Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kentucky 79 - 65 Providence (in Brooklyn) (No. 2,118)

I didn't see this game because I was in a Bed and Breakfast with no access to the TV coverage, and because I am a jinx of incredible proportions when I listen to UK games on the radio with no TV.  But as far as I can tell, the Cats played their best game of the year.

Score by quarters:

1st:  Kentucky 20, Providence 13
2d:  Providence 22, Kentucky 19 (UK led 39-35 at the half)
3d:  Kentucky 18, Providence 13 (UK led 57-48 with 10 minutes to go)
4th:  Kentucky 22, Providence 17 (UK won 79-65)

The most remarkable thing about UK's performance was that the Cats shot the lights out:

21-34 from 2-point range (61.8 percent)
6-8 from 3-point range (75.0 percent)
19-25 from the line (76.0 percent)

Willie Cauley-Stein had a spectacular day:  7-8 from the field, 15 points, 8 rebounds, 9 blocks.  Those are Anthony Davis-like numbers.

James Young also did very well, making 3-4 three-pointers and scoring 18 points in 33 minutes.

The Cats also played very solid defense:  Providence went only 9-42 from 2-point range, for a shooting percentage of 21.4 percent.  The Friars did make 10-19 three's, but 3-point shooting percentage is determined much more by luck.  It's actually very impressive that the Cats could have a relatively easy win over a pretty good team that shot so well from behind the arc.

KenPom now has the Cats back up to 6 in the country, with a huge game coming up Friday night in Dallas against a 7-1 Baylor team.  (It's very odd that UK is playing Baylor for the third year in a row).  We'll know a lot more about the Cats after that game.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if it's John Calipari or someone on his staff, but someone, on his coaching résumé, needs to list Willie Cauley-Stein, Josh Harrelson, Marquis Teague and DeAndre Liggins as references.