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UK vs. LIU: Wildcats Overcome Slow Start to Rout Blackbirds 104-75

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 23:  Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the Long Island Blackbirds at Rupp Arena on November 23, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2016

When the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds took a 30-24 lead over Kentucky with 10:00 to go in the first half, Wildcat fans had to be wondering if this team would ever return to anything resembling its dominant form from a year ago (especially considering that the Wildcats also struggled to finish off Morehead State two nights before).

While that question is definitely still up in the air, Kentucky seemed to answer it for at least one night, roaring back to score over 100 points and head into its big game at Notre Dame with a resounding home victory.

 

The Good

  • Archie Goodwin was phenomenal, just missing a triple-double with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists (with only three turnovers).
  • Nerlens Noel showed a bit more of his offensive game, scoring 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and five blocks.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein was great off the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
  • Alex Poythress scored 22 points, giving him his third 20-point game in a row.
  • Julius Mays once again did a great job supporting Goodwin at the point, dishing six assists (compared to only one turnover) to go along with his 15 points.

 

The Bad

  • The Blackbirds started off the game looking much quicker and explosive than the Wildcats, and even though that began to right itself by the end of the first half, it still took far too long.
  • Kyle Wiltjer's up and down scoring continued—he only managed seven points in the blow out win on 2-of-5 shooting.

 

The Weird

  • Jon Hood got into the game—in the first and second half—and managed to hit a three-pointer!
  • During the broadcast, Dave Baker referred to Jarrod Polson as the "Justin Bieber" of the team. Not sure how Jarrod (or anyone) is supposed to take that.

 

All stats via ESPN.com


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