to offense.
- Calipari had a quick trigger in the ETSU game, sometimes subbing out players after just a few seconds. Even Knox, the budding star who dropped 20 points on Kansas earlier in the week, got a quick hook. “We weren’t playing the way he wanted us to play. No effort, no defense. He was just subbing guys who weren’t playing,” Knox said. “If you make a mistake, you’re not mentally ready, just get out. Cal has to do that with this young team — sit them on the bench to see what they’re doing wrong and the next thing you know, they want to go out and play so they’ll go out and play hard, play the way he wants to play. So it was a good move by Cal.”
- Freshman 7-footer Nick Richards found himself in foul trouble again Friday and played just 11 minutes. For the season, he’s up to 11 fouls in 61 minutes. “You’re allowed to put an arm bar when the guy has his back to you, so we’ve probably done a poor job of teaching [because] he’s got two hands on the guy and he’s got his hip, his chest [on him]. You can’t,” Calipari said. “The guy catches it on you, you arm bar. If he squares up, you gotta get your arm off him. You’re never body to body against a big guy if his back is to the basket. When he catches it, it’s arm bar and space. You’re saying, ‘Well, it’s obvious you haven’t taught him that, because he didn’t do that one time.’ “
- Kentucky (3-1) and Troy (2-2) have never played in basketball. This is the second of three games in six days, after which the Wildcats will have opened the season with six games in 13 days. Calipari complained that the schedule doesn’t allow for much basic teaching, which is fairly important when you start five freshmen.
- Troy senior guard Wesley Person has set a program record in most made 3-pointers (278) and and Troy’s Division I scoring record (1,549 points). He’s averaging 17 points and shooting 42.4 percent from deep this season.
- Person has started 100 games and is one of six Troy players who have combined for 262 career starts. Jordon Varnado, a 6-7 junior forward, is averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, including 25 and 12 at Hawaii last week.