Welcome to a white Humphrey Coliseum where there was a scheduled black out. The irony. I realized about halfway here that I’d left my cell phone at home but decided it wasn’t worth the risk to turn around so I’m kicking it old school tonight. Mississippi State will wear black uniforms tonight while Kentucky will be in white. I.J. Ready (ankle) is going through pregame warm-ups but Travis Daniels is not after rolling his ankle during yesterday’s practice. Both are listed as a game-time decision.
The crowd is pretty barren but the student section is full. We’ve got an early deadline tonight due to weather so I’ll hopefully get everything in on time and get home while the roads are still decent enough to drive on. I’ll try to keep this updated throughout the game but the internet has been sketchy so far.
Still no sign of Daniels.
Mississippi State (12-15, 5-9)
1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 206, Jr.
15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, So.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 260, Jr.
25- Roquez Johnson, F, 6-7, 210, Sr.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 196, Jr.
No. 1 Kentucky
2- Aaron Harrison, G, 6-6, 212, So.
5- Andrew Harrison, G, 6-6, 210, So.
12- Karl-Anthony Towns, F, 6-11, 250, Fr.
15- Willie Cauley-Stein, F, 7-0, 240, Jr.
41- Trey Lyles, F, 6-10, 235, Fr.
Daniels is going through pre-game warm-ups now.
Alley oop by Kentucky on the first possession.
4-0 UK 19:21 1st Aaron Harrison 2, Lyles 2
We’re 45 seconds into the game and State has burned two timeouts.
Sword with a steal and slam to give him 1,001 career points. It also tied the game.
8-6 UK 15:55 1st Sword 4, Lyles 4
Thomas with a loose ball recovery and slam. State down two.
Daniels checks into the game.
18-10 UK 11:29 1st Sword 6 points
Andrew Harrison plows into Sword in the open court right in front of the ref. Sword called for a travel. Worst call I’ve seen this season.
24-13 UK 7:57 1st Sword 8, Lyles 8
Ware’s slam pulls State within nine.
29-21 UK 4:31 1st Lyles 13 points.
31-21 UK 3:37 1st Lyles 13 points
Anthony Dixon and Johnthan Banks getting some love on the jumbotron.
Trivante Bloodman with an alley oop to Demetrius Houston. State down six.
UK drains a trey before the halftime buzzer sounds.
HALFTIME: NO. 1 KENTUCKY 36, MISSISSIPPI STATE 27
Key halftime stats:
FG% UK 46.7; MSU 43.5
3PT% UK 42.9, MSU 0
FT% UK 100, MSU 70
Rebounds: UK 17, MSU 13
Turnovers: UK 4, MSU 4
Pts off TO’s: UK 4, MSU 4
Paint Pts: UK 20, MSU 16
2nd chance: UK 4, MSU 0
Fast break: UK 6, MSU 4
Bench: UK 9, MSU 8
Individual scoring: UK – Trey Lyles 13, Aaron Harrison 7, Karl-Anthony Towns 4, Devin Booker 4, Andrew Harrison 3, Tyler Ulis 3, Dakari Johnson 2; MSU – Craig Sword 8, Fred Thomas 6, Gavin Ware 4, Demetrius Houston 4, Trivante Bloodman 2, Oliver Black 2, Roquez Johnson 1
State had pulled to within five but Booker buries a 3 in the corner.
39-33 UK 16:21 2nd Lyles 13 points
41-34 UK 15:32 2nd Lyles 13 points
Ray said he wanted to cut down turnovers. Bulldogs have just four tonight.
State is within four now.
49-39 UK 11:27 2nd Lyles 13 points
This State team struggles more than any I’ve covered at inbounding the ball.
58-40 UK 9:18 2nd Lyles 15 points
64-41 UK 7:17 2nd Lyles 17 points
Thomas with a trey.
Lots of alley oop dunks by the Wildcats here in the second half.
Houston with another alley oop dunk of his own.
Thomas with another 3.
FINAL: NO. 1 KENTUCKY 74, MISSISSIPPI STATE 56