February 10, 2016 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Kentucky’s Defense proves difference in rout over Georgia
The Kentucky Wildcats (18-6, 8-3 SEC) defense Tuesday night proved to be the difference in the 82-48 rout over the Georgia Bulldogs in front of a packed Rupp Arena. The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to a season low in Field Goals made with 11 and 22 percent shooting from the field. Jamal Murray led the Wildcats with 24 points, as Kentucky shot 47.6 percent from the three point range as a team. Tyler Ulis had another consistent performance with 14 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals.
“We were letting our defense translate to offense.” Stated Kentucky Guard Jamal Murray. “We were really focusing on defensive plays and getting after it.”
From the opening tip, Kentucky controlled the game building a 24-13 lead by the first official TV timeout. At the end of the first half the Wildcats would stretch their lead to 18 leading 42-24 at the intermission. Coming out of the locker room the Cats applied some more defensive pressure to forcing the Bulldogs (13-9, 6-5) into 15 turnovers for the game. Georgia forward Yante Maten was the only Bulldog to reach double figures scoring with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Georgia was 3 of 11 from three for 27.3 percent, while the Wildcats shot 47.6 percent on 21 three-point shot attempts.
“It was us and them both,” Calipari said. “Now, we are back playing defense. We are really working on our team defense. … If you make it an emphasis, they will do it. I thought we did some good things when they tried to throw it in the post.”
The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina at Noon on ESPN.
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