Kentucky vs. last year’s national runner up Texas Tech has lived up to the billing tonight. The Red Raiders prepared to take a narrow lead into halftime at home, but Immanuel Quickley had other thoughts.
With 1.6 seconds left in the half, Quickley got the inbounds pass, took a few steps, and let one fly from the half court line.
He lets the ball go a few tenths of a second before the buzzer, but with enough time that it was clearly a good shot. The heavy banked in, turning Texas Tech’s 34-33 lead into a 36-34 edge for Kentucky.
Video of the shot, via CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone:
Immanuel Quickley at the buzzer! pic.twitter.com/DWl87TktMN
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) January 25, 2020
That shot puts Immanuel Quickley ahead of Texas Tech’s Kyler Edwards to lead all scorers in the game with 13. Quickley is 5-of-12 from the field, but 3-of-5 from three point range. Johnny Juzang is the only other Wildcat to attempt a three, while Texas Tech is just 2-for-10 from deep in the game.
Edwards finished with 10 in the half to lead the Red Raiders.
Big man Nick Richards has also been a major issue for the Red Raiders. He heads into the break with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, as well as eight rebounds to lead all players.
Kentucky has a solid rebound edge in this one, 21-13.
The second half of this tight battle between the No. 15 and No. 18 teams in the country just tipped off on ESPN.