UK Men's Basketball

Thumbs up/Thumbs down: How Kentucky beat Providence

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein scored in the first half.
Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein scored in the first half. Herald-Leader

Recapping Kentucky's 58-38 win over Providence

Game Summary: Providence was patient offensively and slowed down the Kentucky offense by mixing up defenses. In the end, the Friars did not have enough offensive punch, making four of their final 29 shots. Providence led much of the first half but Tyler Ulis sparked UK to a 26-22 halftime lead with his pesky defense. UK's defense, led by Willie Cauley-Stein, eventually allowed UK to pull away midway into the second half.

Thumbs up:

* Kentucky's defense continues to be outstanding.

* Willie Cauley-Stein has added some polish to his offensive. Asusual, his defense was spectacular.

* Tyler Ulis turned this one around with his defense.

* UK continues to play unselfishly.

Thumbs down:

* From an energy level, UK looked like it had a little turkey hangover early.

* UK spent most of the game out of offensive rhythm.times.

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