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Kentucky Too Much For Indiana The Second Time Around | Zellar

Avenging their regular season loss to the Hoosiers, Kentucky has punched their ticket to the Elite 8. Terrance Jones hit Kentucky‘s first shot of the game, draining a 3-pointer, to get the ‘Cats off and running in a game that proved to be a high scoring affair. Indiana shot the ball well throughout the game, but ran into early foul trouble. Junior Jordan Hulls and freshman big man Cody Zellar both drew their second fouls by the 13:23 mark and Kentucky was already in the bonus with 13:11 remaining in the first half. Kentucky had its own foul problems, as Anthony Davis drew his second early, forcing him to sit for the last 15 minutes of the half.

With Hulls and Zellar out, Kentucky began pulling away, building a 9-point lead. As his team fell behind and with 10 minutes left in the half coach Crean took the risk of putting the two players back in the game, despite their foul situations. The game quickly began to turn, as Indiana went on a 21-8 run, establishing a 43-39 lead with just over three minutes remaining. Neither player drew another foul in the half.

Kentucky answered with a run of its own. A runner in the lane by Darius Miller, a tip in by Terrance Jones, and a shot off the glass by Kidd-Gilcrest, were all part of an 11-4 Kentucky run to close out the half, which gave the Wildcats a 50-47 lead going into the break.

Coach Calipari was concerned with his teams defensive effort through the first half, especially with Anthony Davis missing so much time.

“Our issue is defensively,” he said, “How about we guard somebody. I think they’re shooting about 97 percent right now.”

Indiana was in fact shooting an impressive 58 percent from the field.

Darius Miller helped Kentucky get off on the right foot in the second half, contributing 8 in a row in the early moments. Indiana answered in the form of sophomore Victor Oladipo, who repeatedly slashed his way through the lane for high percentage, point blank shots at the basket. But fouls continued to plague the Hoosiers, as Oladipo drew his fourth only 10 minutes into the second half. He would finish the game with 15 points. Indiana also continued sending the ‘Cats to the charity stripe, where they hit an unbelievable 35 of 37 attempts.

Kentucky built a 13 point lead in the second, and though Indiana came to within 5 points, they were unable to match the Wildcats scoring down the stretch. The Hoosiers great scoring performance was not enough as Kentucky broke the century mark leading to a final score of 102-90. It was a game which Kentucky may ultimately have won at the free throw line.

Indiana finished the game shooting 52 percent from the field. Kentucky shot 48 percent from the field, 5-10 from beyond the arc, and 95 percent from the line.

Louisville native and freshman guard, Remy Abell put in 6-points for the Hoosiers, along with 1 rebound and 2 turnovers.

 

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