Although the Maryland Terrapins came to play on Friday night, should there be cause for concern in Lexington? The No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats just barely escaped Maryland in their season opener by the score of 72-69.
The game may have been close, but at least Kentucky came up with the victory. Isn’t that what it is all about anyways, getting the W? Really the only thing that the Wildcats should be concerned about is nothing. They played a Maryland team that actually looked really good.
The only player that didn’t quite meet expectations in this one was Nerlens Noel. I guess people really shouldn’t have been comparing him to Anthony Davis because Noel looked nowhere near as good as Davis, but it was only the first game of the season.
In fact, if anything Kentucky found a player on their team outside of the highly touted freshmen that could make a huge impact this season in Jarrod Polson. No one talked about Polson during the off-season. Who is this guy? Well, apparently Polson is a junior for Kentucky and he really surprised everyone by dropping 10 points in the Wildcats’ victory.
Kyle Wiltjer did his thing by putting up 19 points in the game. Archie Goodwin could have shot better, but he still managed 16 points. Alex Poythress added in with eight points and seven rebounds and Noel only had four points, but he also had nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Kentucky fans shouldn’t be worried at all because the Wildcats may be young, but they are still a very talented team. It’s actually amazing that this young of a team was able to come up with a victory in such a close game.
One thing is for sure though and that is the fact that this Kentucky team is not last year’s team, and no one should even think that they are.