The Kentucky Wildcats have come in tonight a little bit flat, but they haven’t played so much horribly as choppy. At moments, they play well, but then they allow a dunk due to poor defensive positioning. Ball movement has been good on offense, but Kentucky has had some difficulty scoring efficiently.
As I expected, Devin Booker took a bit of a step back today. He needs to relax and let the game come to him. Fortunately, Trey Lyles and Karl-Anthony Towns have been playing very, very well.
First Half Stats
UK has a 16-10 edge on the glass and 18-12 in points in the paint. Box score: pic.twitter.com/FA9UalEE90— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) January 30, 2015
Kentucky needs to pick up their perimeter defense a bit, and start taking better 3-point shots when they take them. The ones that they have jacked up so far haven’t been in the rhythm of the offense, other than the made three by Dominique Hawkins.
Offensive rebounding has been better this game, but it could be better still. Turnovers have been a problem, atypically for the Wildcats this season. The only other thing I can complain about is some matador defense and loss of focus. Hopefully, that will improve in the second half.
Tweet of the half
One guy goes over Towns' back, another reaches in & hacks for tie-up. BBN: "He's soft." Cal at half: "Best he's played in a long time."— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) January 30, 2015