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West Virginia 18, Kentucky 44: Sweet Sixteen 2nd Half Live Thread

Kentucky was great in the first half. We need to see more in the second.

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Well, Kentucky Wildcats fans, that first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers was something we have been waiting to see for what seems like forever. The Wildcats were clicking on all cylinders, and the Mountaineers just had no answer for the #1 defense in the nation. That’s more the story than anything else, and despite the offensive outburst, if your opponent cannot score, you don’t need to score a lot. Unfortunately for the ‘Eers, Kentucky did score… a lot.

Some half time stats

We don’t have our usual stats, so the above will have to serve.

Kentucky is in a good spot, but I’m a big believer that the halftime score is the most irrelevant score in basketball. Well, except maybe when its 26 points, then it’s probably pretty relevant. West Virginia can take solace in the fact that they are by no means the first team to be held to under 20 points against Kentucky. They’re in pretty good company, too.

What I don’t want to see is UK take their foot off the gas. It’s important that they don’t disrespect their opponent by letting up. We need to give them all the respect they deserve and beat them as soundly as possible. WVU can take it, they’re big boys, and we owe them our best. If they surrender, we should let up, but trust me — a Bob Huggins-coached team will play all out from tip to horn, and this one is no different.

Go, ‘Cats.