Recapping Kentucky's 58-43 victory over South Carolina at Columbia, S.C., on Saturday:
Once again, it was about Kentucky's suffocating defense, limiting South Carolina to 22.6 percent from the field. During one stretch South Carolina made two of 21 shots. Kentucky seemed in control early but South Carolina stayed close for a while. South Carolina made only five of its first 21 shots, but took a 24-23 lead with just more than four minutes to go in the first half. Them some nifty passing from Tyler Ulis and 11 first-half points from Devin Booker helped UK close the half on an 11-0 run. A stagnant offense kept UK from burying South Carolina in the second half but the Gamecocks never seriously threatened.
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* After South Carolina took a 24-23 lead, the UK defense went to work. The Gamecocks went nine minutes, 48 seconds without a field goal.
* Tyler Ulis had six assists and one turnover.
* Devin Booker. He was UK's offense and has now made 22 of his last 33 three-pointers. He scored in a variety of ways.
* To Holle Hughes, the South Carolina sophomore who wore a Kentucky blue shirt into the Gamecocks student section. An usher told her to cover up the shirt or put on a South Carolina shirt. She put on a gray jacket.
* The Cats went more than 10 minutes in the second half without a field goal.
* UK's big men -- Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson -- made four baskets.
* Kentucky was outrebounded by 12. That should not happen against any team not in the NBA.
* The Cats could have put this one away in the first half if it made foul shots (8-for-15).