A key reason for the Kentucky Wildcats’ woeful 2020-21 season has been poor play at the point guard position.
Devin Askew has struggled mightily and Terrence Clarke went down with an injury, while it appeared Davion Mintz was better off the ball.
Of late, however, Mintz has emerged as the Wildcats’ best option at the point, and John Calipari doesn’t seem to have any chance of moving him from the position in the teams’ SEC Tournament opener with Mississippi State Thursday.
“This starting lineup looks good for me, to me anyway,” Calipari said on his weekly radio show Monday. “I like the length...we still have shot-making ability.”
Mintz ran the point in the Cats’ 92-64 blowout victory over South Carolina Saturday and totaled 20 points with seven assists and just two turnovers. The graduate transfer is averaging 11.3 points with 2.9 assists this season and has emerged as the teams’ most reliable shooter and go-to option late in games.