In the second half, the Cats started to show more fight than in the first half. But, the game was still ugly for both teams as both Kansas State and Kentucky shot for about 37% from the field for most of the game.
Julius Randle was a huge part of the Cats’ success in the second half. Randle created key opportunities for baskets. Throughout the half, Randle helped boost some energy to the Cats with several monster dunks.
Randle wasn’t the only one helping on the offensive end however, Aaron Harrison also converted key baskets to help boost the Cats over the Kansas State Wildcats. In fact, both Randle and Aaron Harrison contributed for 36 of Kentucky’s 56 points.
Randle lead all-scores with 19 points and Aaron Harrison was not far behind with 18 points.
A scary moment for the Cats happened when Andrew Harrison had to leave the game due to an apparent elbow injury. However, it didn’t look too serious as Andrew Harrison remained on the bench to cheer on his fellow Cats.
K-State tried their best to make a late surge in the final minutes of the game. However, the Cats were able to pull away and secure their spot in the round of 32.
Cats win 56-49.
Kentucky will advance to play the Wichita State Shockers this Sunday. The Cats will have an opportunity to hand the Shockers their first loss of the season. The Shockers are currently 35-0 on the season.