November 25, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Game Recap: Kentucky Wildcats 82, Boston Terriers 62
The No. 1 Wildcats struggled from downtown in Rupp Arena last night, but was able to hold off the pesky team of Boston Univerisity to pull off a 82-62 victory late in front of 22,623. Kentucky only shot 3 of 15 from the three point line, but forced 17 turnovers and pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to end up with a tough 5th victory of the season.
Boston trailed Kentucky by only seven points at the half after UK ended the half on a 6-0 run with the score 34-33 Kentucky at the 2:30 mark of the first half. Kentucky held the Terriers to 11-for-30 shooting (36.7 percent) at the half, while shooting 50% from the field on 17 of 34. Halftime score was Kentucky 40, and Boston U 33.
Offensively, Kentucky got 14 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Alex Poythress and 15 points and six assists from sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis on a night when 8 different Cats found their way into the scoring column. UK shot a modest 51.6 percent, while dishing out 15 assists to 12 turnovers.
Boston (2-3) had 4 players in double figures. John Papale led the Terriers with 15 points, and shot 5-for-12 from the field.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Kentucky must find a way to shoot better from behind the 3 point line. They can’t go 3-15 (20%) and expect to make a deep run in March. Teams will zone to keep the guards out of the lane, so it’s imperative they find some shot makers as the year goes along.Charles Matthew may have find himself in the rotation. Matthew’s only had 3 points in 18 mins, but he provided a spark off the bench with his defensive toughness and was able to pull down 7 rebounds in the process.Derek Willis must find some consistency to be able to stay on the floor. Willis is UK’s best 3-point percentage shooter on the season, but he was 0-3 from behind the arch and 1 of 6 overall in 9 mins of play. Kentucky needs Willis to step up and provide some consistency with his shooting off the bench if this team wants to reach its full potential.Free-Throws Kentucky went 13 of 26 from the foul line for 50%. This area must improve in a hurry, because 50% is just not good enough for a team with title aspirations.
UP NEXT: Kentucky returns to action Friday night in a 5 p.m. ET tip-off against South Florida (1-4), who has lost games to Troy, NJIT, George Washington, and Boston University. This is a neutral site game apart of the Hoophall Miami Invitational held at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.