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Kentucky Wildcats blow by Centre: 3 things to know, box score and postgame chatter

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The Cats cruise past Centre and into the regular season.

NCAA Basketball: Preseason-Morehead State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It may not be a huge accomplishment, but Kentucky has swept its exhibition slate after defeating Centre with ease. The Cats dominated as expected, though not right away. Centre came to play early on, but the Cats prevailed with force, winning 106-63.

Here’s what you need to know from Kentucky’s win.

Kentucky’s 3-pointers were falling

One of the concerns for Kentucky this year, especially with Jemarl Baker out, is Kentucky’s shooting from deep. But that wasn’t a problem tonight, as the Cats were very efficient from deep. They finished the game 8-14 from 3-point range, which was good for just over 57 percent.

Wenyen Gabriel showed out

Gabriel is going to be looked to as a leader this year, and he looked like one tonight. The 6-9 forward led the team in points with 20 points, and he shot 8-11 from the field (3-4 from 3-point range). He also had eight rebounds, a block and a steal. This is the kind of performance Kentucky will need from Gabriel on a consistent basis if they want to make a serious NCAA Tournament run.

Quade Green was efficient

The whole team was efficient, really, but Green was outstanding. He scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting from the field (3-3 from 3-point range). He also had five assists and two rebounds. Some other notable efficient performances: Nick Richards had 17 points on 6-6 shooting from the field and 5-5 shooting from the free throw line. He also had six boards and a block, and did not commit a single foul. Kevin Knox had 15 points and was 7-10 from the field with 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double.

Here is the final box score:

Now, let’s discuss the game with the regular season now here!