It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and that piece of literature was never more appropriate that it was during tonight’s game. The Kentucky Wildcats entered Jay Z’s new palace at the Barclays Center as double digit favorites, and played like it early.
The Wildcats came out blazing with speed, shooting and Archie Goodwin’s ability to drive and get to the line. The Terrapins took the lead at 15:25 to go in the half and then Kentucky turned on the heat. Archie Goodwin made three free throws and Julius Mays hit a lay up, and put the Wildcats up 12-9. Then Julius Mays, Kyle Wiltjer and Jarrod Polson started hitting shots for the Wildcats.
Poythress got in on the action with some low post dunks and free throws. The lead going into the half was 49-36, but there were signs that Kentucky was going to be in for a battle in the second half. Maryland was destroying the Wildcats on the boards, Kentucky was fouling early and often, Ryan Harrow was being outplayed by Jarrod Polson, and the Terrapins were hustling more than Kentucky.
As Kentucky fans were feeling pretty good about their team, Maryland’s coaching staff was telling the players to keep shooting and keep fighting. And fight they did.