The Kentucky Wildcats starting point guard had himself a night. Sahvir Wheeler lit up the North Carolina Tar Heels on both ends of the court last night. He scored 26 points- one point away from his career high- dished out 8 assists and nabbed four steals on defense.
There had been some questions surrounding Wheeler coming into this game due to his erratic play on offense, particularly against Notre Dame. But tonight he put those questions were put to bed as Wheeler was absolutely dynamic. North Carolina couldn’t stop him from getting into the lane and he took Caleb Love completely out of the game. Love leads the team in scoring with 16 ppg but ended the night with only 8.
It wasn’t all Wheeler, though. Oscar Tshiebwe played only 22 minutes but was able to record his 8th (!) double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kellan Grady broke out with 18 points going 5-7 beyond the arch. He also grabbed six rebounds on defense.
The Cats needed a feel good win after a disappointing showing in South Bend. It’s great that CBS was able to put this game together after Ohio State was forced to cancel due to COVID issues. The Wildcats needed a confidence boost before taking on UofL (we hope) on Wednesday.
Tweets of the Day
One more nice wrinkle by John Calipari. If you’re going to ice Sahvir Wheeler in the ball-screen, put him on the left side of the floor and the screen on his right side. Now he has an open driving lane with his left hand. Wheeler had 26 points on 12-15 shooting. pic.twitter.com/BprHnLohyU— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) December 19, 2021
John Calipari deserves as much credit this week for the great offense as he did blame last week for the stagnant offense. Things looked very different and guys hitting open shots cures a lot of things.
Great team win tonight!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 19, 2021
Loved having @mookiebetts and my cousin @TjFriedl1 here with us. They talked to the team after the game about selflessness and the importance of being your brother’s keeper! #LaFamilia pic.twitter.com/rextWEr9CU
Smiles all around.
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Ugh. Sobering thought from Sahvir Wheeler as COVID hammers college hoops again:— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 19, 2021
"Some of us were like, man, this could be our last game for a while, so just go out there and give it your all."
Sobering for sure but it’s nice to see the fire from the starting point guard.
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