With 22 seconds remaining and the Kentucky Wildcats trailing the Kansas Jayhawks by 2 points, Kevin Knox took an off-balance baseline jumper that just rimmed out. Kansas rebounded the miss and went on to extend the lead beyond the Wildcats’ reach by making two free throws.
Giving Knox the ball was the obvious choice, but he did not get as good of a look as he would have liked. When asked about play calling in late game situations on Thursday, John Calipari did not shy away from the fact that Kentucky has some work to do.
“We’re going to work on it today. I’m going to try a couple things. I want to see what works for this group and what guys are capable of. I’m still learning about them; they’re still learning about me. We’re going to do some different things today.”
After leading the Wildcats with 20 points, and shooting 50% from three in the process, it seems obvious that Knox should get the nod when the game is on the line. That being the case, Coach Cal is already working on giving him more options down the stretch.
“I’m putting another little thing for Kevin Knox. I want to have one more thing we can go at him with.”
Unless someone else shows the ability to score at will consistently, Knox seems like the only choice to get the ball in a big moment. After Tuesday, I imagine Big Blue Nation would support going at Knox with many more things. He showed glimpses of the star that everyone expects him to be, and did so on the grand stage of the Champions Classic.
Knox and the Wildcats will be back in action on Friday as Kentucky hosts Eastern Tennessee State at Rupp Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and you can catch the action on the SEC Network.