November 3, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats 117, Ottawa 58 – Quick Thoughts
The #2 Kentucky Wildcats opened their 2015-2016 season with a 117-58 exhibition win against the Ottawa Braves last night in Rupp Arena. Here are some of my quick thoughts from the game. Take these opinions with a grain of salt, as this was against an overly matched team.
Great Shooting Poor Shooting – This Kentucky team may be one of John Calipari’s best shooting teams since he’s been at Kentucky. As a team the Wildcats shot 48-80 from the field for 60% and they were 12-22 from three point range at 50%. It’s clear this team will play to push the pace, while looking to drive the lane and kick out to wide open shooters on the wing. It will be fun to watch. Another poor performance from the free throw 9-18 for 50% is surprising for a team that can shoot from the outside so well.32 assists versus 12 Turnovers – That’s an impressive stat line. You might say, but it was against Ottawa. This is true, but what the 2.7 assist to turnover ratio tells me is this team already has good team chemistry early in the season and they don’t mind sharing the basketball. Sophomore PG Tyler Ulis and Freshman G Jamal Murray Combined for 19 of the 32 team assists. Ulis had 10 assists to 0 turnovers and Murray had 9 assists to 3 turnovers. The ball will be in good hands this year. Flirting with a Triple Double – The has only been one triple double recorded in the great history of the University of Kentucky’s program. The date was December 27, 1988. Christopher Lamonte Mills is the only player in the history of the program to record a triple double. Against Austin Peay Mills, scored 19 points, dished out 10 assists, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Will this be the year another triple double gets recorded? Last night Jamal Murray finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. It would not have counted any way, but expect Murray to flirt with the triple double all year in hopes to end the 26 year old drought for a storied program.Things to work on – 1. Free-Throws, It will be interesting to see how the team responds during the season after the coaches made it mandatory for each player to have 500 made Free-Throws each week. It’s cool now to miss Free-Throws when you’re up 50, but when the game on the line, missing free-throws is a different story. 2. Skal Labissiere needs to get stronger with the ball. He’s getting pushed off the block too which is forcing him to take shots deeper then he really wants to be. 3. Stamina, This team will need to be in condition to play this way for the entire season. A well conditioned team will allow this team to press and fly up and down the court this season. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet