On a brisk wintry evening in Oxford, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ole Miss met on the hardwood for a mid-week SEC Basketball matchup. On the hardwood, the action was about as ugly as the weather outside, as these two teams struggled to create any separation in the first half. However, Antonio Reeves started to light up the scoreboard with nine first-half points, all of which came from behind the three-point line. For Ole Miss, it was Amaree Abrams with eleven first-half points that helped the Rebels keep it close at the break.
In the second half, it was all Kentucky as the Wildcats buried the Rebels mid-way through and never looked back. Following the under-12 media timeout in the second half, Kentucky came out with a spark the Wildcats were trying to find all game. Kentucky turned up the pressure on the defensive front, forcing Ole Miss to turn the ball over, leading to several easy Kentucky baskets on the other end. Kermit Davis called a quick timeout following the Kentucky run to slow down the Wildcats, providing an opportunity for the Rebels to go on a 6-0 run of their own. Kentucky hit two massive free throws to stop the Ole Miss run, then Sahvir Wheeler from Kentucky forced Ole Miss to a ten-second call leading to another Reeves three-pointer for the Wildcats.
At the final media timeout of the game, Kentucky extended the lead over Ole Miss to 67-53 with 3:27 remaining in the game. From there, it was smooth sailing for Coach Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats. Echos of Go Big Blue rang loud throughout the confines of the Pavilion on the Ole Miss campus as Kentucky secured their 18th win of the season.
In the end, the athleticism of Kentucky that won the game for the Wildcats, as Ole Miss, had no answer for the power that Kentucky brought to the floor tonight. Antonio Reeves led the way for Kentucky in scoring, finishing the night with 27 points.