Kentucky Wildcats Roll Transylvania 76-42
11/01/2013 07:41 PM
Transylvania kept up with Kentucky in the first half, but the Wildcats opened up the second half on a 21-2 run to seal the game. UK defeated Transy 76-42 to win their first exhibition game of the season.
The Wildcats led by 11 at halftime, but Kentucky defense locked down and gave up only 12 points in the second half.
Transylvania head coach Brian Lane said, “Our players probably don’t understand what it means to be down by only 11 points to the number one team in the nation.”
John Calipari countered saying, “We have a ways to go. That doesn’t look like the number one team to me.”
Freshman Julius Randle got a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. But he wasn’t the only Wildcats getting in on the action. Eleven other Wildcats scored for Kentucky, including Sam Malone off the bench near the end of the second half.
Dakari Johnson was close to his own double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds. Coach Cal said after the game he was pleased with Johnson’s game, but he wants Willie Cauley-Stein or Johnson to step up and play more.
James Young played a strong game, scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds and recording five assists. Young also had three steals and one block. After the game, Lane said he told any of his players who were defending Young to pass to someone else “because he was just going to take it from them.”
After the game, Calipari told FOX Sports South that tonight did not help clear up what line up or rotation he should go with. He also said that “talent wasn’t playing with energy” and “energy and effort trumps talent.”
The Wildcats play their last exhibition game on Monday against Montevallo at 7 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena.