The Wildcats started the game like have been starting all season long, slow with a big finish. They welcomed the Boston Terriers to town Tuesday night and handed them a swift beating and sent them packing in a 91-57 win.
The ‘Cats started the game out a little slow and did not really slow the Terriers down much on the offensive side of the floor. After struggling through the first four minutes or so, Brandon Knight regained his composure and began firing on all cylinders, showcasing his jump shot early. He finished strong as well and ended up with 23 points and six assists.
Knight had a rough go in the final two games of the Maui Invitational and was looking for a way to get things rolling. He did just that, shooting 8-12 from the field and knocking down four of Kentucky’s ten three point field goals. The freshman also did a fantastic job of taking care of the ball and distributing it.
His dribble-drive was also impressive and put Terrence Jones at many times in good position to score. Jones finished the night with yet another double-double scoring 18 points and recording 10 boards.
As we have seen early on Jones doesn’t have a problem pulling down the boards when the opposing team struggles as well in the post. The thing is that Connecticut’s big man had a couple inches on Jones and was able to beat the Wildcats up in the paint.
Another man who played quite a game was Josh Harrellson. Harrellson also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He may have been the most impressive player on the court.
The Wildcats need a lot of help in the paint and Harrellson could have just made a point that he could be the man for the job. Everyone has been waiting for him to develop and he played a very nice game overall on both ends of the floor.
Doron Lamb turned in another tremendous performance off the bench and is proving to really be a spark as the sixth man. He comes in and provides John Calipari with another scoring option and it is like Kentucky doesn’t even miss a beat.
Lamb finished up the night with 13 bench points and five assists. If he can continually do that in every game it will speak volumes for the ‘Cats when they get into big time games and conference play.
The Wildcats did not face stiff competition tonight but it is on its way this Saturday as they head to the Dean Dome to take on the Tar Heels. They will undoubtedly be bitter after taking last years shellacking thanks in part to John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Tar Heels will not be an easy opponent. It will be a tale of two sides as their post play is much better then the ‘Cats, but UNC is struggling mightily with their guard play. Who will play better, Kentucky’s back-court or UNC’s front-court?
It will all be settled this Saturday. I will leave you with this thought though. Which freshman would you take, Terrence Jones or Harrison Barnes? We will find out the right answer in four days.