The Kentucky Wildcats took the first step in their NCAA Title defense with an 93-61 exhibition win over the Northwood Seahawks. The Wildcats are having to replace all five of their starters from last years championship team, but Kentucky’s youth showed plenty of potential in the game. Archie Goodwin scored 22 points on 7-12 shooting with 5 assists. Nerlens Noel, who has the unenviable task of replacing the first round of the NCAA Draft, Anthony Davis, had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Noel went 8-9 from the floor. Former NC State PG Ryan Harrow had 15 points and 5 assists.
At this point in the season, Kentucky’s defense is miles ahead of their offense. As a team, Kentucky had 11 blocks and held the Seahawks to just 36% FG shooting for the game. This is a Kentucky team that is dominating at both ends on the paint and Kentucky got 48 of their points in the paint. The game featured at times, the duo of Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein, and brought the “Twin Tower” look back to the LExington for the first time since Melvin Turpin and Sam Bowie patrolled the paint at Rupp for Joe B Hall in the early 1980’s.