There are so many things to praise about that first half, I don't know where to begin. I think I'll begin with Julius Randle. He was awesome with a first half double-double, and if he gets 7 more assists, he'll have a triple-double.
Alex Poythress was excellent also, offensively. But the big story is a huge 29-12 rebounding disparity. And the effort on defense was a warning shot across the bow of college basketball. They weren't perfect, but they were much better than they have been so far.
Let's hope for more in the second half. Go, 'Cats!