Kentucky moved to 20-6 to tonight after dunking all over Ole Miss in to the 00-00 victory on the road.
It was one of the better performances of the season for Kentucky. Coming out very focused for the most part baring some early turnovers. The offense was clicking, hitting five three balls in the first twelve minutes to go with twelve points on 8 dunks.
Julis Randle came out looking like the double-double machine he has been, grabbing rebounds on both ends of the court. He led UK with 10 points and 10 rebounds during the first twenty minutes.
The Wildcats out rebounded the Rebels by eleven in the first half, 21-9 while shooting 57% as a team, 47% behind the arc. The defense was also better compared to stretches verse Florida, forcing turnovers while holding leading scorer Marshall Henderson to 6 points. UK lead by 17, 40-25.
The second half was much of the same for the first ten minutes as Kentucky controlled the game inside and out just like the February 4th meeting. The remaining 7-8 minutes Ole Miss came to life, cutting the what was twenty point lead down to 6. Making three balls and forcing timely turnovers to make in interesting before time ran out, UK winning 84-70.
UK ended this game shooting 52% from the field, 37% from three point land. Julius Randle lead the way with another doubke-double, 20 points, 13 rebounds.
Three other teammates scored double-figures, James Young adding 16, Aaron Harrison 15 and Andrew Harrison 10.
All in all a very good road win verse a Ole Miss team that is desperately scratching for wins. John Calipari must have been right when he stated that he believed this team learned from the Florida loss because something clicked tonight. The only issue which is a issue is closing out the game. Up twenty Kentucky let up, letting Ole Miss back in the game when they need to step on the peddle and must do the remainder month or so of the season.
Next up will be LSU Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena as Kentucky will look for pay back from the loss to the Tigers back on January 28th.