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Big 12/SEC Challenge: Kentucky Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

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Kristopher Love | 29 January, 2018, 23:58

The Wildcats made 8-of-18 (44%) from beyond the arc, including 5 from Knox. At West Virginia, the Mountaineers couldn't seem to miss in the first half, either, building a 17-point lead.

The West Virginia defeat certainly didn't appear in the works in the first half. And yet, in the midst of that chaos, Knox delivered 10 points and 4 rebounds in the next 6 minutes to ignite a 21-2 run. Things did not get better in conference play.

With Kansas falling to Oklahoma last week, West Virginia only sits a game out of first place in the Big 12 Conference even following the recent slide. Some are Marvin Bagley III or Deandre Ayton or Trae Young, and some are guys that need some seasoning before their find their footing at this level, guys like Nick Richards, or Wenyen Gabriel, or Hamidou Diallo or, hell, everyone on this Kentucky roster, save for maybe Knox. Kentucky hit all 18 of its foul shots in the second half, it rebounded with vigor and played with more toughness and determination that West Virginia in West Virginia's house.

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"Just stayed aggressive", said Knox, who had scored single digits four times in the previous 10 games and surpassed 20 points just once in that span. Since then, Ahmad has scored a combined eight points. WVU eclipsed the previous high point total for a United Kingdom opponent in the first half (Virginia Tech scored 47), and Kentucky faced its largest halftime deficit (previous biggest was nine points against Utah Valley).

Knox eclipsed his previous high of 25 points against Illinois-Chicago on November 26.

Carter is the only player in the nation averaging more than 16 points, six assists and three steals per game.

A drive by Hamidou Diallo put United Kingdom ahead 72-70 with 3:25 left.

NO. 1 UCONN 98, TULANE 45: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 15 of her 19 in the first half for the host Huskies, 20-0 for the 11th time in program history and 9-0 in the AAC.

Matching a career-high seven blocks, Konate twice deflected dunk attempts by Wildcats star Kevin Knox. Bolden added 17 points and Konate had 13 points and seven blocked shots. "I love playing away games and going against people on the road". They've beaten teams like Oklahoma and Virginia, with the latter coming off a huge victory over Duke and is now the No. 2 team in the country, sustaining only one loss this season (at WVU). It will be interesting to watch whether Carter can shut down Gilgeous-Alexander and make him a non-factor.

Carter and fellow senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. were freshmen in 2014-15 when West Virginia was pummeled by Kentucky 78-39 in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland. This game is part of the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.

Florida lost that one at the three-point line. The Cats and Mountaineers the primetime for the Big 12-SEC showdown. West Virginia had a surprisingly tough time getting it going on the offensive end and couldn't fight back after TCU took a 66-46 lead with just 5:57 left in regulation.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba converted 6 of 8 from the field and 12 of 13 free throws.