There wasn’t anything really surprising in this game. The Wildcats were an 18 point favorite over a Mississippi State team that was on a 12 game losing streak. Now the Bulldogs are on a 13 game losing streak. The Wildcats triumphed in front of a packed house in Rupp Arena, 85-55. While the score wasn’t a shocker, Kentucky fans should feel very good about how this team is progressing at this point in the season.
Alex Poythress started things off early for the Wildcats as he scored the first four points. He picked up in the first half where he left off against Missouri, scoring 13 points on a variety of shots. Poythress was hitting shots close to the rim, he dunked the basketball on put backs and passes, and he stepped out to the three-point line where he is hitting 42% on the season. Poythress finished the night with 16 points on 7-11 from the field and eight rebounds in another fantastic effort.
Julius Mays got in on the action as well, draining two early threes. The team played with energy from the start and continued to play with that same energy in the second half. Kentucky went into halftime with a 42-19 lead and I was worried that the second half funk would again plague this team. But Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin would continue what Poythress and Mays started.