- Thursday, November 26 1998 -
Puerto Rico Shootout (at Bayamone, Puerto Rico)
Kentucky - 64 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
Colorado - 52 (Head Coach: Ricardo Patton) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 30, Colorado 21
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol 8. No. 20. (All Rights Reserved)
A lackadaisical 4th ranked Kentucky team defeated Colorado 64-52 in opening round action at the Puerto Rico Shootout at Bayamon. The Cats were led in scoring by freshman Tayshaun Prince, who as a 6'8" shooting guard was taller than any Colorado starter (he was covered for much of the game by 5'11" Dwight Jones). UK advanced to play Pitt in the 2nd round, which was an upset winner over #13 ranked Xavier (O). This game was televised by ESPN2.
The Buffalos took early leads of 9-0 and 11-2 before UK got on track. But the Cats zoomed ahead as Colorado was stuck at 11 pts, and later in the 1st half, UK led 30-15 as Colorado went 12 minutes without a basket and 8 minutes without any pts scored (they missed 17 consecutive shots during Kentucky's 20-1 scoring streak). Kentucky's 1-2-2 zone stymied Colorado, which made only 4 of 33 1st half FG attempts.
Yet Colorado remained relatively close to the Cats because UK could not connect from 3 pt range. With 11 minutes left in the half, Kentucky was ahead by only a 40-36 margin. But a late 11-0 run, coupled with a defense which caused Colorado to miss 7 consecutive shots, combined to provide a final 64-52 margin of victory for UK.
Coach Tubby Smith received his 1st technical foul while at Kentucky, with 5:30 remaining in the contest. His son Saul was knocked to the floor during a rebound but no call was made. According to Smith, all he said to the officials was, "Who's supposed to be watching that?" Smith apologized afterwards for the T, saying that a coach never wants to get a technical foul.