The Kentucky Wildcats are getting offense from an unlikely source in their Sweet 16 showdown with top-seeded Ohio St. Buckeyes. Behind 12 points and 7 rebounds from Josh Harrellson, the Wildcats are tied with the Buckeyes 30-30 at the half.
Ohio State led by as many as 7 in the first half, but could not remain in rhythm. After shooting the lights out in Cleveland during the 2nd and 3rd rounds, the Buckeyes shot just 30.8% in the first half – just 2-6 from three point range.
Jared Sullinger has 10 points on just 2-8 from the floor. Sullinger is 6-6 from the free throw line where the Buckeyes as a team shot 12-15. Kentucky, meanwhile, shot the ball pretty well in the first half – 44.4% – and out-rebounded the Buckeyes 18-14.
The difference in the game heading into the second half, however, could be fouls. The Wildcats have five players with two fouls at the break, including guard Brandon Knight, Harrelson and forward Terrence Jones.
Ohio State committed just four personal fouls while Kentucky was whistled 11 times.