Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and No. 3 Kentucky beat Lamar 86-64 on Wednesday night in the Wildcats' final game before facing No. 4 Louisville.
Kentucky (12-1) opened the game on an 11-2 run and maintained its first-half lead because of its free throw shooting. The Wildcats were 14 of 17 from the foul line in the first half and finished 27 of 33 overall.
Sophomore Terrence Jones of Kentucky returned after missing two games with a dislocated pinky on his left hand. He came off the bench and finished with nine points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
Mike James had 29 points for Lamar (8-5), which hung with the Wildcats because of 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. But Kentucky proved too much after halftime and didn't allow the Cardinals consecutive baskets until almost 8 minutes had elapsed.