The Kentucky Wildcats have opened up the NCAA Tournament on fire.
Kentucky leads Abilene Christian at the half by a score of 39-13, despite only hitting one three-pointer.
Tyler Herro, who nearly outscored ACU on his own, led the way for the Cats with 12 points, Keldon Johnson dropped 10 and Reid Travis eight.
However, what was most impressive was the defense. Kentucky only surrendered 13 points to ACU who could not buy a bucket.
The Wildcats from Texas shot just 5/26 from the field in the game’s opening half.
How's this for a defensive half?— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 22, 2019
Fewest points we've ever given up in a half in NCAA Tournament history and the fewest points we've given up in any half since holding UCLA to seven points in the first half of the 83-44 win on Dec. 20, 2014. pic.twitter.com/SjLztniaG3
ACU’s 13 points was the least points scored in a half in an NCAA Tournament game in UK history. Lousy shooting and turnovers combined with swarming Kentucky defense made life impossible for an ACU team making their NCAA Tournament debut.
What’s most impressive is Kentucky to hold ACU to 13 without PJ Washington. EJ Montgomery and Reid Travis held the fort down low while Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans controlled the front court in a dominant first half of Kentucky defense.