The Wildcats struggled early on against the South Carolina Gamecocks, making sloppy passes and not getting into their offense. This resulted in a shot clock violation and a slow offensive start. Compounded with the two early fouls on Andrew Harrison and poor body language by some of the team sent the Kentucky Wildcats into the under-12 timeout with a two point lead, 10-8. Julius Randle was on the bench, trying to regain composure and break out of his miniature slump that has plagued him lately.
Kentucky corrected part of their play, getting more physical and playing with some more intensity. Offensive rebounds were the highlights of this time, giving the Wildcats some second chance points or free throws through fouls. The offense, however, was no better. Still disconnected and rough, most of the points for this team were coming by way of the free throw line. Despite the improved free throw shooting on the night thus far, the Wildcats went into the under-4 timeout trailing 26-25.
The Wildcats continued to live by the free throw line, where their shooting was much improved from their last game against Arkansas. Unfortunately, that is the only shot they could hit. The score heading into halftime in Columbia, SC has the Gamecocks leading by three, 31-28. This was brought on by no field goals by the Wildcats in the last 7:45 of the half. Kentucky has to get into their offense and show some sort of competency in the second half if they want to win this game.
If you liked this 1st half update, then stay tuned for the 2nd half update after the game.