Mar 21, 2014 11:13 PM by St. Louis, MO
After missing out on the tourament last year, many of the Kentucky players got the chance to play in their first NCAA Tournament game. And, the Wildcats didn't seem as composed as they were last week in Atlanta for the SEC Tournament.
The game had an unusual start as Kansas State's, Brian Rohleder, was called for a technical foul for dunking in warm-ups. So, Andrew Harrison hit 1-of-2 free throws before the game even began.
Then, the Wildcats struggled from the field. UK Missed 11 of their first 13 shots for 16%. Good thing is the Cats played good defense to only trail 8-5. That's when Alex Poythress hit a big three pointer to tie the game at 8-8.
After a couple of Andrew Harrison free throws gave the Wildcats a 10-8 lead, Aaron Harrison sank a three pointer. That was followed up by Andrew draining a straight away three pointer and Aaron droping in another long one from the wing to give UK a 19-10 lead.
Julius Randle had a huge slam off a great pass from Andrew Harrison to give UK a 10 point lead, 26-16. And, the Wildcats built their biggest lead of the half 12 with another Randle driving lay-up. 29-17 UK would lead.
Kansas State was able to cut the lead to six at 29-23 right before the half. Aaron Harrison led the way with nine. His brother, Andrew chipped in 6 with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Randle also added 6 with 6 rebounds.