Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery having themselves a game
We're all in agreement that Nick Richards is a lottery pick, right?
I'm not sure I've ever pulled harder for a kid than I have Nick Richards. So glad to see things coming together for him.
After going 7-of-7 tonight, Nick Richards is shooting 67.2% this season. He's averaged 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks over the last four games.
Ashton Hagans the last four: 16.5 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals (and 26 of 28 FT).
Joe B. Hall makes way across the court and greets Nick Richards, Richards stands up and shakes his hand, gives him a hug. Really cool moment.
EJ Montgomery/Nick Richards:
14 of 20 FG
Rupp Arena crowd singing Happy Birthday to Joe B. Hall, who turns 91 today. Sing-a-long was also for assistant coach Joel Justus and center Nick Richards. #bbn
Final | UK 69, UAB 58
EJ Montgomery: 16 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk
Nick Richards: 16 pts, 8 reb, blk
Ashton Hagans: 9 pts, 12 ast, 3 reb, 2 stls
Immanuel Quickley: 9 pts, 4 reb
Tyrese Maxey: 7 pts, 4 ast, 3 reb
Keion Brooks: 5 pts, 4 reb
Johnny Juzang: 5 pts
Kahlil Whitney: 2 pts, 2 ast
Calipari says if you tell him to give you the ball, he never says no. Because then the pressure is on the player to deliver. Nick Richards wants the ball and is delivering.
At the prompting of UK Radio's Mike Pratt, remaining crowd here in Rupp Arena is singing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Richards. Says Richards: 'I never had a whole arena sign 'Happy Birthday' to me before, so thank you.'
FINAL: Kentucky 69, UAB 58
Ashton Hagans 9 points, 12 assists
Nick Richards 16 points, 9 rebounds
EJ Montgomery 16 points, 8 rebounds
Nick Richards says the personal lesson he drew from UK's upset loss to Evansville is 'I've just got to bring it every night. I can't get in foul trouble … It definitely humbled us.'
Nick Richards dunked everything tonight. Finished with 16 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and grabbed 9 rebounds.
📸: Keyli Chisesi https://t.co/Lh7OqtTVOo
Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s win over UAB @ASeaOfBlue
on Nick Richards">https://t.co/Qr6FfBvWt5 via @ASeaOfBlue
Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery combined for 32 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks and shot 14-20 overall.
In the absence of Nate Sestina, Kentucky’s twin towers came in big.
We all thought this Kentucky team could be really good if the bigs progressed. Through sixteen minutes tonight, Nick Richards & E.J. Montgomery have combined for 16 points & 6 rebounds on 8 of 9 shooting. @KentuckyRivals @RowlandRIVALS @Trav_Graf
Just like that, Maxey comes in and makes two tough finishes. When the going gets tough, Kentucky will almost certainly have Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards on the floor. @KentuckyRivals @RowlandRIVALS @Trav_Graf
University of Alabama at Birmingham: 58
EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards lead the way for the ‘Cats with 16 a piece.
Ashton Hagans on Nick Richards: “He’s been talking to us way more, and that’s what we need from him to be at our best. He’s just got a swagger out there about him this year that no one can knock off."
I'll say Nick Richards for B. I have no idea on A.
Is it me or is Nick Richards figuring this game out? If so that’s scary for other teams!