Hello again fellow UK fans. I have returned after a long hiatus to discuss yet another reason why I am smarter than all of the talking heads that dominate our television screens at this time of the basketball season. No, this is not a swipe at Digger Phelps for his ridiculous trademark matching tie and highlighter. Nor is it to disagree with Mike Patrick’s assertion that J.J. Redick is singularly responsible for eradicating polio. Instead, this one is aimed at Larry Conley, who stated last night repeatedly that Kentucky has really struggled this year with their offense. First of all, I like Conley. Secondly, he is far from alone in this generalization about the Cats. I have heard Bilas and Seth Davis make similar remarks tracing Kentucky’s struggles with their limitations on the offensive end. Perhaps if these guys had read my previous blogs this season, they would know that the truth of the matter is that our struggles have been based not on poor shooting, but on our weak defense.
For example, in SEC games only, Kentucky is third in the conference in scoring offense with a relatively robust average of 73.1 points per game. The Cats are also third in three point percentage at 37.6 percent. Most impressively, the Cats are second in the Conference in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent. The bottom line is, that at least since conference season has begun, the Cats have been very solid on the offensive end. In fact, as long as we keep free throws out of the mix, they are one of the top teams in the Conference offensively.
As for Conley and Bilas, it’s an honest mistake and I forgive you. We can’t all have my insight. Seth Davis can stick it.