Much like in the Missouri game, Archie Goodwin did not have a good first half. He had zero points and looked to be reverting back to the out of control player that Kentucky fans have grudgingly grown accustomed to. But, again like in the Missouri game, Archie came out with guns blazing and scored 11 points. He was 4-10 from the field, 1-2 from the three-point line and 2-2 from the charity stripe.
Ryan Harrow had his third good game in a row. After the debacles at Florida and Tennessee, in which he failed to score a point and lost his job to Jarrod Polson, Harrow has scored 37 points, had 14 assists and only three turnovers in wins against Vanderbilt, Missouri and Mississippi State. He also has a staggering 20 rebounds in that three game stretch as well. Tonight, Harrow had 19 points along with four assists and seven rebounds. After the game John Calipari said that as long as Harrow plays like he has been then Kentucky can win every game they have left on their schedule.
The only real drama came in the second half when Julius Mays collided with Alex Poythress’ elbow while both players went for a rebound. Mays tried to stay in but he came out of the game. He went to the locker room but fear not, Calipari stated that Julius needed some stitches and was fine. Mays did come back onto the court to shake hands with the Bulldogs and looked to be in good spirits.
The bench got some good minutes, especially Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. Hood played a season high in minutes. He had five points and was 1-3 from beyond the arch. Polson scored nine points.
Willie Cauley-Stein continued to be a stat stuffer. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Cauley-Stein was 6-7 from the field.
Five Wildcats scored in double-digits, all of the starters, and 54% from the field, 40% from the three and 72% from the free throw line.
It cannot be overstated that MSU is a terrible basketball team. They shot a woeful 32% from the field and an even worse 25% from three-point land. Regardless of how awful the Bulldogs are, the Wildcats did what they were supposed to do. The last thing these players needed was a hangover game in which they under-performed and looked lifeless.
Kentucky next heads to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. They are 16-1 from Bud Walton Arena this season and have knocked off Florida, Missouri and Wisconsin in that building. The loan loss came from Syracuse. The Razorbacks lost tonight at LSU, so they will be looking to make a statement and get back on a roll agains the Wildcats.
One more game closer to the NCAA tournament.