Instant analysis: Kentucky 57, Georgia 44

January, 24, 2012
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How the game was won: Riding the emotional lift provided by a noisy home crowd, Georgia hung with top-ranked Kentucky early and trailed just 23-22 with six minutes left in the first half. But the Wildcats finished the half on a 15-4 run to go up 38-26 at the break and led by double digits for most of the second half, dropping the Bulldogs to 1-5 in SEC play.

Turning point: With Georgia trailing 28-25 late in the opening half, Kentucky guard Darius Miller went on a one-man 7-0 run in the span of three possessions, pushing the Wildcats’ lead into double digits for the first time.

Stat of the game: 41-26. Kentucky had Georgia seriously outsized at essentially every position -- and the advantage was most evident in the Wildcats’ 41-26 rebounding advantage. The Wildcats had two players finish with double-figure rebounds -- Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, while no Bulldog had more than five.

Player of the game: Miller. The Kentucky senior led the Wildcats to a comfortable halftime lead by hitting all five of his shots, three of which came from 3-point range, to score 13 of his game-high 19 points before intermission.

What it means: Georgia enters its open weekend in desperate need of a break, having dropped four of its five conference games. Meanwhile, Kentucky further showed why it moved into the nation’s No. 1 spot in the polls this week, with so many explosive weapons at its disposal.

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