That lead came as Kentucky put the clamps on South Carolina defensively, the Gamecocks were 9 of 34 from the field in the first half.
Offensively Kentucky seemed to get shots at will against the South Carolina defense. The combination of Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis proved to be too lethal for South Carolina very early in the game. During the first seven minutes of play Jones and Davis combined for five dunks as Kentucky sprinted to a 23-10 lead.
South Carolina showed signs of life when Damien Leonard hit threes on consecutive possessions, sandwiched around two made free throws by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, to cut the Kentucky lead to seven at 25-18.
It would be the last time South Carolina was within single digits during the contest.
Terrence Jones responded to score the next four points of play and spur Kentucky to an 11-0 run.
If there was any doubt of the outcome the Wildcats put those thoughts to rest by opening the second half with a 19-5 run to take a 71-30 lead.
With the game well in hand John Calipari used his bench liberally in the second half, much to the disappointment of some Kentucky fans.
Davis was on track for a triple double when the first half ended and he had accumulated 22 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots. Davis sat on the bench for a long time midway through the second half, came back in briefly only to leave again at the 4:44 mark. Davis finished the game just short of the elusive triple-double, with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.
Doron Lamb added 18 points in a very efficient game, missing just one shot from the field. Jones tallied 16 points and snared 6 boards. Kyle Wiltjer finished the game with 12 points in 18 minutes of play.