Kentucky Basketball: Second-Half Surge Helps No. 1 Wildcats Handle Ole Miss

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 18:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Murphy Holloway #31 of the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 18, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Things were beginning to look a little scary in the first half.  Anthony Davis was in foul trouble, Kentucky's shots were not falling, and a Demarco Cox dunk had made it 31-29 Ole Miss with 4:46 left to go before halftime.

Fortunately, the Wildcats found their shooting touch and torched Ole Miss for the rest of the game (including going 10-18 from behind the arc) to end up winning 77-62.


The Good

Darius Miller (14 points) and Kyle Wiltjer (13 points) provided a huge lift off the bench.  Miller closed the first half by scoring eight points in the final five minutes, including two three-pointers.

Terrence Jones had the first double double of his sophomore season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  Six of those rebounds were on offense.

Despite Doron Lamb having an overall poor shooting performance (4-11, 16 points), he was 4-6 from behind the arc.


The Bad

As was mentioned before, Anthony Davis got into foul trouble, which made him sit for a large portion of the first half.  During that stretch, Kentucky's interior became an Ole Miss playground.  Terrance Henry (18 points, three rebounds) repeatedly was able to get inside and score with authority.

When Davis sat with foul trouble, Terrance Henry ran wild over the Cats.
When Davis sat with foul trouble, Terrance Henry ran wild over the Cats.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images


For the second straight game, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (four points, seven rebounds) struggled on the offensive end of the floor.

Kentucky's free-throw shooting wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.  The Cats went 11-17 from the line for 65 percent.

The Weird

Despite a recent stretch of beating the spread in SEC play, Kentucky did not cover the 21.5 points for this game, putting them at 11-14 against the spread this season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had the same number of points and rebounds as he did in the last game against Vanderbilt.

Kentucky is now on a 50-game win streak at home...that actually started with Bill Clyde Gillispie in Memorial Coliseum during the 2009 NIT.  

Coach Cal is 49-0 in home games for the Cats (all of those games being at Rupp), in case you were wondering.