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

New York City, New York – Kentucky defeated Monmouth 93-76 in front of a crowd of 10,438 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Numbers

11.1% – Kevin Knox shooting percentage against Monmouth. That is a bad number but Calipari seemed like he would use it as a teaching tool going forward, “It’s good for the soul to go 1-9.” He then brought up Knox going to the basket more.

23 – Hamidou Diallo total points. He set a career high in his homecoming. Calipari said it was the best homecoming he had seen.

19 – Kentucky turnovers. Calipari mentioned an AAU mentality leading to turnovers. He also said 10 or 12 of the turnovers were unforced and they need to stop.

Quotes

John Calipari thinks his players aren’t getting the respect they deserve, “I’m a little disappointed that the kids aren’t getting the respect, I think, they deserve as players. Now I’ve done this for 30 some years, I know one player from another. I don’t know if it’s people’s opinion or their hope that this guy’s not that good and this guy’s not that good.”

Monmouth Coach King Rice on PJ Washington, “The talent is ridiculous and he picked the right place to go, because he is going to be a better talent when he leaves.”

Take away

Injuries are piling up. Neither Jermal Baker and Jarred Vanderbilt has played a minute for UK at this this season and they don’t have definite timetables for returns. Sacha Killeya-Jones missed the Monmouth game with an ankle injury. On top of that Quade Green got poked in the eye and Calipari said after the game his eye was still shut. The injury to Green came in a game he was playing really well. He had 9 points 5 assists and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes.

With Killeya-Jones and Green Kentucky only had 9 healthy scholarship players. If either injuries linger Kentucky could be dangerously thin with a tough slate of games (Virginia Tech, UCLA, Louisville) on the horizon.

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