No. 16 Kentucky found itself in a tussle on Saturday. A feisty Yale squad scored the first eight points of the second half to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead with 17:37 left in the game.
Kentucky needed something good to happen. So the Cats and head coach John Calipari did exactly what made sense – they got the ball to the defending National Player of the Year, Oscar Tshiebwe.
And, as he did so often for the Cats last season, Tshiebwe delivered. He made a layup, then a dunk to give UK the lead back. He was also fouled on the play and he converted the free throw to extend the lead to 38-35.
But it wasn't just on offense. On Yale's next possession, Tshiebwe blocked a shot, corralled the rebound, then ran the floor and was rewarded when CJ Fredrick found the big man inside for a layup.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.