3,2,1 is my post game wrap up. It is pretty simple; 3 numbers, 2 quotes and 1 take away from the game.

Numbers

Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) hit two game tying free throws with 2.0 seconds left as Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 83-81. Photo by Mark Cornelison

30 is how many points Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored in the game.

2 is the number of free throws Vanderbilt missed in the final 20 seconds of regulation and one was the front end of a one and one.

84.6% is Kentucky’s 2nd half free throw percentage. They only shot 54.5% in the 1st half.

Quotes

Kevin Knox thoughts on Vandy’s shot to win the game, “This dude’s hot, he got a good shot off. I thought it was going in, but luckily it didn’t.” 

Quade Green exchange with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander before game tying free throws,  “I just told him yeah you’re gonna hit these, we ain’t worried about nothing and he said ‘yeah’”

Takeaway 

I honestly don’t know how Kentucky won that a game.

Here is a list of Vanderbilt’s late leads:

7 point lead 4:40 left in game.

5 point lead with :40 left in game.

3 point lead with 20 seconds left and a guy who shots over 80% from the line shooting free throws.

1 point lead with 5.8 seconds with a guy on the line who hadn’t missed a free throw all game.

Kentucky overcame all that and thanks in large part to Vandy missing free throws and then fouling. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed incredible poise hitting two late free throws to tie that game with just 2 seconds left in regulation.

Vandy didn’t give up in OT. They even took the lead with less than 2 minutes to go. The Commodores also had it tied with 11 seconds left, but a court long drive then lay up from Quade Green gave UK the final lead.

Assistant Coach Kenny Payne was asked after the game if he thought his team stole one, “That’s an understatement. I can tell you this, Vanderbilt really out played us tonight, but we had a couple of guys and their will to win was unbelievable.”

The performance wasn’t necessarily impressive but the fight to somehow get the win was impressive.

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