SportsZone reporter, Angela Reinmund, writes about Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball Senior Night on March 4th, 2014.
The Kentucky Wildcats put up a good fight against the Alabama Crimson Tide, but had them leaving Rupp Arena with their heads down.
The first half of the game was a little slow with Kentucky’s defense struggling to keep up with the speed of the game. The score was close throughout the entire game, but especially during the first half. James Young did not have a good scoring game, only 1 for 11, which was surely a detriment to the Wildcats as the game went on. Aaron Harrison, another main scorer for the Wildcats did not have a good scoring game either with only scoring 1 out of 4 shots.
When head coach John Calipari was asked if he wanted to keep Young in the game to keep shooting, he replied, “I just said, you’re not going to shoot open shots, you got to come out.”
Other players had their time to shine after Young came out of the game. Dakari Johnson played a great game by making nearly every basket he shot. Willie Cauley-Stein played well defensively. The team made multiple two-point shots and the team shot 32% and won with that percentage. The final score of the game was 55, Kentucky, and 48, Alabama.
“I’m happy. We’re still not all the way back,” said Calipari.
As for a twist in the game, it was senior night and there are two seniors on UK’s team, Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood. Both players scored during the game.
Polson was asked to share his thoughts during the senior day ceremony.
“Honestly, just how blessed I am to be part of this. That was just kind of the final hooray for all of the cool blessings that I have had to experience in my four years here,” said Polson.
Calipari went on to explain that Hood and Polson were two of the team’s most beloved players who were real contributors to the team.
“They’re both going to have great careers because of what they’ve done here. Both of them have companies calling them…They have both grown as young men,” said Calipari.
The last home game of the season ended successfully for the Wildcats, and the two graduating seniors have a wonderful memory of their last home game at Rupp Arena.