Heavily favored Cats get tough win over Northern Kentucky
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 8:15
While it may have taken decades for programs like Northwestern, Northern Kentucky finds itself 1-for-1 when it comes to the NCAA Tournament after running through the Horizon League tourney last week to secure a bid. "We know we've got to play better, no question".
Norse players shook some of their fans' hands before leaving the court. "And that's what put a tear in my eye really, just to realize the impact we've put on our community and the university as a whole". The other four are Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Dayton, and MI. Still, they'll have to take consolation in outscoring United Kingdom 46-41 in the second half. MacDonald, NKU's leading scorer, was 5 of 18 (3 of 9 on 3s) with 14 points.
Northern Kentucky went only 8 of 32 from beyond the arc, well below its norm. Coach John Calipari's bunch seems to be playing well. "I'd liked to have seen what happened if we had made a few more". They combined for 36 points, 22 rebounds and six assists.
Kentucky's star freshman have been a revelation from the start this season, with the likes of Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox turning heads immediately and continuing to do so throughout the year.
Sophomore forward Drew MacDonald and junior guard Lavone Holland II struggled with their shots until late in the game.
Kentucky is about as blue blood as you can get in the sport of college basketball and March Madness seems to be a special time of the year around the Bluegrass State. Kentucky ended that ideal season en route to the national title game. The old man that's coaching their team has to watch tapes tonight. United Kingdom is no pushover when it comes to playing tight defense and we could see that emphasized by the coaching staff in this game as they look beyond the first weekend.