Samford vs Kentucky

Unranked Kentucky flattens Samford

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Archie Goodwin scored 18 points, Alex Poythress added 16 and all five Kentucky starters scored in double figures as the Wildcats broke a two-game losing streak by drubbing Samford 88-56 on Tuesday night.

Nerlens Noel added 13 points while Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer each had 10 for the Wildcats (5-3), who shot 34 of 61 from the field (56 percent) against the Bulldogs after hitting only 40 of 118 in back-to-back losses against Notre Dame and Baylor.

Those defeats led to Kentucky falling from No. 8 last week to out of the Top 25, ending a 61-week stay in the poll that included 11 weeks at No. 1. The Wildcats responded by outrebounding the Bulldogs 41-25 and holding them to 40 percent shooting.

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Raijon Kelly scored 14 points for Samford (2-8), which didn't score its 10th point until 4:15 remained in the half.

Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Kentucky, coming off a rough week that left the Wildcats outside the Top 25 for the first time under coach John Calipari.

At the very least Calipari wanted more aggression from his players after they struggled to challenge Baylor on shots or for rebounds in Saturday's 64-55 loss. The coach even called out his squad about their commitment on Monday, suggesting that his team could benefit from some extra time in the gym.

For one half, the Wildcats gave their coach what they wanted.

Defensively, they dove for loose balls and challenged the Bulldogs on almost every shot and pass. The first-half result was 4-of-20 shooting (20 percent), a 23-13 rebounding advantage and 14 turnovers leading to 24 points.

Kentucky was just as impressive with the ball, shooting 17 of 32 from the field in the first half while committing just seven turnovers. The Wildcats' control of the boards included a 6-1 edge in offensive rebounds that seemed to please their coach the most.

That effort provided a 45-14 halftime lead, a total nearly matching their overall output the past two games. Kentucky entered the game having scored just 50 points against Notre Dame and 55 against Baylor.

Kentucky was even better shooting in the second half (58 percent) but only outscored Samford 43-42 as defensive lapses allowed the Bulldogs to find their way offensively.

Clide Geffrard had 12 points and Tim Williams and Connor Miller 11 each for Samford.

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With Anthony Davis now in the pros, Willie Cauley-Stein takes over the shot-blocking duties for Kentucky.  (Getty Images)
With Anthony Davis now in the pros, Willie Cauley-Stein takes over the shot-blocking duties for Kentucky. (Getty Images)
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Kentucky (5-3) «454388

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Samford Bulldogs
T. Williams, F385-131-170211
C. Geffrard, Jr., F365-100-180112
C. Miller, G364-80-041211
R. Kelly, G346-140-010114
J. Beckham, G200-43-43343
R. Wilson231-32-41314
W. Cook70-10-00010
B. Hayman60-01-20011
Totals 21-537-122571356
 39.6%58.3% 
Kentucky Wildcats
A. Poythress, F277-90-081216
K. Wiltjer, F273-93-374210
N. Noel, F256-81-260213
J. Mays, G284-60-035310
A. Goodwin, G256-114-434218
W. Cauley-Stein225-102-5121012
R. Harrow211-20-20422
J. Polson210-31-21411
J. Hood42-30-01006
Totals 34-6111-1841231488
 55.7%61.1% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
ETSU17-427-855
UNC-Green.16-525-1095
Furman14-523-1296
Wofford11-916-17190
Chattanooga10-919-12139
Samford10-1120-16170
Mercer9-1015-17192
Citadel5-1512-21283
W. Carolina4-159-23271
VMI3-166-24329

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky16-232-64
Florida14-427-910
Arkansas12-626-1028
S. Carolina12-626-1143
Ole Miss10-822-1477
Alabama10-819-1578
Vanderbilt10-819-1638
Georgia9-919-1552
Texas A&M8-1016-1593
Tennessee8-1016-1682
Auburn7-1118-14113
Miss. State6-1216-16149
LSU2-1610-21194
Missouri2-168-24255
 
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