Recapping Kentucky's 79-56 victory over Hampton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville on Thursday night:
There was nothing complicated about this: Undefeated and No. 1 seed Kentucky was bigger and better than Hampton. The Cats were not always sharp, but the Big Blue crowd never had to worry that this one was in danger. Hampton ran out of gas in the second half, and UK turned it into a rout. A spirited Hampton team showed little fear early, and it was 9-9. Hampton trailed by only four points 12 minutes into the game. However, Hampton could not match up with Karl-Anthony Towns (12 first-half points) and his work inside took UK from an 18-14 lead to 32-14. Hampton went cold, and it was 41-22 at the half. The lead was 65-32 midway into the second, and fans were filing out of the KFC Yum Center as the clock struck midnight. 35-0!
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* Towns took over after a shaky start for UK and was dominant.
* Tyler Ulis was UK's best guard in the first half.
* After a slow start, Kentucky became Kentucky. And it was over.
* Once again, UK's defense and depth wore down an opponent.
* In the second half, Andrew Harrison looked like the player we've seen of late.
* It didn't really matter, but the Cats looked as if they were sleep-walking through much of the first half. It was not vintage UK.
* In the first half, non-freshmen made three field goals for UK.