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Highlights, MVP, and Twitter reactions from Wildcats’ scorching victory over Marshall

The Cats put up a performance for the record books.

Huddle Reeves Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

The Kentucky Wildcats moved to 5-1 on the young season Friday night, as they knocked off the Marshall Thundering Herd in Rupp Arena, 118-82.

The story of the season to this point has been the elite offense this team has shown. That continued tonight. They finished the first half shooting 65% from the field, including an absurd 73% from three.

The Cats also featured four guys in double figures (Tre Mitchell, Antonio Reeves, DJ Wagner, and Justin Edwards), as well as Rob Dillingham entering triple-double watch with nine points, seven assists, and five rebounds through the first 20 minutes.

Add all of that together, and Kentucky took a 28-point lead into the locker room, 69-41. Those 69 points were the most ever in a single half at Rupp Arena.

Unfortunately for Marshall, the second half was almost an exact replica of the first. Kentucky continued to keep their foot on the gas, cruising to another elite offensive half. Leading the way was Wagner, as he scored from all three levels while also helping orchestra this UK offense.

Kentucky ended up scoring a John Calipari era-record 118 points. The previous high was 115 vs. Arizona State by the De’Aaron Fox/Malik Monk/Bam Adebayo team. Good company to be with.

There isn’t much else to say about this game. It was an elite offensive effort by this Kentucky squad. From ball movement to shooting to their transition game, there just aren't many teams that can keep up with this team. We can all question the defense, but when you are averaging over 90 points per game, you don't need to be the best defensive squad in the country.

Now, we will get to see the Cats in another early season test when they welcome the Miami Hurricanes to Lexington for the ACC/SEC Challenge on Tuesday night.

Should be a fun one.

Box Score


Game MVP

I could award this to a number of guys tonight. Rob Dillingham played a great all-around game. Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves continued to score the ball at an elite level. But tonight it was the DJ Wagner show.

He finished the night with 28 points on 10/14 shooting, including 2/5 from three. He also added five assists, one rebound, and one steal.

Although Wagner might have struggled to start the season, it is obvious he has now settled in. For this Kentucky team to be as elite as we think they can be, Wagner leading the charge is going to be key. These past two games are good indicators that he is ready to take on that role.

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