Jan 8, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) dribbles the ball against Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) at Rupp Arena. Image Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Slow start but Kentucky Wildcats get the job done


It was a slow start last night for the Kentucky Wildcats but it was also a very frustrating game to watch in the first half.


It’s not as much a problem for the 12 missed free throws as it was the twenty shots that didn’t fall in the first half. The Cats hit 13 of 35 shots in the first half. That’s a whopping 37.1%. That’s not going to cut it for the Cats especially when the Mississippi State Bulldogs were able to go into the half with a 40-37 lead.

Things got better for Kentucky during the he second half. So did the heart rates of the fans watching in Rupp Arena and around the states. The Cats shot better. They doubled their percentage of made shots to 65.4% in the second half.

What helped the Cats was that the Bulldogs shot 44.1% in the first half but a whopping 34.8% in the second half as Kentucky went on their run.

The 11 day layoff did not help. The slow start only reenforced that position. However, after the Cats tied the game at 47 all with 16:47 remaining in the game, the Cats went on a 27-6 run for the next 10:54 for a comfortable 74-53 lead.

The Cats need better scheduling next winter with no 11 day layoffs.

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