With the potential rematch from last year’s Final Four taken away with Iowa State’s win over Connecticut on Thursday, a more unique matchup was in store for the Kentucky Wildcats. Iowa State’s best player, Royce White, had verbally committed to UK, but due to the circumstances, ended up at Iowa State. Coach Cal has made it known how much he had wanted to coach White, but now, he was having to coach his players against White. In the first few minutes, Kentucky jumped out to an early lead, 23-11, and with momentum and the Yum! Center crowd on their side, the Wildcats looked like they might start to run away with it. However, the Cyclones of Iowa State never gave in throughout the first half, battling back to within 4 with 2:57 remaining in the first half. Kentucky went on an 8-1 run to end the half and went to the locker room up 38-27. In the first half, Kentucky was powered by Marquis Teague’s 13 points and 3 assists and Anthony Davis’ 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Iowa State was led by Royce White’s 10 points.