The Wildcats led by as many as 31. In the first half, the Herd employed a good bit of zone defense and Kentucky tried to counter from the 3-point line. That didn't work, as the Wildcats made just 1 of 13 first-half 3-pointers.
In the second half, Kentucky started to push the ball down low, with much better results. The Wildcats made 16 of 32 second-half shots, going 2 for 4 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Herd shot 29.5 percent from the floor for the entire game, making just eight shots in the first half and going long streaks without a basket.
"I'm not shocked," Tinnon said of Kentucky's dominance in the post. "These guys are huge. They're twice my size. These are the things they're supposed to be doing as big men. But it's my job to stand in there. I guess I've got to get in the weight room to get stronger to stop those 7-footers."
At 6-10, Marshall center Nigel Spikes is the tallest of the Herd's Saturday lineup. He agreed that the Wildcats size down low allowed them to pull ahead.
"They rebound excellently," he said. "They play hard. They're good hustle players. You really see it on film and you saw it (Saturday). With a team like this, if you slip up, every position on the court has to be played well. They took advantage of a lot of miscues we had."
Kentucky Coach John Calipari lauded Marshall for its physical style, saying it was exactly the type of team Kentucky needed to play to prepare itself for the rest of the season. Herrion said the Wildcats fared very well.
"I'd like to think our team, physically, can play against a lot of teams in the country," he said. "We usually try to lay the wood on people and I thought they responded pretty well. Bodies were flying today for both teams, body on body. I think some games, they might have bounced off some guys and not responded. Tonight, I thought they played at a physical level. "
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