Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Georgia

January 25, 2014 


    Kentucky vs. Wisconsin

    When: 8:49 p.m. Saturday

    Location: Indianapolis

    TV: TBS

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630 and WBUL-FM 98.1

    Records: No. 1 seed Kentucky 37-0; No. 1 seed Wisconsin 35-3

A quick summary of Kentucky's 79-54 victory over Georgia in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

Talking points

Georgia, a surprise in early SEC play, had to go without injured guard Kenny Gaines (12 ppg). Play was sloppy early on both sides. Then UK erupted. A couple of Andrew Harrison lobs led to dunks, UK hit a trio of three-pointers and a coast-to-coast Derek Willis drive sparked a 21-3 run and 25-10 lead. The lead was 34-22 at the half. Georgia battled within 37-31 before UK began to pull away with a 19-3 run behind some nice work from Willie Cauley-Stein. A late basket and assist from Jon Hood ignited the crowd.

Telling numbers

■ Kentucky showed good balance. Six players scored eight or more points.

■ UK went almost 12 minutes in the second half before commiting a turnover.

■ Georgia made 12 baskets inside the three-point line. Kentucky blocked 11 Georgia shots.

■ UK had a 20-6 edge in fast-break points.

■ Cauley-Stein had five steals and three blocks in the first half. As a team, UK had six steals in the half.

■ Kentucky made 29.2 percent of its first-half shots.

■ Saturday was the first time this season Georgia outrebounded an opponent and lost.

■ Julius Randle took three shots in the first half.

Thumbs up

■ Kentucky's ball movement — led by Andrew Harrison — was the best it has been all year. The result was UK looked more like a team than a collection of good talent.

■ Cauley-Stein, struggling of late, played with the energy UK needs.

Thumbs down

■ Not much to pick on. UK struggled a little to start each half.

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