A slow start had us worried again
Not to take away from the positive of the victory but the modus operandi of this team all year has been anemic starts and dismal finishes.
Such was the case for the former but not the latter against Auburn.
The Wildcats never led in the opening half trailing by as many as nine points late in the half after coach John Calipari was issued a technical for supposedly being out of the coach’s box.
That came with 3:23 remaining and his team trailing 28-24. Would that benefit or hurt the Wildcats? It ultimately proved insignificant as the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 8-6 to take a 36-30 halftime lead.
Kentucky missed its first eight shots but got a jump start and proceeded to hit 7 of their next 11.
Point guard Devin Askew struggled against his counterpart Sharife Cooper who tallied 9 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists, and had 3 turnovers in the opening half while Askew had just 2 points, 3 rebounds, and one assist without a turnover.
Askew’s woes compounded when he drove the lane for three runners none of which managed to hit the rim.