The Kentucky Wildcats won their fourth game in a row and pulled to within a game of the lead in the SEC with a 77-55 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kentucky started out sluggish in the first half and trailed the Gamecocks 18-17 in the first half. Kentucky answered with an 11-0 and finished the first half with a 28-6 stretch which put them up 45-24 and put the game to bed early. The win improved Kentucky to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the SEC. The #2 Florida Gators lost tonight to Arkansas, so the Wildcats are just one game back in the SEC with a game in Gainesville next Tuesday.
The Wildcats got balanced scoring with five players in double digits and were led by Julius Mays’s 15 points. Nerlens Noel was a double double machine yet again, with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals. South Carolina (12-10) (2-7) were led by Michael Carrera with 18 points but he really got no help from his team mates. The Gamecocks shot just 28.8% for the game and were outrebounded 41-23. The Wildcats on the other hand, shot a blistering 61.4%.