Fast Break: Free-throw shooting, veteran poise boost Kentucky

March 24, 2012 

  • Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday
    Where: LP Field in Nashville
    TV: ESPNews
    Radio: WBUL-FM 98.1; WLAP-AM 630; WWRW-FM 105.5

Talking points

It was an electric atmosphere and a game with an electric pace. UK started 7-for-10 from the field but Cody Zeller took it to Anthony Davis early. Both Davis and Zeller were quickly sidelined with two fouls. UK led early but Indiana was getting inside the UK defense. Terrence Jones helped UK build a 29-20 lead. IU Coach Tom Crean brought two players back in with two fouls and the game turned with a 21-8 IU run. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped UK close the first half for a 50-47 lead. Darius Miller and Doron Lamb heated up and UK moved ahead 79-66 at the 8:52 mark. Indiana didn't make it easy, but in the end UK had too many weapons and made its free throws.

Telling numbers

■ Kentucky made 35 of 37 foul shots.

■ Davis had two field goals and UK won.

■ It took 34 seconds before Davis had a foul. He had his second with 14:05 left in the first half.

■ It took Jones one minute to score more points than he did in the first matchup between the teams.

■ Zeller picked up two fouls in less than 30 seconds and he was sitting at 13:23 of the first half.

■ Seven players had two fouls in the first half.

■ Despite a crazy pace, there were only 14 turnovers.

Thumbs up

■ Kentucky's youngsters were impatient at times, but Lamb and Miller provided play after play.

■ Kidd-Gilchrist was a warrior. Great to see him back on his game.

Thumbs down

■ Defense has been UK's trademark all year. Where was it Friday night?

■ This game had to be draining. The trendy way to play UK lately has been run, run and run. Are they a little tired? A lack of depth?

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