Kentucky guards combined to score all but five points after halftime against Louisville

James Young - photo by Tim Hamblin | East KY Media
James Young – photo by Tim Hamblin | East Media

Given the way he played in the first half, the circumstances seemed fairly dire when it became clear wouldn’t be able to finish his first game against Louisville.

Randle looked like the best player on the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Behind the star forward, took a 41-36 halftime lead and appeared on the way to the résumé- and confidence-building win it so badly needed.

Then Randle started to hobble around. Coping with cramps, he went back to the locker room. Knowing Randle’s importance, his coach encouraged ’s medical staff to be aggressive in treatment.

“They gave him like three bags of IV and the doc was squeezing it in to try to get him in, because I was saying, ‘Get him back,’ ” Calipari said.

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