UK Men's Basketball

Fast Break: Cats shine brightest when heat is on

UK's Anthony Davis drove to the basket as the University of Kentucky played Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. This is first half action. Charles Bertram | Staff
UK's Anthony Davis drove to the basket as the University of Kentucky played Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. This is first half action. Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Talking points

The KFC Yum Center was buzzing with Wildcats fans and this one started with a flurry. The Cats came out roaring but Royce White gave UK fits. UK hit three early three-pointers, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller sparked a 10-0 UK run and it was 23-11. Iowa State forced UK to take jumpers and chipped away at the lead. Marquis Teague scored six straight points, and a 30-26 UK lead became 38-27 at the half. That didn't last long when White began to dominate. It was quickly 42-42. Anthony Davis went to work on defense, Miller on offense to ignite an 18-2 run. The Cats hit a flurry of threes to pull away.

Telling numbers

■ UK outshot a team known for its outside weapons. It had four three-pointers before Iowa State made one. For the game UK was 10-for-20; Iowa State 3-for-22.

■ Maybe some rest will get Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on track. His only field goal came in the final seconds.

■ Doron Lamb picked up his fourth foul with 13:49 to go and UK led only 48-44. Panic? UK scored 17 of the next 19 points.

Thumbs up

■ UK is young but when it seemed this team was about to be tested on the big stage, it put on a clinic.

■ A fired-up Miller was lights out. Bottle this one up.

■ Iowa State tried to make Teague beat them. He answered with 24 points, seven assists and two turnovers.

Thumbs down

■ John Calipari warned all year that teams would get physical with UK. At times it looked like White himself backed them down. But can't that happen with freshmen?

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