The Kentucky Wildcats fell 78-74 in a very close battle against the Michigan State Spartans.
This game was not pretty early on and the new officiating rules showed with 46 combined fouls being called, which led to 53 combined free throw attempts.
The Cats showed that they still have room to improve, especially when it comes to what is not allowed when it comes to the new rules on hand checks. They also showed that they need to work on their free throws. The Cats went 20 for 36 at the line (55.6%). That is 16 total points that they left behind with missed baskets.
Worse, the Cats had a bad night from behind the perimeter, shooting 4 of 20. Overall, the Cats shot 45.5% with a better shooting percentage in the second half.
Julius Randle finished the night with 27 points and 13 rebounds. It is his third straight game with 20 points or more. James Young finished with 19 points. Alex Poythress finished with 7 points and 12 rebounds.
After being down by 12 points at the half, the Cats started the second half with a great effort. Early on, it looked like Randle would not even get 20 points in the game but as Randle goes, so goes the Cats. Randle was 8 of 9 alone in the 2nd half.
The Cats return to action on Sunday night at 7 PM.