New York – A year ago, Kentucky was sent home by the Classic Champions in dizziness after being blown up by Zion Williamson and Duke.
This time the Wild Cats head home with a win over Team No. 1 pre-season in the country.
No. 2 Kentucky, behind the stellar performance of freshman Tyrese Maxey, nominated top-ranked Michigan State on Tuesday 69-62.
Maxey came off the bench in his first career game to give up 7-for-12 shooting points, including a 3-pointer of the game, which remained just over a minute.
"I was shooting that I shot 1000 times in high school. I shot it 1,000 times this summer, "Maxi said. "I have confidence in myself because I got involved in the work."
Max, a five-star rookie coming out of high school, provided the much-needed offensive spark for Kentucky on a night when the rest of the team fired 1
"I didn't start it because I told him I wanted [him] to come in for a shoot," Calipari said. "I want you to watch what's going on. Go in there and let it go.
" What I saw today is what I saw in high school, "added Calipari." I [had] have not seen it so far. In practice, where is the recruited sniper? … But two days before, all I talked about was this sniper. you need to get baskets for us. "
The wide guard over-guard of the guard between Cassius Winston and Ashton Haganie of Kentucky did not disappoint as Winston finished with 21 points and four assists, but Hagans had his points (11 points, three points) Winston's float and free throw with 1:27 left cut the Kentucky lead to two, but the Maxey 3 draw came in the next possession.
Michigan State struggled to generate a steady offense all night long, especially with Winston picked up four fouls and sat down on the bench for stretches in both halves. The Spartans shot just 29.6% in the first half and went 5-for-26 in 3-point range.
"I love the fact that we shot 39% today and won," Calipari said "These are my games. Because we kept.
"You saw the running game coming, so I thought they were wearing down a little bit," Michigan State coach Tom Itzzo told ESPN after the game. "We just couldn't support him. When we got fights and ran, we were pretty good. I thought Cassius was a little tired tonight. I was surprised because he's in really good shape. … They have something to do. I have more things to work than they do. "
It's a different mood from that in Kentucky last year, when Wild Cats were blown out of 34 by the Duke's hands. But last year, Kentucky didn't stop at a loss – "That was in the past," Hagans said – and Calipari also doesn't want to go beyond Tuesday's win.
"I told these guys that I was on all sides of this," he said. "For all those years we talk about, at the end of the year we were one of these teams. And that's all. training for all four teams here. "
Max, who turned 19 on Monday, called Tuesday's victory" an incredible birthday celebration. " However, his biggest personal moment was not his 26 points or his game
"Looking to zero and seeing that we outperformed the other team and winning," Maxi said with a smile. Kentucky hosts Eastern Kentucky on Friday while Michigan State travels home to Binghamton on Sunday.