Trading sides of the floor at halftime couldn’t help a bone-dry Georgia team, which needed 17:57 to break one of its field-goal droughts in Kentucky’s 82-48 blowout win on Tuesday night.
Kentucky was outstanding on the defensive end, allowing just three Georgia players to hit shots before garbage time. The Wildcats totaled seven blocks and eight steals, while the Bulldogs recorded none of either.
Wildcats freshman Jamal Murray continued a hot streak that began against Florida on Saturday, hitting 6-of-10 from 3-point range as part of a 24-point night.
MVP: Murray. A strong first half (13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3-for-4 from long range) helped Kentucky get out front. He’s all but solidified his status as an NBA lottery pick over the past couple games.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis and Marcus Lee
Off the bench: Skal Labissiere, Isaac Humphries, Charles Matthews, Dominique Hawkins, E.J. Floreal and Isaac Humphries
Cleaning up the glass: Kentucky led, 42-24, at halftime… Bulldogs starter J.J. Frazier shot 0-for-8 from the field … Labissiere led the Wildcats on the boards with seven rebounds.
Previous game: Kentucky blows out Florida in wire-to-wire fashion
What’s next: Sat., Feb. 13 at South Carolina (Noon ET, ESPN)