Former Kentucky Basketball assistant Tony Barbee didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes in his return to Rupp Arena. Within five game minutes, Kentucky jumped out to a 16-5 lead on Barbee’s Central Michigan Chippewas before the first media timeout. Barbee called another timeout 30 seconds later and before his team could regroup, the Wildcats were up 20 points, 25-5.
Now 20 minutes into the game, Kentucky holds a commanding 26-point lead over Central Michigan at the turn. Official halftime score: Kentucky 51, Guests 25.
Oscar Tshiebwe leads the scoring with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the home team. Rebounds? He has eight of those. Joining him in the high-scoring column is TyTy Washington with 10 points and Sahvir Wheeler with seven, plus five other teammates with at least one bucket.
Dive into more numbers from the first half and then enjoy the rest of the intermission. We chase the cover and meaningful backup minutes in the second half.