Kentucky Wildcats romp past Georgia Bulldogs 82-48

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's best night of the season collided head-on with Georgia's worst on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.

The result was devastating.

The No. 22 Wildcats shot 52 percent from the field, knocked down 10 shots from the 3-point arc and committed only seven turnovers en route to an 82-48 rout of the shell-shocked Bulldogs.

Kentucky (18-6, 8-3 SEC) had just one fewer trey than Georgia had total field goals. The Bulldogs shot 22 percent, and at one point spanning the first and second halves, went 17:57 without a basket.

"Obviously, we got whupped at both ends," Georgia coach Mark Fox said.

"It was us and them both," UK coach John Calipari said of the factors leading to an unexpected blowout. "... It was a good effort, one of our better efforts this year."

Freshman guard Jamal Murray followed his 35-point game against Florida with 24 against Georgia. He was 6-of-10 from the arc. Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis posted 14 points, eight assists and three steals, while junior forward Derek Willis added 11 points and six rebounds.

Georgia (13-9, 6-5 SEC) got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Yante Maten, but the big man struggled from the field, going 4-for-14.

Kentucky played its second consecutive game without senior forward Alex Poythress, who Calipari said afterward would miss "about two weeks" with swelling and soreness in his right knee.

In this AllWildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the UK rout...

KEY MOMENT:

Georgia's Kenny Gaines buried a 3-pointer with 13:37 remaining in the first half to pull the Bulldogs within 19-13 of the hot-starting Cats. Little did anyone know at the time, it would be their last basket for more almost an hour of real time. The next one, a Charles Mann layup, would come at the 15:40 mark of the second half. By then, it was a 52-26 UK lead.

BY THE NUMBERS:

0 - Fast-break points for Georgia.

1st - SEC loss for UGA after winning the battle of the boards (36-34).

14 - Three-pointers by UK's Murray in last two games against Florida and Georgia.

15-2 - Points off turnovers in favor of the Cats.

22 - Consecutive missed field goals by Georgia during its nearly 18-minute drought without a bucket.

62-0 - Kentucky's record under Calipari when holding opponents to 55 or fewer points.

QUOTABLE:

"I think they're playing their best basketball." -- UGA coach Mark Fox on the Wildcats.

UP NEXT:

Kentucky returns to action Saturday in a noon ET clash with South Carolina. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Gamecocks (20-3, 7-3 SEC) play host to LSU on Wednesday before welcoming the Cats to Columbia.


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