13. Kentucky Wildcats – 7-2
Coming off the surprising home loss to UNC Wilmington, forward Tre Mitchell said he “felt sorry for the next team we play”. And that team was Penn, playing a defacto road game in Philly this weekend. The Wildcats were off to a good start, leading the Ivy League team by 10 points at halftime.
But a run by Penn made it a two-possession game in the second half and put another scare into Kentucky. However, the bench led the way to push the game back into comfortable territory, as the Wildcats were able to run out to an 81-66 win. Rob Dillingham had 17 pts, while freshman big man Aaron Bradshaw had his best game yet coming off of injury, producing 17 pts and 11 rebs in 29 minutes. Antonio Reeves was the only starter in double figures, scoring 16 pts on 7/13 shooting.
Kentucky is hopeful to get even more bodies back soon, as Ugonna Kinsley Onyenso is set to return soon from an offseason foot injury. There’s still no word on the status of international freshman center, Zvonimir Ivisic, as the NCAA has yet to clear him.
Having more bodies up front will be key to the team’s next matchup, taking on Armando Bacot and UNC in Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic.