On Tuesday night, we saw how ugly Kentucky’s offense can be when it’s not clicking. The Cats went fifteen minutes without a single field goal despite its two best shooters, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays, lighting it up from the outside in the first half. The problem? The Cats didn’t go back to Wiltjer and Mays in the second half, choosing instead to try to get points in the paint, something which proved to be difficult due to Archie Goodwin’s poor shot selection and an unexpectedly strong Alabama post presence.
In the first half, Mays and Wiltjer shot a combined 3-5 from behind the arc. In the second, Mays was 2-2 from three-point range. Wiltjer didn’t even attempt a three in the second half and was only 1-2 from the floor after scoring 11 points in the first half. When everything else was failing, why didn’t the Cats get it to Mays, who was obviously on fire, or Wiltjer, who was pretty much the only player capable of scoring? The shot charts don’t lie. (Click to enlarge.)