3,2,1 is my post game wrap up. It is pretty simple; 3 numbers, 2 quotes and 1 take away from the game.

Kentucky defeated ETSU 78-61 in Rupp Arena to move to 3-1 on the season.

Three numbers. 

  1. Quade Green’s scoring. Green had a career high 21 points on 9-13 shooting including 3-5 form beyond the arch. Green at one point was shooting over 80% in the game.
  1. 3 point shooting. Against Kansas shooting only Kevin Knox hit a 3 pointer. Tonight four different players hit a 3. Kentucky finished 9-16 a ridiculous 56.3%.
  1. Free throw percentage. Kentucky went 3-15 from the line, including 0-5 from PJ Washington. Three free throws is the fewest free throws made in the Calipari era at UK.

Two quotes.

Coach Calipari.
Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

John Calipari on why he subbed so quickly to start each half, “I didn’t think some guys were engaged with their team. So I’m watching and you got one guy that’s kind of just out there. He’s not engaged with his team. Well, you can’t be out there. I don’t know what to tell you. Can’t be out there. So the beginning of the game I just thought it was just, wait a minute, and that didn’t help, we were still down 18-10.”

Kevin Knox, “We got to get other guys going. We got to get Nick Richards, got to get him going, get him some more baskets, touches get the game coming to him. We got to get PJ more consistent. We saw him have that monster double double then the next two games he didn’t really play well. We got to get guys consistently playing hard and playing the way they should play, and next thing you know we’ll be unstoppable.”

One take away.

Kentucky has had four different leading scores in their four games. Diallo with 18 against Utah Valley, Washington with 17 against Vermont, Knox with 20 against Kansas and tonight against ETSU Green lead the way with 21. While the offense has not be consistent, it is a positive that UK has the ability to go to different players for points.

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