After giving up the first basket of the game, the Kentucky Wildcats rattled off eight straight points to take an 8-2 lead. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Marshall Henderson is a monster of a player and was able to score six straight points on his own to tie the game up and eight all. Both teams traded a bucket before Kentucky was able to go on a 7-1 run to take a 17-11 lead into the under-12 timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, the Wildcats continued to keep their intensity high, extending the run to 13-1. This forced Andy Kennedy to take a timeout with the score sitting at 23-11. This proved to be beneficial for the Rebels, as it stopped the bleeding for a stretch in the game. Scoring even until the next timeout, the Wildcats took a 33-21 lead into the under-8 timeout.
Things slowed down drastically on the offensive end for Ole Miss for the remainder of the half, as the Wildcats lead 42-25. However, this does not mean that either team was playing poorly. Both teams played intense and shut-down defense, something that will be valuable in the second half. If the Wildcats can come out with this same intensity and fire, they should have no problem handling Ole Miss and running away with this game.