It was not always an attractive game of basketball by the Wildcats, but the young Cats still managed to dominate the Thundering Herd by 28. The Cats used several key runs throughout the gam to win 82-54. The final tune-up game before the Battle of the Bluegrass against Louisville showed the brilliance and mistakes that Kentucky have come accustomed to with this team. The bright spot for the Wildcats was Ryan Harrow who exploded for 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals. In order to beat Louisville, Harrow will have to have a similar type of game when matched up against the veteran Peyton Siva. Nerlens Noel secured his first double-double and continues to put forth the most visible effort and passion on the team.
The biggest story of the game as mentioned earlier was the play of Ryan Harrow. He attacked the basket and scored several floaters despite being undersized against the Marshall bigs. The NC State transfer even snatched down a few powerful rebounds in the paint. Camp Cal has clearly done wonders for him as he displayed his newfound speed with an end to end lay in early in the game. This game would have been quite scary for Cats fans without Harrow and showed how crucial the point guard is moving towards conference play.
If it wasn’t for Harrow stealing the show, Nerlens Noel would be the player of the game for his unbelievable hustle and athleticism throughout the game. Midway through the first half, Noel sprinted back in transition defense to block a shot at the rim in a 3 on 1 situation. Less than a minute later, Noel poked the ball out for a steal followed by an impressive and one lay-in. This is the type of play expected from Noel who lacks the polished play to be a constant threat offensively, but he kills the opponent through defensive power and outstanding hustle plays. Noel wrapped up the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.