Kentucky defeated Troy 70-62 in Rupp Arena. The win moves UK to 4-1 for the season. 3,2,1 is my post breakdown. It is pretty simple; 3 numbers, 2 quotes and 1 takeaway from the game.
- 19,548. That was the announced attendance at Rupp for the game. I have seen a lot of open seats this year at Kentucky Basketball games.
- 0.67. That is Nick Richards rebounds and points per minute. He once again struggled with fouls but he grabbed 8 boards and scored 8 points in just 12 minutes.
- 12. That is the number of second half turnovers Kentucky committed. The second half for the cats is best described as sloppy.
John Calipari on coaching hard, “I had to battle them too much in the second half and I got to teach them how to win. And if that game were closer we lose the game. You got to figure out who has got the courage to make free throws late in the game. When you’re getting fouled and you got to go up there and make free throws.”
John Calipari on stoping a run, “You got to make sure you stop the bleeding. We don’t know how to do that right now. And again, the problem is, like tomorrow, like we can have a real practice tomorrow. We play Wednesday. I mean, so we got to get by this spell of games and get some time on the floor where we can work on stuff, because right now we’re trying to do it on the fly. It’s hard.”
With the injury to Jermarl Baker, Brad Calipari could find his way into the rotation. Shooting was a concern for this Kentucky team coming into this season, tonight against Troy UK had three players hit 3’s (Gabriel, Green, Knox) but none of the players are considered a dead eye shooter.
Brad Calipari checked into the game with 9:42 left in the first half in a 9 point game. He ended up only playing two minutes. After the game John Calipari was asked about Brad playing so early, “Brad’s playing so well in practice, you know, I thought he had a couple plays he could have taken a shot and I’m like, look, we need your shooting. So, can we put him in games, can he defend, stay on people? He was on Person. He wasn’t supposed to be, but he was, and did fine, Person didn’t score on him. So, I may start shoving him in in the first half and give him an opportunity and see what he does, especially if teams are, we’re struggling to make baskets.”
Kentucky fans have a love hate relationship with coach’s sons. Brad Calipari has heard nothing but cheers when he gets in late in blowout wins. We shall see if that continues if he enters games when they are still in doubt.