- Tuesday, November 25 1997 -
Maui Classic Invitational (at Lahaina, HI)
Kentucky - 74 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 9th by AP]
Arizona - 89 (Head Coach: Lute Olson) - [Ranked 1st by AP]
Halftime Score: Arizona 42, Kentucky 28
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 13. (All Rights Reserved)
Rematch of Wildcats versus Wildcats:
Arizona defeated Kentucky 89-74 in the 2nd round of the Maui Classic. UA was ranked #1 in the nation, Kentucky #8 when this game was played. It was the 1st loss of the season for the (true) Wildcats.
UK could hardly have had a worse 1st quarter. They had difficulties inbounding, allowing Arizona several easy steals and layups. The steals persisted as Kentucky tried and failed on a handful of occasions to bring the ball across midcourt before Arizona had grabbed it and scored. Bad rebounding enabled the pseudo-Wildcats to take more shots under the basket than they should have had, and Kentucky's shooting was so bad (only 1 3 pointer in the 1st half, and ice-cold FG shooting) that they could mount no serious challenge to Arizona. Davison of UA scored on an opening dunk off a lob, but Padgett hit a pair of FTs to tie it at 2-2. Edgerson had a layup, but Sheppard countered with a layup of his own. Bibby got a dunk off a Turner turnover, then Edgerson hit a FT to make it 7-4 UA. Bibby hit a 15 footer, then Simon nailed a 3, then Bibby had a steal and dunk, forcing a Kentucky timeout as UA led 14-4. Simon had 2 early fouls (the 1st of which was dubious), and on his 2nd he complained and grimaced to the ref, who then hit him with a technical foul (his 3rd). Mills hit both FTs, but Padgett missed on UK's possession, and Bramlett got a layup. Terry hit a high bank to go up 18-8, then Edwards tipped in a Sheppard miss to make it 18-10. Terry hit a long 3, Edwards was fouled on a 3 and hit only 1 (his 1st 2 tries were terrible) to make it 21-11 Arizona. Bibby nailed 2 3s, sandwiching a Mohammed dunk off an Evans pass. Sheppard and Bibby both missed shots as the 1st quarter ended at 27-13. Kentucky had managed 7 turnovers in the opening quarter, and hit on only 3 of 13 FGs. Bibby had 12 pts by the end of the 1st quarter.
A couple of sloppy possessions led off the 2nd quarter, and UK had trouble bringing the ball up (the guards did not work together to offset the Arizona press). Dickerson finally hit a FT. Bibby hit yet another 3 to go up 31-13. After 2 Bibby misses, Sheppard finally hit a 19 footer to make it 31-15 Arizona. Bibby missed another 3, but his shot was tipped in, then he got a steal and fed Dickerson for a layup to make it 35-15. Evans made a layup but missed a foul shot, then Magloire put back an Evans miss to make it UA 35-19. Arizona missed on its next 3 possessions, as did UK, but Mohammed eventually putback an awful Edwards shot to close to 35-21 UA. Edgerson got the FTs back on a Padgett foul underneath (again, horrendous Kentucky rebounding allowed this). Edwards finally hit Kentucky's 1st 3 with only a few minutes left in the 2nd quarter, and Dickerson again was fouled and made both FT tosses to go up 39-24. Both sides traded pairs of FTs. Mohammed hit a pair of singularly beautiful FT shots (considering how badly he often does) to close to UA 40-26, but Dickerson answered with a very difficult (and heavily guarded) 16 footer to make it 42-26. Padgett hit an 18 footer to end 1st half scoring, and Arizona led 42-28.
The 2nd half was more of the same, although an Evans layup allowed UK to close to within 48-37, but that was as close as the Cats got. With a little over 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, UA led 52-27 and seemed to be out of danger. The lead grew to 60-41 with a few minutes left in the 3rd. Kentucky's 4th quarter rally was similarly snuffed, with the Cats closing to within 12 pts before finally losing by 15 at 89-74.