The definition of a “trap game” is a game in which a stronger team faces a seemingly weak team the week before facing a formidable opponent.
The slow starts of this tea did not seem to be the problem on Tuesday night at Rupp against Mississippi State. They started with all engines running. Herro was hitting everything he threw up and PJ had his game face on. The two missed dunks in a row did not make a difference because of the poor shooting of Mississippi State.
Kentucky Shot 41% in the first half to Mississippi State’s 30.0%. Mississippi State was 1-8 from the three point line, Kentucky 4-9. The CATS shot 80% from the free point line, Mississippi State 62.5%. Yet, State trailed by only 8 at the half and if you were watching the game you would get the “feel” Kentucky should be up by 15.
If you let something hang around long enough it will eventually catch up to you. That is what happened during the second half of this match up. The CATS inability to make shots and lack of focus allowed State to decrease the scoring margin to two, 41-39. With 9:53 showing on the clock the CATS led by 8 with the Bulldogs still nipping at their heels.
Quickley’s three at the 8:16 mark stretched the CATS lead to eleven. A hook from PJ Washington put the lead at 13, 59-46 at the 5:55 point.
The game was a top twenty five match up but somehow never felt that way. Perhaps the win at Auburn and the anticipation of Kansas at Rupp on Saturday kindly trapped Mississippi State in the middle.
Final Score: Kentucky 76, Mississippi State 55
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