The Wildcats started off their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks like they do most home games. Fast and getting out on top quick. The Gamecocks didn’t really stand a chance in Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats jumped out to a 50-21 halftime lead and didn’t really allow South Carolina breath. The ‘Cats ended the game in a blowout win 90-59 over the ‘Cocks. Darius Miller and the Wildcats were simply impressive for the entire game.
To hit on some highlights, the most impressive Kentucky Wildcat of the afternoon was Kentucky native Darius Miller. Miller scored a career high 22 points in the game and shot 60-percent from the field. He also shot 6-8 from behind the arc, where most of his damage was done.
The only thing that would have made this day any better was if he could have recorded one more board. Miller ended his spectacular performance with nine rebounds. This was by far the best performance of his season. I wouldn’t go so far to say his career because he has been pivotal throughout his career in the blue and white.
Terrence Jones also played another fantastic game. I understand the South Carolina Gamecocks are far from a good team in the SEC but it still was a good win that pushed Kentucky to 19-7 (7-5).
Jones scored 19 points on 6-13 shooting. He pulled in 12 rebounds which helped his double-double tally for the season. His physical presence on defense could not have been matched throughout the game. Out of the eight players who played in the game for South Carolina only two players reached double figures and the high scorer finished up with 12 points.
The Kentucky defense was fantastic, only allowing 59 points. It’s difficult to hold any team to under 60 points and the Wildcats just seemed to get after it on the defensive end of the floor.
At halftime the Gamecocks were only shooting 29-percent from the field and was the reason for the 30 point deficit. It got a little better in the second half and they finished up the game with 34-percent. Still not the greatest number you would like to see if you were the head coach of any team.
Kentucky shot the lights out as most know they are capable of. They shot 55-percent from the field and 11-20 from three point. The ‘Cats played yet another complete game at home but we are still waiting for them to show their poise on the road.
We know they are capable of being a very good team but without picking up quality road wins, it is difficult to gauge exactly what kind of tournament team the Wildcats are going to be. One thing is for sure, we could use a win like this on the road against, say, the Tennessee Volunteers?