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Kentucky Gets 50th Consecutive Home Win Against Ole Miss, 77-62
February 19, 2012KentuckySports.co
If you had any doubt left after the Indiana game that Anthony Davis could get in foul trouble, sit the bench for signifant minutes, and things could flow normally for Kentucky, then it's officially gone after today's first half. Davis was out early with two quick fouls with Kentucky up strong early, but the lead quickly dwindled and the Cats found themselves trailing with the Ole Miss Rebels in Rupp Arena. Luckily, Kentucky went on a 12-5 run without Davis, led by a sharp performance by Senior Darius Miller, to go into halftime with a 43-35 lead. The Cats came back in the second half with Davis back on the floor providing the defense in the paint, but offensively, they were driven by their ability to hit shots behind the three-point line. Darius Miller had 14 points, including three three-pointers, and Doron Lamb put up 16 points, all three-pointers. Terrence Jones also put up a big game, getting his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Six players (Wiltjer, Miller, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lamb, Davis, and Jones) ended the game in double digits.
With this win, Kentucky racks up its 50th consecutive home winning streak (Calipari remains unbeaten in Rupp Arena in his Kentucky career) and keeps its perfect streak alive in SEC play this season as well. Even without the loss that many think Kentucky could learn from, they will learn from the rough patch without Davis in the first half. It was telling how they responded in the clutch; the veterens stepped up, particularly Darius Miller, and provided the team with the spark it needed to remain on top. Also to be noted, highly-touted recruit Nerlens Noel was in attendance today to see the Cats win. The Big Blue Nation is already watching his decision process very closely.
I can't find on yet, but keep an eye out on YouTube for the Darius Miller dunk from the first half. Unbelievable. Blake Griffin, who?