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Kentucky on pace for all-time high 3-point attempts under John Calipari

The Cats have been an offensive juggernaut so far this season

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The Kentucky Wildcats have scored 96 or more points in three straight games and have scored at least 80 in all six.

They are a strong 5-1, with their lone loss coming against Kansas in the Champions Classic, a game they had the lead for most of. The Cats most recently put up 118 on the Marshall Thundering Herd.

How have they been able to score so frequently? Well, it’s their 3-point shooting that has made the difference. Kentucky is averaging 29 3s per game, which would be the most in the John Calipari era, according to Ben Roberts.

On top of that, they’re shooting 42.5% from deep this season.

The Cats have been terrific from deep, and it starts with two standout freshmen — Robert Dillingham and Reed Sheppard. Both players are shooting 50% or higher from deep. Antonio Reeves, who is the veteran of the group, is shooting 44.7% from deep as well.

With six players averaging double figures, the Cats have been an unselfish group despite being littered with some of the best recruits in the nation. Four Cats average three or more assists per game as well.

What could have aided the development of this offense? The addition of John Welch as an assistant is one thought. He was an assistant with NBA teams from 2002 to 2020.

This team is unselfish, and they are full of sharpshooters. Kentucky will have the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday at home before facing Penn on the road, then North Carolina on a neutral court.

While the only real challenge has been Kansas, the battles are coming up soon, and it will be more decisive to see if this team can keep up the hot shooting then.