Kentucky's basketball team is so good, they'll even sink baskets for the other team! The #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats played Division II Montevallo in their first exhibition game last night. UK freshman James Young raced to save the ball in play, flung it behind his back, and it went into the basket, scoring two points for Montevallo.
What came next was surely unprecedented. The crowd rose and gave Young a standing ovation for scoring for the opponent. Or perhaps the crowd cheered its good fortune to witness what ESPN's Seth Greenberg said was something he had not seen in 37 years of coaching or commenting on basketball.
Sure, he'd seen a player accidentally score for the opposition. "Not from that far," Greenberg said.
Although Young was near the hash mark along the sideline, the basket only counted for two points, which puzzled both coaches.
"Why was that only two points?" UK Coach John Calipari asked reporters in the post-game news conference. "I thought he made a three."
Referees explained that only a legal basket can score as many as three points. Kentucky ultimately won 95-72. -via Tastefully Offensive