Kentucky finally had some competition as Providence came in and made it somewhat of a game.... in the first half at least. The Friars led for most of the first half before Kentucky took the lead going into halftime.
After the half, Providence hung around for a bit, but then Kentucky done what Kentucky always does, overwhelm teams. You could tell that the "platoon system" took a lot out of Providence as Kentucky forced them into 18 turnovers 11 of those being steals by the Cats.
The player who caused the most disruption on the defensive end for the Cats was of course, Tyler Ulis. This kid plays the kind of defense that, for lack of a better word, pisses an opponent off. He is always in their face and there's nothing they can do to get rid of him. Of the 18 turnover, Tyler had a hand in what seemed like all of them. Tyler wasn't the only one who played great defense, Willie Cauley-Stein was another one that seemed to be everywhere on the floor. I can't count how many shots he challenged or altered throughout the course of the game.
It was good to see Kentucky finally play against a quality team just to see how the would respond to an opponent who has similar size and athleticism. If this game is any indication to how they will play against quality opponents, then this is going to be an extremely fun year.