NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2011 State Farms Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Penn State vs. Kentucky: Wildcats Crush Nittany Lions

Kentucky had a ridiculous first half en route to a blowout win.

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Penn State vs. Kentucky: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For The Nittany Lions

Penn State was spanked soundly and sent straight to bed, 85-47 by No. 2 Kentucky at the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly for the Nittany Lions.

The Good

-While most of his teammates wilted under the pressure of facing a top-5 team, Ross Travis showed he can play with the big boys, posting a 10-point, 8-rebound line for the afternoon. His motor has been impressive all season, and while he'll likely have ups and downs as most freshmen do, he showed he has a lot of room to develop today. 

-Jonathan Graham's contributions were modest, six points on 3-6 shooting with five rebounds, but while most of his teammates struggled, he managed to have an efficient afternoon.

-Anytime Matt Glover scores nine points for Penn State, it's a bonus.

-The Lions beat Kentucky 17-9 on the offensive glass. Encouraging to see the Lions maintain their early season intensity off their own misses against a squad as good as the one they played Saturday.

The Bad

-All five of Billy Oliver's shots were 3-point attempts and he made just one. As the starter at the four spot for this team, he has to start at least taking some inside shots. Penn State has plenty of people who can shoot the deep ball. It needs more presence inside to keep the defense honest.

-Trey Lewis finally hit a bit of a freshman wall after a solid start to his freshman season. His 1-9 shooting performance was ugly to say the least. It comes with the territory of being an underclassman, though.

-Penn State shot just 26.9% from the field. Hard to keep up with any team, let alone Kentucky, when you're shooting that poorly.

The Ugly

-The Lions were 4-12 from the foul line, a 33% clip. That's unacceptable. Kentucky is a tough team, but the Wildcats are no tougher than your run of the mill YMCA team while they're watching free throws. There's no reason to shoot 4-12. None.

-Senior Cammeron Woodyard wasn't much of a calming force. He finished 0-6 from the field and failed to pick his younger teammates up.


Penn State vs. Kentucky: Nittany Lions Crushed, 85-47

The second half wasn't quite as ugly for Penn State as the first half was, but the Nittany Lions still lost big, 85-47 against No. 2 ranked Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Uncasville, Conn.

Doron Lamb led the Wildcats with 26 points, five rebounds and two assists. Kyle Wiltjer added 19 points and three boards while Terrence Jones posted a 15-point, 9-rebound and 4-assist line.

Tim Frazier was the big scorer for the Lions, finishing with 11 points and notching seven assists. He was just 4-14 shooting from the field and missed six of his nine rebounds. Freshman Ross Travis had the best game of his young career, though, just missing a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Penn State will face the loser of Old Dominion and South Florida tomorrow before heading home to Happy Valley. More on this game later here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.


Penn State Vs. Kentucky: Wildcats Pull Away Early, Lead 47-15 At Halftime

The Penn State Nittany Lions were looking to pull a huge upset against the Kentucky Wildcats, but the Wildcats put the squash on that plan early. Kentucky jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but the Nittany Lions sunk a few baskets, but the Wildcats were just too much for Penn State to handle.

Kentucky guard Doron Lamb was just too much to stop in the first half. He seemingly scored whenever he wanted to, putting up 17 points before halftime. He was 2 for 3 from three point range. The Lions were pretty much put away early on when Kentucky went on a 21-3 run to head into the locker room at halftime. The Nittany Lions can just hope to hang on and make the score respectable in the second half.

For more on the Nittany Lions basketball team, visit SB Nation's Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. For more on the Kentucky Wildcats, visit SB Nation's Kentucky blog A Sea of Blue.


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