Here is a recap of the first-half of action between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals:
*UK ell behind 8-0 early as the Cardinals were asserting themselves and looked to have more energy in the early going. The full-court pressure was really bothering the Cats and led to several turnovers and subsequent easy baskets.
*The momentum shifted temporarily when the Cats went to Julius Randle more. On two-straight possessions, he drew two fouls, hit one free throw, drove in for an emphatic dunk and drove in for another layup.
*All three of those scoring plays came with Randle catching the ball on the wing and driving inside and helped UK go on a 12-2 run.
*UL point guard Chris Jones was the offense for the Cardinals in the first half, scoring 11 of their first 19 points including three made 3-pointers.
*Alex Poythress provided a nice spark off the bench and got an early basket, but two quick fouls led to him being on the bench form most of the half after the 14:14 mark.
*Anytime a UL player went into the paint, Willie-Cauley Stein blocked or altered their shot. They simply couldn’t adjust to him in the paint and settled for a lot of jump-shots.
*Both teams played fairly clean and combined for just seven turnovers through the first 10 minutes.
*This game resembled that of a pair of thoroughbreds racing down the tracks of the Kentucky Derby. Both teams on numerous occasions caught the inbounds pass and raced down to the court to the rim.
*Randle and a hot-shooting James Young carried the Cats through the first-half. Randle finished with 17 points and Young had 11 on 3/13 shooting but got to the free throw line several times and helped get several UL players in foul trouble.
HALFTIME BOX SCORE
|Montrezl Harrell, F||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||2|
|Mangok Mathiang, F||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||2||0||1||2|
|Russ Smith, G||4-10||0-2||2-2||0||0||0||3||1||0||1||1||10|
|Wayne Blackshear, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Chris Jones, G||6-9||3-5||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||15|
|Akoy Agau, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Chane Behanan, F||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||4||5||0||0||0||3||2||0|
|Stephan Van Treese, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Luke Hancock, F||1-6||0-4||0-1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2|
|Terry Rozier, G||1-2||1-2||2-2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|Anton Gill, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Willie Cauley-Stein, F||1-2||0-0||0-0||3||3||6||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|Julius Randle, F||7-8||0-1||3-6||1||2||3||0||0||0||2||1||17|
|James Young, G||3-13||2-6||4-6||2||3||5||1||1||0||1||1||12|
|Aaron Harrison, G||0-3||0-1||0-0||0||3||3||0||0||0||2||1||0|
|Andrew Harrison, G||3-8||0-1||1-3||0||0||0||1||1||0||2||1||7|
|Alex Poythress, F||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Dakari Johnson, C||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Dominique Hawkins, G||0-0||0-0||1-1||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|
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