The Kansas Jayhawks are once again facing a large deficit at the half as they trail 41-27 at the half against Kentucky Wildcats. The 14-point deficit is the largest amount that Kansas has trailed the entire lead, and other bad news for Kansas is that Kentucky has won their last 40 games when leading at the half.
The first half has featured many blocked shots on both sides with two by Kansas' Jeff Withey, and according to Kenny Smith that would be half way to a Kansas victory as he predicted that Kansas would win if Withey blocked four shots. However, Kansas needs more than that Withey's defense if they are to come back and win.
The real concern for Kansas is that their offense is having a tough time as they are shooing 33 percent from the field. Tyshawn Taylor has made 50 percent of his shots but he has only eight points and Kansas' other leading scorer is Thomas Robinson but he has shot just 3-of-11. Those two players are the key offensive weapons and they need to step up their game if they want to come back in this game.
Kentucky's offense is clicking even though Anthony Davis has been held scoreless at the half on 0-of-4 shooting. The players picking up the slack are Doron Lamb who has 12 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has 11 points. Kansas will be in real trouble whenever Davis is able to score some points, because he will eventually break through in tonight's championship game.
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