Talking points, key numbers from Kentucky's 79-56 victory over Hampton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum Center on Thursday night:
* Kentucky has to come out with more energy the rest of the tournament.
* Remember when UK lacked a low-post, back-to-the-basket scoring threat? Now, going to Karl-Anthony Towns (career-high 21 points) is UK's best option. By far.
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* Kentucky might be vulnerable if Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker continue to struggle shooting (a combined 1-for-11 with no made three-pointers).
* This game could have been really ugly in the first half if Towns had not taken over.
* The advantage of being a No. 1 seed is that the first-round opponent simply doesn't have enough firepower to present a serious threat. All that ends now -- this tournament gets serious for the Cats.
* There are times when it seems as if the freshmen are the steadying influence on this team.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
* Kentucky is 12-0 as a No. 1 seed in opening games. Before Thursday night, the average victory margin was 29.5 points. UK's closest opening game as a No. 1 seed was an 81-66 win over Western Kentucky in Louisville in 2012. UK went on to win the NCAA title.
* Hampton made 30 percent from the field in the second half; 27 percent in the first half.
* In the paint, UK outscored the Pirates 44-20.
* On the boards, UK won 51-31.
* Hampton started the second half hitting one of its first 13 shots.
* Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles had nine of UK's 14 field goals in the first half.
* Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein were 1 for 13 from the field in the first half and missed their first 10 shots.
* A three-point basket by Andrew Harrison was UK's only three-pointer (in six attempts) in the first half. It came with 46 seconds left.
* The game was only 55 seconds old before Trey Lyles had a poster dunk.
* With a huge size advantage, UK's big guys scored the Cats' first 16 points before Tyler Ulis scored with just more than 11 minutes to go in the first half.
The Cats face Cincinnati (23-10) Saturday in Louisville. The Bearcats beat Purdue 66-65 in overtime Thursday night. The Bearcats trailed by seven points with less than a minute to go in regulation. They are known for tough defense, with a reliance on a 2-3 matchup zone. Octavia Ellis is a 6-foot-10 forward who leads the team in scoring (10.0) and rebounding (7.3). He was ejected from the Purdue game for a flagrant foul. During the season, the Bearcats beat Morehead State 69-61 and lost to Mississippi 66-54. UC Coach Mick Cronin has been out since mid-December, when it was discovered that he had a brain aneurysm. Associate head coach Larry Davis took over in his absence.