Well, after one of the worst first halves I have ever seen, Kentucky came back from 15 down to almost win the game against an extremely good Michigan State team. The story of the night without question is, Julius Randle. After turning in only 4 points in the first half, Randle tallied 23 in the second and almost single handedly won the game for the Cats. Double team, triple team it didn't matter, MSU had absolutely no answer for Julius. There is nothing this kid can't do. Double team him and he'll kick out to a shooter or take both defenders to the rim and either draw a foul or more times than not, get the foul and still score the basket. He is going to be insanely fun to watch going forward.
You also have got to give some props to James Young whose three point shooting kept the Cats from getting run off the floor in the first half. To begin the season, Young was in somewhat of shooting slump, but not tonight. When it seemed like no one knew what to do when MSU raced out to a 10-0 lead early in the first, Young relied on his outside shooting to keep the Spartans from running away with it early.
Besides the 17 turnovers, which was bad enough, but then you throw in the fact that Kentucky shot below 50% as a team from the free-throw line. That is something that will definitely have to improve if Kentucky expects to win many games.
All in all this was a game that will teach these young Cats what they need to improve on and will do nothing but give them big game experience very early in a long season….
Box-score, stats and interview transcripts to follow soon…...