After Florida held off Tennessee in the first semifinal of the 2014 SEC Tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats took the court to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The young Kentucky players were hoping to flex their muscles and exert their dominance just as they had against the LSU Tigers last night. And they were able to do just that. An opening bucket by Julius Randle, a nice post move by Dakari Johnson, a pair of James Young threes, and two great plays at the rim by Aaron Harrison gave the Wildcats a 14-4 lead heading into the under-16 timeout. With four players scoring early, the fast-paced and free-flowing offense picked up right where it left off.
The next four minutes of play saw the Georgia Bulldogs outscore the Kentucky Wildcats by a point, 4-3. Kentucky’s only points came way of another James Young three, which came just before he picked up his second foul. The score at the under-12 timeout was 17-8. The comeback by the Bulldogs continued, as they outscored Kentucky 7-4 in the following four minutes of play. The Wildcats failed to convert a field goal in that span, relying on free throws from Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison to maintain the lead. Heading into the under-8 timeout, Kentucky led the Bulldogs 21-15.
Even play was the key to the next spurt of play. While Kentucky’s offense looked to be reverting back to its old ways, the team was still able to stop the bleeding a little. Andrew Harrison hit a floater while his brother Aaron Harrison sunk a three and hit two free throws to keep pace with the Bulldogs. Kentucky led 28-22 at the under-4 timeout. The final bit of the first half, Kentucky allowed Georgia to inch their way a little closer. Kentucky saw Dakari Johnson hit a jumper, Aaron Harrison get a layup, and Jarrod Polson sink a free throw and a three before heading into the half. The Wildcats lead the Bulldogs 36-32.
Stay tuned after the game for a recap of the second 2014 SEC Tournament semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Georgia Bulldogs.