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Key Matchup: BJ Young


Ready or not, this team is more like the Arkansas we remember in Nolan Richardson’s days.  They’re not quite to the same level yet, but the mentality is there: run, run, run for forty minutes.  After all, the other team can’t make shots if they’re passed out.

It’s no surprise then, that the Razorbacks are 38th in the nation in total points per game (74.2), while holding only the 133rd spot for field goal percentage (44%).  Dudes put up a lot of shots, led by none other than B.J. Young, who averages almost two more shots a game than Archie Goodwin (12.6 to 10.8).  Young is a very good scorer, but needs that high volume to be able to put up the 15+ points per game he’s used to.

Young, the 6’3″ sophomore, has come up big in wins against the SEC’s best, scoring 18 against Mizzou on over 50% shooting, and hitting big free throws against Florida in their romp last month.  But for all his potential, you can never know what to expect from the guy until after you’ve watched the game.

See, Young has been in a Terrence-Jones-at-Indiana type funk over the last several games, making only 2 of his 19 attempts.  Doesn’t matter where you play, that’s stupendously awful.  This can either bode very well, or very poorly, for the Cats.  Either he continues his shooting struggles and fails to crack double digit points, or he busts out of his melodrama in a big way and torches the Cats en route to an energizing home win.  How can Kentucky make sure it’s the former, instead of the latter?

For starters, force him to shoot outside.  His respectable 41% from three last season has shriveled into a meager 22% this year.  In a couple of games, that would be considered a fluke.  In almost an entire season, that’s regression.  Keep him outside the paint, and force him into long jumpers, and you should have a much easier time.

To do that, though, you have to focus on something much bigger than B.J. Young: the transition game.  Last year’s Wildcats had a ton of fun in transition, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being possibly the most unstoppable force in the league while on a break.  This year, though, the Cats don’t have that same spark on the offensive end.  While we could play the transition game better than anyone in 2012 (see: Sweet Sixteen), this year we’ll probably have to force them to play our game.  Which is to say, slow them down, make them play half-court basketball, and rebound their misses.  The rebounding part of which shouldn’t be too hard, considering that the Hogs are 154th in the country in the rebounding column, and the Cats have gotten as many or more boards in the last three games as their opponents (including Missouri, currently 2nd in overall rebounding).

B.J. Young presents a unique challenge for the Cats, who will have to slow him, and his run-n-gun teammates down to prevent getting worn out before halftime.  Kentucky will have to be smart on their possessions, use a little shot clock, and give themselves time to rest in order to be able to control Young and company on the other end.

Also, watch out for this:

Article written by Corey Nichols

16 Comments for Key Matchup: BJ Young

  1. john short WE-tard
    2:32 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    i think we can win out here

  2. Cat04
    2:40 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Ksr, for God’s sake, hire a web developer. It looks like the late 90’s in here, and this comment system is major weak.

  3. john short WE-tard
    2:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    i think were gonna win by fugh fugh fifteen biggins

  4. Ridge Runner
    2:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just hope we bring oxygen for Willie. Other than that we can run for 40min too.

  5. john short WE-tard
    2:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    i ha

  6. john short WE-tard
    2:43 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    i have assburgers

  7. Seriously
    2:51 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Nichols is the worst

  8. Nicholuseless
    2:54 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Corey… When u say key matchup that means you have to have more than 2 players on the headline. Bj young matched up against who?… Tard

  9. bung
    3:11 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    nope…since we should get 30+ defensive rebounds if we will run we win if we don’t we wont…

  10. Womp
    3:13 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Let it be known….6,7, and 8 you guys are a$$holes…no need for that…some things are better left not said

  11. KY Realist
    3:16 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    UK sucks. Arkansas by 10.

  12. Rixter
    3:40 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    With the Tennessee loss, the Cats need to win only one of the last three to wrap up a double bye

  13. Reality Check
    3:43 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Since Cal doesn’t have his ready made, NBA ringer (Noel), UK goes 0-3. Cal is a trashbag coach when he doesn’t have NBA all-stars. Check out his 4 NIT’s before Uncle Wes started buying him players.

  14. annunaki jones
    3:45 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    if hogs want to run i think we can run with them. could be a big game for archie if he plays under control. for alex and willie too, if shows doesn’t take them out early

  15. Tennesse Wildcat
    3:48 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    12 minutes left in game with only 15 minutes til 3 pm. I imagine we will miss at least the first five minutes of the game. This really stinks.

  16. Nicholuseless
    3:56 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    10… And some things need to be said. It’s pretty sad that someone with little to no journalism and/or writing skills is allowed to continue to write for ksr, or any website for that matter.