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NEW YORK (AP) -- Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points -- three more than he had in his career at Kentucky -- and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the third-ranked Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland for a 72-69 victory Friday night.
Kyle Wiltjer, a sophomore, led Kentucky with 19 points in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college basketball games played in the new arena in Brooklyn. Archie Goodwin, the only one of the four freshmen in Kentucky's heralded recruiting class to score in double figures, had 16 points for the defending national champions.
Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. His rare three-point play -- he made the first free throw then rebounded his own miss of the second -- brought the Terrapins within 70-69 with 8.9 seconds left.
Polson was fouled with 7.7 seconds left and made two free throws for a 72-69 lead.
Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard missed the final shot but it was only a 2-point attempt.
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NEW YORK -- Kentucky boasts one of the most star-studded lineups in college basketball every season, and this one will be no different. But in Friday's season opener against Maryland, it wasn't super-freshmen Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress or Willie Cauley-Stein who stole the show.
Instead, it was junior Jarrod Polson, an unheralded former walk-on, who came...
Jarrod Polson's heroics helped lead Kentucky to a 72-69 victory over Maryland in the season opener at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Thursday that walk-on guard Jarrod Polson may have to be called upon to play significant minutes in the Wildcats' season opener Friday against Maryland.
Nerlens Noel, the top recruit, who plays his ball at Kentucky had all eyes on him Friday night in his game against Maryland, and it wasn’t just because expectations are so high. Check out Nerlens’ amazing high-top fade with a UK logo in the back for good measure.
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Kentucky coach John Calipari says he'll be looking for a working rotation in the season opener against Maryland on Friday night.
The third-ranked Wildcats' latest group of top-level recruits will make its debut under New York's bright lights at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn.
The coach who masterfully guided a Kentucky squad led by freshmen to the national...
Jarrod Polson's surprising heroics, the Terrapins' dominance on the boards and Kyle Wiltjer's "veteran" play were among my three takeaways from Kentucky's season-opening win over Maryland on Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is bringing a lot more than the third-ranked Wildcats and their impressive freshman class to the New York area.
The man who led the Wildcats to the national championship last season and his four heralded rookies will play Maryland on Friday night in the first college doubleheader played in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Before the game...
Kentucky freshmen Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress have been named to the SEC coaches' preseason all-conference team.