The 'Cats looked ugly in the first half. (via Rosemobile)
This game is not at all what we hoped for, but quite possibly what we should have expected -- butt ugly and a plain mess. Kansas, to their great credit, has out-toughed Kentucky and completely negated the talent advantage Kentucky enjoys. Their ball pressure has completely bamboozled Marquis Teague, who has had a rough introduction to big-time Division I college basketball.
But despite all the hideous basketball, Kentucky got out of the half tied and KU has a bunch of fouls on a thin bench. We'll have to wait and see if that makes a difference, but if UK doesn't get a lot tougher and more disciplined, this game could wind up being close at the end. That is a recipe for an upset.
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Let's see if these 'Cats have it.