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HALF: Kentucky 31, Mississippi State 23

Kentucky got off to an uncharacteristically hot start for the late 9 p.m. tip-off at Rupp Arena, the Wildcats sprinted out to a 7-0 lead, one they would hold onto for the remainder of the first half.

Leading 31-23 at the intermission, the Cats got big first half performances from Nate Sestina and E.J. Montgomery. Sestina hit three straight buckets in only seven minutes of action to score six points, while Montgomery chimed in with a team-high seven points and five rebounds.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 Comments for HALF: Kentucky 31, Mississippi State 23



  1. Bluehender
    10:00 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    Out rebounded them in the first half. EJ playing with some energy. I say run a couple more of those base line looks for Richards. Good job so far…



    • Bluehender
      10:01 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      …and get Sestina a little more PT and a few more looks.



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:02 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah I’m really liking EJ’s fight. Cant believe that elbow to Nick’s head was not called a flagrant, wait….of course it wasn’t, would’ve been if it had been the other way around.



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:03 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      If EJ can get in shape to play with that energy the whole game he could be a big piece.



  2. 4everUKBlue
    10:05 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    Righteous1 and mashbum standing on a ledge holding hands ready to jump if Kentucky wins. Lol



    • Bluehender
      10:08 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      Lol..



    • ClutchCargo
      12:03 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Or to do unmentionable things with each other, should the Cats lose.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:02 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Excellent point Clutch, hadn’t thought of it that way…..and for a reason, conjures up thoughts I’d rather not think.



  3. Bluehender
    10:11 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    Go EJ!!



  4. 4everUKBlue
    10:11 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    EJ bringing it!



  5. Bluehender
    10:16 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    I like Richards facing the basket from 12-15 feet



  6. 4everUKBlue
    10:27 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’m getting a little worried, only 18 total fouls called.



    • Bluehender
      10:30 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      Think someone had a talk with the officials after Saturday’s debacle?



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:30 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      I was wondering the same thing.



  7. 4everUKBlue
    10:31 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    EJ flirting with a double double. Just goes to show he has he ability and potential to be good, just needs to get in top condition and some confidence.



    • Bluehender
      10:34 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

      I think he is finally realizing that he has to be that “guy” that we need him to be at the 4 spot. Rebound and score inside..



  8. Bluehender
    10:32 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    Who IS number 23??



  9. Bluehender
    10:56 pm February 4, 2020 Permalink

    A bounce pass to Richards is a turnover on Hagans as far as I’m concerned. As much as he’s improved, you still can’t throw him a bounce pass. Hagans should know better…