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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Take away the sluggish start and ragged finish, and top-ranked Kentucky opened the NCAA Tournament just the way it wanted against 16th-seeded Hampton.

Karl-Anthony Towns bounced back from a mini-slump with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Harrison added 14 points and the Wildcats rolled to a 79-56 win over the outmanned Pirates on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional.

“We need to play with more energy than that,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Getting started took some doing for Kentucky (35-0), which was already resigned to the late tipoff. The Wildcats’ wait became even longer as Cincinnati fought to a 66-65 overtime win over Purdue in the preceding game.

That made for an uneven night as the Wildcats shook some cobwebs and seemed to tire late. Fortunately for Kentucky, it did what it needed in between.

“I didn’t like how we started the game, I…

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