UK Basketball | Cal leaves early but Cats stick around to route South Carolina

02/13/2016 02:23 PM

There must be something about the sidelines at USC that just doesn’t agree with John Calipari. For the second time in three years Coach Cal was ejected from a game in Columbia. This time for apparently questioning the physical play of a game that was less than 3 minutes old. Cal had to be restrained by players after getting two technicals in a matter of seconds before exiting the court. His day was over but Kentucky’s was just getting started.

Kenny Payne took over head coaching duties but Ulis and Murray took over the team. The pair finished with 25 of Kentuckys 42 first half points while forcing two of the Gamecocks 4 first half turnovers. Marcus Lee made his presence felt today after a subpar outing versus Georgia. The junior forward finished the 1st half with 6 points and 7 rebounds as Kentucky went into the half with a 15 point lead; 42-27.

The second half started off much like the first half ended. Tyler Ulis leading the break and this time flipping the ball off of the backboard for a monster dunk by a trailing Marcus Lee. That was the start of an 18-4 run that saw UK push their lead to as many as 34 points as Kentucky would go on to pummel the Gamecocks 89-62.

Today was a career day for Tyler Ulis. When all was said and done he had 27 pts and 12 assists. Both career highs. His running mate Jamal Murray chipped in 26 points. Over the last 4 games the pair are averaging almost 46 points and 11 assists.

Junior forward Marcus Lee finished with 11 pts and 13 rebounds, which is more than he’s had in his last three games combined. Isaiah Briscoe was the only other Wildcat in double figures as he totaled 10 pts, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Next up for Kentucky (19-6, 9-3), who currently sits atop the SEC, is a return home for a Thursday night rematch with Tennessee. 2 weeks ago UK had opened an 18 point first half lead in Knoxville before falling to the Volunteers 84-77. Thursday nights tip will be at 7pm on ESPN

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or


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