Finally, the start Kentucky fans have been hoping and waiting for. After winning the opening tip, the Wildcats raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first 59 seconds of the game. Kentucky continued to play well through the halfway point of the half, leading 23-13 with 9:30 left in the half. After maintaining that margin for the first portion, these young Cats started playing a little loose. This allowed a scrappy Providence team to claw its way back into the game, cutting the margin to 35-32 after making two free throws with 3:09 left on the clock. They followed this up by tying it up on a made three pointer with 2:21 in the half. Luckily for this Kentucky team, they were able to score the last four points of the half, taking a 39-35 lead heading into the locker room. The one concerning stat is the three point shooting for Providence, hitting 6-8 in the first half. If Kentucky cannot close out on these shots, Providence will continue to scrap and get open shots. As long as they continue their hot hand, they will remain within striking distance, something the Wildcats don’t want. Kentucky must come out in the second half and play lock down defense, using their length to get into passing lanes and stop the shots before they have time to develop.