Kentucky Basketball: No. 1 Wildcats Hang on in Starkville to Beat Miss. State

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 21:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Rupp Arena on January 21, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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During the first half of the game, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, led by outstanding play from point guard Dee Bost, looked like they would control the game all the way to the final buzzer. The Wildcats weren't hitting from anywhere on the floor, Davis was being led out of the lane, and (as mentioned before) Bost had entered full-on beast mode.  

Fortunately, the Cats settled down and got some great second-half play from Darius Miller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to pull out a 73-64 win.


The Good 

  • Kidd-Gilchrist once again played his heart out, but this time, it translated to more than just hustle and good defense. He led all Wildcat scorers with 18 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Twelve of his 18 points came in the second half.
  • After a rough first half, Darius Miller provided some huge baskets down the stretch to help the Cats regain the lead for good over the Bulldogs. He ended up with 12 points and three assists, including three three-pointers.
  • After getting dominated by Dee Bost in the first half, the Wildcat defense clamped down on him in the second half, allowing Bost only five points.


The Bad

  • Anthony Davis had a decent second half, but for a large portion of the game, he was led away from the lane by the MSU offense, allowing them much easier access to the basket. He also ended up taking some long-range shots that were definitely not within his range.


  • After a string of great games, Teague struggled defensively to stay on top of Bost and had four turnovers against four assists. He also passed up multiple open jumpers, including a wide-open three-point shot that ended up being passed to Anthony Davis for a desperation shot from behind the arc.
  • Doron Lamb cooled off a bit from his recent hot streak, going 3-of-9 (1-of-3 behind the arc) for 11 points.


The Weird 

  • There were three technical fouls in the game, including a bizarre one that Anthony Davis received (after an amazing steal/fast break) for hanging on the rim after a dunk. Very soon after that play, Arnett Moultrie was called for a technical foul right after the referees missed an obvious foul on Kentucky.