Coming into the year Julius Mays was the biggest unknown. Nobody knew exactly what kind of role the transfer was going to play in regards to Kentucky’s season. Most expected the guy play limited minutes off the bench when the Cats needed a big shot. Few could have imagined Mays being the force that would drive this year’s Kentucky team. But make no mistake, tonight’s game in Arkansas demonstrated one thing, Julius Mays has become the heart and soul of this team since Noel went down to injury.
Today Mays finished with just three points on 1-6 shooting. An off night can happen to anyone and tonight that’s what happened to Julius but the Cats have yet to show they can overcome an off night from Mays. Last week Julius willed the Cats to a win over Missouri as he finished with 24 points. If you get a night where Julius scores over his average of ten points per game then the Cats are hard to beat. If he is scoring 10 or less like tonight then the Cats are very vulnerable.
Julius is probably the sixth man on this team in terms of athleticism and ability to score, so when he is the driving the Cats to victory there are some problems. The Cats are what they are but for now it looks like this team is going to go as Mays goes. With the Cats now a part of Lunardi’s first four out will Uncle Julius be able to carry the Cats into March?