Sunday, April 22, 2018
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'Cats response only half-good

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky's 88-56 rout of Samford Tuesday night should have provided a bright spot for the Wildcats considering it ended a two-game losing streak.

How Kentucky finished it bothered coach John Calipari, who plans to reward his team with three weeks at Camp Cal. And it's not the kind of holiday vacation they might envision.

"We're going to condition in the morning for the next three weeks and then practice in the afternoon," Calipari said, "because I can't think of any other reason why you wouldn't come out in the second half and play. Especially with what we've been going through.

"You need to learn how to play a full game. They had that opportunity (Tuesday). So we have to chalk it up to they're not in shape. They will be."

Calipari liked many aspects of the Wildcats' victory. Archie Goodwin scored 18, Alex Poythress added 16 and all five Kentucky starters scored in double figures. The Wildcats (5-3) shot 34-of-61 from the field (56 percent) against the Bulldogs after going 40-of-118 in losses to Notre Dame and Baylor.

But after rolling to a 45-14 halftime lead, Kentucky outscored Samford by just a point in the second half, and Calipari believes that suggested a lack of fitness or commitment.

"Some of it may be mentally, you're not strong enough, you're soft," he said. "So conditioning is good. It makes you stronger mentally."

NO. 3 MICHIGAN 73, W. MICH. 41: Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists for the host Wolverines (8-0), who had lost their previous two games against the Broncos more than a decade ago.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 80, CHARLESTON 38: Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and the visiting Cardinals (7-1) used their stifling defense to take control early.

NO. 8 ARIZONA 63, SOUTHERN MISS. 55: Nick Johnson scored 23, Kevin Parrom had 13 of his 14 in the second half and the host Wildcats (6-0) overcame a season-high 27 turnovers.

NO. 12 MISSOURI 81, SE MISSOURI ST. 65: Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 to help the host Tigers (7-1) rally from 10 points down at halftime.

NO. 13 ILLINOIS 72, W. CAROLINA 64: Brandon Paul scored 14, and D.J. Richardson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions late in the game as the host Illini (9-0) pulled away.

NO. 14 MINNESOTA 88, SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 64: Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 before halftime for the host Gophers (9-1), who reached their highest ranking in the AP poll this week in six years under coach Tubby Smith.

NO. 15 G'TOWN 64, TEXAS 41: Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Hoyas (6-1), who opened with a 9-0 run and cruised at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 25 N.C. ST. 69, UCONN 55: Richard Howell had 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half for the Wolfpack (5-2) in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic.

UMASS: Coach Derek Kellogg indefinitely suspended sophomore center Cady Lalanne after his weekend arrest for allegedly interfering with a police officer at a campus dance.

OBITUARY: Ken Trickey, a former coach at Iowa State, Oral Roberts and other schools, died in Tulsa, Okla. He was 79.

Women

FLORIDA 87, TROY 62: Freshman Carlie Needles and Sydney Moss scored 18 each to lead five in double figures for the host Gators (6-3).

NO. 6 GEORGIA 80, MERCER 38: Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James and Erika Ford scored 12 each for the host Bulldogs, 10-0 for the eighth time in program history.

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