Stop me if you heard this one before, but Kentucky's matchup with Mississippi State ended in an overtime thriller. This is the fourth time the two SEC teams have gone into overtime against each other since John Calipari became Kentucky's head coach. All four, including last night, have ended with a win for the Cats.
After taking a commanding 15 point lead in the second half, a stagnant Kentucky offense along with an elite scoring performance from Mississippi State's Iverson Molinar brought the game to 72-72 at the end of regulation.
Despite shooting 4/12 from the field and 2/8 from behind the arc in regulation, John Calipari trusted the 5th year transfer from Davidson, Kellan "Granddad" Grady, to take the big shots down the stretch.
"I've got a lot of confidence in (Grady). He has shown that he can miss some shots and come back and make shots."
And that is just what he did. Grady got the Cats on the board and in the lead in overtime by scoring on three consecutive possessions, including a lefty reverse layup in traffic and back-to-back dagger threes.
Grady recognizes the confidence that the team has in him and partially attributes his ability to make these big shots to that trust.
"Just knowing that Coach Cal, the staff, and our team trusts me to be in those situations, whether it's a passer or a shot maker, gives you a little added confidence before you let it go."
Kellan Grady finished the night with 18 points to continue the recent hot streak he has been on. He has been averaging 14.5 points per game on red hot shooting splits of 47.8% from the field and 44.8% from three over the last 11 games. Grady also has had to step into a bigger role with TyTy Washington out due to an ankle injury, forcing him to have to play a combined 83 minutes over the past two contests.
Whether it's playing the entire game, spacing the floor from behind the arc, or getting clutch buckets down the stretch, the Cats trust their Granddad to get it done.