Thursday, March 25, 2010
Halftime: Kentucky 32, Cornell 16
By Andy Katz
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- What were your thoughts when Cornell opened up a 10-2 lead? Well, mine were that this is a good start but it almost seemed surreal. Jeff Foote was playing well by controlling the early post play. Ryan Wittman hit a 3-pointer. All looked good.
Until DeMarcus Cousins started to re-assert control of the post and the pressure got amped up to another level as the Wildcats started to force turnovers.
And then it was off to the races. How can you not like Kentucky's fast break? Cornell simply got run over by a truck.
Kentucky was taking high-percentage shots, making 14-of-28, a lot of them layups. When you're streaking out on the break it doesn't matter that the Wildcats only made two 3s.
Cornell can't win by making only a pair of 3s.
You have to credit Kentucky's ability to share the basketball. The Wildcats did a tremendous job of complementing each other with 11 assists on 14 field goals.
The crowd was rocking early when Cornell had the lead. But the Kentucky faithful were loudest when the Wildcats went on that menacing 30-6 run to close out the half.
In an NCAA tournament full of upsets we might actually get a chalk Elite Eight in Syracuse with Kentucky vs. West Virginia in a 1 vs. 2 matchup.
If you watch the Wildcats, do you start to think at times of UNLV from the early '90s? Sometimes it's hard not to think that the Wildcats look the part.