Aaron Harrison fired in 15 points Sunday and Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns pitched in 10 apiece as Kentucky opened its Big Blue Bahamas tour with a surprisingly easy 74-49 win over the Puerto Rico National Reserves 49 team in Nassau.
The Wildcats played the first of six games that will take place over the course of the next eight days. Coach John Calipari’s team led 38-31 at halftime, then steadily pulled away in the late going as the team from Puerto Rico showed signs of not being in top physical condition. The tour runs through next Sunday.
The Wildcat as played their first exhibition game after 10 practice sessions in Lexington. It appeared the team made effective use of its time, looking fairly sharp despite the fact that it’s just August. Kentucky, with nine McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster, is expected to be voted the preseason No. 1 team when polls are released in October. Playing three professional teams over six games, Calipari had previously told media representatives that Kentucky might not win a game.